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Birdwell Third at UT Named to National Academy of Inventors

A lifetime of innovation in areas related to computing and processing has led to UT’s Doug Birdwell being named as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Doug BirdwellBirdwell, a professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, is the third person from UT to be so honored. Previously named fellows include Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Taylor Eighmy and John Fisher Distinguished Professor Mark Dean.

Birdwell’s research into computing and information systems has spanned from their initial surge in the 1970s through their universal adoption today.

Birdwell said he suspects the award comes for his work on high-performance databases.

 “Those resources are for data derived from DNA and their utility in human identification, both using direct search and search via family relationships,” he said.

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