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UK's Zeadally Wins IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award

Sherali Zeadally
Sherali Zeadally

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2021) — Sherali Zeadally, an associate professor in the School of Information Science at the College of Communication and Information, was selected as the winner of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award. Region 3 encompasses over 24,000 IEEE members across nine states in the southeastern United States and Jamaica.

This is the first time in the IEEE’s Outstanding Engineer Award’s 49-year history that someone from the University of Kentucky has received this award, IEEE said.

This award is open to all engineers working in the engineering industry, as well as academia, in the region. Through this award, the IEEE recognizes a member who has greatly contributed to the electrotechnology profession through their technical and professional abilities.

Jeffrey Huber, director of the School of Information Science, is not surprised about Zeadally’s recognition. “Professor Zeadally has built a strong scholarly reputation among his colleagues. His work is cited regularly regarding his areas of expertise.” Huber said.

“I am delighted to win such a highly competitive award," Zeadally said. "As always, I share this award with all my research collaborators who have worked with me over the years to produce outstanding research results that have been widely recognized nationally and internationally. I would also like to thank all my colleagues at the University of Kentucky for all their support in my research activities.”

Zeadally will be presented this award at the upcoming Region 3 Award ceremony, as part of the annual regional meeting at SoutheastCon 2021 on Saturday, March 13. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SoutheastCon will be held virtually.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.