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Dr. Subhash Kak, Regents Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Subhash Kak to receive prestigious award from government of India

Friday, February 1, 2019

The India Ministry of Home Affairs recently announced Subhash Kak, Regents Professor Emeritus in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at Oklahoma State University, will receive the Padma Shri award from the President of India. 

The Padma awards are the highest civilian awards of India and are given in recognition of distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the arts, education, industry, literature, science, sports, medicine, social service and public affairs in three categories. 

Nearly 50,000 nominations were received for the 2019 Padma awards and 112 awards were made out of which four, which included Kak, were in the area of science and engineering. Technology winners from outside India have included Bill Gates of Microsoft in 2015, John Chambers, former CEO of Cisco Systems in 2019, and Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe, in 2019. 

Kak holds a bachelor’s and doctoral degree in electrical engineering. He joined OSU in 2007 as head of the computer science department before transferring to electrical and computer engineering in 2014. His research focus is in the fields of artificial intelligence, cryptography, neural networks and quantum information. He has developed new codes for computing and cryptography, worked on a variety of problems on data and network security, and he is the originator of one of the two methods of quantum cryptography. He retired from OSU in January 2019.

 “The School of Electrical Computer Engineering is quite gratified to learn that Dr. Kak will receive India’s prestigious Parma Shri award,” said Jeffrey Young, department head and OSURF Endowed Chair of Engineering in ECE. “The award is well deserved and befitting to a scholar and gentleman who has made important contributions to the technological and mathematical areas of artificial intelligence and quantum computing.” 

Kak is the author of 20 books some of which have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Korean and Serbian. His many awards include British Council Fellow, National Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Delhi, and Science Academy Medal of the Indian National Science Academy.

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