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NEC RESEARCH INSTITUTE NAMES C. WILLIAM GEAR PRESIDENT

 NEC RESEARCH INSTITUTE NAMES C. WILLIAM GEAR PRESIDENT
 PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The NEC Research Institute


today announced the appointment of Dr. C. William Gear to president and to membership on its board of directors. Previously, Dr. Gear had served as vice president of the Institute's Computer Science Research Division. Dr. Gear succeeds Dr. Dawon Kahng, who passed away in May 1992.
 Before joining the Institute in May, 1990. Dr. Gear had been a faculty member of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he headed the Computer Science Department since 1985.
 Dr. Gear earned a B.A. and M.A. in mathematics from Cambridge University in England, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Illinois. From 1987-1988 he served as president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and is now vice president for SIAM Publications. He was awarded an honorary doctorate form the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and was a recipient of the Forsythe Award form the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1992.
 In commenting on his new position Dr. Gear stated, "The NEC Research Institute provides an outstanding environment for American scientists to conduct very long-term basic research, all to be published in the open literature. I want to encourage physical and computer scientists to share the experiences of discovery and creativity in the search for revolutions in computers and communications for the 21st century."
 In addition to Dr. Gear's appointment, the Institute also announced the promotion of Dr. Joseph A. Giordmaine to senior vice president of the Physical Sciences Research Division. He will also serve on the board of directors. Prior to his retirement from AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1998, he conducted research in quantum electronics and optics and directed the Solid State Electronics Research and the Electronic and Photonic Technology laboratories there.
 Dr. Giordmaine earned a B.A. in Physics from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University. He was awarded the R.W. Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America (OSA) in 1986 and the Distinguished Lecturer Award of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in 1983. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), OSA, IEEE, AAAS and the New York Academy of Sciences.
 "I came to the NEC Research Institute because it promised excellence in basic research combined with the opportunity to contribute to future technology. It's gratifying that we're already beginning to see results," Dr. Giordmaine said.
 The NEC Research Institute, located in Princeton, N.J., is a $30 million facility dedicated to fundamental research in computers and communications.
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