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Anil Jain honored for contributions to engineering and biometrics, elected to the National Academy of Engineering

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Biometrics expert Anil Jain, a University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, according to a report by MSU Today.

Election to the NAE is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. The academy honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.

Jain was selected for his contributions to engineering and practice of biometrics. Jain is world renowned for biometric recognition, computer vision and fingerprint-matching technology.

“This recognition would not have been possible without the hard work and contributions of students, postdocs and visitors in my research lab and the support of my family and friends,” Jain said. “My department, college and MSU always provided me with excellent resources to establish a strong research program ever since I joined the MSU faculty in 1974.”

In 2015, he was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society and support and enhancement of innovation.

Jain is also a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Humboldt Research Award, Fulbright Scholarship, King-Sun Fu Prize and W. Wallace McDowell Award.

The induction ceremony for the NAE Class of 2016 will be Oct. 9 at the NAE annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Just last month, Jain spoke about the significance of biometrics at the 103rd Indian Science Congress.

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