Eldawy Receives Honorable Mention for Dissertation

Ahmed Eldawy
June 19, 2017

Recent Ph.D. graduate Ahmed Eldawy has received the University of Minnesota Graduate School’s honorable mention distinction for his dissertation, “SpatialHadoop: A MapReduce Framework for Big Spatial Data.”

His dissertation focuses on SpatialHadoop, a search system that allows users to store, index, query, and visualize petabytes of big data using a simple query language. With more than 80,000 downloads within one year, SpatialHadoop has become the most widely used system for big spatial data management.

Eldawy is now an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Riverside, where he works in the area of big data management with a focus on spatial data. He applies his expertise in database systems and big data platforms to help users in different domains to exploit big data platforms in their research.

Four students won the Best Dissertation Award in the areas of humanities, biological and life sciences, and social sciences. Eldawy is among the top Ph.D. students to be recognized by Graduate School, which bases their selections on the originality and importance of the research, as well as the potential for the student to make unusually significant contributions to his or her field.

Congratulations to Ahmed Eldawy and his advisor Professor Mohamed Mokbel on this honor.

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