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Dr. David D. Clark, a senior research scientist in the Laboratory for Computer Science, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Clark, who heads the laboratory's Advanced Network Architecture Group, was cited by the NAE "for design and development of efficient implementation techniques for Internet protocols."
His research interests include networks, network protocols, operating systems, distributed systems and computer and communications security. He is presently working on protocols and architectures for very large and very high-speed networks.
Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer. It honors those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice" and those who have demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology."
Dr. Clark was one of 78 Americans and eight foreign associates elected to membership this year. His election brings to 88 the number of MIT faculty (active and emeriti) and staff who are members of NAE.
In 1990, Dr. Clark received the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) SigComm award for his work on the Internet, and he was recognized by Federal Computer Week in its Federal 100 award. In 1995, he received the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Award in International Communication.