Abbas El Gamal is the Hitachi America Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He received the B.Sc. (honors) degree in electrical engineering from Cairo University in 1972 and the M.S. degree in statistics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1977 and 1978, respectively. His research interest and contributions are in the areas of network information theory, wireless communications, digital imaging, and integrated circuit design. He has authored or coauthored over 200 papers and 30 patents in these areas. He is coauthor of the book Network Information Theory (Cambridge Press 2011). He has won several honors and awards, including the 2004 Infocom best paper award, the 2009 Padovani lecture, and the 2012 Shannon Award. He has been serving on the Board of Governors of the IT Society since 2009 and is currently the Second Vice President.