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Man with short brown hair and glasses shown from the shoulders up in a formal headshot. He is wearing a dark blue/black blazer and blue and white striped shirt.Dr. Juan Garay, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, was named a Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) for his fundamental contributions to the interface of cryptography and distributed computing and for service to the cryptographic research community.

Garay’s research focus is cryptographic protocols and schemes, which play a fundamental role in enabling new functionalities and privacy-preserving ways of interaction in today’s digital world. Recently, Garay has greatly contributed to the continuous research on the subject of blockchain protocols and cryptocurrencies.

For this distinction, technical contributions and distinguished service to the cryptologic community are considered. IACR has established the fellows program to recognize outstanding IACR members for their technical and professional contributions that advance the science, technology, and practice of cryptology and related fields; promote the free exchange of ideas and information about cryptology and related fields; develop and maintain the professional skill and integrity of individuals in the cryptologic community; and advance the standing of the cryptologic community in the wider scientific and technical world and promote fruitful relationships between the IACR and other scientific and technical organizations.

The IACR Fellows program was established in 2004 and as of today around 70 cryptographers world-wide have been elevated to Fellows.

“This is an awesome – and at the same time humbling – honor which I would like to share with my large number of amazingly talented collaborators,” Garay said.