A professor of electrical and computer science engineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, Farag has graduated more than 25 doctoral students, taught nearly 20 different courses and co-authored nearly 400 peer-reviewed research manuscripts. He’s also established the Computer Vision and Image Processing Laboratory at UofL. The CVIP Lab, which focuses on computer vision, biomedical imaging and biometrics, has been recognized around the world as a center of excellence.

For his efforts, Farag has received the Trustees Award. UofL trustees announced the selection at an April 2 meeting. The highest honor given by the trustees, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to the student experience and carries with it recognition on a plaque in the Swain Student Activities Center and a prize of $5,000.

Letters of support for Farag describe him as an excellent role model, a champion of students, an inspiration to his peers and an enthusiastic innovator.

One student wrote: “Dr. Farag takes enormous pride in the University of Louisville and has established a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and service which is superb and acknowledged worldwide.”

Farag has been at UofL for almost 25 years. He credits his successes to the many important people in his life.

“No progress comes in a vacuum, and no one is self-made,” he said. “My progress and development resulted from the help of a dedicated and loving family, supporting colleagues and administrators and ambitions to serve society that know no limits. This award is dedicated to my family and those at UofL who gave me a chance to excel.”

John Karman, III
John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. He has served as director of media relations since 2015. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John can die happy after seeing the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series, although he would also enjoy another title.