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Meet ESL PhD student Sherif Elewa

SHerif Elewa

The Ohio State University’s ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) consistently maintains national and international preeminence in developing secure microelectronics.

The Secure Microelectronics and Artificial Intelligence Circuits (SMART) Lab researches new methods of designing System on Chip (SoC) to make them as secure as possible. Hardware security is increasingly important as more hardware is exposed to vulnerabilities with the rise of electronics. The SMART Lab is working to find innovative solutions to secure hardware and create hardware through construction, so that they are not vulnerable to leaking important information.

Sherif Elewa recently came to ESL to join the SMART Lab from Egypt to work with Professor Eslam Tawfik and pursue a PhD. Before coming to ESL, he received a bachelor's and master's in electrical and computer engineering from Faculty of Engineering Cairo University. 

He recently took the time to talk about his background and why he chose to come to ESL.

ESL: What is your research focus?

Sherif Elewa: My research focus includes embedded field programmable gate arrays (eFPGA), digital SoC design and implementation and hardware accelerators for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

ESL: What interested you in this focus?

Elewa: There are a lot of elements that interest me about this focus. One of the key elements is my previous work experience. I have worked in the field of hardware digital design and validation for 11 years, seven years of them were in programmable hardware (FPGA). Another key element is the challenges that we face in this field and how innovative solutions can help solve the complex optimization of the three pillars: power, area and performance. All of which made me grow fond of digital design and how the programmability factor can enhance hardware technology.

ESL: What made you want to come to ESL and Ohio State?

Elewa: ESL and The Ohio State University as a whole are a well-established research institution that is well-known in the field of hardware and microelectronic designs. Specifically, the research topics in SMART Lab are very innovative and perfectly fit my research goals.

ESL: What do you like to do outside of research/academia?

Elewa: I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.

ESL: What are your long-term goals post-graduation?

Elewa: My main long-term goal is to work in complex projects and architecture as a principal engineer or architect in big-tech companies. Another long-term goal would be to stay connected to academia and work on research projects.

ESL: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your educational experience?

Elewa: If you want to master something, teach it! The more you teach, the better you learn. Keep questioning, be curious to understand every tiny detail, keep an open mind, appreciate different perspectives, and accept criticism.

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