May 23, 2005

Faculty member publishes first textbook

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Nazeih M. Botros, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has written a textbook on hardware description language, or HDL, an essential tool in computer-aided design.

Charles River Media, a privately held publisher of game development, graphics programming and networking books with markets worldwide, is issuing the $59.95 book, titled "HDL Programming Fundamentals: VHDL and Verilog."

Botros' book is the first to cover both VHDÒ and Verilog, two widely used languages with similar logic but different style and syntax. Students who master both languages will be able to work in either or combine the best features of each in a single project. The book includes a CD-ROM with projects that show practical hardware description language applications.

An SIUC faculty member since 1985, Botros' teaching specialties include instrumentation, artificial intelligence, computer architecture, digital hardware design, hardware description language and digital sound analysis. He has published articles in such professional magazines as Journal of Control & Intelligent Systems, International Journal of Robotics and Automation, International Journal of Modeling and Simulation and International Journal of Microcomputer Applications. This is his first textbook.

Botros earned bachelor's degrees in 1966 and 1998 from Ains Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and SIUC respectively, a master's degree in 1978 from American University in Cairo, Egypt, and a doctorate in 1985 from the University of Oklahoma.

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