Fellow Nancy Amato received the 2014 Computing Research Association’s A. Nico Habermann Award. CRA, a nonprofit research and education group, in Washington, D.C., presented her the award for being a “highly effective leader of programs that engage women and underrepresented minorities in computing research, particularly the CRA-W Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates program.”
The program, organized by the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing research (CRA-W), matches undergraduate women and individuals from underrepresented groups with faculty mentors for research projects at the mentor’s institution. Amato is one of the directors of the program.
Amato is a professor and interim head of the department of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M University, in College Station. She is also codirector of the university’s Parasol Laboratory, where her research focuses on motion planning and robotics, computational biology and geometry, and parallel and distributed computing.
Senior Member Shiyan Hu received the U.S. National Science Foundation’s 2014 Faculty Early Career Development Award. The award is presented annually to someone who “exemplifies the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations.” Hu was recognized for his research paper titled “Integrated Research and Education in Physical Design Automation for Nanotechnology and VLSI Technology Co-design.”
In the paper, Hu describes ways to manipulate materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons in order to increase the processing speed of VLSI (very-large-scale integration) circuits. The award will fund a five-year project to develop new physical layout methods for next-generation ICs.
Hu is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Technological University, in Houghton.
He is a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.
Fellow Sanjeev Kulkarni was appointed dean of Princeton University’s Graduate School.
He is a professor of electrical engineering and director of the university’s Keller Center, which develops courses that provide students with a broader understanding of the global economic, environmental, and cultural issues that shape technology.