Srini Devadas, the Edwin Sibley Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), is the 2017 recipient of the IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award from the IEEE Computer Society.
The award recognizes "outstanding recent theoretical, design, educational, practical, or other similar innovative contributions that fall within the scope of Computer Society interest," according to the organization. Presented in honor of McDowell, a long-time IBM engineer and executive (and MIT alumnus), the award is among computing's highest individual honors.
Devadas, a principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), has been an EECS faculty member since 1988. Previous EECS-affiliated winners include Tim Berners-Lee, the 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering with joint appointments in EECS and CSAIL, who won in 1996, and Fernando Corbato, professor of computer science and engineering, emeritus, who received the award in 1966.