Amarasinghe and White will be Co-Education Officers in EECS

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 (All day)

Incoming EECS Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, announced the appointment of two EECS faculty members Saman Amarasinghe, and Jacob White as Co-Education Officers in the department. Chandrakasan shared this news:

"Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Professors Saman Amarasinghe and Jacob White as the EECS Co-Education Officers. Between them, they span a broad range of technical areas from devices, modeling and circuit design to system architectures and software systems. They will each serve for a three year term.

Saman is a world-renowned leader in compiler technology. His research interests are in discovering novel approaches to improve the performance of modern computer systems and make them more secure without unduly increasing the complexity faced by the end users, application developers, compiler writers, or computer architects. He currently leads the Commit compiler group at CSAIL. Saman received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University in 1988, and his MSEE and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1990 and 1997, respectively. After that, he joined the faculty in 1997. In 2003 he founded Determina, later acquired by VMware, to productize his research in protecting programs against buffer overflow type attacks. Saman has been involved with teaching many courses in EECS including 6.001, 6.004, 6.005, 6.033, 6.035, 6.170 and 6.172. Currently Saman is co-developing 6.172, a class on Performance Engineering of Software Systems.

Jacob received his S.B. degree from EECS at MIT in 1980, and his M.S. and Ph. D. degree in EECS from U.C. Berkeley in 1983 and 1985, respectively. Jacob is widely known for his contributions to linear, nonlinear and parameterized model reduction; and for the fast methods for solving integral equations that resulted in the fast interconnect analysis programs Fastcap and Fasthenry and the fast fluid flow analysis program Faststokes. Jacob has made contributions to the numerical algorithms in several commercial circuit simulation programs, including the popular Spectre and SpectreRF circuit simulators. Jacob is an IEEE Fellow. In 2011, Jacob received a department Jamieson Award for his contributions to course and curriculum development, having helped develop two of the department's graduate numerical courses as well as both of the department's new introductory courses, 6.01 and 6.02. Jacob is currently the C. H. Green Professor in EECS, and continues his research on numerical algorithms for simulation and optimization of circuits, interconnect, nanophotonics, bioMEMS and NEMS, biomolecules, and network models of biological systems.

Please join me welcoming Saman and Jacob to this important position."