Archives—August 2014

Dr. Soner Onder Receives NSF EAGER Award

Soner Onder
Soner Onder

Dr. Soner Onder received an NSF Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) award in the amount of $97,944 in support of his research investigating alternative execution paradigms. The project is titled “EAGER: Combining Data and Instruction Level Parallelism through Demand Driven Execution of Imperative Programs”.

Dr. Onder states that demand-driven execution can potentially lead to the development of multi-core processors in which multiple processors can collaboratively and efficiently execute a single threaded program, eliminating the need to develop parallel versions of programs. Funding will be used to evaluate the feasibility of, establish theoretical performance bounds for and identify the key scalability aspects of demand-driven execution paradigm.

According to NSF, “EAGER awards can be used to support exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This work could be considered especially “high risk-high payoff” in the sense that it involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.”


Computer Science Student Pursues Peace Corps Master’s

Science and technology are transforming the way we live, and Tim Ward is working to make sure this transformation reaches everyone. Tim is the first student to pursue the Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) in Computer Science at Michigan Tech, working in the remote Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Students in the program take courses on campus during the first year of the program, then they spend two years in the Peace Corps applying their knowledge within their Peace Corps community. You can read more about Tim and his work at his blog.


Emeritus Status

The Michigan Tech Board of Control granted emeritus rank to Steven Seidel, a professor of computer science, who died in June. Dr. Seidel played a substantial role in the growth of the Computer Science program throughout his career at Michigan Tech.