Ph.D. Student Receives Best Paper Award

Computer Science Doctoral candidate Alicia Thorsen, Assistant Professor Phil Merkey, and Professor Fredrik Manne from the University of Bergen, Norway received the Best Paper Award for their paper, “Maximum Weighted Matching Using the Partitioned Global Address Space Model”, at the High Performance Computing and Simulation Symposium (HPC 2009) March 23-25 in San Diego, California. Alicia presented the paper at the conference.

The paper described the design and implementation of an algorithm for the weighted matching graph processing problem. The algorithm was expressed in the new programming language, UPC. UPC is based on C and expresses parallel computations using a partitioned global address space. Languages such as UPC are being developed to make programming the coming generation of peta-scale supercomputers easier and more reliable. The UPC implementation developed is much simpler than a similar implementation using MPI, which is currently the most common way to express algorithms for parallel systems.

Computational Discovery and Innovation: Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative

Michigan Tech has announced a strategic faculty hiring initiative in Computational Discovery and Innovation. This initiative is this year’s reflection of the Board of Control’s commitment to enlarge the University’s faculty by 10 positions each year in strategic, interdisciplinary areas. Advanced computation is integral to research and educational activities across Michigan Tech. Thus, a search to fill ten growth positions is underway and qualified candidates are encouraged to send an application, following the “How to Apply” guidelines at

More information about the strategic faculty hiring positions is available here.

The Department is also looking to fill regular faculty positions. More information is available here.