Two Illinois engineering professors named as ACM Fellows

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By Rick Kubetz, College of Engineering
February 10, 2006

  • College of Engineering professors and Lui Sha were recently named as new Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
  • “These individuals deserve our acclaim for their dedication, creativity, and success in pursuing productive careers in information technology,” said ACM President David Patterson.

College of Engineering professors David M. Nicol and Lui Sha were recently named as new Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). They were among the 34 ACM members recognized for their contributions to both the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology.

“These individuals deserve our acclaim for their dedication, creativity, and success in pursuing productive careers in information technology,” said ACM President David Patterson. “By seizing these opportunities, they demonstrate the astonishing potential for innovation in the computing discipline, and the broad-based, profound, and enduring impacts of their achievements for the way we live and work in the 21 st Century.”

David Nicol, a research professor in the Coordinated Sciences Laboratory and professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), was recognized for contributions to discrete-event simulation. His research interests include high performance computing, modeling/simulation of large-scale systems, discrete-event simulation, networking, and security. In addition to serving as chair of the ECE Computer Engineering Group and an affiliate professor of computer science, Nicol is the d irector of Project MOSES which specifically focuses on using modeling and simulation to analyze computer systems, with an emphasis on large-scale systems and their security properties.

Recognized for contributions to real-time systems, Lui Sha is a professor of computer science at Illinois. He is also a research professor with the Coordinated Science Laboratory and an affiliate of the ECE department. His research covers the design and integration of robust real-time embedded systems using a mixture of new and reused components. This includes d istributed real-time computing systems, dynamic real-time architecture, QoS driven resource management and security and fault tolerance in networked embedded systems.

ACM is an educational and scientific society uniting the world’s computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. Initiated in 1993, the Fellows program celebrates the exceptional contributions of the leading members in the computing field. The new ACM Fellows join a distinguished list of colleagues to whom ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership in computing and information technology.

The association will formally recognize the new Fellows at its annual Awards Banquet on May 20, 2006, in San Francisco, California.

Editor's note: media inquiries should be directed to Brad Petersen, Director of Communications, at bradp@illinois.edu or (217) 244-6376.

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