Prof. Gleich Named Sloan Research Fellow for 2016

2-23-2016
Writer(s): Jesica E. Hollinger

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation names David Gleich as one of the 126 “early career scientists of outstanding promise” for 2016.  As one of this year’s recipients of the SloanGleich Research Fellowship, Gleich is recognized for distinguished performance in his research and for his unique potential to make substantial contributions to his field.

Gleich’s research deals with enabling currently infeasible analysis of large data in science and engineering. He works to craft new methods that combine insights about how computer algorithms behave on these data with complex engineering characteristics of the computers themselves. 

"Research that successfully integrates these two ideas is exceedingly rare," said Department Head Sunil Prabhakar.

“The software I've written based on this research has been used to study reducing jet-noise from new airplanes, to study how to identify different types of tissue in an MRI scan, to find groups of related proteins between different animals, among even more diverse uses,” Gleich explained.  He sees that the fellowship will greatly benefit his work and allow it to evolve in exciting new ways.  It also will provide him the resources to further make high-quality software based on the research available for others to use.

Gleich said he was both honored and humbled when he learned the news. “I feel very grateful to the mentors and collaborators that I’ve had during my life,” he added.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grantmaking institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance. A complete listing of Sloan fellowship recipients is available at http://www.sloan.org/fileadmin/media/files/press_releases/2016_SRF_Press_Release_vF.pdf