CS Faculty Earn Promotions in 2006
Congratulations to Professors Walid Aref, Ananth Grama and Zhiyuan Li! Each has worked hard to earn a promotion to full professor. These positions will become effective on July 1, 2006.
Professor Walid Aref came to Purdue in 1999 from Panasonic Information and Networking Technologies Labs in Princeton, New Jersey. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland and his MSc and BSc in computer science from Alexandria University in Egypt. His research interests are in developing database technologies for emerging applications, e.g., spatial, spatio-temporal, multimedia, genomics, and sensor databases. Professor Aref is also interested in indexing, data mining, and geographic information systems (GIS). He received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2001 and a Purdue University Faculty Scholar award in 2004.
Professor Ananth Grama came to Purdue in 1996 from the University of Minnesota. He also earned his PhD in computer science that year from the University of Minnesota. He received his MS in computer engineering from Wayne State University in 1990 and his BE in computer science and technology in 1989 from the University of Roorkee. Professor Grama's research interests span the areas of parallel and distributed computing architectures, algorithms, and applications. Professor Grama co-authored Introduction to Parallel Computing: Design and Analysis of Algorithms, and has been named an Outstanding Teacher by the College of Science. He earned a University Faculty Scholar award in 2002, and an NSF CAREER Award in 1998.
Professor Zhiyuan Li came to Purdue in 1997 from the Intel Microprocessor Technology Lab. He received his PhD in computer science in 1989 and his MS in computer science in 1985 from the University of Illinois, Urbana. He earned his BS in Mathematics at the Xiamen University in China. Professor Zhiyuan Li has led a group to design and implement an interprocedural parallelizing Fortran compiler, called Panorama, which performs highly efficient array data flow analysis to enable aggressive loop parallelization and locality-enhancement program transformations. He received the University Faculty Scholar award in 2005, the NSF CAREER award in 1995, and the NSF Research Initiation Award in 1992.