Purdue honors 7 CS faculty with Seed for Success Acorn Awards
Professors Vassilis Zikas, Muhammad Shahbaz, Daniel Aliaga, Chunyi Peng, Antonio Bianchi, Dave Jing Tian, David Gleich
Purdue honored more than 100 researchers with the university’s prestigious Seed for Success Acorn Awards from 2021-2013.
The award recognizes Purdue principal investigators and co-investigators who obtain their first research grants with external funding of $1 million or more for a single proposal.
Seeds of Success award winners in the Department of Computer Science are bolded below:
- Vasileios Zikas, from Algorand Foundation, MEGA-ACE: Multidisciplinary Educational Global Alliance for Algorand Center of Excellence, $7,946,351.00
- Muhammad Shahbaz, from Semiconductor Research Corporation, Evolvable Computing for Next Generation Distributed Computer Systems, $1,250,000.00
- David F. Gleich, from U.S. Department of Energy, Sparsitute: A Mathematical Institute for Sparse Computations in Science and Engineering, $1,480,268.00
- Songlin Fei, Daniel G. Aliaga, Bedrich Benes, John J. Couture, Melba M. Crawford, Rado Gazo, Ayman F. Habib, Brady S. Hardiman, Joseph P. Hupy, Douglass F. Jacob, Jinha Jung*, Ningning Nicole Kong, Zhao Ma, Zhen Yu Qian, Gang Shao, Guofan Shao, Mark Daniel Ward, Keith E. Woeste, Baijian Yang, Carla B. Zoltowski, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Promoting Economic Resilience and Sustainability of the Eastern US Forests (PERSEUS), $10,000,000.00
Elisa Bertino, Chunyi Peng, from National Science Foundation/Ohio State University, AI Institute: Symbiotic Foundations for AI and Network Research, $1,098,176.00
- Antonio Bianchi, Jing Tian, Dongyan Xu, from Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, DICER: Directed Compilation for Assured Patching, $3,869,729
“Being awarded $1 million in research funding is a true milestone,” said Karen Plaut, executive vice president for research. “It is an important recognition of a researcher’s accomplishments and innovative ideas. It also recognizes not only what researchers accomplished today but also our hopes and aspirations for the future and the impact that they will have on the world.”
This year’s ceremony honored winners from the past three years, because award ceremonies were cancelled in 2020, 2021 and 2022 due to Covid-related restrictions.
“It’s wonderful to be back celebrating this community of scholars engaged in world-class research at Purdue,” President Mung Chiang said. “External funding of your work is an important reflection of your research excellence. We could not be prouder of your accomplishments.”
Last year, Purdue set a record in external research funding, reaching $613 million.
A full list of award recipients is available at the awards webpage.
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