Welcome back to the start of the 2021 school year. We’re excited to be back in a face-to-face environment and to be providing those hands-on, real-world experiences that our students, alumni, and friends so value. At the same time, with vaccinations required for students, faculty, and staff on our campus, we are confident that we are providing a safe environment for learning, teaching, working, and conducting research.
During the past year, in spite of working largely remotely, we continued to grow our successful programs and our research enterprise. Most recently, a group of faculty led by Professor Ananth Kalyanaraman received a $20 million grant that tackles important work in artificial intelligence in the agricultural industry. This work is a wonderful example of how our researchers are solving real-world problems and affecting critically important industries such as agriculture. Our researchers are also helping to lead a new cybersecurity education and research program funded by the Department of Defense. In our power engineering program, Professor Noel Schulz has recently been named as director of the Advanced Grid Institute (AGI). The AGI is an important partnership that strengthens and supports power grid research through collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Our researchers and students continue presenting at important conferences, such as the Design Automation and Test in Europe, and have been recognized in highly ranked journals, such as in Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES), the highest ranked ACM journal in electronic design automation. Our students were also finalists in a competition through the International Conference on Software Engineering.
Several of our colleagues and students have received important awards, including Assefaw Gebremedhin, who received the prestigious George Pólya Prize in Applied Combinatorics and Syrine Belakaria, who was named an IBM Graduate Research Fellow.
Our new faculty, including Ganapati Bhat, Dingwen Tao, Yan Yan, and Jia Yu, are building their research programs that will further strengthen our reputation in areas such as design automation, embedded systems, high-performance computing, machine learning, and data science. Drs. Tao and Yu both recently received NSF grants. Dr. Tao will be developing cyberinfrastructure for data-intensive scientific research, and Dr. Yu is building an open-source big data platform for science discoveries in the Arctic.
As always, we greatly appreciate the support of our donors and friends. The support you provide allows our continued success and builds an even stronger future for our school. Please feel free to contact me to share your thoughts or to set up a time for a visit.
Boeing Centennial Chair