Onur Mutlu to Receive IEEE CS 2020 Technical Achievement Award

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 21 March 2020 – Prof. Onur Mutlu, Fellow of ACM and IEEE, has been selected to receive the IEEE Computer Society 2020 Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award, “for innovative and impactful contributions to computer memory systems.”

A professor of computer science at ETH Zurich, Mutlu is also a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University where he previously held the Strecker Early Career Professorship.  His current broader research interests are in computer architecture, systems, hardware security, and bioinformatics. A variety of techniques he and his collaborators invented over the years have influenced industry and have been employed in commercial microprocessors and memory/storage systems.  

He started the Computer Architecture Group at Microsoft Research (2006-2009), and held various product and research positions at Intel Corporation, Advanced Micro Devices, VMware, and Google.

He received the ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award, the inaugural IEEE Computer Society Young Computer Architect Award, the inaugural Intel Early Career Faculty Award, US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Carnegie Mellon University Ladd Research Award, faculty partnership awards from various companies, and a healthy number of best paper or “Top Pick” paper recognitions at various computer systems, architecture, and hardware security venues.

He is an ACM Fellow “for contributions to computer architecture research, especially in memory systems”, IEEE Fellow “for contributions to computer architecture research and practice” and an elected member of the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea) “for outstanding achievements as a researcher”.

He obtained his PhD and MS in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and BS degrees in computer engineering and psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

His computer architecture and digital design course lectures and materials are available on YouTube, and his research group makes a wide variety of software and hardware artifacts freely available online. More information can be found at https://people.inf.ethz.ch/omutlu/.

The IEEE Computer Society Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award is given for outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology, usually within the past 10 to 15 years. Contributions must have significantly promoted technical progress in the field.

Consisting of a certificate and a $2,000 honorarium, the award will be presented to Mutlu at the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computers, Software and Applications (COMPSAC) to be held 13-17 July 2020 in Madrid, Spain.

Further information about the award, including past recipients, can be found at www.computer.org/volunteering/awards/technical-achievement.

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