Yu Appointed as IEEE EDS Distinguished Lecturer

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Shimeng Yu

Shimeng Yu has been named as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) for at least a two-year period. Yu is an associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he leads the Laboratory for Emerging Devices and Circuits. 

During his term as an IEEE EDS Distinguished Lecturer, Yu will speak on “memory device technologies for neuro-inspired computing.” These emerging semiconductor devices may serve as artificial synaptic or neuronal elements to implement neural networks in hardware, thus improving the compute/energy efficiency of artificial intelligence/machine learning and neuromorphic algorithms/workloads. These technologies may have potential impacts on smart sensing and edge platforms.

Yu has had a long association with IEEE EDS. He has received several awards from the Society over the years, including the IEEE EDS M.S. Student Fellowship in 2010, the IEEE EDS Ph.D. Student Fellowship in 2012, and the IEEE EDS Early Career Award in 2017. Yu has also worked on the technical program committees for the Society’s flagship conferences such as the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) and the IEEE Symposium on VLSI Technology. He currently serves as an editor for IEEE Electron Device Letters.

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Atlanta, GA

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Jackie Nemeth

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Applications Open for Van Aacken Fund Student Awards

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Applications for funding to offset the cost of law school applications are open until Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

Applications are now open for the Van Aacken Fund Student Awards, which are designed to help prospective law school students offset the cost of applying. The awards will provide two students with $500 each to cover such costs as law school application fees, LSAT/LSAC fees, LSAT prep costs, costs associated with campus visits, and more. Applications are open until Friday, Oct. 8 at 11:59 p.m., and decisions will be made by the end of October. Priority will be given to third- and fourth-year students.

The awards are handed out through Georgia Tech’s Law, Science, and Technology (LST) program within the School of Public Policy. The Van Aacken GT Law Fund, established in memory of attorney and Georgia Tech alumnus Troy Van Aacken, is sponsoring them.

To be considered, applicants should submit a document no longer than one page containing their full name, major(s), minor(s) (if applicable), and current GPA, as well as 200-word responses to three questions. Those interested should apply using the application form on the LST website.

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Grace Wyner

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Brown Wins World Citizen Prize in Environmental Performance Award

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Marilyn Brown, Regents Professor and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy, received the 2021 World Citizen Prize in Environmental Performance Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). The award is given to those whose research realizes new pathways to measurable gains in environmental performance, namely in regard to reducing consumption and waste.

Brown won the award for her work with Drawdown Georgia, a group of academic partners striving to reduce carbon emissions in Georgia, as well as her accompanying publication, “A framework for localizing global climate solutions and their carbon reduction potential.”

The award will be presented to Brown at APPAM’s Fall Research Conference, held in Austin, Texas in March 2022.

Raychowdhury Chosen for SRC Technical Excellence Award

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Arijit Raychowdhury with SRC Technical Excellence Award

Arijit Raychowdhury has been selected for the 2021 Technical Excellence Award by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). Raychowdhury currently holds the Motorola Solutions Foundation Professorship in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). 

The Technical Excellence Award, first presented in 1991, is the highest technical award presented by SRC. It recognizes research of exceptional value to SRC member companies. This award recognizes key contributors of innovative technology that significantly enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the semiconductor industry. The nominations are from the industry, indicating the extent to which the research outcomes have been applied by the industry. In the history of this award, Raychowdhury is the second Georgia Tech researcher to win this award and the third person to receive this for contributions to the design of digital VLSI circuits.

A Georgia Tech ECE faculty member since 2013, Raychowdhury leads the Integrated Circuits and Systems Research Lab. He received the award for the contributions of his group in the digital linear regulator technologies for power management in Systems-on-Chips. The research conducted over the last eight years has now significantly impacted both internal research and product pathfinding in multiple SRC member companies. His nomination was supported by Intel, IBM, Qualcomm, and TSMC.

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Atlanta, GA

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jackie.nemeth@ece.gatech.edu

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Jackie Nemeth

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Krishna, Raychowdhury Win Qualcomm Faculty Awards

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Tushar Krishna (left) and Arijit Raychowdhury

Tushar Krishna and Arijit Raychowdhury have been selected for 2021 Qualcomm Faculty Awards (QFA). They are both faculty members in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

The QFA program supports key professors and their research, with the goal of strengthening Qualcomm’s engagement with faculty who also play a key role in Qualcomm’s recruiting of top graduate students.

Krishna was chosen for the QFA for his contributions to the modeling, analysis, and design of high-performance, energy-efficient hardware acceleration platforms. 

Data movement is a key challenge in modern computing platforms, especially for Big Data applications like machine learning, on the edge and the cloud. The latency and energy cost of communicating data from memory to the chip often surpasses that of the actual computation, limiting scalability. 

Krishna’s lab has been working on specific solutions to mitigate this challenge. His research has developed systematic mechanisms to understand the relationship between computation mapping and the resulting off-chip/on-chip communication. They also develop interconnection topologies and communication protocols to optimize system performance and energy efficiency. Several Georgia Tech ECE graduate students who have worked with Krishna on these topics through his advanced courses and research projects are now researchers at Qualcomm.

Raychowdhury was chosen for the QFA for his contributions to low-power system-on-a-chip (SoC) design, including his group’s work on embedded power management and delivery circuits that have impacted Qualcomm’s internal research and development.  

Fine-grain power management plays a critical role in improving the energy efficiency of low-power SoCs and requires a closed-loop control between system software and embedded hardware. Over the last several years, Raychowdhury’s group has pioneered novel control topologies for improving the integration and performance of embedded voltage regulators and the co-regulation of voltage and clocking circuits. Raychowdhury's students have obtained multiple Best Paper Awards and scholarships based on their work, and several of his Ph.D. graduates are now researchers at Qualcomm’s Processor Research Group.

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