• 1946 June 02
    (b.) - ?


An American computer engineer, he is the Buhl University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1968. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering (minor in Computer Science) from Stanford University, in 1969 and 1972, respectively. In 1980 he became Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1972 to 1986 he was a consultant for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) a company based in Maynard, Massachusetts. While at DEC in the mid of 1970s, in collaboration with engineers from DEC, he developed several multi-processor systems, including the CM * project with 50 single processors (based on the first microprocessor LSI 11). From 1994-1998, he served as Director of the Engineering Design Research Center. In 1999 he became Director of the Human Computer Interaction Institute. He was Chairman of the IEEE Technical Committee on fault tolerant computing. He led an interdisciplinary team of students and engineers that developed around 20 mobile computing applications (applications for example in aircraft and automotive maintenance and medicine). He has written nine textbooks in the areas of parallel processing, computer architecture, reliable computing, and design automation in addition to over 475 papers. He is the author of several monographs, including a standard work of case studies on computer architecture, which he edited with Gordon Bell. In 1988, he received the IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award. In 2000, he became a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is also the recipient of the American Association of Engineering Education Frederick Emmons Terman Award and the ACM SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contributions Award. He is a fellow of the IEEE, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and AAAS. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
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    1946 June 02
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    Designer or co-designer of nine multiprocessor systems and a key contributor to the dependability design of over two dozen commercial computing systems
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