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Endowed Chair Appointments

Bhaskar Rao

Bhaskar Rao,
Ericsson Endowed Chair in Wireless Access Networks

For his leadership in cutting edge areas of digital signal processing, electrical engineering professor Bhaskar Rao is the inaugural holder of the Ericsson Endowed Chair inWireless Access Networks at the Jacobs School. Rao has had a tremendous impact on the field of signal processing, especially in the areas of MIMO (multiple input multiple output) systems and speech processing. His work is currently influencing the next generation of cell phones. Rao directs UCSD's Center forWireless Communications and is an active Calit2 participant.

Shankar Subramaniam

Shankar Subramaniam,
Joan and Irwin Jacobs Endowed Chair in Bioengineering and Systems Biology

Bioengineering professor and department chair Shankar Subramaniam has been named the inaugural holder of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Endowed Chair in Bioengineering and Systems Biology. Subramaniam is a pioneer in the development of bioinformatics and computational systems biology. He plays a leading role in systems biology on developing mechanisms, networks, and models in addressing phenotypes in normal and pathological function of mammalian cells and tissues. Subramanian is also Associate Director of the Institute of Engineering in Medicine.

Amin Vahdat

Amin Vahdat,
SAIC Endowed Chair in Engineering

AminVahdat, a leading experimental computer scientist working in the area of networked and distributed systems, has been named to the SAIC Endowed Chair in Engineering.Vahdat works broadly in virtualization, computer networks, and distributed systems.Most recently, he has been working on data center network architectures, demonstrating techniques to build nonblocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches scalable to tens of thousands of ports. He has further been investigating architectures for transparently replicating and managing storage across multiple wide-area data centers for emerging cloud services. Vahdat is the director of UC San Diego's Center for Networked Systems (CNS) and is one of the leaders in the National Science Foundation's GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) initiative.

Yuanyuan Zhou

Yuanyuan Zhou,
Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Mobile Computing

Yuanyuan Zhou will be joining the Computer Science and Engineering Department this summer as the first holder of the Jacobs School's Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Mobile Computing. Zhou works in one of the most important areas of computer science: making software systems more reliable. Her research covers three distinct sub-disciplines: computer systems, programming languages/software engineering, and computer architecture. Related to the challenge of making software systems more reliable, Zhou pioneered new techniques for tolerating certain errors in programmer code, rather than the currently impractical goal of eradicating all errors. Zhou brings a software engineering and systems focus to her computer architecture research. Some of her recent architecture work has focused on the difficult problem of identifying potential concurrency-related bugs.

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