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Two Professors Recognized for Dedication to Research and Teaching

May 15, 2014

Congratulations to Junior Colehower Chair and assistant professor Mark Hempstead, Ph.D., on receiving the College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award for 2014 and the Allen Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2013-2014 academic year; and associate professor Harish Sethu, Ph.D., on receiving the College of Engineering Teaching Award for 2014.

Mark HempsteadOver the past five years, Professor Mark Hempstead has assembled an impressive body of research that has been externally recognized in several forms. He has received significant research funding, an example of which is the National Science Foundation Career Award July 2014; given a keynote talk at the IEEE International Conference on Computer Design in 2013 among other invited speaking opportunities; and authored a number of archival publications in top-tier journals and conferences, including the IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, the IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization, the International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture, and the Design Automation Conference.

Hempstead has quickly risen to become one of the most successful and active researchers in the computer engineering group in the department. He was also awarded the Allen Rothwarf Award, which recognizes a tenure-track junior faculty member for their innovation and commitment to pedagogical excellence. Hempstead will be recognized for his achievement at the Faculty Recognition Dinner on Wednesday May 14, 2014 in Behrakis Grand Hall along with other faculty from various colleges and schools.

Harish SethuAssociate professor Harish Sethu has long been recognized as one of the most dedicated and most popular professors in the ECE Department. This past year, Sethu aided in establishing the technical core of the newly launched Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree by developing and teaching a two-term course sequence in Web Security—Web Security I and Web Security II, offered in the Fall and Winter terms respectively. The course sequence stressed both theory and applications, with the students educated in and responsible for implementing various attacks and defense mechanisms. Launching such timely and fundamental courses for the new degree program involved an investment of time that has resulted in offering these classes again in the upcoming academic year.