Three receive CAREER awards
professors have received National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty
Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards.
The recipients are Moses Charikar, Maria Pino Martin,
and David Walker.
Professor Charikar's research interest is theoretical computer
science. He is broadly interested in the design and analysis
of algorithms, with an emphasis on approximation algorithms
for NP-hard problems, on-line algorithms and algorithmic techniques
for massive data sets.
His CAREER-funded project is titled Approximation Algorithms--New
Directions and Techniques.
Professor Charikar joined the Princeton faculty in the fall
of 2001 as assistant professor in the Department of Computer
He came to Princeton from Stanford University, where he earned
his Ph.D. in computer science in 2000. He earned his bachelor's
degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, where he triple-majored
in technology, computer science, and engineering.
During his education at Stanford, he was awarded the Stanford
Graduate Fellowship, the Computer Science Schlumberger Fellowship,
and the Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship.
He also won the Best Student Paper Award at the 31st Association
for Computing and Machinery (ACM) Symposium on Theory of Computing.
Earlier this year he received an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.
Maria Pino Martin
Professor Martin's research interests include the study of
fundamental physical phenomena in transitional and turbulent
flows, with a particular interest in the interaction between
nonequilibrium chemical reactions and unsteady fluid motion.
Her research efforts include theory, numerical simulation,
data analysis, and validation against experiments.
Her CAREER-funded project is titled Numerical Simulations
of Transitional and Turbulent Hypersonic Flows.
The aim of this research is to develop new computational
tools that capture the real flow physics via a better understanding
of the fundamental physical phenomena, and bridging these
new tools and production codes that are used for practical
Professor Martin came to Princeton in the fall of 2001 from
the Center for Turbulence Research/NASA Ames Research Center
at Stanford University, where she was a research associate.
She received her bachelor's degree from Boston University
in 1994, where she was vice president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering
Honor Society. Professor Martin earned her M.S. and Ph.D.
in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota
Professor Walker's research interests are the theory, design,
and implementation of modern programming languages.
Specific research topics include certifying compilation,
typed intermediate languages, typed assembly language and
proof-carrying code; logic and type systems for reasoning
about safety properties, memory management, aliasing and distributed
computing; and language-based security and run-time security
His CAREER-funded project is titled Programming Languages
for Secure and Reliable Computing.
Professor Walker joi ned the Department of Computer Science
as an assistant professor in the fall of 2002.
He came to Princeton from Carnegie Mellon University, where
he was a postdoctoral fellow. He received his undergraduate
degree in computer science from Queen's University in Kingston,
Ontario, and his master's degree and Ph.D. in computer science
from Cornell University in 1999 and 2001, respectively.
While at Cornell, Professor Walker received the Computer
Science Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
CAREER awards were created by the
NSF to encourage the early development of academic faculty
as both educators and researchers.
Four are promoted, one
Sanjeev Arora and Edward Felten have been promoted
to professor in the Department of Computer Science, effective
July 1, 2003.
An expert in theoretical computer science, Professor Arora
studied for two years at the Indian Institute of Technology
in Kanpur before transferring to the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, where he earned his B.S. in 1990. He received
his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in
1994, the same year he joined the Princeton faculty as assistant
professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1999.
Professor Arora won the ACM Doctoral
Dissertation Award and a National Science Foundation (NSF)
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award in
1995, and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 1996. In 1997 he
was named a David and Lucile Packard Foundation fellow. Recently,
he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in Computer Sciences
and Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
He is on the editorial boards of Information and Computation
and the Journal of Combinatorial Optimization. Professor
Arora's research interests are theoretical computer science,
specifically, computational complexity, uses of randomness
in computation, probabilistically checkable proofs (PCPs),
and computing approximate solutions to NP-hard problems.
Professor Felten's research focuses on computer and communications
security, especially relating to consumer devices and software;
the impact of the law on technology; operating systems; internet
software; the security of mechanisms for distributing executable
content over the Internet; the interaction of security with
programming languages and operating systems; distributed computing;
and parallel computing architecture and software.
He is director of the University's Secure Internet Programming
Professor Felten joined the Princeton faculty as assistant
professor in 1993 and was promoted to associate professor
in 1999. He received his 1985 B.S. in physics from the California
Institute of Technology and his 1993 Ph.D. in computer science
and engineering from the University of Washington. He received
a National Young Investigator Award in 1994.
Also in the Department of Computer Science, Adam Finkelstein
and Thomas Funkhouser were promoted to the tenured
rank of associate professor, effective July 1, 2003.
Professor Finkelstein joined Princeton in February 1997 as
assistant professor. He teaches courses in nonphotorealistic
rendering, computer animation, general computer science, and
Previously he was a postdoctoral research associate at the
University of Washington. A 1987 graduate of Swarthmore College,
he earned his master's degree in 1993 and his Ph.D. in 1996
from the University of Washington.
His research interests are in computer animation, surface
textures, and nonphotorealistic rendering. In 2000 he received
an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and an NSF CAREER award.
In 2001 he received an Emerson Electric Company E. Lawrence
Keyes '51 Faculty Advancement Award.
Professor Funkhouser joined the Princeton faculty in the
spring of 1998 as assistant professor. Previously he was a
technical staff member at Bell Labs.
A 1983 graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Funkhouser earned
his master's degree in 1989 from the University of California
at Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in 1993 from the University
of California at Berkeley.
His research interests are research computer graphics, three-dimensional
modeling, data visualization, lighting and acoustic simulation,
collaborative systems, distributed computation, and multimedia
He received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 1999,
an NSF CAREER award in 2000, and an Emerson Electric Company
E. Lawrence Keyes '51 Faculty Advancement Award in 2001.
In the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Maria Garlock has been reappointed as assistant professor
for a three-and-one-half-year term, effective Feb. 1, 2003.
Professor Garlock joined the Princeton faculty in the fall
of 2002. She came to SEAS from Lehigh University, where she
earned her Ph.D. in structural engineering.
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