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Hanson, Kulkarni, Shi Receive NSF CAREER Awards


Three Texas ECE faculty, Alex Hanson, Jaydeep Kulkarni, and August Shi have been selected to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award is the most prestigious offered by NSF’s CAREER Program, providing up to five years of funding to junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations’ missions.

Alex Hanson, assistant professor and Fellow of the Jack Kilby/Texas Instruments Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Computer Engineering in Texas ECE, received the award for his research on "Power Magnetics for MHz Frequencies." He received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College in 2014 and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 and 2019 respectively.  His research interests include component- and system-level power electronics with emphasis on high-frequency magnetics and circuits.  He is also interested in leveraging power and energy in diverse applications like medicine, aerospace, etc.

Jaydeep Kulkarni, assistant professor, Fellow of Silicon Laboratories Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering, and Fellow of AMD Chair in Computer Engineering in Texas ECE, received his award for "Advancing Combinatorial Optimization Accelerators with Compute in Memory Design Approach." He received the Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 2009. During 2009-2017, he worked as a Senior Staff Research Scientist at Intel Labs in Hillsboro, OR. He has filed 35 patents, published 2 book chapters, and 75 papers in referred journals and conferences. His research is focused machine learning hardware accelerators, in-memory computing, emerging nano-devices, heterogeneous and 3D integrated circuits, hardware security, and cryogenic computing. 

August Shi, assistant professor and Jarmon Innovation Fund Fellow in Texas ECE, received his award for "Mitigating Flaky Tests." August obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020. He obtained a B.S. in both Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. His research interests are in software testing, and he is in particular interested in regression testing. August’s work focuses on how to make regression testing both (1) more reliable with respect to flaky tests and (2) faster without loss in quality of testing. His work on regression testing has received an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award.