April 17, 2000
Meredith Beveridge, a first year graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Beveridge is one of 850 awardees from across the nation this year.
The Graduate Fellowship Program, one of NSF's oldest with roots in its original 1950s charter, awards fellowships to promising young mathematicians, scientists and engineers who are expected to pursue lifelong careers marked by significant contributions to these fields.
Beveridge's advisor, ECE assistant professor Phil Koopman, feels that Beveridge definitely has what it takes to succeed in graduate school.
"Meredith has a great deal of enthusiasm for engineering and has demonstrated that she is quite capable very early in her career. She was able to fit right in with a large group of senior graduate students and take ownership of a key piece of the project."
When she arrived on campus in June 1999, Beveridge began working with Koopman's research group on the Ballista project, an automated robustness testing service that probes software to see how effective it is at exception handling. Ballista finds ways to make operating systems crash, for example, and can make other software packages suffer abnormal termination instead of gracefully returning error indications.
Building upon that work, Beveridge created an automated package to test the robustness of Unix operating systems. This package will be released publicly this semester. Last fall, after only a few months in this program, her work was accepted for a poster presentation at a first-tier research conference. Koopman feels that Beveridge's future research direction will probably be a fundamental contribution to making large critical software systems more robust.
Currently, Beveridge is working on the Robust Self-configuring Embedded Systems (RoSES) project which seeks a general approach to building flexible, dependable, maintainable and logistically supportable systems. Roses is currently supported by General Motors as part of the GM Satellite Research Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon.