April 2, 2007
ECE graduate student Michael Kasick (B.S. 2006) has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. He was one of approximately 900 awardees chosen from across the nation out of approximately 8,400 applicants. Kasick's research is focused on the challenges of fingerpointing the root cause of failures in large, complex distributed systems.
"This is an increasingly important research area, particularly for developing highly available computer systems, because diagnosing the root cause of failures and initiating appropriate recovery actions are critical to keeping systems up and running 24/7," said his advisor, Priya Narasimhan, Associate Professor of ECE.
Last year, Kasick was selected as a finalist in the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Award competition for work he did as a senior. The annual award recognizes undergraduates from North American universities who show outstanding potential in computing research.
Outside of the classroom, Kasick serves as an advisor for Carnegie Mellon's Computer Club and the senior operator of their machine room. He is also active in the Carnegie Tech Radio Club (W3VC).
ECE senior Felix Duvallet and alumnus Daniel Weller (B.S. 2006) also won NSF Graduate Research Fellowships this year. Weller is now a graduate student in electrical engineering at MIT, where he will use his fellowship. Duvallet plans to apply his award toward graduate study at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute. Senior Veronica Yusz, who received an honorable mention, will continue as a graduate student in ECE next fall working on magnetic materials research with Jimmy Zhu, ABB Professor of ECE, who directs Carnegie Mellon's Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC).
The Graduate Fellowship Program, one of NSF's oldest with roots in its original 1950's charter, awards fellowships to promising young mathematicians, scientists and engineers who are expected to pursue lifelong careers marked by significant contributions to these fields.
ECE senior Michael Kasick selected as a finalist in the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Award competition.