June 25, 2007
ECE graduate student Sebastian Herbert was awarded a two-year Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship, which will cover his tuition and fees as well as a stipend. He will be paired with a mentor from Intel and have the opportunity to intern there. In addition, he will receive an Intel architecture-based laptop and travel costs for the Fellowship Forum at Intel in October. According to their website, Intel's graduate fellowships are awarded to "outstanding students in engineering, computer science and other technical majors focusing on semiconductor technologies, micro-architecture, and communications."
Sebastian's research is affiliated with the Computer Architecture Lab at Carnegie Mellon (CALCM) and the Energy Aware Computing Research Group (ENYAC). He is studying variability-adaptive power modeling and optimization in chip multiprocessors.
"The multi-core design era is here, with all major processor manufacturers already producing multi-core products (Intel and AMD, for example)," said his advisor, Diana Marculescu, Associate Professor of ECE. "The treatment of power analysis in the context of increased manufacturing process-induced variability effects is an important and indispensable step in chip multiprocessor design," she added, explaining the significance of Sebastian's thesis topic.
He will conduct research this summer on power management techniques for next-generation chip multiprocessor systems in the Digital Enterprise Group for Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon. After he graduates, Sebastian might like to pursue research in an industry setting with that division or with Intel's Microprocessor Technology Lab.
"I wanted to do a research-oriented internship this summer to get a feel for what industry research is like and how it compares to research in academia," said Sebastian.
On campus, he belongs to the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi honor societies and is a student member of the IEEE. Next fall, Sebastian will be a teaching assistant for Advanced Computer Architecture. He earned his M.S. degree in ECE from Carnegie Mellon in 2007, as well as a B.S.E. in Computer Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science from Tulane University in 2005, where he was the School of Engineering valedictorian. Sebastian is from Youngstown, Ohio.
In recent years, Intel fellowships have also been awarded to ECE students Brandon Salmon, Roland Wunderlich, Vyacheslav Rovner, John Griffin, and Tom Wenisch.