April 29, 2013
Fourth-year Ph.D. student Chris Fallin has earned an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Award competition. The fellowship focuses on "recognizing, rewarding, and mentoring innovative Ph.D. students across a broad range of technical research areas, based on Qualcomm core values of innovation, execution and teamwork," according to Qualcomm. The competition is open to students from a variety of top schools, and finalists are invited to present their proposals to a panel of executive judges.
Because of the strength of the applicant pool, Qualcomm awarded two honorable mentions for the first time this year. Fallin and project partner computer science Ph.D. student Gennady Pekhimenko earned the award for their project, "Block-Based Heterogeneous Core Designs for Higher System Performance and Efficiency." Working with Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Early Career Professor Onur Mutlu, Fallin and Pekhimenko are investigating energy-efficient core microarchitecture, with a specific focus on heterogeneity within the core in order to better adapt to different application types. As winners of the award, the team will split a $50,000 grant and be paired with a Qualcomm mentor to foster close collaboration with the company.