May 15, 2013
Associate Research Professor Franz Franchetti has earned the College of Engineering Dean's Early Career Fellowship. The fellowship, founded this year, recognizes deserving faculty members who have received extremely strong support during their review for promotion to the associate professor level and have been nominated by their department heads to receive the fellowship. This year's four recipients were selected after review and discussion of their nomination packages by CIT's Review Committee.
Franchetti joined the ECE Department in 2004 as a post-doctoral research associate and became a systems scientist (special faculty) in 2005. He was named an assistant research professor in 2008 and was promoted to associate research professor in 2012. His research focuses on automatic performance-tuning and program-generation for emerging parallel platforms, including multicore CPUs, clusters and high-performance systems, graphics processors, field programmable gate arrays, and FPGA-acceleration for CPUs. As a member of the Spiral research team, his goal is to enable automatic generation of highly optimized software libraries for important kernel functionality. Franchetti is the leader for the Security thrust in CMU's SRC Smart Grid Research Center and co-founder of SpiralGen, a Pittsburgh-based company commercializing the technology developed in Spiral.