Mowry Succeeds Satyanarayanan as Head of Intel Research Pittsburgh


June 10, 2004

Todd C. Mowry, Carnegie Mellon University Associate Professor of CS and ECE, has been named director of Intel Research Pittsburgh. He is an expert in computer architecture, compilers, operating systems, parallel processing and database performance.

Mowry succeeds Carnegie Professor of CS and Professor of ECE Mahadev Satyanarayanan, who will remain involved in the research laboratory that was established two years ago. "Todd will bring a new research thrust to Intel Research Pittsburgh at the intersection of databases, architecture, compilers and operating systems," said Satyanarayanan, a pioneer in the fields of distributed file systems and mobile computing.

Intel Research Pittsburgh, which focuses on software development for data storage, is one of four labs Intel Corp. has founded close to major universities to pursue open collaborative research projects to accelerate the development of new computing and communications technologies.

Mowry, 37, is a native of Butler, Pa. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1988, and his master's and doctor's degrees in the same field from Stanford University in 1989 and 1994, respectively. He began his career as an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Toronto and joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1997.

Mowry was named a Sloan Research Fellow in 1999 for his groundbreaking work in computer architectures. In 1999, he also received a TR 100 award from MIT Technology Review Magazine, which described Mowry as one of "100 young innovators poised to shape technology."

"Intel Research Pittsburgh is already making a big impact on a number of areas of research since its founding just over two years ago, including personal computing mobility in the Internet Suspend/Resume project, wide-area sensing in the IrisNet project and interactive search of complex data in the Diamond project," said David Tennenhouse, Intel vice president and director of research.

"A key tenet of Intel's research model is to collaborate closely with university faculty members, such as Satya and Todd, on a rotation basis. As Satya rotates back to continue his leadership role in the academic community, we would like to personally thank him for his tremendous efforts on behalf of both Intel and Carnegie Mellon University," Tennenhouse said.

Satyanarayanan noted that the lab also has contributed to innovation in education at Carnegie Mellon. "In addition to the lab's rich and vibrant research agenda, we have extensive collaborations with our faculty and students, many publications in top forums and impressive working prototypes," he said. In spring 2003, a new course, Internet-Scale Sensor Networks: Design and Policy, was jointly created and team-taught by Carnegie Mellon faculty and Intel researchers. The projects in this course used Intel Research's experimental prototypes from the Pittsburgh lab, as well as some from the University of California at Berkeley.

As Mowry takes the helm at Intel Research Pittsburgh, Satyanarayanan said he will remain involved full time with the research lab through the end of the summer. After that, he will continue to play a substantial role in the research that he helped to initiate.

"There are a number of exciting research developments that we anticipate unfolding in that time frame," Satyanarayanan said. "We are clearly past the startup phase and can look forward to continued growth and many more accomplishments in 2004 and beyond."

Intel established the Intel Research Pittsburgh lab in 2002. It is one of four research labs founded by the company adjacent to leading universities to pursue open collaborative research projects that can accelerate the development of new computing and communications technologies. The other labs are located adjacent to the University of Washington, Berkeley and Cambridge University in England.

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