December 1, 2006
Michael Kasick, a senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), was selected as a finalist in the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Award competition for 2007. The annual award recognizes undergraduates from North American universities who show outstanding potential in computing research.
Kasick became interested in conducting undergraduate research at Carnegie Mellon after taking Embedded Real-Time Systems, taught by Priya Narasimhan, Assistant Professor of ECE and Institute for Software Research International (ISRI). He began by volunteering with her in the summer of 2005 on a project investigating the research challenges underlying fingerpointing (also know as root-cause analysis or failure diagnosis) in large-scale distributed systems.
Later, his CIT honors project involved developing algorithms and tools to assist administrators of the real-world Emulab 400+-node cluster (located at the University of Utah) in diagnosing the root cause of failures. His results, "Towards Fingerpointing in the Emulab Dynamic Distributed System," were published last month at the USENIX Workshop on Real Large Distributed Systems (WORLDS), which was held in Seattle, in conjunction with the USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI).
"I have advised many undergraduate and graduate students, and I have to admit that Mike's prolific progress in his research has blown me away," said Narasimhan. "It is very hard for even graduate students to get their research work published at a workshop like WORLDS. Great things await Mike in the future, and I am excited and privileged to be along for the ride."
Outside of the classroom, Kasick serves in leadership roles in Carnegie Mellon's Computer Club and the Carnegie Tech Radio Club (W3VC). He has been admitted into the Ph.D. program in ECE, and plans to continue his fingerpointing research.
Students are nominated for the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award by their department. Other honorees from Carnegie Mellon include: winner Stephanie Rosenthal, a senior in Computer Science (CS) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); finalist Mihir Kedia, a senior in CS; and honorable mention nominee Brendan Meeder, a senior in CS and Math.
An announcement of the winners will appear in the January 2007 issue of Computing Research News and the awards will be presented at an upcoming computing research conference. This year's award program is sponsored by Microsoft Research.
Source: Computing Research Association