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Ganger receives prestigious professorship in engineering

Gregory Ganger was awarded the Stephen J. Jatras Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon for his cutting-edge work in computer systems.

He is both a professor of electrical and computer engineering and the director of Carnegie Mellon’s Parallel Data Lab (PDL).

The professorship is named after the late Stephen J. Jatras, who was the former chairman of the Telex Corp. and a leader in a variety of academic, civic, and community organizations around the country.

Since 2001, Ganger has served as director of the PDL, where he collaborates with HP Labs to research cloud computing issues through HP Labs’ Innovation Program. Over 50 students, staff, and faculty contribute to the PDL research activities.

Additionally, 19 top companies and businesses sponsor and participate in the ongoing research.

“Greg is an outstanding researcher, educator, and academic leader,” said Ed Schlesinger, head of Carnegie Mellon’s department of electrical and computer engineering, in a recent university press release. “His work addresses fundamental engineering challenges and solves important problems even while he builds unique systems and organizations. He is a wonderful example of the spirit of Carnegie Mellon’s culture of collaboration.”

Tepper professor to receive George Leland Bach Chair

Ilker Baybars, deputy dean and professor of operations management at the Tepper School of Business, was awarded the George Leland Bach Chair for his contributions to his department.

Baybars received both his master’s degree and Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon, and the became part of the faculty in 1978.

His many awards and achievements include the Tepper School’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership and the Emil Limbach Teaching Award for Excellence in the Classroom at Heinz College.

Baybars also founded and designed the business school’s “FlexTime” (part-time) and “FlexMode” (distance learning) master’s programs.

“For more than three decades Dr. Baybars has served the university as a distinguished faculty member, researcher and administrator,” said Mark S. Kamlet, university provost and executive vice president, in a recent university press release.

“In recognition of his long-standing dedication to the Tepper School and his individual contributions to the academic community, it is fitting that he is honored with the professorship named for Lee Bach, who was known as a great teacher and innovator in furthering the knowledge and understanding of economics and business.”