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ECE professor recognized in computer architecture field

Carnegie Mellon’s Onur Mutlu received the 2011 Young Computer Architecture Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society’s Technical Committee on Computer Architecture.

Mutlu is an assistant professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering.

This is the award’s inaugural year; it recognizes outstanding research and contributions within computer architecture by an individual who has received his or her Ph.D. within six years of nomination.

“This is a great honor for me as I, along with my students and collaborators, research new future computer systems that are fundamentally more capable, efficient, resilient, and economical,” Mutlu said in a university press release.

Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, Mutlu worked at Microsoft Research and spent summers at Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

Mutlu, who directs the SAFARI research group at Carnegie Mellon, reports that his group is currently examining how to improve computer memory storage. These systems use new technologies that enable energy-efficient operation.

Mutlu’s research has received several other prestigious recognitions in the past year, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Noel Zahler, head of School of Music, resigns from post

Noel Zahler has resigned as the head of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Music to become dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus. His resignation will be effective on Sept. 30.

“I know that I speak for everyone at Carnegie Mellon in thanking Noel Zahler for his indefatigable efforts and his achievements on behalf of the students, staff, and faculty in the School of Music. All of us wish him well in this new chapter in his career,” Dan Martin, acting CFA dean, said in a university press release.

According to the official e-mail notifying students of his resignation, Zahler made many contributions to the School of Music during his four years as head. He was credited with increasing the number of full-time faculty positions, updating the curriculum, adding programs, and creating new performance opportunities for students.

In the e-mail, Martin said Zahler helped raise the school’s profile and cited its recent top-10 music school ranking in the prestigious Fiske Guide.

Zahler also expanded the school’s alumni connections, initiated several fundraising campaigns, and built strong ties with local music organizations, such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Opera.