Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science News

UT Hosts 101st Engineers Day for High School Students

For 101 years, UT undergraduate engineering students and faculty have dedicated a day to showing high school students the exciting opportunities available to future engineers. Called Engineers Day, the event dismisses undergraduate engineering classes for the day to allow undergraduates to interact with prospective engineering students. This year’s Engineers Day is Thursday, October 24.

Female Engineering Students Establish “Lean In Circle” for Technical Careers

The national Lean In women’s professional movement has landed on campus. New York Times best-seller Lean In, written by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, has prompted a conversation change to focus on what women can do rather than not do, to advance their careers and influence. The on-campus group, “Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at UT” was asked to be the founding circle in a new partnership between LeanIn.Org and the Anita Borg Institute.

Professor Receives High Honor for Supercomputing Accomplishments

Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science in the College of Engineering, is being honored for his leadership in high performance computing. He will receive the Association for Computing Machinery-Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award on November 19 in Denver at SC13, the International Conference on High Performance Computing.

Personal Computer Inventor to Join College of Engineering Faculty

Alumnus Mark Dean, co-inventor of the personal computer, will join UT’s College of Engineering faculty this fall. Dean arrives at UT from IBM, where he most recently served as chief technology officer for IBM Middle East and Africa, based in Dubai. He begins on September 1 as the John Fisher Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Professor Helps Design Software for the Next Generation of Supercomputer

Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science at UT is designing software that will be critical in making the next generation of supercomputers operational. For decades, supercomputers have been tackling the world’s most pressing challenges, from sequencing the human genome to predicting climate changes. But their power is limited and thus, so is our knowledge.

Professor Jack Dongarra Announces New Supercomputer Benchmark

The way the power of supercomputers is measured is about to change. Since 1993, Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science at UT has led the ranking of the world’s top 500 supercomputers. The much-celebrated bi-annual TOP500 list is compiled using Dongarra’s benchmark system, called Linpack. But Dongarra says Linpack hasn’t kept pace with supercomputing needs and must be updated.

Professors Create Code that Turns Large-Scale Data into Art

How does a computer view the human world—say, the human genome or literary works such as Herman Melville’s Moby Dick? Two UT professors have provided some insight, thanks to a code they’ve created that allows the computer to transform large-scale data and information into digital images—compressed pictures composed of colorful lines.