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Computer engineering faculty member receives named professorship

Anna Hartenbach | Aug 15, 2018
Russ College Professor, Avinash Karanth (pictured) was named the Joseph K. Jachinoski Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Computer engineering faculty member receives named professorship

Anna Hartenbach | Aug 15, 2018

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Avinash Karanth has received an alumnus-endowed professorship. 

Karanth, a computer engineering faculty member who has been recognized by the National Science Foundation (NSF), was named Joseph K. Jachinowski Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. It’s a five-year appointed professorship that provides a salary supplement and funds to support professional development as well as scholarly and research work. Alumnus Joseph “Joe” K. Jachinowski, BSEE ’79, and his wife, Suzanne, donated $250,000 in 2007 to establish and endow the professorship. 

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Chair David Juedes said Karanth’s accomplishments spoke volumes in the selection process.

“Karanth has an exemplary research and teaching record. He was selected based on these credentials, along with recommendations from other named professors in the school,” Juedes said.

A faculty member since 2007, Karanth has received many awards, including the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant in 2011 and an Ohio University Presidential Research Scholar award in 2017. The NSF has also supported his research.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment because it recognizes my research and teaching achievements,” he said. “I feel extremely grateful to Russ College leadership, especially Dean Dennis Irwin and David Juedes, and I sincerely appreciate my selection for the professorship,” he said. 

Karanth, who received a NSF research award in 2014 for his work on improving the reliability of the communication fabric on chips used in computers and other devices, will pursue additional research and teaching thanks to the professorship.

“I have been working on network-on-chip research from an energy, power, technology and reliability perspective, but this professorship will allow me to pursue new directions in security and machine learning,” he said, noting that he will also use the opportunity to enhance some of his courses.

Karanth teaches introductory courses in computer engineering and organization, and advanced courses in parallel computer architecture and interconnection networks for high-performance computing. His graduate students have gone on to work at Intel Corporation, Lockheed Martin and other multinational companies.

He has published more than 60 publications in IEEE and OSA peer-reviewed conferences and journals in computer architecture and optical interconnection networks. 

Jachinowski, a member of the Russ College board of visitors and Russ College Academy of Distinguished Graduates, is executive director of Mevion Medical Systems, a privately-held company that aims to offer affordable and compact proton therapy systems for radiation treatment of cancer. He received OHIO’s Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship in 2016.