Yalamanchili Named as Regents’ Professor

Sudhakar Yalamanchili has been promoted to the rank of Regents’ Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), effective November 1.

Yalamanchili has been a prolific contributor to the fields of high performance multiprocessor communication, multicore computing, and heterogeneous computing throughout his long and distinguished career in academia. Prior to joining ECE as an associate professor in 1989, he worked at Honeywell’s Systems and Research Center and was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota. He has been a full professor at Tech since 1998 and has held the title of Joseph M. Pettit Professor since 2004.

A Fellow of the IEEE, Yalamanchili has provided technical leadership through his service on various editorial boards and program committees in computer architecture and high performance computing. He has served on several advisory committees in industry and government, including the HyperTransport Consortium – an industry consortium of 50-plus companies that produced the HyperTransport interconnect ecosystem developed by AMD. Based on efforts in his lab, Yalamanchili and his Ph.D. advisee proposed a new interconnect-memory standard that became the HyperTransport-Over-Ethernet standard adopted by the Consortium in 2010. More recently, his service includes participation in working groups and planning meetings for high performance computing efforts within the Department of Energy and Department of Defense. During his career at Tech, Yalamanchili has been PI or co-PI for sponsored projects that have attracted approximately $30 million in sponsored funding. His group explores novel concepts in computer architecture, with current emphases on heterogeneous computing, power and thermal issues, and interconnection networks and memory hierarchies. Together with Doug Blough of ECE and Calton Pu of the College of Computing, Yalamanchili co-directs the NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center on Experimental Research in Computer Systems.

Yalamanchili has been a key contributor to Tech’s computer engineering (CmpE) educational program with a record of sustained excellence in curricular and student mentoring efforts. A highly rated instructor for both undergraduate and graduate courses, he has provided leadership in several revisions of the CmpE curriculum, including its most recent in 2012, and has authored two undergraduate texts. Yalamanchili has been involved in a diverse set of leadership activities within ECE and Georgia Tech. These include several terms as chair of the CmpE technical interest group (TIG), chair of the Computer Engineering Program Study Group (2009) tasked with developing a strategic vision for the growth of the CmpE program, multiple terms on the ECE Statutory Advisory Committee most recently as its Chair (2013-2015), and the Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) process within the School, within the College of Computing where he holds an adjunct appointment, and at the Institute level. Junior-level faculty members have twice nominated him for the D. Scott Wills ECE Distinguished Mentor Award, resulting in Yalamanchili receiving this honor in 2007 and 2014.

“Sudha is exceptionally deserving of being named a Regents' Professor, and I am thrilled that he has been chosen by the University System Board of Regents and the Georgia Tech administration to hold this title,” said Steven W. McLaughlin, Steve W. Chaddick School Chair of ECE. “He is an outstanding scholar and teacher, an inspirational mentor to students and faculty, a dedicated volunteer to his professional society and to the engineering field, and a model citizen on campus. He has our heartfelt thanks for all that he has done for ECE and Georgia Tech, and we are very fortunate to have him as our colleague and friend.”

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