2015 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
Associate Professor Luis Ceze is the Torode Family Career Development Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where his research focuses on computer architecture, programming languages, and operating systems to make computers easier to program, more reliable, and more energy efficient. Several of his research papers have been highlighted by the Communications of the ACM and selected as IEEE Micro Top Picks.
Recently, he has begun exploring how to make computers better by borrowing inspiration from biology—allowing computers to exploit approximate behavior, for example.
A faculty member at Washington since 2007, Ceze has taught courses on computer systems architecture, machine organization and assembly language, and hardware/software interface, among others. In 2010, he received his campus’ ACM Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award. He has advised 12 PhD and MS students, who have taken jobs at Cray, Google, Apple, Microsoft Research, Georgia Tech, University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, and Cornell.
Ceze is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, and the 2013 IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award. He serves on the DARPA ISAT Committee that investigates new future research opportunities for DARPA. He also consults for Microsoft Research.
Before entering graduate school at Illinois, Ceze worked on the Blue Gene supercomputer project at IBM Research, which sparked his interest in computer systems architecture. As a doctoral student, he worked with CS Professor Josep Torrellas on improving the programmability of multicore systems.