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Godfrey Awarded 2014 Sloan Fellowship

7/21/2016 10:13:00 AM By Liz Ahlberg, U of I News Bureau

CS Assistant Professor Brighten Godfrey was one of three Illinois faculty selected to receive 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Brighten Godfrey
Brighten Godfrey
Brighten Godfrey

Godfrey, Prashant Jain (Chemistry), and Shinsei Ryu (Physics) are among 126 early career scientists and researchers from 61 colleges and universities chosen for a two-year fellowship. In keeping with its goal of recognizing potential groundbreaking researchers in their respective fields, the Sloan fellowship program awards fellows $50,000 to pursue their choice of research topics and allows them flexibility in applying funds toward their research.

Godfrey studies the design and analysis of networked systems. His research group’s current projects focus on achieving consistent high performance and low latency in the Internet, verification of network security and correctness, and data center network architecture.

Godfrey earned his doctorate in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009, and worked at Intel Labs before joining the faculty at Illinois. He also is affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Information Trust Institute, and the Parallel Computing Institute.

Among the other recipients, Jain investigates the unique behavior of electrons, photons and atoms in nanoscale materials. In particular, his group studies the structure and workings of solid-state catalysts, especially ones that can help clean up toxic gases or that convert sunlight or carbon dioxide into fuels. Ryu studies theoretical condensed matter physics, particularly investigating how quantum mechanical effects such as electron entanglement affect electrical properties as electronic devices get smaller.

Sloan Research Fellowships have been awarded since 1955.