Dr. Thomas J. Peters, professor of Computer Science & Engineering, was presented an IBM Faculty Award for 2013-14, which entails a monetary component as well as continued preferred access to IBM researchers and research facilities, including the company’s supercomputers. He is one of just 120 researchers around the world to receive the honor, from among hundreds of nominees. View the complete list here.
The award letter emphasizes the competitiveness of the honor and recognizes the quality and relevance of Dr. Peters’ research program to industry. The international competition included disciplines from engineering, computing, business and science, with domestic computer scientists garnering just 18 percent of the total awards.
Dr. Peters won the same award in 2005, and his IBM funding to date exceeds $250,000 for direct research expenditures The IBM Faculty Awards are intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations, and also to promote educational developments that are of strategic interest to IBM. Awards often follow a demonstrably productive research relationship.
Dr. Peters has co-authored five published research papers with his nominator, Dr. Kirk E. Jordan, who is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Emerging Solutions Executive & Associate Program Director for the Computational Science Center of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology. The pair has three more scholarly papers in review and another in preparation Dr. Peters has presented invited talks at IBM’s research facilities in Cambridge, Hawthorne, Yorktown and Zurich. Dr. Peters notes that his research access to IBM’s world-class high performance computing facilities has typically been valued between tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars annually since 2010 and will continue under a complementary IBM Joint Study Agreement.