Alok Choudhary Named AAAS and ACM Fellow

Alok Choudhary, chair and professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the McCormick School of Engineering and a professor of marketing and technology industry management at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, has been named both a AAAS fellow and an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) fellow.

For AAAS, Choudhary was honored for his distinguished contributions to the field of high-performance supercomputing, particularly for parallel I/O, architectures, system software and data intensive and mining applications. For ACM, Choudhary was honored for contributions to high performance computing, storage, and parallel I/O.

This year 531 members have been awarded the AAAS fellow honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New fellows will be presented with an official certificate at the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego in February. This year's AAAS fellows will be announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Dec. 18.

ACM has recognized 47 of its members this year as fellows for their contributions to computing and computer science that have contributed fundamental knowledge to the field and generated a broad range of innovations in industry, commerce, entertainment, and education. ACM will formally recognize the 2009 fellows at its annual awards banquet on June 26, 2010.

Choudhary is the founding director of the Center for Ultra-scale Computing and Information Security (CUCIS) and is the academic director of the executive program on "Managing Customer Relationships for Profit" in the Kellogg School of Management.

Choudhary's research interests include high-performance computing, data intensive computing, scalable data mining, computer architecture, high-performance I/O systems and software and their applications in many domains including information processing (e.g., data mining, CRM, BI) and scientific computing (e.g., scientific discoveries). His interests lie in the design and evaluation of architectures and software systems (from system software such as runtime systems to compilers), high-performance servers, high-performance databases and input-output and software protection and security. His research is currently supported by DOE, DARPA, NSF, AFOSR, Chicago Biomedical Consortium, Intel and IBM.

Choudhary has received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award, an IEEE Engineering Foundation award, an IBM Faculty Development award, and an Intel Research Council award. He is a fellow of the IEEE.

Choudhary received his BE from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, in Pilani, India, his MS from University of Massachusetts, and his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.