C.S. Faculty Member Dr. Ali Butt joins NAE 2010 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium as organizer.

Publish Date: 08/30/2010

Eighty-six of the nation's brightest young engineers have been invited to attend the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 16th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Chosen from over 265 applicants, the participants highlight the exceptional engineering research and technical work being conducted in industry, academia, and government across a wide avriety of disciplines.

The goal of the symposium is to introduce the outstanding engineers to each other and to facilitate collaboration in engineering through the creation of new contacts and the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields. Dr. Ali Butt, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, was honored to attend the last year's NAE Symposium and has been involved in this year's event as an organier. Butt will be hosting a session on Cloud Computing, the emerging paradigm for providing computing resources for enterprise, academic, and scientific communities. The session will bring together academic and industry leaders involved with realizing the vision of Cloud Computing. Butt's research addresses the performance gap between computing power and storage technology for high performance computing (HPC) environments; he is studying the impact of emerging technology such as solid-state disks and many-core processors on HPC applications, and applying the Cloud model to HPC resource allocation and management. He has also been recognized for outstanding research potential through a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development (CAREER, 2008) award and an IBM Faculty Award (2008). At Virginia Tech, Butt leads the Distributed Systems and Storage Laboratory, where he directs several projects funded through the National Science Foundation, IBM, and DOE'S Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The symposium will be held Sept. 23-25 at the IBM Learning Center in Armonk, N.Y., and will examine topics such as cloud computing, autonomous aerospace systems, engineering and music, and engineering inspired by biology. A featured speaker will be Dr. Bernard S. Meyerson, IBM Fellow and Vice President of Innovation.


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