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March 11, 2004

Three profs win Sloan Research Fellowships

Steven Gribble and David Wetherall, both assistant professors in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, and Mina Aganagic, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, have been named to the 2003 class of Sloan Research Fellows. The Sloan Research Fellowship program recognizes the nation’s most outstanding young faculty members in the sciences. Winners receive $40,000 grants over two years, to be used to fund research.

Gribble’s research interests include the design and operation of robust, scalable Internet infrastructure and services, mobile computing, operating systems, virtual machine monitors, and networks. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and physics from the University of British Columbia, and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the UW in 2000 after earning a doctoral degree at UC Berkley.

Wetherall’s overarching research interest is how to best design network protocols and distributed systems. For specific projects, he looks for ways in which the Internet, already a tremendous engineering success, needs improvement. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Western Australia, an electrical engineer’s degree and a master’s degree in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in computer science from MIT. He joined the UW in 1999.

Aganagic earned her fellowship for her work on string theory, considered by physicists to be the most promising candidate for a unified description of the fundamental particles and forces in nature, including gravity. She grew up in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and received bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology. She joined the UW faculty last September.