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February 8, 2016

UW’s Tom Anderson elected to National Academy of Engineering

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Tom Anderson

Tom AndersonUniversity of Washington

Tom Anderson, a University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering and alumnus, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.  Also elected are UW civil engineering alumnus Jon Magnusson and computer science alumnus Albert Greenberg.

They are among 80 new members and 22 foreign associates announced today. Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.

In electing Anderson, the academy cited his “contributions to the design of resilient and efficient distributed computer systems.”

Anderson’s research interests span all aspects of building practical, robust, and efficient computer systems — including distributed systems, operating systems, computer networks, multiprocessors, security and educational software.

His recent work has focused on high-performance operating systems to better support network intensive data center applications. Other research areas include the verification of the implementations of distributed systems, innovative data center network topologies and ways to improve Internet reliability and security.

Anderson has been a member of the UW faculty since 1997 and currently holds the Warren Francis and Wilma Kolm Bradley Endowed Chair. Before joining the UW, he held faculty positions at the University of California, Berkeley.

Anderson graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He then earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in computer science and engineering from the UW.

He is the winner of the USENIX Lifetime Achievement Award, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computer and Communications Award, the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award and the IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize. He is an ACM Fellow, past program chair of SIGCOMM and SOSP, and he has co-authored 21 award papers.

In addition to his academic publications, Anderson is co-author of a widely used undergraduate operating systems textbook, “Operating Systems: Principles and Practice.” He has also developed courseware for teaching undergraduate operating systems and operating network classes.

Jon Magnusson

Jon Magnusson

Magnusson, who serves on the UW College of Engineering’s Visiting Committee and the UW Foundation Board, graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He is the former chairman and CEO and currently senior principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates, an international award-winning structural and civil engineering firm in Seattle.

Magnusson led MKA as the firm worked on projects in 47 states and 49 countries, totaling over $73 billion worth of projects designed. He has worked on major sports stadiums, health care facilities, signature convention centers and high-rise buildings across the country. He has also been responsible for the structure of Seattle landmarks including the Experience Music Project, Benaroya Hall, Safeco Field, Seahawks Stadium and the Seattle Central Library.

Magnusson was cited by the NAE “for building designs that enable high-rise buildings in seismic sensitive regions and for innovations in modern structural engineering practice worldwide.”

Albert Greenberg

Albert Greenberg

Greenberg, who received a master’s degree in computer science from the UW in 1981 and a Ph.D. in 1983, was cited for “contributions to the theory and practice of operating large carrier and data center networks.”

He is a distinguished engineer and director of Azure Networking at Microsoft, where he leads software and hardware development and engineering for Microsoft’s networks. He has been recognized for pioneering the theory and practice of operating carrier and data center networks, as well as advances in cloud computing.

For more information, contact Anderson at tom@cs.washington.edu.

The National Academy of Engineering press release is here.

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