CS&E Ph.D. Candidates Receive IBM Fellowship

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August 13, 2018

Ph.D. candidates Vassilis Kalantzis and Shashanka Ubaru have received IBM’s 2018 Herman Goldstine Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship. The year-long fellowship provides scientists of outstanding ability the opportunity to advance their scholarship while being resident members of the Mathematical Sciences department of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Westchester County, New York.

The named fellowship is given annually to the top two candidates among applicants from around the world, which makes this the first time in the fellowship’s history that both recipients came from the same university. Add in that Kalantzis and Ubaru are from the same department, working in the same lab under the same adviser, Professor Yousef Saad, and their achievement is even more remarkable.

The fellowship is aimed at supporting researchers pursuing pure and applied mathematics and in theoretical and exploratory computer science. Kalantzis’s research focuses on numerical analysis, which plays a pivotal role in many applications and in science and engineering. Specifically, Kalantzis is interested in developing and implementing algorithms that help solve problems in structural mechanics and genetics. The main focus of Ubaru’s research is on developing fast, efficient, and scalable algorithms for machine learning that can handle large datasets. His work is helping to confront our modern era of “data deluge” and he hopes his methods continue to help achieve new advances in a variety of areas of research.

Please join CS&E in extending our congratulations to the new Goldstine Postdoctoral Fellows. A complete list of past fellows can be found on IBM Research’s website.

Pictured from left to right: Shashanka Ubaru, Professor Yousef Saad, and Vassilis Kalantzis

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