Prof. Peter Chen received a
U-M Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship for his outstanding contributions to
Prof. Chen is known as a demanding faculty member who
manages year after year to receive student evaluations that are among the
highest in the department. He has won the student-run HKN Faculty of the
Year contest on several occasions. His talent for expanding the boundaries
of teaching possibilities repeatedly has astonished colleagues who initially
feared his curriculum overhauls might be asking the students to do the
impossible. Case in point was the new course Prof. Chen created for freshmen
called Microprocessors and Music. In this course, four-person teams
build a music synthesizer in just one term. Students have included creative
features such as record/playback, graphic visualization, polyphonics, and
games in their designs.
A member of both the Software Systems Lab, and the
Advanced Computer Architecture Lab, Pete's current research project uses
virtual machines to provide security services.
The Arthur F. Thurnau Professorships are named after Arthur F. Thurnau, an
undergraduate student at the University of Michigan from 1902 to 1904. Mr.
Thurnau wished to return to the University something of the value he gained
from being an undergraduate on this campus. The Thurnau Professorships help
to recognize and reward outstanding faculty whose commitment to and
investment in undergraduate teaching has had a demonstrable impact on the
intellectual development and lives of their students.