Marios Papaefthymiou, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science, has been selected to receive a highly-competitive 2008 Faculty
Recognition Award by the Rackham Graduate School of the University of
Michigan. The award will be conferred at a public ceremony on October 8,
The Faculty Recognition Award is presented to faculty who have
demonstrated substantive contributions to the University through significant
achievements in scholarly research and/or creative work, excellence as a
teacher, advisor and mentor, and distinguished participation in service
activities of the University.
Prof. Papaefthymiou conducts interdisciplinary research on the boundary
between electrical engineering and computer science, spanning algorithm
design, electronic design automation, very large scale integrated circuit
design, and computer design. He has made seminal contributions to the design
and analysis of efficient algorithms for automating the design and managing
the resources of high-performance computers. His algorithms have been
adopted by industry and incorporated in commercial computer designs.
Prof. Papaefthymiou has also made pioneering contributions to the
discovery and prototyping of novel architectures and circuits for building
energy-efficient computers. Reducing the energy consumption of computers is
highly relevant to modern concerns for energy conservation, sustainability,
and the environment. His research into energy-efficient computers has
resulted in eight issued and pending patents. It has also led to the
founding of Cyclos Semiconductor, a start-up company launched by Prof.
Papaefthymiou to commercialize next-generation low-power computer chips.
Students greatly admire Prof. Papaefthymiou’s teaching, consistently
awarding him with excellent teaching evaluations even in large courses. He
has taught a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses on computer
design, including computer organization, microprocessor-based systems, logic
synthesis, and VLSI design. His redesign of EECS 373, Design of
Microprocessor Systems, in 2001 included a final automated car race around
the building that students still look forward to when they take the course.
Prof. Papaefthymiou has served as Associate Editor of some of the leading
journals in his area, and regularly participates in prestigious
international conferences in various capacities. At Michigan, he has devoted
significant attention to the undergraduate Computer Engineering program,
while serving as Director of the highly-acclaimed Advanced Computer
Architecture Laboratory (ACAL) since 2000.