Seth Pettie and Thomas F. Wenisch Named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors   Bookmark and Share

Seth Pettie
Thomas F. Wenisch

Seth Pettie and Thomas F. Wenisch, assistant professors in Computer Science and Engineering, have each been named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors.

Prof. Pettie received his PhD in computer science from University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and was a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics from 2003–2006. Since coming to Michigan in 2006, his research has focused on algorithms and data structures for fundamental combinatorial optimization problems, distributed algorithms, and extremal combinatorics. He teaches EECS 477: Introduction to Algorithms and EECS 376: Foundations of Computer Science.

Prof. Pettie was the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2008 and a grant from the US-Israeli Binational Science Foundation. During his graduate studies, his papers "An Optimal Minimum Spanning Tree Algorithm" and "A New Approach to All-pairs Shortest Paths on Real-weighted Graphs" won Best Paper awards at ICALP 2000 and 2002. His research is published in the top journals in theoretical computer science, including the Journal of the ACM and SIAM Journal on Computing.

Prof. Wenisch received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 and joined the faculty at Michigan that year. His research is focused on computer architecture with particular emphasis on multiprocessor and multicore systems, multicore programmability, data center architecture, and performance evaluation methodology. He teaches EECS 470: Computer Architecture.

Prof. Wenisch was the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2009 and has received grants from NSF, Intel, Google, HP and ARM. His work on "Making Address-Correlated Prefetching Practical" was recently featured in IEEE MICRO Top Picks in Computer Architecture of 2009. He is inventor on one patent and co-inventor on three patents. HIs research is published in top journals from IEEE and ACM.

About the Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professorship

Michael P. Wellman, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, endowed the Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professorship in his grandfather's name. Morris Wellman was an engineer who worked for most of his career as a civil servant of the City of New York. The professorship is awarded to a junior faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions to teaching and research.

Posted: December 13, 2010