Jean-Luc Gaudiot Named as New Chair of Renamed Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

New Chair to Head Renamed Department

Irvine, Calif., January 15, 2002 — The Henry Samueli School of Engineering recently appointed Professor Jean-Luc Gaudiot chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, formerly the Department Electrical and Computer Engineering.

"The new name of the department reflects our continued integrated view of electrical engineering and computer science, ranging from microscopic and even nanoscale devices, to architectures, communications and software design—from electrons to software programs," said Gaudiot.

An expert in low-power design for microprocessors and computer architecture techniques such as Simultaneous Multi-Threading, Gaudiot currently serves as director of PASCAL (Parallel Systems and Computer Architectures Lab), a UCI-based center for the investigation of parallel and distributed computing. He frequently acts as consultant to companies that design high-performance computer architectures, and has served as an expert witness on several patent infringement cases.

A fellow of the IEEE since 1999, Gaudiot was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers, one of the premier research journals in computer science and engineering, from 1999 to 2002. In June 2001, he was elected chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Architecture. He has published more than 140 journal articles and conference papers.

"Professor Gaudiot is an outstanding scholar in computer science and engineering," said Nicolaos G. Alexopoulos, dean of the Samueli School. "I am very happy he has accepted this position and am confident he will make significant strides in leading the department to become one of the nation's best. Our vision—to engineer the future at UC Irvine—includes at its core the commitment to integrate education and research from the electron to software and its applications."

The new chair joined the Samueli School in January 2002. He was previously professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, where he directed the Computer Engineering Division for nearly four years.

He received the Diplôme d'Ingénieur from the École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique, Paris, France in 1976, and master's and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977 and 1982, respectively.

Gaudiot succeeds Professor Nader Bagherzadeh, who will resume his research and teaching activities.

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