Fadi J. Kurdahi, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been elected an IEEE fellow for "contributions to design automation of digital systems and to reconfigurable computing."
Since 1963, IEEE has acknowledged those individuals who have contributed to the advancement of engineering science and technology. The grade of Fellow is bestowed on the recipient who has had an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.
An expert in Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) circuits, Professor Kurdahi researches and develops Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools and design automation methodologies to assist engineers in implementing VLSI Systems-on-a-Chip (SoC). Today, such SoCs cover functionalities that previously required circuit boards and racks of boards to implement and have thus enabled higher degrees of integration in such devices as cell phones and PDAs. He also works in reconfigurable computing which involves the conception, design and implementation of computer systems whose internal structure can be adapted on-the-fly to best execute the programs they are running at any given time.