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Reimagining Computer Design

Rackham Associate Dean Valeria Bertacco will head new $32 million center aimed at transforming the design and manufacturing of next-generation computing systems.

The Center for Applications Driving Architectures, or ADA, will develop a transformative, “plug-and-play” ecosystem to encourage a flood of fresh ideas in computing frontiers such as autonomous control, robotics, and machine-learning. The center is a five-year project led by U-M and includes researchers from seven universities, pending final contracts: Harvard University, MIT, Stanford University, Princeton University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Washington. “The electronic industry is facing many challenges going forward,” says Bertacco, Rackham associate dean for physical sciences and engineering, “and we stand a much better chance of solving these problems if we can make hardware design more accessible to a large pool of talent.”

ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

The ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students. Each year, Rackham invites faculty to nominate outstanding dissertations produced in their programs. The nomination dossiers submitted are then read and discussed by a review panel of faculty members who identify the finalists. Then, members of the Michigan Society of Fellows read the finalists' dissertations, review their merits, and select the winners. Below is the list of winners of the 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Awards, as well as the honorable mentions.