College of Computing Faculty The Only Regents’ Professors Named for 2007

April 19, 2007

College of Computing faculty members Richard Fujimoto and Nancy Nersessian have received the only two available Regents’ promotions from the Institute for 2007. The promotions were confirmed this week by letters from Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough.

“For their exceptional contributions, Richard and Nancy are both deserving of this prestigious Georgia Tech honor. That we are congratulating two of our faculty in one year is testament to a growing body of dedicated world leaders in research and education here at the College of Computing,” said Richard DeMillo, John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing.

Georgia Tech awards the Regents' appointment to only two individuals per year. A committee made up of Regents' Professors and other chaired professors representing the six Georgia Tech colleges considers the nominations and makes a recommendation to the Provost based on excellence in research and teaching and contributions to their profession and to Georgia Tech. Any full professor can be nominated.

Dr. Richard Fujimoto is a Professor and Chair of the Computational Science and Engineering Division of the College of Computing. He received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of California (Berkeley) in 1980 and 1983 (Computer Science and Electrical Engineering) and B.S. degrees from the University of Illinois (Urbana) in 1977 and 1978 (Computer Science and Computer Engineering).

Fujimoto's research is concerned with the execution of discrete-event simulation programs on parallel and distributed computing platforms. This research has included work on platforms ranging from mobile distributed computing systems to cluster computers to supercomputers. This work has included several application areas including transportation systems, telecommunication networks, multiprocessor systems, and defense systems. He lead the working group that was responsible for defining the time management services for the Department of Defense High Level Architecture (HLA) effort.

Dr. Nancy Nersessian is Professor of Cognitive Science appointed jointly in the College of Computing and the School of Public Policy. Nancy is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has an A.B. in Physics and Philosophy from Boston University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Philosophy. Her research focuses on human creativity in science. A major theme of this research is conceptual innovation and change in physics and in physics education, specifically the role of analogical and visual modeling and thought experimenting (simulative modeling).

Nersessian's research includes investigating reasoning and representational procedures in interdisciplinary research laboratories. This research examines the nature and role of physical and computational models researchers construct to simulate biological phenomena in problem solving and in learning.

Regents’ Professorships at Georgia Tech are granted for an initial period of three years, with the option to renew for a second three-year period, based upon recommendations. Awardees receive a $10,000 permanent increase in salary, in addition to the merit raise in the year of initial appointment. They also receive a yearly fund of $5,000 in support of their scholarship.