Computing Grad Student Receives Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship Award

April 27, 2006

ATLANTA - April 28, 2006  Keith O'Hara, a College of Computing graduate student, recently received a coveted Ph.D. Fellowship Award from the Intel Foundation. Selected from an extremely competitive pool of applicants, O'Hara is officially recognized as a leader in technology research. The Intel Fellowship includes one year of tuition and fees, a $20,000 stipend, a Dell laptop and an Intel mentor to offer support and advice during the fellowship year.

O'Hara says he is interested in distributed computing systems that sense and effect the real world. His current research involves systems of mobile robots and sensor networks which "falls at the intersection of intelligent systems and robotics research and software systems research." O'Hara works with Assistant Professor Tucker Balch and Professor Karsten Schwan who is also director of the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS).

The Intel Corporation is one of the key technology companies in the nation and has maintained a strong relationship with the College of Computing at Georgia Tech and CERCS research center. Collaborations were further strengthened with this Ph.D. student fellowship award, as well as the curriculum and equipment grants and research awards CERCS research faculty have received for multi-core instruction this year.

"The awards are not only indications of the College's increasingly strong collaboration with Intel Corporation," says Schwan, "but they also demonstrate the fact that Georgia Tech is one of the largest suppliers of technical talent."

O'Hara's fellowship is renewable for up to two years pending a review by the Intel Foundation.