Steven Kurtz, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering advised by Professor Michael Niemier, has been awarded an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year. IBM describes the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards program as "an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. Award Recipients are selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their academic progress to-date, as evidenced by publications and endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head."
Steven received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include nanomagnet logic architecture design and emerging technology benchmarking. This summer, Steven will join IBM engineers in Essex Junction, VT to assist on embedded DRAM design.