What research are you currently working on? What makes it unique?
For the past 40 years, Moore’s Law and related manufacturing advances have allowed a meteoric increase in computer performance. However, these advances are approaching their physical limits. Computing systems’ performance improvements have brought the world amazing things: smart phones, Google search, machine learning and many others. My research strives to enable the next wave of computing by developing new hardware, software and system architecture.
If you could impart one piece of advice to our undergraduates seeking a course of study/career path, what would it be?
Learn how computing systems work. Today, computing is critical to many disciplines, and by some estimates, we spend half our lives looking at computing devices from our smartphones to our TVs. Having a basic understanding of how computers work is essential to effectively using all of our “smart” devices.
When not in the classroom or conducting research, what do you like to do?
When moving to Davis from Wisconsin, I took a cross-country car trip. Although this is a vestige of the ’50s and ’60s, I would encourage everyone to find a time to experience the U.S. this way! There is so much diversity that we often miss today by flying from coast to coast. From mountains, to rolling hills, to the “world’s only corn palace,” it was an amazing trip.