Wednesday, February 20, 2008

2008 Organick Lecture Series presents Fran Allen

This year's lectures will be given by Fran Allen, IBM Fellow Emerita at IBM's T.J. Watson research Laboratory. The lectures will be given at the following dates and times:

"High Performance Programs and Programmers: A Personal Perspective"
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
7:30 p.m.
Reception to Follow
1230 Warnock Engineering Building

"Compilers and Parallel Computing Systems"
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Refreshments 3:20 p.m.
Lecture 3:40 p.m.
1230 Warnock Engineering Building

Fran Allen is an IBM Fellow Emerita at the T. J. Watson Research Laboratory with a specialty in compilers and program optimization for high performance computers. Soon after joining IBM Research as a programmer in 1957 with a University of Michigan masters degree in mathematics, Fran found the technical goal that would drive her career. The goal was (and still is) to enable both programmer productivity and program performance when developing computer applications. One result of her work is that Fran was named the recipient of ACM's 2006 Turing Award "For pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of optimizing compiler techniques that laid the foundation for modern optimizing compilers and automatic parallel execution."

She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Engineers, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, ACM, IEEE, and the Computer History Museum. Fran has three honorary doctorate degrees and has served on numerous national technology boards including CISE at the National Science Foundation and CSTB for the National Research Council. Fran is also an active mentor, advocate for technical women in computing, environmentalist, and explorer.

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