What drew you to PME?
What drew me to PME was the opportunity to be involved in the growth of an institute (and now a school) from the ground up. What also drew me to PME was the world-class quality of its faculty, the intellectual ecosystem within the larger UChicago campus, and the interlock with Argonne and the possibility to influence national lab strategy and research.
What are you most proud of accomplishing in your time at PME?
I am proud of having played a role in Argonne National Laboratory as well as in national strategy for quantum information technology and microelectronics. I am also proud of initiating interdisciplinary research in the area of sensor networks at the University of Chicago, which now has the involvement of agronomists, computer scientists, terrestrial ecologists, and economists.
Where do you see PME in 10 years?
I hope that I will see PME as a leader among engineering schools that is able to bring a true multidisciplinary approach needed today to solve the world’s looming energy, environmental, and information processing challenges.
What breakthroughs do you anticipate will happen in your field in 10 years?
The truly distributed computing system that blends centralized computers with distributed sensing networks, where memory cheap, fast and available everywhere, and where quantum processors, and ultra efficient non-von Neumann processors are beginning to be introduced as accelerators within a classical machine environment.