AUSTIN, Texas- Professor Kathryn McKinley has been named a 2006 ACM Distinguished Scientist.
The Distinguished Engineer, Scientist, or Member recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.
McKinley received her award for "for contributions in compilers and memory management." McKinley's research focuses on enabling programmers to use high-level programming languages and attain high performance on current and future processors by providing powerful, transparent compiler and runtime optimizations. She collaborates with Dr. Stephen Blackburn, Dr. Doug Burger, and Dr. Stephen Keckler. McKinley, Burger and Keckler are the driving force behind TRIPS, (The Tera-op, Reliable, Intelligently adaptive Processing System) a revolutionary new microprocessor architecture being built in the Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin.
Kathryn McKinley is a tenured professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from Rice University, did her Post Doc work at Ecole des Mines, and was previously a tenured professor at The University of Massachusetts.