Hridesh Rajan Receives 2009 NSF CAREER Award

February 27, 2009

Hridesh Rajan, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, is the recipient of a 2009 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his proposed research and educational project "On Mutualism of Modularity and Concurrency Goals." The $425,000 project will run from April 2009 to March 2014. 

Rajan develops programming language designs that enable improved modularity for complex software systems to reduce defects and to improve software quality. This project, in particular, focuses on the relationship between modularity and concurrency in the design and implementation of software systems. "Software systems must face growing complexity and the demand for increased concurrency today," said Rajan. "By better understanding the relationship between modularity and concurrency we will be able to reconcile these two challenges. Improving modularity of a software design will naturally yield software that is more amenable to concurrency." 

The NSF CAREER Program offers the agency's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. 

Rajan received his PhD from the University of Virginia before joining the ISU Department of Computer Science in 2005. He directs the laboratory for software design at ISU, which conducts research in programming languages and software