Professor Matt Farrens Named New Chair of the Department of Computer Science

Professor Matthew Farrens has been named Chair of the Department of Computer Science.

DAVIS, Calif.; May 22, 2017 – The College of Engineering is pleased to announce the selection of Professor Matthew Farrens as Chair of the Department of Computer Science.

Farrens began teaching at UC Davis in 1989. He received a bachelor’s in physics and mathematics from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1981, and a master’s and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 and 1989, respectively.

As a researcher, Farrens is interested in all aspects of computer architecture, particularly in the architecture and design of high-performance single-chip processors with an emphasis on the interconnection and communication layer. He is also interested in high-speed scientific processing and exploring issues related to the memory system. He won an NSF Young Investigator Award in 1992 and is in the Annual International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) Hall of Fame. He has also served as both program chair and general chair of the MICRO conference and is currently on the steering committee.

He has served several terms as the chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Technical Committee on Microarchitecture, one term as the Secretary/Treasurer of the ACM SIGARCH, as the chair of the UC Davis Undergraduate Council, and two terms as Chair of the Faculty of the College of Engineering. Professor Farrens has been the vice-chair of the Computer Science Department since 2012 and was the acting chair in the spring of 2013.

Farrens’ term will begin on July 1.

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