Computer engineering graduate student awarded Weinberg Fellowship

Charles W. Lively III, a computer engineering Ph.D. candidate in the Department ofPhoto of Charles W. Lively IIIComputer Science and Engineering, will join the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tenn., this September.

Lively was recently awarded the prestigious 2012 Alvin M. Weinberg Fellowship for his dissertation work, "E-AMOM: An Energy-Aware Modeling and Optimization Methodology for Scientific Applications on Multicore Systems."

"I considered it a great honor to even be nominated for the fellowship," Lively said, "and was even more pleased when I found out that I would advance to the interview stage. After the two-day interview process I felt pretty confident that I might actually have a strong chance at securing the position. And after I presented my dissertation, the Weinberg Fellowship Committee and researchers at Oak Ridge felt that it would be a perfect fit for the lab."

The fellowship runs up to two years with a possible renewal for a third and usually requires a doctorate, although candidates nearing completion of a Ph.D. are also eligible.

"The named fellowships at ORNL are highly competitive and I think that this will serve as a great way for me to get started on my research career," Lively said.

The Alvin M. Weinberg Fellowship program was established in 2009 in honor of Alvin Weinberg who was a nuclear energy pioneer and the ORNL director for 18 years. ORNL initiated the fellowship program to attract talented energy researchers. The fellows have the potential to transform crucial energy technologies.

"NCCS manages the Jaguar system (soon to be renamed Titan), the third-fastest supercomputer in the world!" Lively said. "I look forward to continuing my research in the area of performance modeling and optimization of scientific applications for reducing runtime and power consumption and more importantly getting a chance to work with top researchers and application developers around the world who utilize the facilities that NCCS manages."

Charles holds an M.S. degree in computer engineering from Texas A&M where he is currently completing his doctorate under the direction of Dr. Valerie E. Taylor, Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor and former head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He has a B.S.E. degree specializing in computer engineering with a minor in mathematics from Mercer University.

He works as a graduate research assistant for the Multicore Applications Modeling Infrastructure project (MuMI), a $2.3 million NSF-funded project to facilitate systematic measurement, modeling, and prediction of performance, power consumption and performance-power tradeoffs for multicore systems.