Dr. Daniel A. Jiménez, who will be joining the faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in January 2013 as an associate professor, was named Distinguished Scientist by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).
This prestigious award honors those ACM members who have made significant contributions and achievements in computing. The ACM began its Distinguished Member Recognition Program in 2006.
The ACM states that "ACM Distinguished Member status represents an important ACM membership and career milestone. Recipients of this honor include computer scientists and engineers from some of the world's leading corporations, research labs, and universities who made significant advances in technology that are having lasting impacts on the lives of people across the globe."
Jiménez joins the Texas A&M engineering faculty from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he was professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science. His research has garnered significant federal funding and has been recognized by his peers in prestigious conferences held around the world.
His research focuses on microarchitecture and low-level compiler optimizations. He introduced and developed the perceptron branch predictor which has inspired the design of two implemented microarchitectures: the AMD "Bobcat" core and the Oracle SPARC T4.
Jiménez earned his B.S. (1992) and M.S. (1994) in computer science at The University of Texas at San Antonio and his Ph.D. (2002) in computer sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. From 2002 through 2007, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers, and during that time received the prestigious NSF CAREER Award. In 2008 he was promoted to associate professor with tenure.
He returned to his native Texas to take a position at UTSA. He recently returned from a second sabbatical leave in Spain at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and was General Chair of the 2011 IEEE HPCA conference.
ACM is the world's largest and most prestigious scientific and educational computing society. As of 2011, ACM membership exceeds 100,000 people.