Dr. Andrew A. Chien is the William Eckhardt Distinguished Service Professor in Computer Science, Director of the CERES Center for Unstoppable Computing, and Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago, as well as Senior Computer Scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory. In 2015, Dr. Chien founded the CERES Center, an ambitious multi-disciplinary research center involving 15 faculty and leading companies that seeks to create new foundations for computing systems. From 2011-2016, he led the initiative to build a Computing Systems group in Computer Science, that hired a ten faculty and has transformed the culture, perception, research breadth of the department, and its international stature.
Dr. Chien served as Vice President of Research at Intel Corporation, leading long-range and “disruptive technologies” research at Intel Research. At Intel, he also led Intel’s external research programs, including government and higher education engagements. In this role, Chien launched imaginative new efforts in robotics, wireless power, sensing and perception, nucleic acid sequencing, networking, cloud, and ethnography. Working with Microsoft and NSF, Chien was instrumental in creation of the Universal Parallel Computing Research Centers (UPCRC) focused on parallel software, the Open Cirrus Consortium focused on Cloud computing, and Intel’s Exascale Research program.
For more than 25 years, Chien has been a global research and education leader, and an active researcher in parallel computing, computer architecture, programming languages, networking, clusters, grids, and cloud computing. Previous academic positions include the SAIC Chair Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, and founding Director of the Center for Networked Systems at the University of California at San Diego (1998-2005). While at UCSD, he also founded Entropia, a widely-known Internet Grid computing startup. From 1990 to 1998, Chien was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with joint appointments at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) where he was a research leader for parallel computing software and hardware, and developed the well-known Fast Messages, HPVM, and Windows NT Supercluster systems.
Dr. Chien is a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has published over 170 technical papers. His research has been recognized for excellence by numerous awards, and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA), Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and numerous industry sponsors. Chien served on the Board of Directors for the Computing Research Association (CRA), Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation’s Computing and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate, and is currently co-Chair of the Editorial Board of the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (CACM), and also serves as an editor for ACM's Transactions on Parallel Computing (TOPC), and the Journal of Grid Computing (JOGC). Chien received his Bachelor's in electrical engineering, Master's and Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.