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Professor Natalie Enright Jerger (ECE), a leading researcher in computer optimization, has been named an ACM Distinguished Member. (Credit: Roberta Baker)

Professor Natalie Enright Jerger (ECE) has been named a Distinguished Member by ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, for outstanding scientific contributions to computing.

Enright Jerger is the Percy Edward Hart Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has made several key advances in optimizing the performance of computer systems, helping manufacturers build faster devices while keeping energy usage and manufacturing costs low. The result is smarter smartphones and more powerful computers.

Enright Jerger has collaborated with many major computer companies, including Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, Huawei, ARM, Nvidia, and Google. Her research on hybrid circuit-switching has inspired recent prototypes of products at Intel Corporation, the world leader in computer processors.  Her work on interconnection networks is widely cited in patents across the industry by companies such as Intel, IBM, Google, AMD, Microsoft and AT&T.

In 2014, Enright Jerger served as chair of the International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture – the first woman and the youngest person to ever chair the conference. As chair of the Women in Computer Architecture Committee since 2011, she is leading a number of high-profile initiatives to improve the climate for women in the field of computer architecture.

Enright Jerger has received the Sloan Research Fellowship, the Ontario Professional Engineers Young Engineer Award, and the Borg Early Career Award from the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research in recognition of her research and outreach.

“Natalie Enright Jerger’s impact on her field and leadership in her community are extraordinary for someone so early in her career,” said Dean Cristina Amon.  “On behalf of the Faculty, I congratulate her on this prestigious and richly-deserved recognition.”

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