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Inaugural Installation of the Cadence Design Systems & Tan Family Professorships

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Martial Hebert, Dean, School of Computer Science, and Professor of Robotics, and William H. Sanders, Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, invite you to the inaugural installation of

The Cadence Design Systems and Tan Family Professorships


Maria Florina (Nina) Balcan as she receives the
Cadence Design Systems Chair in Computer Science


Vyas Sekar as he receives the
Tan Family Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Tuesday, May 11
5:30-6:30 p.m. ET
Virtual Program

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Register by Monday, May 10

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About the Recipients  

Maria Florina (Nina) Balcan
Cadence Design Systems Professor of Computer Science

Maria Florina (Nina) Balcan received her Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Microsoft Research New England for a year and an assistant professor at Georgia Institute of Technology before joining the CMU faculty in 2014. She holds joint appointments in the machine learning and computer science departments.

Her main research interests include machine learning, theoretical computer science and algorithmic game theory and helped introduce general techniques to put modern learning paradigms on solid theoretical foundations. She advanced the direction of design and analysis of algorithms by providing both models of realistic (non-worst case) instances and general techniques for analyzing data-driven algorithms.

Dr. Balcan is a Sloan Fellow, a Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellow and a Kavli Fellow. She has received a NSF CAREER award, the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the CMU SCS Distinguished Dissertation Award and several best paper awards. She has held several leadership positions including program co-chair for the Conference on Learning Theory (COLT) 2014, the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2016 and Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) 2020; general chair for the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2021; workshop and tutorial co-chair for the Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS) conference in 2019 and 2020; board member of the International Machine Learning Society; and co-organizer of the Simons Semester on Foundations of Machine Learning in 2017.

Vyas Sekar
Tan Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Vyas Sekar is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and is affiliated with the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute. His research is in the area of networking, security and systems. He is a member of CyLab, where he co-directs the IoT@Cylab initiative. His research spans the areas of data-driven networking, software-defined network security, IoT security, network telemetry and network verification. He received a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where he was awarded the President of India Gold Medal, and a Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon University.

He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award and the Angel Jordan Career Development Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His work has received best paper awards at ACM Sigcomm, ACM CoNext and ACM Multimedia; the NSA Science of Security prize; the CSAW Applied Security Research Prize; and IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize. His work has also been fast-tracked and invited for publication in the Communications of the ACM and the IEEE Transactions on Networking, and shortlisted as a best paper at ACM Conext and ACM IMC. He has published papers in top tier networking/systems/security conferences such as SIGCOMM, NSDI, IEEE Security and Privacy, SIGMETRICS, IMC and CoNext — more than 100 peer-reviewed papers overall. He has served on numerous program committees including SIGCOMM, NSDI, IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, ACM CCS, ACM Internet Measurement Conference, USENIX Security and NDSS. He has also been involved in organizing (as general or technical program chair) for ACM IMC, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM CoNext, USENIX NSDI and ACM Hotnets, among others.

About the Donors

Lip-Bu Tan
CEO, Cadence Design Systems

Lip-Bu Tan has served as CEO of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. since January 2009 and has been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since February 2004. He served as president of the company from 2009 to 2017. He also serves as chairman of Walden International, a venture capital firm he founded in 1987. Prior to founding Walden, Tan was vice president at Chappell & Co. and held management positions at EDS Nuclear and ECHO Energy.

He is a member of The Business Council and serves on the board of directors of SoftBank Group Corp., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., Schneider Electric and Green Hills Software as well as on the boards of the Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance) and the Global Semiconductor Association (GSA). He serves on the Board of Trustees and the School of Engineering Dean’s Council at Carnegie Mellon University and on the University of California Berkeley’s Engineering Advisory Board. Tan was the recipient of the 2016 GSA Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award.

Tan received a B.S. from Nanyang University in Singapore, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.

Anirudh Devgan
President, Cadence Design Systems

Anirudh Devgan has served as president of Cadence since 2017, overseeing all business groups, research and development, sales, field engineering and customer support, strategy, marketing, IT, mergers and acquisitions, and business development. Prior to becoming president, he was executive vice president and general manager of the digital & signoff and system & verification groups.

Prior to joining Cadence in 2012, Devgan was general manager and corporate vice president of the custom design business unit at Magma Design Automation. Previous roles include management and technical positions at IBM, where he received numerous awards including the IBM Outstanding Innovation Award. Devgan is an IEEE Fellow, has written numerous research papers and holds several patents.

Devgan received a Bachelor of Technology in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


Cadence Design Systems

Cadence is a pivotal leader in electronic design, building upon more than 30 years of computational software expertise. The company applies its underlying intelligent system design strategy to deliver software, hardware and IP that turn design concepts into reality. Cadence customers are the world’s most innovative semiconductor and electronic systems companies, delivering extraordinary electronic products from chips to boards to systems for the most dynamic market applications including consumer, hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive, mobile, aerospace, industrial and healthcare. For seven years in a row, Fortune magazine has named Cadence one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

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