The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named EPFL Professor Edouard Bugnion as ACM Fellow for 2017. This is ACM’s most prestigious member grade where only the crème de la crème of the computing research fraternity find admittance.
After obtaining his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, Professor Bugnion started his career at EPFL in 2012. Since then, he has focused his research on data center systems. As part of EPFL’s Swiss Data Science Center, he has cultivated and widened his expertise in operating systems, data center infrastructure, and computer architecture.
His inclination for computing excellence took root early in life. In 2008, he showed his entrepreneurial acumen by cofounding two startups in the U.S.: VMware and Nuova Systems. At the latter company, which was acquired by Cisco in 2008, Professor Bugnion helped develop the Unified Computing System (UCS) platform, a core product for virtualized data centers. In 2008, Edouard Bugnion caught the eye of ACM’s Awards Committee, which conferred on him the SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award for outstanding research. His association with ACM continued the following year when he bagged the Software System Award for developing the VMWare workstation for Linux 1.0.
Becoming ACM Fellow this year is, thus, a culmination of ACM’s recognition of Professor Bugnion’s work over the years. His nomination is in keeping with ACM’s philosophy of awarding the distinction only to those who have contributed significantly to the transformation of science and society. They comprise a select group of researchers who are at the forefront of the digital revolution, which has a palpable impact on our lifestyles today. In fact, only 1% of more than 100,000 ACM members find a place in this member grade. To be considered for the position, a candidate must be a Professional Member of ACM for at least five years without a break. Vicki Hanson, ACM’s Secretary/Treasurer and a founding member of ACM-W Europe, summarizes the importance of being an ACM Fellow: “Fellows are chosen by their peers and hail from leading universities, corporations and research labs throughout the world. Their inspiration, insights and dedication bring immeasurable benefits that improve lives and help drive the global economy.”
As ACM Fellow, Professor Edouard Bugnion is positioned well to continue his research drive and scale new heights in innovative computing.