Shestak Receives Prestigious IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

ECE graduate student Vladimir Shestak has been selected to receive a highly competitive IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program is an annual, worldwide competitive program that honors exceptional Ph.D. students in an array of focus areas of interest to IBM and fundamental to innovation. This year, about 500 Ph.D. students were nominated and only four percent were honored with this prestigious award.

"Receiving this level of recognition from IBM is an incredible honor," said Vladimir. "I am passionate about my research related to distributed computing systems, and I truly enjoy working closely with industry. This is a huge accomplishment for me."

Award recipients are chosen based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their progress to-date, as evidenced by project achievements, publications, and endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head. Fellows are granted tuition, fees, and a stipend for one academic year, renewable up to three years. In addition, fellows are encouraged to intern at an IBM research or development laboratory under their mentor’s guidance.

"Vladimir is highly deserving of this award," said Shestak's faculty advisor H. J. Siegel, Abell Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "He is an outstanding Ph.D. student who conducts excellent innovative research." He added, "I am very proud of Vladimir's publications and accomplishments."

Vladimir Shestak and Professor Siegel have been working with IBM's Printing Systems Division in Boulder, Colorado, since June 2004. In addition to helping the IBM research team design resource allocation techniques, Vladimir helped build a sophisticated interactive software framework that allows the team to determine the optimal hardware configuration of their new generation printing systems. This research, being an integral part of Vladimir's Ph.D. dissertation, is directly applicable to activities in IBM's Printing Systems Division as well as IBM's Global Services Division.

"Vladimir is one of the top students in our department, and I am extremely impressed with his work," said Professor Tony Maciejewski, ECE department head and Shestak's co-advisor. "His research already is benefiting IBM's Printing Systems Division, attracting the interest of an IBM Fellow and an IBM Distinguished Engineer." He continued, "It is very unusual to see work of such high theoretical significance also be of immediate practical value to industry."