News Briefs for May 2, 2011

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Kogge, Brockman recipients of 1st Source Commercialization Award

University of Notre Dame engineers Peter Kogge and Jay Brockman have been named recipients of the inaugural 1st Source Commercialization Award, celebrating research that has made it to the marketplace.

Kogge, the Ted H. McCourtney Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Brockman, associate engineering dean and concurrent associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering, were honored for their role in developing the Enhanced Memory Utilization (Emu) hardware and software technology behind Emu Solutions.

Their patented work in computer architecture and systems design adds processing capability to memory, eliminating a bottleneck in the flow of data between the two functions. The solution allows more efficient data transfer while using less energy. Kogge and Brockman founded Emu Solutions in 2004 with California Institute of Technology researcher Ed Upchurch.

The inaugural award, which carries a $20,000 cash prize, was established in 2010 with a $1 million gift from 1st Source Bank.

The award will be presented each year to faculty from Notre Dame or the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend who have successfully transitioned their technology from the lab to the marketplace.

In addition to the commercialization award, the 1st Source gift funds an annual lecture or symposium on technology commercialization, bringing to campus experienced entrepreneurs and investors, legal experts on company formation, and other university technology transfer professionals. The gift also permits small grants to help develop technologies that are well suited for commercialization through new commercial endeavors.

Pace to become assistant provost, registrar at Wake Forest University

Harold Pace, University Registrar, leaves the University July 1 to become Assistant Provost for Academic Administration and University Registrar at Wake Forest University.

Under Pace’s leadership, the Registrar’s Office has made significant advances, including the implementation of Banner as Notre Dame’s first enterprise information system and the development of web-based class registration and grade submission processes. A national search will be conducted for his replacement.

Chuck Hurley will serve as interim University registrar while continuing to serve as director of the Summer Session.

**Awards, Laetare Medal winners announced

President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., has been awarded a specially commissioned Centennial Medal from Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the 100-year-old social services organization working to reduce poverty in America. Says CCUSA board member Kathleen Flynn Fox, “Our Centennial Medal is the most prestigious symbol of Catholic Charities’ first 100 years, and Father Hesburgh is a person who perfectly embodies the spirit and meaning of all we stand for.”

Scott Malpass, vice president and chief investment officer, has been named Large Endowment Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor magazine. The award recognizes U.S. institutional investors whose “innovative strategies and fiduciary savvy resulted in impressive returns” over the past year. Malpass, who has served as the University’s chief investment officer since 1989, is responsible for the endowment, working capital, pension and life income assets of $6.2 billion. The University’s endowment is the 14th largest in higher education and the largest at a Catholic university.

Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., and Joan McConnon, co-founders of Project H.O.M.E., an organization devoted to ending homelessness in Philadelphia, will jointly receive the University’s 2011 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 166th University Commencement Ceremony Sunday, May 22. Both natives of Philadelphia, the two founded Project H.O.M.E. (an acronym for Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care and Education) in 1989, first providing emergency shelter for some 50 homeless men. Since then, the project has grown to include 480 units of housing and two businesses which provide employment to formerly homeless people.