2004 Young Investigator Award
Jason Nieh is the first computer scientist to win the Young Investigator Award. An associate professor at Columbia University, he is director of the Network Computing Laboratory, which builds experimental software systems. Current research focuses on transforming computing into a simple-to-use and reliable service that is always available and easily accessible anywhere, like telephone service. Nieh is widely recognized for research in computer operating systems that has resulted in significant contributions in a broad range of areas, including process migration, scheduling, thin-client computing, file systems, Web and multimedia systems, and performance analysis. He has published more than 50 technical papers and is also known as a dedicated teacher and leader in operating systems education. His honors include a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Department of Energy Early Career Award and two IBM Shared University Research Awards. Nieh received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University and his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering.