New ECE faculty member joins CSL
Haitham Hassanieh has joined ECE ILLINOIS and CSL this semester as an assistant professor. His primary research interests are in networking and distributed computing.
His algorithmic work has led to the creation of faster algorithms for computing the Fourier transform, a core mathematical tool for extracting frequencies from signals. His research also demonstrated how this speedup impacts numerous applications ranging from medical imaging to GPS synchronization.
Hassanieh hails from Lebanon, where he earned his undergraduate degree at the American University of Beirut. He then went on to receive his master’s and PhD from MIT. During his time at MIT, he worked on wireless communications and algorithms. His work won the SIGCOMM Best Paper Award in 2011 and the TR10 Award in 2012.
In addition to his research, Hassanieh is looking forward to teaching next semester. He decided to come to Illinois because it attracts exceptional talent from around the world – both in terms of faculty and students – and boasts an environment that encourages innovation, creativity, and deep scientific contributions.
“When I walk around campus, I can sense a thirst to impact science and society through research and innovation,” Hassanieh said. “Everyone is passionate about their work. This drive and passion, coupled with intellectual curiosity and research rigor, is unique to UIUC. It is refreshing and exciting for me to be part of this environment both as a teacher and as a researcher.”