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Dr. Yi Pan has won a 2011 IBM Faculty Award valued at $20,000. The IBM Faculty Awards program is an international competition designed to encourage collaboration between IBM researchers and faculty members at leading universities. The program also promotes courseware development and curriculum innovation in areas of interest to IBM. To be eligible for an award, a senior faculty member must "have an outstanding reputation for contributions in their field," according to program rules.
Although 92 faculty members worldwide won an IBM Faculty Award in 2011, only 37 awards went to U.S. faculty members. The IBM Faculty Awards program is part of the IBM University Awards program, which includes IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards, IBM Innovation Awards, and IBM Shared University Research Awards.
Dr. Pan also won last year, when he became the first GSU faculty member to receive an IBM Faculty Award. He will use funds from the award to support his cloud computing research and to collaborate with IBM researchers.