Lori Pietraszek '08 recently received an honorable mention in the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Award competition.
This prestigious and competitive award recognizes undergraduate students in North American universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computer science.
Pietraszek was recognized for her research during the 2007 summer with Assistant Professor of Math and Computer Science Marc Corliss on compilers and optimization.
A computer science major, she spent the summer helping Corliss build a compiler infrastructure for use in the classroom. Such a device assembles operations, programs, and overall function of a computer for optimization within the computer's programming language.
Specifically, she created a component to help teach students the techniques used in improving the performance of a compiled program. She first designed and implemented the software for performing optimization, then analyzed the performance of compiled programs — with and without optimization — for a number of benchmarks, and then used this analysis to further refine optimization.
Finally, she will help design an optimization project for students taking a compilers course.