Ray Simar has been awarded the School of Engieering's Curriculum Innovation Award. The award recognizes faculty who are improving the quality of education at Rice University through pedagogical and curricular innovation.
Simar, a professor in the practice, considers this a "very much appreciated and humbling" honor. He went on to give credit to the staff of the Center for Teaching Excellence, as well as Carrie Toffoletto and Norma Santamaria. He also wished to thank faculty from the Department of Computer Science (Keith Cooper, Scott Rixner and John Greiner), and also faculty from ECE (Joe Cavallaro, Peter Varman and Caleb Kemere). He gave great credit to graduate student Chance Tarver, who "has been wonderful in coordinating lab development over the last three years," along with Simar's lab assistants, who he calls "the life blood of the course." He sees this award as a team effort and is very thankful for the support and encouragement he has received.
Simar teaches courses in digital signal processing and computer architecture. Prior to coming to Rice, he spent 25 years as an engineer at Texas Instruments, where he worked on semiconductors and led teams developing computer architectures for digital signal processing. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a Distinguished Engineer of the ACM.