For Lip-Bu Tan SM ’80, establishing a professorship in the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing signals a “very personal” commitment to the Institute.

“I was fortunate to have obtained my master’s of science in nuclear engineering from MIT, where I focused my studies on system simulation analysis,” says Tan, the chief executive of Cadence Design Systems, a leader in global electronic design innovation.

Creating the new fund in the Schwarzman College reflects Cadence’s overall commitment to supporting education and fostering innovation at the vanguard of computing, says Tan. “We’re delighted to support MIT’s efforts to advance innovation in the exciting fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics,”  he says.

Aleksander Mądry SM ’09, PhD ’11, a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Theory of Computation Group, and the director of MIT’s Center for Deployable Machine Learning, was recently named the inaugural Cadence Design Systems Professor in Computer Science. Mądry’s research centers largely on making machine-learning techniques more accurate, efficient, and robust against errors.

“These transformative technologies are a key element of the computational software industry and Cadence,” says Tan. “We look forward to enabling the acceleration of MIT’s groundbreaking research in these areas.”

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