2004 Young Alumni Achievement Award
Thomas Conte (MSEE ’88, PhD ’92), professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, is honored for his technical and leadership contributions to the field of computer microarchitecture. A leading expert in very long instruction word (VLIW) microarchitectures, Conte is director of the Center for Embedded Systems Research at NCSU. His contributions to microprocessor design include a highly regarded solution to the problem of VLIW code compatibility, seminal work on instruction fetch mechanisms, and industry-influencing work on hardware performance counter design. His work has been adopted by Intel, TI, and IBM.