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Professor Evgenia Smirni has received a 2012 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence

Professor Evgenia SmirniIn the spring of 2008, Joseph J. Plumeri II ('66, D.P.S. '11) made a significant commitment to his alma mater to "honor and support" its faculty's efforts through the creation of the Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence with the ultimate intention of enhancing faculty interactions with students and empowering the College's professors to continue to "work passionately to challenge the minds of our exceptional students."

Since joining William & Mary's faculty in 1997, Evgenia has become known for her exceptional research accomplishments and effective mentoring of students.    Her research with students and colleagues has provided several innovative solutions on the problem of "burstiness" in workload flows.  Her work with with Ph.D. candidate Eddy Zhang and postdoctoral student Giuliano Casale led to a Best Student Paper Award at the 5th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of Systems (QEST 2008).  Her work with Giuliano Casale and her colleague Ludmilla Cherkasova at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, received a Best Paper Award at Middleware 2008.  Most recently (2010), her work with graduate students Andrew Caniff, Lei Lu, and Ningfang Mi, along with Ludmilla Cherkasova, led to a Best Student Paper Award at the 22nd International Teletraffic Congress (ITC22).

From 2003-2009, Evgenia served as an editor for Performance Evaluation Review, a quarterly publication of ACM SIGMETRICS.  She was Program Chair for QEST '05 and SIGMETRICS/Performance 2006, held in Saint-Malo, France, as well as serving as General co-Chair for QEST '10, which was held at William & Mary.  She currently serves on the ACM SIGMETRICS Board of Directors.  In 2010-11, Evgenia was a visiting researcher at IBM Research - Zurich.

The Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence, which include a $10,000 stipend for each recipient, are to be given to 20 William & Mary faculty members every year for a decade, beginning in 2009.  The funds are  intended to be applied toward research, summer salaries, or other stipends associated with scholarly endeavor.  Evgenia is the first faculty member in the Department of Computer Science to receive a Plumeri Award.