Sampath Kannan, the Henry Salvatori Professor in Penn Engineering’s Department of Computer and Information Science, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is among 443 members recognized this year for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”
Election as a Fellow of AAAS, the world’s largest scientific society, is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
Kannan is an expert in several subfields of algorithms, including ones that operate on massive data sets. Kannan’s research explores what can and cannot be computed efficiently, as well as the applications of algorithmic problems in computational biology and other fields. Kannan is also co-director of MCIT Online, the school’s first all-online master’s program. As with the on-campus Master of Computer and Information Technology program, MCIT Online is designed for students with no previous computer science training to learn the fundamentals of the field in both theoretical and applied contexts.