The Faculty Honors Committee has awarded the Class of 1934 Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award to Regent’s Professor Richard Fujimoto. This award was established to recognize Georgia Tech faculty who have made significant interdisciplinary contributions to teaching and research. The award will be presented at the annual Georgia Tech Faculty and Staff Honors Luncheon to be held on Friday, April 19, 2019.
Fujimoto’s research is concerned with discrete-event simulation programs on parallel and distributed computing platforms. Because his work spans several application areas, Fujimoto’s work is highly interdisciplinary. Some of the topics he has worked on include transportation systems, telecommunication networks, multi-processor, and defense systems. He is a frequent collaborator in the work of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, serving as a co-principle investigator on several research grants as well as co-authoring several papers and presentations for conference proceedings with other BBISS affiliated faculty.
Fujimoto was the founding chair of the School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) and served in that role from 2005 to 2014. During this period, he grew the school to 13 tenure track faculty and established the school’s administrative staff. He led the creation of interdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Computational Science and Engineering as well as the College of Computing’s first on-line distance learning degree program, the MS program in CSE. At the undergraduate level, he led the Computational-X initiative that resulted in the creation of two new undergraduate minors – Scientific and Engineering Computing and Computational Data Analysis. He also played a leadership role in creating the CRUISE (Computing Research Undergraduate Intern Summer Experience) program which emphasizes outreach to women and minority students. He co-led the initial development of Georgia Tech’s professional Masters Program in Analytics with faculty in the College of Business and School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Under his leadership, the School of Computational Science and Engineering was formally established as an academic unit within Georgia Tech in 2010.
Fujimoto’s publications include seven award winning papers. He is author or co-author of three books. He led the definition of the time management services for the High Level Architecture for modeling and simulation that is now part of IEEE standard 1516. Fujimoto has served as Co-Editor-in-chief of the journal Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International. He was a founding area editor for ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation and has served on the organizing committees for several leading conferences in the parallel and distributed simulation field. He received the ACM Distinguished Contributions in Modeling and Simulation Award in 2013.