Caltech Celebrates Newest Cohort of Named Professors

During the 2017-18 academic year, Caltech recognized six faculty members with their first named professorship—the Institute's most distinguished award for individual faculty. This honor provides faculty with additional funds and resources to pursue their best ideas while continuing to mentor future generations of leaders.

Each named professorship brings its own distinct legacy. Many professorships, for instance, have long-standing histories, and pass on through each appointment a tradition of discovery and exploration from one academic generation to the next, from one colleague to another. A professorship may also provide a faculty member with an opportunity to forge meaningful connections with the philanthropists who provided the donation that made it possible.

It is an honor to present the 2017-18 cohort of named professors.

photo of Animashree (Anima) Anandkumar
Credit: Caltech

Animashree (Anima) Anandkumar
Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Division of Engineering and Applied Science

Anima Anandkumar is a computer scientist researching ways to make machine learning fast and practical for real-world use. She develops efficient techniques to speed up optimization algorithms that underpin machine-learning systems. In addition to her appointment at Caltech, she is a principal scientist at Amazon Web Services, where she works on the practical aspects of deploying machine learning at scale using the cloud infrastructure.

She joined the Caltech faculty in 2017.

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