Dr. Byrd was given the Outstanding Teacher Award by the College of Engineering. This award is given to faculty who demonstrate excellence at all levels of teaching. His research focuses on high-performance parallel systems and servers as well as computer architecture and networking. Dr. Byrd has taught undergraduate courses that introduce students to concepts behind computer architecture and programming.
Dr. Townsend has been awarded the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award. The award is one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards given to undergraduate professors throughout the University. His research is in digital and wireless communication. Dr. Townsend teaches undergraduate courses on electric circuit analysis as well as those on communications.
Both recipients will be honored at a university-wide luncheon on April 4. Dr. Townsend will also be recognized at this spring's commencement program for his Alumni Award.