Kerim Kalafala is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, a senior technical staff member in the IBM Systems Group, and an IBM Master Inventor. Currently, he is lead architect of static timing and noise analysis software tools used to design and verify the world’s fastest microprocessors. Kerim has received multiple prestigious Research Division awards for publications in computer science and mathematics, an ACM/IEEE Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation, and a best-paper award at the Design Automation Conference and was recognized for coauthoring a top-10 most-cited paper in the 50-year history of DAC. Kerim has also received both the IBM Corporate and Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards for contributions to the field of statistical timing analysis. He is an inventor with 49 issued patents worldwide and approximately a dozen more pending. Kerim is a member of the executive board for the Rhinebeck Science Foundation and volunteers extensively in his local community. Kerim holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he graduated with summa cum laude honors.
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