Penn Engineering Announces a New Scholarly Chair

Penn Engineering Announces a New Scholarly Chair

A portrait of Stephanie Weirich
Stephanie Weirich

Penn Engineering is pleased to announce that Stephanie Weirich has been named the ENIAC President’s Distinguished Professor. This is a well-deserved honor and we celebrate the privilege of having Dr. Weirich on our faculty.

Dr. Weirich is a professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University. She is the recipient of several awards most notably the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Programming Languages Robin Milner Young Researcher Award, and the National Science Foundation CAREER award. She has been named a Microsoft Outstanding Collaborator and was the recipient of the Most Influential International Conference on Functional Programming Paper Award in 2016.

The goal of Dr. Weirich’s research is to enhance the reliability, maintainability, and security of software systems through statically-typed programming languages. Her research explores novel methods to bring more expressive type systems to users. She is also engaged in incorporating programming logics into the design of practical type systems so that application-specific properties may be expressed. To learn more about Dr. Weirich and her research, please visit her faculty profile.

The ENIAC President’s Distinguished Professorship was established in honor of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the world’s first general-purpose electronic computer which was developed at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, the precursor to Penn Engineering. ENIAC, which revolutionized computing and ushered in the Digital Age, was one of the most significant inventions of the modern era.