New Faculty Member, 2023–24
Assistant Professor, computer science and engineering
Aman Arora dreamed of being a doctor when he was growing up, but ended up following a different path when his sister joined a computer science and engineering program and brought home a PC in 1999.
“I would spend hours on it playing games, assembling and disassembling hardware components and writing C++ code,” he says. “After that, I was certain I wanted to be a computer engineer and never looked back.”
Arora says the dynamic nature of computer engineering keeps him interested in the field.
“The way computers have evolved and how they influence our lives is mind-boggling, and we’ll continue to see another revolution in the next few decades with artificial intelligence,” he says. “There is no dearth of challenges in this field to keep computer engineers busy and excited!”
Arora will continue exploring his passion in his new role as an assistant professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.
“I’m looking forward to working with a diverse student base, in teaching and research, and engaging in cutting-edge research through the Intelligent, Distributed, Embedded Applications, or IDEAS, center,” he says.
Prior to joining the Fulton Schools, Arora worked as a graduate research assistant and graduate fellow while completing his doctoral degree. He also brings several years of semiconductor industry experience through his work at Freescape, now NXP, and NVIDIA, where he gained a wealth of knowledge that he plans to apply to his work at ASU.
In his CSE 320 Design and Synthesis of Digital Hardware course, Arora will teach concepts at the juncture of digital design, computer architecture and machine learning. In addition, he will design two new graduate courses on reconfigurable computing and hardware for machine learning, which will be offered in the upcoming semesters. He will also engage students in his new research lab, the Advent Lab.
“Taking these classes will prepare students for wonderful careers in the semiconductor industry and research in innovative topics in the chip design field,” says Arora, who specializes in designing computer systems that can efficiently process modern workloads, with a special focus on reconfigurable computing.
When he’s not working, Arora enjoys biking and doing yoga. He also spends his spare time listening to podcasts, including Radiolab, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, Freakonomics, Serial, Planet Money, How I Built This and The Moth.
Written by Annelise Krafft