Aviad Rubenstein

Aviad Rubenstein

AVIAD RUBINSTEIN, assistant professor in computer science, has been awarded a 2020 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.

The five-year, $875,000 fellowship provides the nation’s most promising early-career scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study.

According to the foundation announcement, Rubinstein’s research focuses on a core question in theoretical computer science: What can be computed efficiently? This is important for designing better algorithms, and also for understanding processes in economics, biology and physics that implicitly carry out complex computations.

The program arose, according to its website, out of Stanford alumnus David Packard’s commitment to strengthening university-based science and engineering programs in recognition that the success of the Hewlett-Packard Company, which he cofounded, derived in large part