By Brandon Boatwright

CLEMSON – Zachary Jones of Seven Springs, N.C., a Ph.D. student in the School of Computing at Clemson University, has been awarded an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship for the 2009-2010 academic year. The award covers tuition and mandatory fees and also comes with a $17,500 stipend. 

Jones’ research focuses on operating systems and virtualization, specifically focusing on the design and creation of a virtual-device framework that allows for virtual hardware to be added to a computer. With virtual hardware, researchers and instructors do not require real hardware for many tasks, thus reducing costs while allowing greater flexibility in the lab.

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship is an internationally competitive program that honors exceptional Ph.D. students in many academic disciplines and areas of study. In awarding fellowships, IBM focuses on areas of interest fundamental to innovation, including technology that creates new business value, innovative software, new types of computers and interdisciplinary projects.   

“I am fortunate and thankful to be awarded an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship,” Jones said. “It is a very competitive process and the fellowship not only recognizes me but the quality of the School of Computing at Clemson.”

This past spring, Jones received the Clemson University School of Computing’s Outstanding Computer Science Ph.D. Student Award.

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