Provost Faculty Career Award
Marc M. Cahay, PhD
Professor/Head, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
College of Engineering & Applied Science
Throughout his 28 years of service at UC, Marc Cahay, PhD, has earned an international reputation for his pioneering contributions in the nanoscale device modeling, vacuum nanolectronics, and more recently, theoretical and experimental discoveries in spintronics. He has accumulated a staggering record of seminal publications, lectures, fellowships, awards, citations, and accolades. His work as a co-organizer for international conferences has opened countless opportunities for collaboration and offered tremendous exposure for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and UC.
Teresa Hamad, an EECS academic adviser, praised Cahay’s impactful accomplishments since his appointment to department head. He has “updated the name of the department to provide more visibility for the Computer Science program, been instrumental in the successful nominations of several faculty and student awards, established new departmental awards for service to the department, established an EECS Staff Appreciation Day, brought many faculty candidates to campus to be interviewed for cluster hires, and increased the visibility of the CS Summer Camp.”
Professor Punit Boolchand from the UC EECS department commended Cahay as a unifying force and a catalyst for transformation: “We are witnessing a sea change of attitudes in the department as people are working together and the department is growing. Professor Cahay is the facilitator - his most important leadership quality is selflessness.”
Cahay cultivates an environment of scholarship, collaboration, and mutual advancement that encourages his students and colleagues to learn, share, and innovate.
Cahay’s uplifting influence is reflected in his relationships with students. Jonathan Ludwick, PhD student of Cahay, said, “His personability, knowledge, connections, and overall willingness to help has drastically enhanced both my ambition and ability to be in the field of research. Dr. Cahay has been an excellent research adviser as well as an inspiration to my work.”