Engineering dean named new HP Labs director

Prith Banerjee, dean of the college of engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a founder of two start-ups, will become HP Labs' new director on August 1.

Hewlett-Packard has named Prith Banerjee, dean of the college of engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a founder of two start-ups, as the new director of HP Labs, the computer and printer company said Wednesday.

Prith Banerjee, future director of HP Labs
Prith Banerjee, future director of HP Labs University of Illinois, Chicago

Banerjee, 46, will take over August 1, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said. Dick Lampman, the earlier director, announced in 2006 that he'd retire this year.

Banerjee has spent 23 years as a research scientist, professor and administrator in the domain of electrical engineering and computer science. His interest has been in running computing tasks in parallel on groups of computers, the compiler software used to translate human-written programs into instructions computers understand, and using computers to design large processors.

He founded two start-ups, AccelChip in 2000 and Binachip in 2004.

"Technology is at the core of HP, and Prith's mandate is to ensure that HP Labs continues to be one of the world's leading research organizations," HP Chief Technology Officer Shane Robison said in a statement.

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