Tom Conte is a native of
, but served his time in a corn field in the middle of Illinois, escaping only when he received his Ph.D. from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
in 1992. From 1992-1995, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, where he met his wife (which was just about the only good thing that happened to him in South Carolina).
In 1995, Conte moved to
NC State University
(in Raleigh, NC), where he was an Assistant Professor (1995-1998), then an Associate Professor (1998-2002), and then an adjective-free Professor of
Electrical and Computer Engineering
. Somewhere in there (2000-2001) he took a short detour to DSP startup BOPS, inc. to serve as a manager of their back and compiler group and "Chief Microarchitect" (because they already had a "Chief Architect"). After cursing Computer Science as a faux discipline for decades, he accidentally became a professor of Computer Science at Georgia Tech, where he suffers to this day.
Conte currently directs a bunch of Ph.D. students in topics ranging
from compiler design to
advanced microarchitectures. His research is or has been supported by
Compaq (formerly Digital), Hewlett-Packard (formerly Compaq),
IBM, Intel, TI, Sun, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.
- 1964 Born in Wilmington, DE to Joseph John Conte
and Anne Marie Conte (dec.). Their fifth child (Margaret `55, Marie `56, Carole `59,
Elizabeth `61 (dec.)) and only son.
- 1964-1986 Childhood, adolescence, adulthood
- 1986 Graduated with a Bachelor of EE from the University of Delaware
- 1988 Got an M.S. in EE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
where I worked in the Center for
High-Performance and Reliable Computing for Prof. Wen-mei Hwu.
- 1992 Ph.D from the same (Illinois)
- 1992-1995 Taught at the University of South Carolina,
met my wife (Catherine),
- 1995-2008 Taught at NC State University's ECE department,
where my students and I worked on a project called TINKER.
- Sept., 1998 Began a supporting role in the life
of Joseph Allen (Jac) Conte (my son)
- Apr 2, 2001 Jac diagnosed with autism
- Oct., 2001 Began a supporting role in the life of
Elizabeth Anne Conte (my daughter)
Woke up in Atlanta, GA with one hell of a headache.
- 2008-now Teaching computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology