Professor Janki Bhimani Receives NSF CAREER Award

Faculty Award, Faculty Highlight

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced that Assistant Professor Janki Bhimani received the NSF CAREER award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award is one of the “most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.”

Dr. Bhimani’s project, “Towards Efficient In-storage Indexing,” aims to design efficient in-storage indexing devices (ISIDs) by addressing several current challenges. In her proposal, Dr. Bhimani cited a need for low-cost and open-source research platforms to facilitate the reproduction and comparison of research work, promoting quick adoption of ISID advancements. Secondly, she stated that integrating the fragmented advancements of individual ISID components is crucial to capture their holistic impacts and interactions effectively. Finally, addressing diverse workload requests, interference in multi-tenant environments, and data distribution considerations requires new research methods for overall operation optimization.  The project “will explore and develop innovative methods to unleash the full potential of ISIDs in modern data management systems,” ultimately “[revolutionizing] data storage systems and making significant contributions to the field of storage technology.”

The project is expected to total $615,528 over five years. The full award notice can be found at