Prof. Pramod Subramanyan
(1984 - 2020)

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


Prof. Pramod Subramanyan was born on June 8th, 1984 in the city of Bengaluru. After completing his bachelor’s studies in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the R. V. College of Engineering, Bengaluru, he completed his master's studies from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru with a thesis on Efficient Redundant Execution in Chip Multiprocessors. Prof. Subramanyan then went on to pursue doctoral studies from Princeton University where his dissertation on Deriving Abstractions to Address Hardware Platform Security Challenges was awarded not only the Bede Liu Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, but also the 2018 ACM SIGDA Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation.

Prof. Subramanyan and his works were no strangers to excellence, and received multiple awards including the 2017 award for Best Paper at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, the 2015 award for Best Student Paper at the IEEE International Symposium on Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust, and the Wu Prize for Excellence from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University. His advisors and colleagues wax eloquent about his sheer technical brilliance and ability to identify the most impactful of applications while at the same time, making the most fundamental of advances, in formal methods and systems security.

Prof. Subramanyan is also fondly remembered as a caring mentor who imparted to students not only a wealth of knowledge, but also inspiration and a spirit of inquiry. He is remembered as a doting father, a caring and supportive husband, a dutiful son and brother, and an exemplary human being.

The untimely demise of this wonderful human being and researcher par excellence is a setback to individuals and organizations alike. Organizations and efforts that were fortunate to have received his contributions will miss his mastery over subject matter. The academia will miss a future leader and dominant expert. Those who worked with him and learnt from him will miss a helpful colleague, a caring mentor and a valuable adviser. We pray for the departed soul and hope that the family, friends and colleagues of Prof. Subramanyan, find strength and courage in face of this irreparable loss.

Please visit the following webpage for some fond messages from friends and colleagues of Prof. Subramanyan


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