Faculty Director Prof. Christopher Batten (cb535)
Shipping Coordinator Patty Clark (pac244)
Nick Cebry, ECE PhD (nfc35)
Shreyas Patil, ECE MEng (sp2544)
Sabrina Herman, ECE BS'21 (sh997)
Guadalupe Bernal, ECE Junior (gb438)
Ruyu Yan, CS Junior (ry233)
Tito Maresca, CS Junior (tjm275)
Neha Malepati, CS Sophomore (nm458)
Staff Email curie-staff-l cornell edu

Faculty Director Bio

The director for the CURIE Academy in 2021 is Prof. Christopher Batten. Prof. Batten is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a graduate field member of Computer Science at Cornell University. His research and teaching is in the field of computer architecture: the principle and practice of improving the performance, efficiency, reliability, and programmability of future computer systems. This highly interdisciplinary field stretches from circuits to operating systems with a focus at the hardware/software interface.

Prof. Batten's research has been recognized with several awards including a Cornell Engineering Research Excellence Award, an Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program award, an NSF CAREER award, a DARPA Young Faculty Award, and an IEEE Micro Top Picks selection. His teaching has been recognized with two Michael Tien '72 Excellence in Teaching Awards and a James M. and Marsha D. McCormick Award for Outstanding Advising of First-Year Engineering Students.

In 2018, Prof. Batten was a Visiting Scholar at the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall in Cambridge, UK. Prior to joining Cornell University, he received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2007 to 2009, he was a visiting scholar in the Parallel Computing Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley; he received an M.Phil. in Engineering as a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge in 2000, and received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering as a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia in 1999.


The CURIE Academy is a one-week summer program for high school girls. CURIE scholars spend their mornings learning about the various fields within engineering, and spend their afternoons working on a design project. The morning sessions are meant to provide breadth across engineering disciplines while the afternoon design project is meant to provide depth in a single engineering discipline. The design project can help scholars evaluate whether or not they are interested in pursuing a career in engineering. By the end of this course, students should be able to:


Scholars are expected to have a strong background in math and science, enjoy solving problems, and want to learn more about careers in engineering. Scholars are not expected to have any prior experience with computer engineering; we will teach scholars everything they needed to know to succeed in their design project!

Format and Procedures

The week-long design experience included a combination of assigned readings, short introductory lectures, structured lab sessions, an open-ended design project, and a final presentation.