Ike Nassi ‘70, ‘72, ‘74, Named an IEEE Fellow


Accomplished Stony Brook University alum, Dr. Ike Nassi has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE), a distinguished honor given to IEEE members for remarkable accomplishments in electrical and electronics engineering and computer science. Nassi was recognized “for leadership in parallel and distributed systems and adaptive systems.”

“The Stony Brook University Department of Computer Science (CS) is proud to have one of its alumni receive this high honor,” says CS department chair, Samir Das, “Congratulations to Ike on this well-deserved honor!"

Nassi is the founder, chairman and CTO of TidalScale Inc. whose software aggregates commodity servers together to create a single virtual server to address challenging Big Data problems for in-memory SQL and NoSQL databases, large-scale analytics, simulation, and computational genomics. Nassi is also a founding trustee of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, chairing the CHM Fellows Selection Committee, and having served on its Executive Committee and Nomination and Governance Committee. He currently has 35 patents and counting and holds two Certificates of Appreciation from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Nassi is widely recognized for his work as Senior Vice President and Corporate Officer at Apple, leading its AppleSoft Division. Nassi introduced the Mach Microkernel and conducted a study which led to an investment in Acorn RISC Machines (ARM). The Mach Microkernel and ARM chips are now used in all iPhones, iPads and Macs. Nassi was also an Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist at SAP, where he developed the SAP Sponsored Academic Research Program which supported 100 research projects in several universities around the world.

In addition to being an accomplished computer scientist, Nassi proudly admits that his other accomplishment as a student at Stony Brook was meeting his wife, Ronee. They married shortly after graduation and have been together ever since.

Dr. Nassi is on the faculty of the Baskin School of Engineering, University of California-Santa Cruz. He earned a MS and PhD in computer science and a B.S. in mathematics, all from Stony Brook University.