Keith Cooper is the L. John and Ann H. Doerr Professor in Computational Engineering at Rice University.Â His primary appointment is in the Department of Computer Science. He has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.Â Currently, he serves as Associate Dean for Research of the George R. Brown School of Engineering and as co-director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, both at Rice. He is a member of Riceâ€™s Faculty Senate.
Dr. Cooperâ€™s primary research area has been program analysis and optimization.Â He was one of the founding members of the compiler group at Rice and continues as an active researcher and mentor.Â He has more than 75 technical publications and has produced 18 Ph.D.s.Â Dr. Cooper is a Fellow of the ACM.
Dr. Cooper teaches several courses inÂ of compiler construction.Â With his colleague, Dr. Linda Torczon, he co-authored two editions of a textbook on compiler construction, Engineering a Compiler.Â A third edition is in preparation.Â Over the years, he has also taught introductory programming, principles of computing for non-majors, software engineering, and computer organization.