Kim Hazelwood

Helping researchers do their research has earned one UVA scientist a spot among the leading young innovators in the world.

Kim Hazelwood, assistant professor of computer science at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, was recently recognized by MIT’s Technology Review magazine as one of the top innovators under the age of 35.

Working in collaboration with Intel Corp. and a group of other researchers, Hazelwood developed a software tool called “Pin.” It allows computers to rewrite software programs while they’re running.

The applications run from cyber security to program analysis, and the tool has been downloaded more than 45,000 times by researchers, teachers and students.

“People are using this work as the starting point for their own research in the field,” Hazelwood says. “Basically, anything you can imagine you’d ever like to do to a program, you can accomplish with this tool.”

Hazelwood was one of 35 finalists selected from more than 300 nominees who are changing the world in fields like medicine, computing and nanotechnology.