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  News for Alumni and Friends March 2017  

CS @ ILLINOIS alumni Der-Tsai Lee (MS CS '76, PhD '78) and Sandra Rankin (BS CS '74) will each receive a College of Engineering Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in April. Read more.




One of the biggest and best collegiate hackathons in the nation, this year's student-run HackIllinois promoted open source software along with creative projects and networking, attracting more than 1,100 participants.


Jingsheng Jason Cong (MS CS '87, PhD '90), a faculty member at UCLA, was elected to the NAE for pioneering contributions to application-specific programmable logic via innovations in field programmable gate array (FPGA) synthesis.


Josep Torrellas, the Saburo Muroga Professor of Computer Science, has been selected to receive the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring.


Professor Karrie Karahalios will be honored for her recent work in social computing exploring how computer algorithms shape today's world, as well as the ethics behind them.


The student-produced Banks of the Boneyard newsletter returns after a long hiatus with an update about this year's happenings in ACM@UIUC, including HackIllinois, their new web architecture, and Merch - the successor to Caffeine.


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New Media Coverage

Bleacher Report

Need help with your March Madness picks? Bracket Odds tracks historical trends in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

The Weekend Australian

Alumna Parisa Tabriz (BS CS '05 MS '07), security chief for Google Chrome, discussed a variety of security issues like web servers using HTTPS by default, Internet of Things hacking risks, and password management. 

Business Insider

LinkedIn Senior Software Engineer Kamilah Taylor (MS CS '10) was recognized as one of the most powerful women in technology. In addition to her contributions to enhancing LinkedIn products, Taylor is perhaps best known as an advocate for women and people of color in the tech industry. 

CBS News

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson comments on airport security measures and a recent breach at JFK airport in February. 



Featured Events

Every Sunday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. through May 7, 2017

Part of the national Girls Who Code non-profit, this weekly session enables University of Illinois volunteers to inspire, educate, and equip middle and high school girls with basic computing skills, while encouraging them to pursue an interest in technology.

June - July

Registration for the Gems CS summer day camps for middle and high school girls opens April 1, 2017. The free weeklong camps include coding, group project work, field trips, problem solving, and social networking with peers.

April 15

Organized by current CS @ ILLINOIS students, this free, day-long showcase allows high school students, especially admitted students, to get a glimpse of what it is like to be a CS student at Illinois.

May 13, 2017 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Siebel Center Atrium

CS @ ILLINOIS congratulates the class of 2017 with this annual brunch for graduating students and their parents. Registration opens April 1, 2017.

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