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  News for Alumni and Friends May 2018  

Max Levchin (BS CS '97) addresses the University of Illinois Class of 2018.

In his commencement address, Affirm CEO Max Levchin (BS CS '97) encouraged the Class of 2018 to take risks. "You might just find out who you really are." Later that day, Levchin and Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda joined CS's Graduation Celebration to congratulate Computer Science graduates, including students from the inaugural MCS-DS graduating class. Read More




Assistant Professors Adam Bates, Ranjitha Kumar, and Matus Jan Telgarsky have been recognized by the National Science Foundation as potential role models in research and education with prestigious CAREER Awards.


Microsoft is loosening proprietary controls on its Service Fabric distributed-systems platform. Professor Indranil Gupta and PhD student Shegufta Bakht Ahsan have authored the first study of its inner workings.


Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider, Stephen Herzog, Katrina James, Andreas Kloeckner, Aditya Parameswaran, Lui R. Sha, Mariana Silva, Heather Zike, and Craig Zilles have been recognized for outstanding contributions to research, teaching, or advising.


A group of Engineering faculty and staff that includes Associate Professor Craig Zilles is revolutionizing how students take exams and do homework with PrairieLearn, a tool for online assessment.


Illinois Computer Science students Shannon Strum and Daniel Johnson are among this year’s Knights of St. Patrick award winners, but they took very different paths to CS.


CS alumnus Paul Nash pays it forward with CS Visionary Scholarship donation.


New Media Coverage

The News-Gazette

You may recognize a few companies Max Levchin (BS CS '97) has been associated with — PayPal (co-founder), Yelp (chairman), Yahoo (board of directors). He is one of the world’s most influential tech entrepreneurs, and is this year's U of I commencment speaker.

NPR/All Things Considered

It's been 25 years since Mosaic was launched at the University of Illinois and transformed access to the Web. But NPR says it took the network a couple of years to really notice the browser's rise.


Illinois Computer Science Professor John C. Hart talks about the department's MCS in Data Science track and working with Coursera to offer the degree program online.


Ray Ozzie (BS '79, Hon. D. Eng. '12) thinks he has an approach for accessing encrypted devices that attains the impossible. The former chief software architect for Microsoft says his key proposal satisfies both law enforcement and privacy purists.



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