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  News for Alumni and Friends July 2018  

Dr. Nancy Amato (PhD CS '95)

Dr. Nancy Amato (PhD CS ‘95) is returning to campus to be the next Illinois Computer Science Department Head and an Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering, starting in January. "I’m honored, humbled, and excited to rejoin my alma mater during this time of awesome opportunity and explosive interest in our field," said Amato, who is a world-renowned expert in robotics. Read More




As a PhD student, Matthew Sinclair focused on using heterogeneous systems as a path to greater efficiency. Now his work has been recognized as part of the first-ever group of ACM SIGARCH/IEEE CS TCCA Outstanding Dissertation Awards.


Professor Aditya Parameswaran is using an award from the U.S. Army Research Office’s Young Investigator Program to refine crowdsourced data by considering the personal perspectives that influence the information provided.


A new grant from the Department of Energy will support Professor Paul Fischer's efforts to give engineers who design nuclear reactors a more accurate, less expensive means of testing the efficiency of the fluid flow that is key to reactor operation.


A collaboration between the University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic that includes Professor Saurabh Sinha has yielded a tool to make stronger predictions about genomic features associated with specific drug responses.


CS freshman Anna Rodriguez is supported by an Engineering Visionary Scholarship.


New Media Coverage

The News-Gazette

$200,000 grant from Microsoft will provide a pipeline to careers in technology for U of I students who have autism, promote digitally accessible classrooms, and encourage the creation and use of accessible software, including CS Professor Lawrence Angrave's ClassTranscribe project. Additional coverage by The Associated Press.


One of Silicon Valley’s most talked-about venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz, has hired its first female senior investing partner. Marc Andreessen (BS '94) is a director and co-founder.

Business Insider

Tanya Lattner (MS CS ’05), who is president of the LLVM Foundation, makes Business Insider's annual list of the most powerful women in engineering, at No. 37.

The Engineer

Professor Jian Peng and colleagues have developed a new algorithm to eliminate the compromise between high resolution and high frequency in satellite imagery by fusing data into one integrated product. More coverage by LaserFocusWorld and AgPro.

Epicenter Podcast

Professor Grigore Rosu talks about the K framework, as well as his work to create a new virtual machine called IELE specifically tailored to blockchain.



Featured Events

September 17-22

Save the date for this free, week-long, student-run event that features tech talks by speakers from across the industry and academia, two career fairs, and an array of workshops, challenges, and competitions!

Everitt Laboratory 
September 21, 2-4pm

The official grand re-opening of Everitt Laboratory, which includes a program and a reception, is a featured event for the University of Illinois Foundation's Annual Meeting.

October 13

Make plans to visit the University of Illinois campus for Homecoming 2018. Celebratory events will take place throughout the week, highlighted by the Illinois-Purdue football game.

October 19

Join the tradition! Save the date! Visit campus to enjoy our annual awards celebration and engage with CS faculty, students, and fellow alumni.

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