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  News for Alumni and Friends September 2018  

Illinois CS to honor 13 alumni and faculty.

Announcing our 2018 honoreesDistinguished Alumni Achievement: Douglas MacGregor; Young Alumni Achievement: Vilas Dhar; Distinguished Alumni Educator: Ron K. Cytron, Won Kim, & David Lassner; Early Career Educator: Eric Gilbert & Karthik Pattabiraman; Distinguished Alumni Service: Ross Erlebacher; Memorial: Gene Golub; C.W. Gear Outstanding Junior Faculty Award: Ranjitha Kumar; Scott H. Fisher Computer Science Teaching Award: Craig Zilles; David J. Kuck Outstanding Thesis Awards: Matthew Sinclair (PhD) & Dimitrios Skarlatos (MS).

The CS Awards activities are held in conjunction with the Celebration of Excellence Student Awards Program and the WCS Alumni & Student Dinner, making it an ideal time to visit campus. Network with faculty, students, and fellow alumni, plus hear insights from Keynote speakers Rita Patel Jackson and Marc Tebbe. Read More




Parisa Tabriz takes the stage as the keynote speaker at the annual Black Hat Conference. “Computer security is increasingly becoming the security of the world,” declares Google Chrome's Director of Engineering, an Illinois CS alumna.


As an Illinois CS PhD student, Xiang Ren devoted his work to sorting the flood of online text, and now his dissertation has been recognized with the SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award.


Blacks & African Americans in Computing has joined the roster of student-run organizations with ties to Illinois Computer Science, and plans to celebrate diversity in CS while exposing minority students not already engaged in tech to its possibilities.


Five accomplished Illinois CS graduate students have been recognized for their academic achievements and leadership, joining the 2019 class of Siebel Scholars. Each will receive $35,000 during their final year of study.


We invite applications for multiple faculty positions at all levels and in all areas of Computer Science, including traditional as well as non-traditional and interdisciplinary areas of CS. Read More.


Doug MacGregor (MS CS '80) was greatly influenced by Profs. Muroga and Faiman


New Media Coverage

Health Data Management

A newly developed tool uses genomic data to predict patients’ responses to therapeutic drugs. CS Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar Saurabh Sinha worked with the Mayo Clinic to create a Center of Excellence to tap information contained in genomic data.


Blockchain-based smart contracts present a unique risk, and companies should be wary, according to CS Professor Grigore Rosu. "The code is public so you can work out how to attack it," and once deployed it cannot be changed.

The News-Gazette

If you use a fitness tracker and post workouts online, you may be sharing the location of your home. Illinois CS Professor Adam Bates says, “Everyone is becoming much more aware of the privacy risks on social networks. But no one is talking about fitness networks."


“I don’t know why, but I asked myself this question very early on: What is the purpose of my life? What can I do that will be meaningful? I realized that I’m a tech geek but I also like to work with people and build things like companies and teams," said Monk's Hill Ventures Managing Partner and Illinois CS graduate Peng Ong.

The News-Gazette

Mrinaal Mittal is a University of Illinois senior pursuing degrees in, among other things, computer science. He has already created several startups. "The best advice I have for others is what my father gave me ... don't be scared to fail."



Featured Events

Everitt Laboratory 
September 21, 1:15 pm

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

Be a part of this signature college tradition! Visit with fellow alumni, enjoy delicious food, and cheer on the Fighting Illini and Head Coach Lovie Smith at Memorial Stadium. RSVP by Oct. 5.

ThinkChicago Roadshow
October 25

Save the Date! Students will learn about Chicago’s Innovation Ecosystem at the ThinkChicago Roadshow, featuring a panel discussion with Chicago business leaders followed by an informal job fair.

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