||News for Alumni and Friends
Announcing our 2018 honorees—Distinguished 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.
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.
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.
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."
TECH IN ASIA
“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.
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."
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.