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  News for Alumni and Friends April 2019  

College of Engineering to become The Grainger College of Engineering

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering will become The Grainger College of Engineering, recognizing a new $100 million gift from the Foundation and more than $300 million in total support. This is the largest amount ever given to a public university to name a college of engineering.

 

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Professor Klara Nahrstedt wins the Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award; Research Associate Professor Margaret Fleck recognized for excellence in teaching with the Rose Award; and Associate Professor Paris Smaragdis and Assistant Professor Ranjitha Kumar both receive Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Research.

 
 
 

Professor Sarita Adve and Associate Professor Svetlana Lazebnik will receive Google Faculty Research Awards. They say they look forward to both the financial support and the chance to connect with Google researchers. Three CS affiliate faculty also won Google Faculty Research Awards.

 
 
 

Hassan will work with Symantec Research Labs to improve its endpoint detection and response product. He plans to use his recent research on NoDoze, a method of judging potential system threats to reduce the number that require human intervention.

 
 
 

Solanki found a home in Illinois Computer Science through service as a course assistant, member of Girls Who Code, and other roles. Coleman says working with students has become the highlight of her career in the department.

 
 
 

Professor Sheldon Jacobson's bracket generator for the NCAA Women's Tournament is believed to be the first available. It relies on the same model as the men's tournament generator Jacobson and his students have long maintained.

 
 
 

A group of students that included Illinois CS senior Bliss Chapman took the top honor at this year's Engineering Open House with a project that translated electrical signals from a dog's brain into speech.

 
 
 

Agha's widely cited work, "Actors: A Model of Concurrent Computing in Distributed Systems," provided a basis for many projects in concurrent programming. It has been used to been used to program Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook Chat, and more.

 

 

New Media Coverage

 
 
USA Today/The Associated Press

Professor Sheldon Jacobson has always loved data. He's long had a men's NCAA Tournament bracket simulator. Now he's put together the first for the women's tournament. Also published by The New York Times, the Washington PostESPN.com, and many others. Video also available at AP Sports' Twitter account.

 
 
Cryptonews

Celer Network, a startup whose founders include Mo Dong (PhD CS ’17), raised $4 million in less than 18 minutes in a token sale. The company raised $7.46 million in a seed round in April 2018 and another $23.25 million during a private token sale in July 2018.

 
 
Deadline Hollywood

YouTube co-founders Steve Chen, an Illinois CS alumnus, and Chad Hurley are receiving the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 70th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. Chen and Hurley founded the company with another Illinois CS alum, Jawed Karim.

 
 
Crain's Chicago Business

Argonne National Laboratory will spend more than $500 million to give the Chicago area the world's fastest supercomputer. The new machine, Aurora, will be the first to operate at exascale. Supercomputers are innovation engines and talent magnets, says Bill Kramer, an Illinois CS professor and senior associate director of the Blue Waters Project at NCSA.

 
 
FoxNews.com

In an opinion piece that he authored, Illinois CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson says that the sophisticated mathematical modeling used to increase the odds of creating a solid NCAA Tournament bracket can also be used to solve the most complex challenges in both industry and government.

 

 

Featured Events

 
 
 
 
April 17, 6-8 pm

Please join us to welcome new Department Head Nancy Amato and hear about her vision and plans for Illinois CS.  Enjoy refreshments and connect with fellow CS alumni for an evening of networking in Chicago.

 
 
 
 
May 10-12

The University of Illinois will celebrate the class of 2019 with a full weekend of events for students and their families. Make your plans now. And save the date: the Illinois CS reception is at 11:30 am on May 11.

 
 
 
Bay Area Welcome Receptions for Nancy Amato
 
June 5 and 6, 6-8 pm

Bay Area alumni, meet new Department Head Nancy Amato and hear about her vision and plans for Illinois Computer Science. Receptions are planned at Google on June 5 and at Affirm on June 6.

 
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