||News for Alumni and Friends
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.