Alumni Awards Past Recipients
The Department of Computer Science annually recognizes outstanding alumni and faculty through the Illinois Computer Science Alumni Awards program. The awards honor alumni and faculty members who have made professional, technical, educational, or service contributions that brings distinction to themselves, the department, and the university. Be a part of this tradition: nominate someone you know worthy of this honor, and come back to campus and celebrate with each new class. The Awards dinner and ceremony is held each year in conjunction with Homecoming, making it an ideal time to visit campus.
Early Career Achievement Alumni Award
The Illinois Computer Science Early Career Achievement Alumni Award honors computer science alumni or faculty members who have attained early career milestones and show great promise toward continued professional and technical contributions that bring distinction to themselves, the department, and the university.
2018: Vilas Dhar
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award honors computer science graduates who have made professional and technical contributions that bring distinction to themselves, the department, and the University.
2018: Doug MacGregor
2017: Isaac J. Hall, Rajesh Karmani, Richard M. Schell, James E. Smith, and Drina C. Yue
2016: Steven Ashby, Utpal Banerjee, Carl Dill, Marcin Kleczynski, and Yu Pan
2015: Rick Cattell, Jackson Hu, Pete Koomen, Lynn Reedy, Russel Simmons
2014: Steve Chen, Jason Cong, Jawed Karim, Kenichi Miura, Trevor Mudge, Linda Petzold, Parisa Tabriz
2013: Chris Lattner and Sandra Rankin
2012: Greg Chesson, Ping Fu, Roger Dickey, Amitt Mahajan, Joel Poloney, Luke Rajlich, Sizhao "Zao" Yang
2011: Mary Jane Irwin, Max Levchin, Mary McDowell
Early Career Educator Alumni Award
The Illinois Computer Science Early Career Educator Alumni Award honors computer science alumni or faculty members who have attained early career milestones and show great promise toward continued contributions to computer science education and research.
Distinguished Alumni Educator Award
The Distinguished Educator Award honors computer science alumni or faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to computer science education and recognizes alumni and faculty who excel at motivating computer science students.
2018: Ron Cytron, Won Kim, David Lassner
2017: Nikil Dutt, Svetlana Lazebnik, Steven Ko, Kishor Trivedi, Marianne Winslett, and Martin D.F. Wong
2016: Thomas Dietterich, Edward Reingold, Romit Roy Choudhury, and Yizhou Sun
2015: Nancy Amato, Luis Ceze, Apu Kapadia, Paul Saylor
2014: Lawrence C. Angrave, Cinda Heeren, Der-Tsai Lee, Franco P. Preparata, Koushik Sen
2013: Diane Cook, Milos Ercegovac, and Shan Lu
2012: David J. Kuck, Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Xiaosong Ma, Milos Prvulovic
2011: Baochun Li, C.L. David Liu, Jane W.-S. Liu, José Martínez
Distinguished Alumni Service Award
The Award for Distinguished Service honors computer science alumni or faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to the department and its students, faculty, and alumni through their support and service.
2018: Ross Erlebacher
2017: Scott Fisher and Jill Zmaczynski
2016: Michael Hughes and Daniel Kaufman
2015: William Dunn, Dave Paola
2014: Alan M. Braverman, Roy H. Campbell, C. William Gear, Michael T. Heath, Duncan Lawrie, Brigid A. Johnson, Daniel A. Reed, Marc Snir
2013: Channing Brown, H. George Friedman, Mehdi Harandi, Sam Kamin, William Kubitz, Steven LaValle, Dennis Mickunas, and Jed Taylor
2012: Geneva Belford, Ari Gesher
2011: Ira Cohen, Dan Peterson
Memorial Achievement Award
The Memorial Achievement Award is bestowed posthumously on those alumni, students, or faculty members whose lives were characterized by remarkable achievement and accomplishment in computer science.
David J. Kuck Outstanding Thesis Awards
The David J. Kuck Outstanding Thesis Awards were established by former students and friends in recognition of Professor Kuck's intellectual and leadership contributions. Each year, two awards are given: one for an outstanding doctoral thesis and one for an outstanding master's thesis. Read More...