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In Memoriam: Marvin Leonard Stein (1924-2015)

Picture of Marvin SteinThe Department of Computer Science and Engineering mourns the death of Professor Marvin Stein, who passed away peacefully on February 27, 2015 at the age of 90. Professor Stein is affectionately referred to as "the father of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota."

 Stein was part of the founding of the Computer Science Department at the University, serving as its initial department head, and he was the first to acquire supercomputers for our campus. Stein grew up in Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1941 and continued his education at UCLA.  While at Roosevelt, Stein met Ruth Meyerson, who had car pooled with him to UCLA. He and Ruth married on July 15, 1944, which the two celebrated on their 70th wedding anniversary last summer.

 Shortly after enrolling at UCLA, Stein decided to take a break from college to enlist in the United States Army during WWII. After serving his country, Stein resumed his education at UCLA, earning a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1951. After working at the UCLA Institute for Numerical Analysis (1948-1952), he became a research engineer at Convair in San Diego, California, working on the development of the Atlas missile.

In 1955, Stein joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota. Upon his arrival, Stein began work on the foundations of matrix iterative methods that lie at the heart of computational modeling in modern engineering. Many consider Stein’s courses to be the start of the University’s computer science curriculum. In 1961, Stein was promoted to full professor. Although he spent his entire academic career at the University of Minnesota, he was also a visiting professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science (1963-1964).


CS&E Assistant Professor Brent Hecht received Best Paper Award

Picture of Brent HechtAssistant Professor Brent Hecht received a Best Paper Award at ACM CSCW, one of the premiere publication venues in his sub-field (human-computer interaction). The award, which is given to the top 1% of submissions, was for his paper: Turkers, Scholars, "Arafat" and "Peace": Cultural Communities and Algorithmic Gold Standards. A collaboration with Dr. Shilad Sen, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Macalester College, the research also included contributions from seven Macalester students.


More information, as well as a copy of the paper, can be found on Professor Hecht’s website

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