CS&E 50th Anniversary Celebration

Nov 23 2019 - 8:00am



In 2019-2020, CS&E will celebrate the 50th anniversary of computer science and engineering by highlighting milestones of the department and significant achievements of faculty and alumni throughout our history.

Our premiere kick-off events will be held November 23, 2019, where we will be holding our alumni reunion, research showcase, and symposium. Learn about our history, reconnect with old friends, and celebrate CS&E and our impact at the University and beyond.

We invite all alums, families, friends, and partners to join us in this celebration! 

Register today!


8:30 am - Registration, continental breakfast, and poster setup
10:00 am - Program starts 
12:00 pm - Celebration Lunch
1:30 pm - Breakout sessions
3:00 pm - Decade discussion
4:30 pm - Research posters and reception

Keynote Speaker: Jaime Teevan


Title: Focusing on What Matters

Abstract: Over the past fifty years computing has evolved from something that happens on an individual computer to something enabled by a rich network of devices. As a result, it is becoming increasingly possible to observe people’s interactions with computation at scale. Our ability to learn from these interactions has led to incredibly engaging experiences – but not necessarily more productive ones. As computing transforms every aspect of how people live and work, we need to think carefully about the underlying influence computation has on people’s attention. There is an opportunity to do more than just not distract people and actually start helping people focus better. This presentation will explore the ways we might make it as compelling and easy to complete an important task as it is to check social media.

Bio: Jaime Teevan is Chief Scientist for Microsoft‘s Experiences and Devices, where she is helping Microsoft create the future of productivity. Previously she was the Technical Advisor to Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research AI, where she led the Productivity team. Dr. Teevan has published hundreds of award-winning technical articles, books, and patents, and has given keynotes around the world. Her research has earned her the Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator, BECA, Karen Spärck Jones, and SIGIR Test of Time awards. Dr. Teevan holds a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.S. from Yale, and is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington

Alumni Awards

Panos Pardalos

Panos PadalosPanos Pardalos is a Distinguished Professor and the Paul and Heidi Brown Preeminent Professor in the Departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida, and a world renowned leader in Global Optimization, Mathematical Modeling, and Data Sciences. He is a Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, and INFORMS and was awarded the 2013 Constantin Caratheodory Prize of the International Society of Global Optimization. In addition, Dr. Pardalos has been awarded the 2013 EURO Gold Medal prize bestowed by the Association for European Operational Research Societies. This medal is the preeminent European award given to Operations Research (OR) professionals for “scientific contributions that stand the test of time.”

Dr. Pardalos has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Award (2018-2019). The Humboldt Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date – fundamental discoveries, new theories, insights that have had significant impact on their discipline.

Dr. Pardalos is also a Member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Academy of Spain, and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is the Founding Editor of Optimization Letters, Energy Systems, and Co-Founder of the International Journal of Global Optimization, and Computational Management Science. He has published over 500 journal papers, and edited/authored over 200 books. He is one of the most cited authors in computer sciences and has graduated 63 PhD students so far. Details can be found in www.ise.ufl.edu/pardalos.

Jon Herlocker

Jon Herlocker

Jon is an industry-leading technologist experienced in both on-premises enterprise software and consumer SaaS businesses. He has deep technical experience in multiple areas including designing and operating scale-out distributed systems and applying machine learning and data analytics to decision problems. He also has significant experience and training in human-computer interaction and user experience design.

Prior to co-founding Tignis, he was Vice President and CTO of VMware’s Cloud Management Business Unit. Other positions include CTO of Mozy, and CTO of EMC’s Cloud Services division. Jon is an experienced entrepreneur having founded two other startup companies. He is a former tenured professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University, and his highly-cited academic research work was awarded the prestigious 2010 ACM Software System Award for contributions to the field of recommendation systems. 

Jon holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lewis and Clark College.

Breakout Sessions

Careers in Academia

Heritage Gallery
Join career academics and professors as they reflect on their journey to and careers at top national and international universities. Panelists include:

  • Yan Huang, Senior Associate Dean, University of North Texas
  • Ajitha Rajan, Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
  • Brian Bailey, Professor, University of Illinois
  • Getiria Onsongo, Assistant Professor, Macalester College
  • Panagote (Panos) M Pardolas, Professor, University of Florida
  • George Karypis, Moderator and CS&E Professor
Careers in Industry

Ski-u-mah room
Alumni entrepreneurs and industry professionals share what it took for them to go from CS&E students to leaders in their field. Panelists include:

  • Jon Herlocker, President and CEO, Tignis, Inc.
  • Bonnie Holub, Managing Partner, Practice Lead, Data Science, Americas, Teradata
  • Jeffrey Thompson, Senior Manager, Software Engineering, Abbott
  • Katie Panciera, Assistant Professor, Milwaukee School of Engineering (former Researcher, Google)
  • Joseph Konstan, Moderator and CS&E Professor
Robotics and Virtual Reality Demonstrations

Johnson room
Immerse yourself in the worlds of robotics and virtual reality with Professors Junaed Sattar, Dan Keefe, and Nikos Papanikolopoulos.  Test out cutting-edge underwater robots Minnebot and Edgebot, learn how the Minnesota Robotics Insititue will help shape the future of robotics,  and see how the IV/Lab blends technology and art with breathtaking VR and visualizations.

  • Dan Keefe, CS&E Professor and Director of the Interactive Visualization Lab (IV/Lab)
  • Nikos Papanikolopoulos, CS&E Professor and Director of the Minnesota Robotics Insititue (MnRI)
  • Junaed Sattar, CS&E Professor and Director of the Minnesota Interactive Robotics and Vision Laboratory

Decade Panel: 50 Years of CS&E

Memorial Hall
Join four current and one former CS&E faculty, who collectively joined the department in each decade of its existence. Why did they come? What was it like then? How has it changed? And what’s their advice for you? Panelists include:

  • William (Bill) Franta, CS&E Founder
  • Maria Gini, CS&E Professor
  • Nikos Papanikolopoulos, CS&E Professor
  • Dan Keefe, CS&E Associate Professor
  • Lana Yarosh, CS&E Assistant Professor
  • Loren Terveen, Moderator and Associate Department Head

Parking Information & Directions

University Avenue Ramp: 1926 University Ave. SE, Mpls. 55455

The McNamara Alumni Center is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus, across from Williams Arena and TCF Bank Stadium. An adjacent 500-car ramp is connected by tunnel to the Alumni Center. The ramp entrance is on University Ave. Once inside the parking ramp, take the East elevator to tunnel B or street level. The Alumni Center is the copper building adjacent to the ramp.