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Department Alumni Awards

  • 2015 Brad Cleveland & Ananth Grama
  • 2013 Rebecca Schatz
  • 2011 Kevin Driscoll
  • 2009 Bonnie Holub
  • 2007 Jeffrey Dean
  • 2005 Donald Krantz
  • 2003 Richard Weinberg
  • 2001 Arvind
  • 1999 Ted Johnson


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Recent Alumni Achievements

Mentors and students

Each fall, more than 200 CSE students are matched with industry professionals who provide valuable career information, insights, and strategies. The College of Science and Engineering Mentor Program, which begins in October and ends in April every school year, is one of the largest of its kind at the University of Minnesota. Students learn to build their professional network, refine communication skills, connect academics and career, explore new areas of interest, and transition to the workplace.

Now perhaps more than ever, our students can benefit from advice and guidance about preparing for and transitioning into their future career. Mentors... Read more »

Mike Calvo

Mike Calvo has been busy in the local tech scene, working at levels the Twin Cities has to offer, from large multi-national corporations to boutique startups.  He currently leads teams in Target Digital developing e-commerce  guest experiences for, creating mobile apps and high scale APIs to enhance web experiences and optimize browsing, but before this, his work has brought him experience with some of the largest technological leaders in the world like 3M and Microsoft, working on such notable products as Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, and Expression Blend.  He has stepped foot in nearly every corner of the local tech scene, having done consulting work for a variety of... Read more »


CS&E Professor John Riedl (posthumous) has been selected to receive the IEEE’s InfoVis 20 Year Test of Time Award for one of his most influential papers, “An Operator Interaction Framework for Visualization Systems.”

The paper introduced a framework Riedl and CS&E alum Ed H. Chi developed to enable a new way of organizing systems to generate graphics for data analytics.

Information visualization is about creating interactive graphics to allow users to see, explore, and understand large amounts of information at once.  Chi and Riedl’s research proposed a number of ways... Read more »


Dick Seebach (B.S. ’69, M.S. ’72) has returned home.  After spending a successful career in New Jersey working for Bell Laboratories, marrying the love of his life, Dot, and raising a family, Dick has moved back to his ancestral home in the Midwest to be closer to family in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Dick’s Minnesota roots go back to his great grandfather who immigrated from Germany in the 1850s and settled in southeastern Minnesota.  However, it was Dick’s father, Leslie Seebach, who began the Seebach legacy at the University of Minnesota.  Shortly after Leslie stepped onto campus, his brother, Richar... Read more »

CS&E Alumni Achievements

Brian Bailey (Ph. D. 2002) received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. Bailey is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Chen Even (B.A. 1989) was appointed chairman of the board of directors for a biodiagnostics company, Glycominds Ltd., which specializes in glycan biomarkers for disease diagnosis and management. Even is the Senior Corporate Vice President of Commercial Operations and board member for the Italian diagnostic company, DiaSorin.

Dean Hougen (Ph.D. 1998) was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Oklahoma.

Richard Keeney (B. S. 1986) ran for a seat on the Prior Lake City Council in 2007, but lost by approximately 100 votes. Keeney is employed by Electronics for Imaging with an office in Eagan, Minn. Since graduating, Keeney has authored nearly a dozen U.S. Patents and received a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1991.

Kurt Krebsbach (Ph.D. 1993) was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Lawrence University.

Steve Lindfors (M.S. 1976) completed a new APL interpreter. The features include complex numbers, user-defined functions, recursive functions, and both real and complex simultaneous equations.

Colin McMillen (B.S. 2003), a doctoral candidate at Carnegie Mellon University, received a Best Paper Award at the Twenty-Second Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-07) for his paper entitled 'Thresholded Rewards: Acting Optimally in Timed, Zero-Sum Games.'

Nancy Reed (Ph.D. 1995) was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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Get involved! Mentor a student through the CSE Mentor Program

CS&E alumni are invited to participate in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering Mentor Program, in which students are matched with professionals working in science, math, and engineering fields. Matches are made considering factors like common interests and areas of expertise.

Participating alumni will have the chance to introduce students to their business, exchange ideas with a new generation of leaders, and help a promising student succeed. Mentors not only gain personal satisfaction, but they also help their company with recruitment and community service efforts.

The time commitment is approximately two hours per month, October 2007 through April 2008. University staff provides the training, guidance, and invitations to campus activities, including professional meetings, lectures, and sporting events.

Registration begins in September. More information can be found at the CSE Mentor Program page. The deadline to register for the 2007-2008 season is September 30. For more information, contact the College of Science and Engineering Alumni Society at 612-626-8282 or at .

Thank you for supporting CSE students!

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