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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


CS&E Ph.D. alumna Aarti Sathyanarayana was recently honored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) for demonstrating a high level of innovation and potential societal impact for her research.

Sathyanarayana received the NCWIT Collegiate Award’s honorable mention distinction for her research project on a machine learning approach to computational sleep science. Her work leverages wearable technologies, such as Apple Watch and Fitbit, that compile massive amounts of data to discover underlying factors that disrupt an individual’s sleeping patterns.

“One in six consumers own a wearable device—it’s a four-billion-... Read more »


Recent alum Benjamin Heintz (Ph.D. 2016) received a rare honor from the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) Research Group.

Due to the high quality of dissertations nominated for SPEC’s 2017 Kaivalya Dixit Distinguished Dissertation Award, Heintz’s dissertation titled "Optimizing Timeliness, Accuracy, and Cost in Geo-Distributed Data-Intensive Computing Systems" was selected to be honored as a runner-up to this year’s best dissertation. The award recognizes outstanding doctoral dissertations within the scope of the SPEC Research... Read more »

Vander Hook

Working as a systems researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Josh Vander Hook uses his robotics expertise to look at what technological possibilities are on the horizon for future missions that will help NASA put, first, robots and, then, humans on Mars.

As part of a large team working on the exciting Mars 2020 mission, Vander Hook is helping to build on discoveries made by other notable missions, such as Viking 1 & 2, Pathfinder, and the paired rover mission of Spirit and Opportunity. He has brought his Ph.D. work on cooperative robotics to JPL to address the distribution of computing and communication tasks over a proposed ecosystem of rovers and satellites that... Read more »

Gang Fang

Ph.D. alum Gang Fang (2012) led a research team that recently published a report detailing a new method for identifying individual microbial species and strains in a community. Their innovative technique has potential long-term applications for clinical care and important implications for microbiome analysis. The paper came out in Nature Biotechnology.

Microbiomes are communities of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that can be found everywhere from the surfaces of keyboards and cell phones to environments on and within us, such as our mouths or intestines. Disruption of the natural microbiome has been... 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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