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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


The Department of Computer Science and Engineering mourns the loss of alumnus Donald “Don” Sudor, who passed away June, 27.

Don was a long-time University of Minnesota supporter and avid fan of the Minnesota Gophers. After graduating from the U with a degree in computer science, he moved to Rochester with his wife, Nina, where they raised four children. He worked at IBM for 34 years and served as the IBM representative to the Department’s Industry Advisory Board throughout the 1980s.

A member of many professional organizations, he stayed connected with the U through the Rochester Alumni and Friends of the University of Minnesota (RAFFUM).

A memorial service was held... Read more »

Jake Chen

CS&E alumni Jake Y. Chen recently joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine as a full tenured professor of Genetics and Computer Science. At UAB, he aims to help develop the new Informatics Institute as its Associate Director and Chief Bioinformatics Officer. He also serves as Chief of the new Informatics Section of the Genetics Department.

The vision of UAB’s Informatics... Read more »

Muhammad Ahmad_GeekWire

CS&E Alumni Muhammad Ahmad was the focus of GeekWire’s popular “Geek of the Week” feature earlier this year.  The article, titled “Data scientist Muhammad Ahmad’s many pursuits include AI, art and simulations of dead people,” highlighted two unusually geeky pursuits that Ahmad’s been working on.

The senior data science at Groupon and affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington in Tacoma is creating a large historical network spanning the medieval era, while also working on a project that involves making simulations of people who have died.

“From an outsider’s perspective it may seem that my interests are eclectic but in reality I am a quite... Read more »

Ahmed Eldawy

Recent Ph.D. graduate Ahmed Eldawy has received the University of Minnesota Graduate School’s honorable mention distinction for his dissertation, “SpatialHadoop: A MapReduce Framework for Big Spatial Data.”

His dissertation focuses on SpatialHadoop, a search system that allows users to store, index, query, and visualize petabytes of big data using a simple query language. With more than 80,000 downloads within one year, SpatialHadoop has become the most widely used system for big spatial data... 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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