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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


Master of Science in Software Engineering alumna Claire Porter not only works with some of the most powerful computers available today, but she is on the cutting-edge of polar climate change research working on a project that has gained the attention of former President Barack Obama.

Porter works at University of Minnesota’s Polar Geospatial Center (PGC), a research group that provides geospatial support to scientists and logistics personnel in the Antarctic and the Arctic. Through an interdisciplinary collaboration that includes the... Read more »


Alumnus Dr. James M. Kang (Ph.D., 2010) was recently one of the 102 scientists former President Barack Obama named as recipient of the 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,” President Obama is quoted as saying in the... Read more »


CS&E alumni Al Borchers, Nathaniel Good, Ben Schafer, Badrul Sawar, and Jon Herlocker, along with Professors Joe Konstan and John Riedl (posthumous), received the 2017 Classic Paper Honorable Mention distinction at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s (AAAI) annual conference. They were honored for their paper, “Combining Collaborative Filtering with Personal Agents for Better Recommendations.”

Their paper introduced and evaluated a key improvement to... Read more »

Bosco Tjan

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering mourns the untimely death of alumnus Bosco Tjan (Ph.D. 1997).

Tjan was an expert in the field of perception, vision and vision cognition who went on to become a professor of psychology at the University of Southern California (USC). He was the co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center,... 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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