Professor Terveen Receives Distinguished McKnight University Professorship

March 15, 2017

Professor Loren Terveen has been selected as a recipient of the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. This honor recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status. Professor Terveen will hold the title “Distinguished McKnight University Professor” for as long as he remains with the University of Minnesota.

Professor Terveen was selected for his ongoing work in the areas of human-computer interaction and social computing, areas in which he has helped reveal emergent biases in peer production and sharing economy systems like Wikipedia, Uber, Google, Facebook, and Twitter. For more than two decades, Professor Terveen has looked at how these systems work, what problems they might have, and how they have improved over time. His fundamental experimental and theory-building research has developed key technologies and understandings behind these critical systems.

An important underlying theme in Professor Terveen’s work is that his research often addresses problems of social concern. For example, his work has shown that women are a small minority of editors in the Wikipedia community, and the coverage and quality of articles reflects that.  Not only has Professor Terveen identified ubiquitous problems in how today’s technology operates, but he has created innovative solutions, such as developing new algorithms and interfaces to improve social interactions among users that draw attention to areas that need more work, essentially creating a new means of knowledge production and work organization that aids many communities.

In addition to being a top-notch researcher, Professor Terveen is a dedicated and innovative educator and leader in his professional community. He has created new and popular classes in his own research areas, recast his popular classes as MOOCs, and also led CS&E’s efforts to create a thorough and constructive process for reviewing PhD students. He has taken on the most significant leadership roles in his professional community, including chairing its most important conferences, serving on the editorial board of its top journal, and serving as President of his most influential professional society.

Five other recipients join Professor Terveen, all whom will be honored with a celebratory dinner in early May.  The award comes with a $100K grant to be used over the course of five years.  Previous winners from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering include Professors George Karypis, Zhi-Li Zhang, John Riedl, Joseph Konstan, Nikos Papanikolopoulos, and Shashi Shekhar.

Please join the Department in extending our sincerest congratulations to Professor Terveen on this outstanding achievement.

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