University of Rochester Alumnus and Astronaut Ed Gibson will be in Rochester on September 15th to present URCS senior Darcey Riley (AKA Halley Orshan) with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's check for $10,000. Please join us in celebrating this event in Hoyt Hall at 7PM on Thursday September 15th.
Mark Crovella, currently on the Faculty of the Department of Computer Science at Boston University, was named a Fellow of the ACM 2010. Mark studied under Tom LeBlanc while at Rochester.
Xipeng Shen (Ph.D. '06) was among 68 researchers selected to receive the prestigious Department of Energy Office of Science Fiscal Year 2011 Early Career Research Award. Awardees were selected from a pool of about 1,150 university- and national laboratory-based applicants, based on peer review by outside scientific experts.
Maged Michael (Ph.D. '97) has received an IBM 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award in appreciation for Scientific Innovations in Lock-Free Memory Management.
Jim Vallino '98 was recently named chair of the Department of Software Engineering in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technolgy. Jim has been with the department since 1997.
Michael Spear (PhD '09) has been selected as co-winner of this year's Outstanding Dissertation Award for Engineering. Mike's dissertation entitled "Fast Software Transactions," was advised by Michael Scott. Mike is currently an assistant professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.
Dr James Vallino has been selected as co-winner this year of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology. The award will be presented at RIT's annual Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship, an evening reception and dinner, Tuesday, May 11th. Jim has been teaching and challenging students at RIT since 1997.
Mike Ciaraldi, CS Professor of Practice at Worcester Polytechnic University, was part of the winning robotics team for the NASA Regolith Excavation Challenge. web.cs.wpi.edu/News/Regolith-prize.html
URCS alumnus Chunqiang Tang (Ph.D. 2004), a researcher at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center, has received multiple prestigious IBM Research awards.
Ashwin Lall (PhD '08) has accepted a tenure track position at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Denison is an independent, residential, liberal arts and sciences college founded in 1831 located in Central Ohio.
Lall will be in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and will join the department next fall to teach Computer Science courses. Currently, Ashwin is doing a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Georgia Tech University.