This page lists the committees within the CS department, along with their duties and the members for the current 2006-2006 academic year.


Each grad student performs three main tasks in support of the admissions process, providing relevant feedback from each:
  • review applications
  • participate in face-to-face interviews during applicant weekend
  • participate in phone interviews with foreign candidates.


Maintain reasonable lab maintenance schedule, including before faculty/student candidate visits.

Members: Chuanpeng Li (czar), Bin Wei, Arrvindh Shriraman, Hao Zhang


  • General maintenance of lounge/kitchen appearance.
  • Clean before/after faculty/student candidate visits.

Members: Pin Lu (czar), Xue Gu, Xiao Zhang


Each grad student reviews the comprehensive questions from multiple areas and provides feedback on difficulty and relevance.

Members: Proshanto Mukherji, Bill Scherer, Scott Stoness, Chengliang Zhang


Identify and discuss issues involved with undergraduate curriculum.

Members: Saurabh Deshpande, Kirk Kelsey, Bill Scherer


  • Attend GOG meetings.
  • Optionally participate in a GOG committee.
  • Distribute GOG publications (work with staff on this).
  • Communicate with University on behalf of CS graduates.

Members: Carlos Gomez


Acts as a liason between the graduate students and faculty. Attends faculty meetings and provides relevant feedback to graduate students.

Member: Phil Michalak


Attend lab committee meetings and provide feedback to student body. Act as liaison to staff for grad concerns regarding hardware/software.

Members: Kirk Kelsey, Michael Spear


Essentially just passive liason. If initiatives are suggested, the library committee could take the lead.

Members: Hemayet Hossain


Place pictures of new students/faculty/staff on the photo board.

Members: Girts Folkmanis


Generate ideas for promoting UR to new graduates and propagate this information to the rest of the student body. Check with Marty about putting UR recruitment posters in other schools. Respond via email to students interested in applying to the program.

Members: Paul Ardis, Shan He, Ashwin Lall


Communicates to the faculty suggestions for colloquium speakers.

Members: Manu Chhabra


  • Make sure that the recycling bins do not fill to overflowing (large bin once every two to three weeks, and the small bins a little more frequently).
  • Return the refundable recyclables for a refund and properly dispose of non-refundable recyclables.
  • The small bins have non-refundable items which can be put out in the blue recycling bins to be collected by your disposal company.

Members: Weilie Yi (czar), Christopher Stewart, Nicholas Morsillo


  • Remove food that has been in the refrigerator for too long.
  • Clean refrigerator shelves on some reasonable schedule or in the case of leaking containers.

Members: Jonathan Shaw (czar), Vinod Sivasankaran, Ding Liu, Ming Zhong


  • Check the lounge stock status regularly (once for week).
  • Restock when necessary taking care of maintaining an inventory and tracking the expenses.
  • Maintain the lounge machine (configuration, patches, etc.)
  • Provide food for and clean after happy hour.
  • Periodically ask for feedback from the lounge users to renew the items available and/or improve the service.
  • Keep in order the shelves and the refrigerator in the lounge.

Members: Matt Post (czar), Girts Folkmanis, Paul Ardis


  • Maintain the new student transition webpage(s).
  • Contact new students and welcome them to the area.
  • Pick out of town students w/o vehicle up from airport upon arrival, transport them to their housing arrangments.
  • Provide information about everyday living (housing, banking, public transportation), all the things you would have liked to know your first week in Rochester.

Members: Shivashankar Balu, Ross Messing


  • Maintain/update/administer department homepage.
  • Organize the dept. wiki and publish guidelines about its organization.
  • Maintain other high-level dept. webpages not managed by other committees.
  • Maintain dept. website structure/framework/look.
  • "Czar" maintains users page and subway map.
  • Referee web page ownership.
  • Consider web server configuration issues.

Members: Fabrizio Morbini (czar), David Walker, Shaojun Zhao

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