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Awards and Scholarships in the Department of Computer Science

04-18-2022

The annual computer science awards ceremony, emceed by Professor Eugene Spafford

Every spring, the Department of Computer Science honors students, faculty, and staff who have been chosen to receive fellowships, awards, and scholarships.

We offer our congratulations to this year's winners. We are proud of your accomplishments and look forward to your future contributions.

 

Photos of the event are available here.

 

Maurice H. Halstead Memorial Award

Professor Maurice H. HalsteadProfessor Maurice H. Halstead joined the computer science faculty in 1967. He was a pioneer in software engineering, and wrote some of the first books on compiling and decompiling of software. He is generally considered as the "father" of code decompilation. Professor Halstead is perhaps best known as the founder of the approach to defining and measuring software products and processes known as Software Science. Many people believe that his work, and that of former Professor Samuel Conte, was the true foundation for software metrics and software engineering. Following Professor Halstead's death, a memorial fund was established in 1979 by his students, family, and colleagues to recognize a Purdue student who has made exemplary contributions to software engineering research. The winner is selected by the CS Awards Committee based on nominations submitted by the faculty and presented with an engraved plaque. The recipient receives a $5,000 monetary award and their name inscribed on a permanent plaque in the display case by Room 3102 in Lawson Computer Science Building.

This year, Guannan Wei is the recipient of the 2022 Halstead Award. Wei was nominated by Professor Tiark Rompf for his contributions to software architecture and design as well as software analysis. Professor Rompf stated, “Wei’s contributions are reflected in his outstanding publication record. Not only has he succeeded in publishing one top-tier first-author paper every year of his PhD, he also found time to make significant co-author contributions for colleagues. The major topic of Wei's research is how to build program analyzers, a task that is notoriously complicated."

Guannan Wei is the recipient of the 2022 Maurice H. Halstead Memorial Award

Guannan Wei is the recipient of the 2022 Maurice H. Halstead Memorial Award

 

Raymond Boyce Graduate Teaching Award

The Raymond Boyce Graduate Teaching Award was established in 1975 by Sandy Boyce and friends in memory of Raymond Boyce who received his PhD in computer science in 1972 with high honors. Raymond passed away unexpectedly on June 18, 1974. This year the Boyce Graduate Teacher Award was awarded to Aala Alsalem for the fall of 2021 and Chris May for the spring of 2022. Their names will be inscribed on a permanent plaque in the display case by Room 3102 in Lawson Computer Science Building.

Aala Alsalem, winner of the Boyce Graduate Teacher Award, fall 2021

Aala Alsalem, winner of the Boyce Graduate Teacher Award

 

Emil Stefanov Memorial Partial Fellowship

Khaled Serag won the Emil Stefanov Memorial Partial Fellowship. The fellowship was created in memory of Emil Stefanov, who earned his BS from Purdue in 2009 and passed away in 2014. This award is given to a domestic graduate student specializing in security who shows originality and creative thinking in research. Professor Dongyan Xu commented on Serag's nomination, "His work aims at securing the communication of embedded computers inside traditional or autonomous vehicles. He has developed practical, legacy-compatible defenses against a wide range of attacks that exploit those vulnerabilities. Implementation of his defenses have been transferred to two companies that have independently reproduced the good results in efficiency and effectiveness. Serag is highly deserving of this award."

Khaled Serag won the Emil Stefanov Fellowship

Khaled Serag won the Emil Stefanov Fellowship

 

John R. Rice Partial Fellowship in Scientific Computing 

John R. Rice, the W. Brooks Fortune Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Purdue, was one of the earliest faculty members of Purdue’s first-in-the-nation computer science program. This year, the John R. Rice Partial Fellowship in Scientific Computing was awarded to Myson Burch

Myson Burch won the John R. Rice Partial Fellowship in Scientific Computing

Myson Burch won the John R. Rice Partial Fellowship in Scientific Computing

 

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award 

The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award honors an undergraduate student for their work as a teaching assistant. This award is given to an undergraduate student who serves as a teaching assistant, faculty members nominate students they believe are deserving of special recognition. This year’s recipient, Richard Li, was nominated by Professor Jeremiah Blocki. On why Li deserves this award, Professor Blocki shared, "As head UTA, Li's responsibilities went well beyond the normal responsibilities of an undergraduate TA. In addition to holding office hours and regularly answering student questions on the course discussion board, Richard has volunteered to give the CS 290 lecture several times. His willingness to lecture demonstrates his deep mastery of the material and shows he is able to clearly explain these technical concepts to others." Blocki added, "Li also won several high-quality competitive programming problems for our end-of-the-year bonus competition. Throughout the semester Richard has repeatedly demonstrated exceptional creativity, ability to write clearly, and ability to clearly explain complex technical ideas to students."

Richard Li won the Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award

Richard Li won the Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award

 

 

Outstanding Service to the Department by a Student

The Outstanding Service to the Department by a Student Award is determined by votes of computer science and data science students. This year, Alex Block won the award, it is his second year to win.

Alex Block won the Outstanding Service to the Department by a Student Award

Alex Block won the Outstanding Service to the Department by a Student Award

 

Outstanding Research Effort by an Undergraduate Student

The Outstanding Research Effort by an Undergraduate Student went to Shangyin Tan. He was nominated by Ranjani Rao for his accomplishments in research. He also won honorable mention for the CRA Undergraduate Researcher Award.

Tan was an author on two papers during his undergraduate career and first author for a short paper at POPL 2022.

  1. Guannan Wei, Shangyin Tan, Oliver Bračevac, and Tiark Rompf. 2021. LLSC: a parallel symbolic execution compiler for LLVM IR. Proceedings of the 29th ACM Joint Meeting on European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1495–1499. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3468264.3473108
  2. Guannan Wei, Oliver Bračevac, Shangyin Tan, and Tiark Rompf. 2020. Compiling symbolic execution with staging and algebraic effects. Proc. ACM Program. Lang. 4, OOPSLA, Article 164 (November 2020), 33 pages. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3428232
  3. [PEPM 22] Shangyin Tan, Guannan Wei, and Tiark Rompf. Towards partially evaluating symbolic interpreters for all (short paper). https://popl22.sigplan.org/details/pepm-2022-papers/1/Partially-Evaluating-Symbolic-Interpreters-for-All

 

Outstanding Student Awards

The department chooses students from each year in the computer science major and overall for the data science major to honor the exceptional work they have contributed. The students are awarded Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior and Data Science Student.

  • Austin Lovell (Outstanding Freshman)
  • Yash Agarwal (Outstanding Sophomore)
  • Ishita Agarwal (Outstanding Junior)
  • James Joko (Outstanding Senior)
  • Daniel Lawson (Outstanding Data Science Student)
Outstanding Student Awards l to r; Austin Lovell - Outstanding Freshman (not pictured), Yash Agarwal - Outstanding Sophomore, Ishita Agarwal - Outstanding Junior, James Joko - Outstanding Senior, Daniel Lawson - Outstanding Data Science Student 
Outstanding Student Awards l to r; Austin Lovell - Outstanding Freshman (not pictured), Yash Agarwal - Outstanding Sophomore, Ishita Agarwal - Outstanding Junior, James Joko - Outstanding Senior, Daniel Lawson - Outstanding Data Science Student
 
 
Outstanding Staff Member

The award for Outstanding Staff Member is selected from staff nominations. This year's winner is Monica Shively, Assistant Department Head for Academic Programs. 

 

Purdue's Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter Awards

The Purdue CS Student Chapter of the ACM provides awards for graduate and undergraduate teaching assistant plus a faculty award. This years winners are; Andrew Plank for the ACM Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Professor Jeffrey Turkstra for the ACM Faculty Award, and Kedar Abhyankar for the ACM Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award (this is his second year winning the award).

Andrew Plank won the ACM Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Andrew Plank won the ACM Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Professor Jeffrey Turkstra won the ACM Faculty Award

Professor Jeffrey Turkstra won the ACM Faculty Award

 Kedar Abhyankar won the ACM Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award

Kedar Abhyankar won the ACM Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award

 

 

Graduate Student Board Awards 

Award

Recipient(s)

Top Graduate Teaching Assistant

Himanshi Mehta

Most Influential Professor

Professor Xiangyu Zhang

 

Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarship Name

Recipient(s)

Boeing Scholarship 

Kichul Kang

Brian Fernando

Anant Mishra

Boeing Student Organization Scholarship

Alexis Hvostal 

Karnika Soni

Trang Tran

Caterpillar Digital Scholarship

Frances O'Leary

Beatrice Williem

Computer Science Scholarship

Anthony Baumann

Rosemary Ajish

Aryan Jain

Malia Marquez

Kris Leungwattanakij

Mikail Khan

Pankaj Meghani

Min Lu

Wei Tan

Shivam Bairoliya

Alissa Honigford

Winnie Li

Eli Coltin

Computer Science Undergraduate Award

Grant Rivera

Arjun Khorana

Gowri Harish

L3Harris Technologies Scholarship

Kabir Batra

Raghav Krishnaswamy

Ananya Singh

Hunter Haglid

Daniel Lawson

Grace Hopper Scholarship

Tiffany Kuang

Jason Yu Memorial Scholarship 

Yash Agarwal

Elijah Colwill

Kunze Scholarship 

Sponsored by: Aaron and Morgan Kunze

Jonathan Oppenheimer

Mitchell Augustin

Mary-Ann Neel Computer Science Scholarship

Ramitha Kotarkonda

Raymond Xie

Matthew Pearce

Ian Blacklock

Kevin Zhang

NCWIT Scholarship

Kalea Gin

Raytheon Endowed Scholarship 

 Kyu Kim

Study Abroad Scholarship

Jungeun Hwang

Shivani Kogta

  

The Department of Computer Science congratulates all winners and thanks our corporate and scholarship sponsors.

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