SCS Honors Faculty and Staff at Annual Founder’s Day Celebration

The School of Computer Science honored outstanding faculty and staff members March 27 during the annual Founder’s Day ceremony in the Gates and Hillman centers’ Rashid Auditorium.

David Eckhardt, associate teaching professor of computer science, was the winner of the inaugural Joel and Ruth Spira Teaching Award, sponsored by Lutron Electronics Co. of Coopersburg, Pa., in honor of the company’s founders and the inventor of the electronic dimmer switch.

Illah Nourbakhsh, professor of robotics, was the winner of the inaugural Alan Perlis Award for Imagination in Computer Science.

James Herbsleb and Kathleen Carley, professors in the Institute for Software Research, along with former Ph.D. students Patrick Wagstrom and Marcelo Cataldo (now an adjunct professor), won the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence.

Michael Erdmann, professor of computer science and robotics, won the Herbert Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

Mary Widom, program coordinator in the Computer Science Department (CSD), won the Citizenship Award. Martha Clarke, CSD admissions coordinator, and Sylvia Berry, manager of SCS business services, won awards for Sustained Excellence. Kate Schaich, program coordinator, Language Technologies Institute, was cited as Rookie of the Year. Jordan Harrison, SCS assistant director for Internet communications, won the Outstanding Teamwork Award. Rachel Burcin, global programs manager, Robotics Institute, won for Individual Dedication. Sharon Cavlovich, assistant to the director, Machine Learning Department, won the Outstanding Staff Award.

About Founders Day

Allen Newell (TPR’57), Herbert A. Simon (H’90) and Alan Perlis (S’42) are considered the founders of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.

We honor their legacies in the education and research we conduct at the School of Computer Science. And since 2012, we have set aside one special day each year to honor those faculty and staff members whose work seems to best follow the examples set by Newell, Simon and Perlis.

At SCS Founders’ Day, we present the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence, the Herbert A. Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science, and our internal staff recognition awards, and we pay tribute to recent external awards made to faculty members.

It’s also a time for us to come together as a community and reflect on the state of the CMU School of Computer Science.

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