Top Achievers Honored In SCS Founder’s Day Ceremony


The School of Computer Science honored outstanding faculty and staff members April 7 during the annual Founder’s Day ceremony in Rashid Auditorium. It was the fifth year for the event and the second to be hosted by Dean Andrew Moore.

Kayvon Fatahalian, assistant teaching professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD), was the winner of the 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.

Robert Kraut and Aniket Kittur, professors in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), along with former students Moira Burke, Yuqing Ren and Haiyi Zhu, won the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence for their work on "Evidence-based Design of Online Communities".

Ryan O'Donnell, associate professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD), won the Herbert Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

ISR's Monika De Reno, Mike Boydos, and Bernadette Dayak were recognized for Outstanding Teamwork. Marilyn Walgora, Administrative Assistant for CSD, and Walter Schearer, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration in the SCS Dean's Office, won awards for Outstanding Staff, while George Darakos, Associate Director, Corporate Relations in SCS, received the Citizenship Award.

Deborah Zalewski, Senior Associate Business Manager in RI, was honored for Sustained Excellence. Royal Harvard, Receiving Coordinator for SCS Computing Facilities, won the Individual Dedication Award.  Christina Melucci, Administrative Coordinator for LTI, and Melissa Tetrick, Business Manager for CompBio were named Rookies of the Year.

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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