Top Achievers Honored In SCS Founder’s Day Ceremony

The School of Computer Science honored outstanding faculty and staff members April 5 during the annual Founder’s Day ceremony in Rashid Auditorium. It was the seventh year for the event and was hosted by Dean Andrew Moore.

Tuomas Sandholm and Noam Brown won the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence for their work in advancing artificial intelligence in hidden-information adversarial settings and demonstrating this via Libratus, the first poke program capable of defeating top human players.

(Dean Moore and Tuomas Sandholm)   


Tom Mitchell, Professor in the Machine Learning Department (MLD), won the Alan J. Perlis Award which recognizes a CMU person who has shown sustained creativity in out-of-the-box computer science, leading to demonstrated real-world impact.

Andy Pavlo, Assistant 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.

(Matt Bamberger, Lutron Engineer (CS '93), Andy Pavlo, Dean Moore, and Walt Zaharchuk, VP of Lutron)

John Mackey, Teaching Professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD), won the Herbert Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

Erin Driskill, Assistant to the Department Head for the Computational Biology Department was named Rookie of the Year. Outstanding Staff was awarded to Krista Dichiera, Administrative Assistant in the SCS Deans Office, and Angy Malloy, Administrative Assistant in the Computer Science Department.

Jessica Butterbaugh, Administrative Assistant in the Robotics Institute and Ryan Ries, Business Manager for the Human-Computer Interaction Institute received the award for Individual Dedication. While Victoria Homitsky, Associate Business Manager in the Robotics Institute and Diane Stidle, Graduate Program Manager in the Machine Learning Department were honored for Sustained Excellence.

(Krista Dichiera, Angy Malloy, Erin Driskill, Dean Moore, Victoria Homitsky, Jessica Butterbaugh, Ryan Ries, and Diane Stidle)

2018 Founders Day Video 




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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