Departmental News

CS Department receives a Community Grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support TLI!

Created: Oct 14, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: Oct 14, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!


Congratulations to Mackenzie Ball on receiving the 2016 Chair's Award for Staff Excellence!

Created: Sep 28, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Accolades, Departmental News

Mackenzie Ball was awarded the 2016 Chair's Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the Department of Computer Science. Mackenzie is the CS Department's Outreach Coordinator. This is presented to a staff member whose performance not only exceeds the standard and expectations of their position, but who also makes a significant impact on the Department through their commitment and performance.



Congrats to Pitt CS Grad Student Vineet K. Raghu!

Created: Sep 27, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Accolades, Departmental News

Pitt CS Grad Student Vineet K. Raghu was awarded the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Mentor Award!! Congrats Vineet!


Pitt CS Grad Students awarded Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship Awards!

Created: Sep 27, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Accolades, Departmental News

Congratulations to Wencan Luo and Xianwei Zhang on being awarded the prestigious Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship Awards!


Pitt CS Grad Students Christopher Thomas and Xiaoyu Ge win the Orrin E. and Margaret M. Taulbee Award!!

Created: Sep 27, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Accolades, Departmental News

The Computer Science Department has awarded Christopher Thomas with the CS Department Orrin E. and Margaret M. Taulbee Award! The CS Department also awarded Xiaoyu Ge the Orrin E. and Margaret M. Taulbee Award as a runner-up! Congrats to Christopher and Xiaoyu!


Congratulations to Pitt CS Faculty and TA's on your Achievements!

Created: Sep 27, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Accolades, Departmental News

Congratulations to the following faculty and TA's for achieving the highest evaluation scores for overall effectiveness and receiving teaching awards for the 2015 - 2016 Academic Year:
Teaching Assistant Award: SeyedSalim Malakouti 4.70
George Jucha Part Time Instructor Award: Paulo Ferreira 4.81 CS0401
Core Class Lecturer Award: John Ramirez 4.84 CS0401
UG Classes Tenure Stream Award: Adam Lee 4.44 CS0441
Upper Level Lecturer Award: Jon Misurda 4.65 CS1550
Upper Level Tenure Stream Award: Rebecca Hwa 4.33 CS1671
Graduate 2000 Level Award: Rami Melhem 4.83 CS2410

Honorable Mentions for receiving at least one 10 Decile or more:
Jon Misurda, John Ramirez, Rebecca Hwa, Tan Kosiyatrakul, Bill Laboon, Nick Farnan, Paula Ferreira, Bryan Mills, Bill Franolich, Kirk Pruhs, Rami Melhem, Patricia Quirin, Youtao Zhang.




Congratulations to Prof. Chrysanthis and Prof. Labrinidis on receiving new NSF Award!

Created: Sep 13, 2016 by Julia Qian
Updated: Sep 15, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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Prof. Chrysanthis and Prof. Labrinidis, together with colleagues from the School of Engineering (Prof. Peyman Givi, PI) and the Math Department (Prof. William Layton) received new research funding from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled Appraisal of Subgrid Scale Closures in Reacting Turbulence via DNS Big Data. The project will employ a range of strategies and computational tools for utilizing DNS data to appraise the performance of large eddy simulation (LES) predictions in turbulent combustion. The study will pave the way for LES to become the primary means of predictions for future design and manufacturing of combustion systems, while building a data sharing infrastructure, and providing educational and outreach programs to students at all levels. http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1609120


Pitt Computer Science Lecturer Bill Garrison, Presented at the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

Created: Sep 08, 2016 by Julia Qian
Updated: Sep 08, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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Since 1980, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy has been the premier forum for presenting developments in computer security and electronic privacy, and for bringing together researchers and practitioners in the field. The 2016 Symposium marked the 37th annual meeting of this flagship conference.

The Symposium was held on May 23-25, and the Security and Privacy Workshops were held on May 26, 2016. Both events were in San Jose, California at The Fairmont.



Congratulations to Dr. John "Jack" Lange on His Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure!

Created: Sep 08, 2016 by Julia Qian
Updated: Sep 08, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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We are excited to announce that Dr.John "Jack" Lange has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!
Before joining the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 2010, Dr. Lange received his PhD and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Northwestern University (2006 and 2010). Prior to that he received a B.S. in Computer Engineering as well as a B.S. in Computer Science also from Northwestern University (2003).

His research specializes in High Performance Computing and Operating Systems, as well as networking, virtualization and distributed systems. His current focus lies in the area of specialized operating systems for super-computing environments.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lange on his promotion!


Pitt CS Welcomes TLI Participants

Created: Jun 14, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Updated: Jun 27, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Outreach News, Departmental News

The Department of Computer Science's Technology Leadership Initiative kicked off its summer program by welcoming 35 middle school girls to Sennott Square for Tech Divaz, a week full of technology and fun. Shelley Goldberg and Sabrina Aravena, the instructors for Tech Divaz, planned an exciting and innovative curriculum that focuses on introducing the girls to the field of computer science through activities encompassing everything the discipline has to offer, from hardware to software and everything in between. At the end of the week, we are looking forward to welcoming friends and family to the department and seeing the projects the students have put together!
High School Academy follows Tech Divaz and gives students in grades 9-12 a two-week crash course in computer science and allows them a glimpse into life at the University of Pittsburgh and potential career paths as a computer science major.

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