Departmental News

Pitt CS Startup Receiving Local Attention

Created: Jun 13, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Departmental News

CS seniors Natalie Boehm and Robbie McKinstry, along with two other Pitt students, have created software to assist in grading computer science projects. They named their software Alligrader, and recently competed in the Blast Furnace demo event held at the William Pitt Union. Alligrader is a software intended to help improve the accuracy and efficiency of grading computer science projects, a task that is time-consuming for professors and TAs. Though they didn't win the startup competition, they do hope to market their product to department chairs and are looking to partner with other accelerators. Read the full Post-Gazette article here


PhD student Huy Nguyen Wins Best Student Paper Award

Created: May 25, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Accolades, Departmental News

Huy Nguyen, a sixth year PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh under the advising of Dr. Diane Litman was recently awarded "Best Student Paper" at the 29th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society conference. Congratulations!!


Valued Staff Member Russell A. Howard II Passes Away

Created: May 09, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: May 09, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Press Releases, Departmental News

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of long time staff member Russell "Russ" Howard's passing. He received his BS in Computer Science and MS in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked for the Department of Computer Science for over 20 years as a valued and beloved member of the technical staff. He contributed to the CS Department in countless ways, and was an important part of the CS Department staff. He was well liked by all and he will be deeply missed. We will remember him always for his devotion to the Department and his sincere kindness to everyone he met. http://www.cicholski-zidekfuneralhome.com/notices/Russell-HowardII


Pitt Computer Science Supports NCWIT Aspirations in Computing by offering scholarships to NCWIT Winners!

Created: Apr 08, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: Apr 08, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Press Releases, Outreach News, Departmental News

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit change leader network of more than 650 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. The Department of Computer Science is a proud NCWIT Academic Alliance Member.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Offers both a national and local award competition.
The Department of Computer Science offers a $5,000 scholarship for NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Winners! The award ceremony was held on April, 2nd, 2016!


CS Department Announces Honor Roll and Outstanding Undergraduate Student

Created: Mar 21, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Accolades, Departmental News

To be named to the CS Honor Roll for a given academic year, students must:
1. Be a full time student for the academic year
2. Have taken at least 3 CS courses including at least 2 upper level CS classes
3. Have a CS GPA of 3.75+
4. Have an overall GPA of 3.5+

37 students were named to the CS Honor Roll for 2014-2015. They are:
Nicholas Alberts
Zachary Alcorn
Reed Armstrong
Joseph Baker
Devon Broglie
Michael Byrne
Yijia Cui
Adam Darr
Leart Doko
Sarah Dubnik
Stephen Ellis
Rinat Gatyatullin
Alexander Glyde
Shelley Goldberg
Eric Gratta
Spencer Gray
Joseph Hagner
Corey Hoffman
Adam Jaworski
Adnan Khan
Charles Kiorpes
Andrew Lucas
Aditya Mahadevan
Julian Manfredi
Peter Mash
William McKibbin
Edwin Mellett
David Neiman
John Phillips
Joel Roggeman
Justin Rushin
Adam Schwab
Lauren Thompson
Frank Wolverton
Megan Yates
Jiayan Zhang
Sheridan Zivanovich

For 2015-2016, Joel Roggeman was chosen by the faculty as the outstanding undergraduate student for his academic excellence and in his participation in extracurricular activities that support the CS Department. Joel has a CS GPA of 4.0, and overall GPA of 3.967, and has received 6 A+ grades in CS courses. In addition to his strong academics, Joel is a math minor, has done research in collaboration with Dr. Alex Labrinidis, is a peer tutor in the CS Resource Center, and is the Computer Science Club business manager. Please join the CS Department in congratulating all of these students for their successes!



CS Graduate Students Awarded Mellon Fellowship

Created: Mar 07, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Accolades, Departmental News

Ph.D. candidates Wencan Luo and Xianwei Zhang have been awarded the Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for 2016-2017. Congratulations!!


Mohamed Aly, CS Ph.D. Alumni, featured in Forbes Magazine

Created: Mar 02, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Updated: Mar 02, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Press Releases, Accolades, Outreach News, Departmental News

Mohamed Aly, under the advising of Panos Chrysanthis and Kirk Pruhs, received his Ph.D. in 2009. In 2011, he founded his own start-up called Seeloz.
Read the full Forbes article here



Pitt CS Department's Hackathons Highlighted in Pitt News!

Created: Feb 24, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Updated: Mar 02, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Press Releases, Outreach News, Departmental News

With SheInnovates and SteelHacks concluding successfully, the Pitt News highlighted the events and focused on the increased efforts to build diversity in the STEM fields, specifically computer science. Read the full article here:

http://pittnews.com/article/68838/news/coding-for-confidence/



Pitt CS Student on Jeopardy for Championship!!

Created: Feb 12, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Press Releases, Accolades, Outreach News, Departmental News

Pitt undergrad senior Sarah Dubnik, a Computer Science and Chemistry major, has advanced to the finals of the Collegiate Jeopardy tournament. Sarah will compete for the National Championship on WPXI television (channel 11) this evening at 7PM. Congrats to Sarah!!!


Congratulations, Dr. Adriana Kovashka for being awarded a Google Faculty Research Award!

Created: Feb 11, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Accolades, Departmental News

Assistant Professor Dr. Adriana Kovashka has been awarded a prestigious Google Faculty Research Award for 2016. Congratulations!!

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