2014 Distinguished Educator Award

The CS @ ILLINOIS Distinguished Educator Award honors computer science alumni or faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to computer science education and research, and recognizes those who excel at motivating computer science students.

Nominations for the Distinguished Educator Award are solicited annually from alumni, faculty, and advisory board members. Nominate an alumnus today at my.cs.illinois.edu/submit.


Lawrence Angrave
Senior Lecturer, University of Illinois

Lawrence Angrave is a brilliant, charismatic, and insightful instructor responsible for transforming “Introduction to Computer Science” into a highly interactive and fun—but challenging—course. He is also a trail-blazer who ran the first MOOC on Android app development—with over 140,000 registered students.


Cinda Heeren
Senior Lecturer, University of Illinois

Cinda Heeren (PhD CS ’04) is a passionate, enthusiastic, and engaging teacher who challenges hundreds of students each semester to become better problem solvers in her “Data Structures” course. A mentor who continues to stay involved as students complete their studies, she also helps spearhead our summer outreach efforts to middle school girls.


Der Tsai-Lee
President, National Chung Hsing University

Der-Tsai Lee (MS CS ’76, PhD ’78) is president of National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. He is a pioneer in computational geometry and algorithm design and analysis. In his roles of researcher and university president, his work and leadership have impacted bioinformatics, information security, and digital library fields.


Franco P. Preparata
An Wang Professor of Computer Science, Brown University

A CS @ ILLINOIS professor from 1966 to 1990, Franco P. Preparata literally wrote the book on computational geometry (Computational Geometry: An Introduction; Springer, 1985). His outstanding research contributions span coding theory, distributed computing, fault diagnosis, VLSI, and computational biology, while many of his students have gone on to highly successful careers around the globe.


Koushik Sen
Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Koushik Sen (MS CS ’03, PhD ’06) is an outstanding researcher, educator, and mentor whose work impacts the software verification and testing fields. He is developer and co-inventor of Directed Automated Random Testing (DART) and Concolic Testing software, which detects standard errors such as program crashes, assertion violations, and non-termination.


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