2015 Distinguished Service Award

The CS @ ILLINOIS Distinguished Service Award honors alumni or faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to the department and its students, faculty, and alumni through their support and service. 

Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award are solicited annually from alumni, faculty, and advisory board members. Nominate a fellow alumnus or faculty member today at my.cs.illinois.edu/submit.


William Dunn
BS CS ‘86, MS ‘87
Founder, Dunn Solutions Group

William “Bill” Dunn is the president and founder of Dunn Solutions Group, an IT consulting firm he founded in 1988 that is focused on business intelligence (data warehousing, big data, and predictive analytics) and custom application development, including mobile applications, portals, and custom web applications.

Over the years, Dunn Solutions Group has steadily grown from a small boutique company to a well-regarded consulting firm that serves Fortune 500 companies through offices in the United States and India.

A member of the CS @ ILLINOIS Alumni Advisory Board, Dunn established the Dunn Systems Scholarship in honor of his father, Arthur R. Dunn, in 1996.

Last updated 2015


Dave Paola
BS CS ‘10
Co-founder and CTO, Bloc

What began as an experiment in online mentorship turned into a successful company for Dave Paola, who is co-founder and CTO of Bloc, the world’s largest online software development boot camp.
Unlike other online education endeavors, Bloc’s courses employ a hands-on apprenticeship model in which students work one-on-one with a mentor to build software products, with 12-week programs in web and mobile development and web design.

Before starting Bloc, Paola was a software engineer at Kontagent/Upsight, a scalable analytics and marketing platform for web and mobile app developers. He worked on a customer-facing dashboard and an internal tools suite during the launch of the company’s kSuite product.

The chair of SIGSoft in ACM@UIUC, Paola began programming when he was in grade school.

Last updated 2015