CS @ ILLINOIS 50-10 Anniversary Celebrations

During the last five decades, our department has produced thousands of creative and driven graduates who have made important contributions to the computing field and to society at large. Collectively, our alumni have birthed entirely new industries, generated billions of dollars in commerce, created tens of thousands of jobs, and revolutionized the way people communicate, shop, conduct business, and are entertained.

CS @ ILLINOIS will celebrate two major milestones this year—the 50th anniversary of Computer Science as a university department, and the 10th anniversary of our home: the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science.

We invite you to join us on campus this year to reminisce and rekindle old acquaintances, and to meet our new faculty and current students.

2014 Signature Events

April 3


10th Anniversary Celebration of the Siebel Center with Thomas M. Siebel
Investiture of William D. Gropp as the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science

201 N. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this celebration and helped make it a great success!

April 24


Celebration of Excellence: Student and Faculty Awards
Thomas M. Siebel Center
201 N. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois
1404 Siebel Center

Congratulations to the amazing students and faculty members who were recognized for their achievements over the past academic year.

October 2-5


20th Annual ACM Reflections | Projections Conference
Thomas M. Siebel Center
201 N. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois
Sponsorships enable all events to be free and open to the public; at registration you can pay for catered meals

Reflections | Projections is a four-day, student-run conference that focuses on computing technology. Held annually at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the event is packed with great speakers, career fairs, and competitions.

October 23


Women in Computer Science (WCS) Alumni & Student Dinner
Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science
201 N. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois
Dinner in the First Floor Atrium ($25 per person, $200 per table)
Keynote in Room 1404 (free and open to the public)


WCS invites alumni to spend an evening networking with current students and sharing their advice and real-world experiences. Following dinner, the program includes the WCS annual report, and features a prominent alumna keynote speaker and Q&A.

The keynote speaker will be Parisa Tabriz, manager of the information security engineering team at Google. Ms. Tabriz's talk is sponsored by CS @ ILLINOIS, WCS, and the Center for Global Studies.

October 24


50th Anniversary Celebration
Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science
201 N. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois

From the ILLIAC computers to the Blue Waters petascale computer, the University of Illinois has been at the forefront of innovation in the computing field. We will celebrate this heritage with a look back at the great events of our past as we continue to look to the future for continued innovations and achievements.

The following events are free and open to the public:

8:30-11:30 a.m.  - Keynotes/Panel Discussions
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  – 50th Anniversary Reception
1-5 p.m. -  Keynotes/Panel Discussions


CS @ ILLINOIS Awards Banquet and Ceremony
Chancellor Ballroom, I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S. 1st St., Champaign, Illinois

Registration site coming soon ($50 per person)

5:30 p.m. - Reception
6:15 p.m. - Dinner
7:00 p.m. - Awards Ceremony

The annual CS @ ILLINOIS Awards recognize alumni and faculty members who have made professional, technical, educational, or service contributions that brings distinction to themselves, the department, and the university.


October 24-25


Annual events include the parade and pep rally, the College of Engineering Homecoming Tailgate, and Homecoming Football Game

Be sure to save the dates and join us for these celebrations. Plans for the fall events are still developing, and we will post more information as it become available.

Questions? Call Julie Gustafson at (217) 244-0095 or jdg5 [at] illinois [dot] edu.