2017 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.


Scott Fisher
BS CS '72, MS CS '76
Retired Program Manager, Ecolab

Scott Fisher’s long, productive career took him to a number of leading technology companies, and saw him move from research and development to application architecture and development, on to the business application of computing, and, eventually, to IT.

After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Illinois, Fisher landed at the Digital Equipment Corporation, where he contributed to the VAX/VMS operating system, the PDP-11 minicomputer, and the DECsystem line of servers.  Later, Fischer served as Director of Information Technology at Philips NV, Remmele Engineering, and Minco, implementing Enterprise Resource Planning systems at each company.

Most recently, Fisher worked at Ecolab, a global leader in water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services. He managed the Minnesota company’s IT group supporting its largest sales division. His team developed software to collect data from industrial controllers, and managed chemistry and regulatory data.

In 2015, Fisher returned to CS @ ILLINOIS to serve as an Engineer in Residence. And earlier this year he established the Scott H. and Bonita J. Fisher Endowment, honoring his late wife, Bonnie. This estate gift will fund a professorship in both computer science and mathematics, and will provide funds for the University’s main library and the Grainger Engineering Library.

Last updated 2017


Jill Zmaczynski
BS CS '00
Software Designer, Paradigm Outcomes

An honors graduate of CS @ ILLINOIS, Jill Zmaczynski currently works as a business systems analyst at Paradigm Outcomes in Lombard, Illinois, where she designed the company’s application for managing the workflow of customer communications and outcomes.

She has also worked for GE Global Research, where she developed a Java-based web tool for scheduling all of NBC’s television broadcasts, and for GE Healthcare, where she developed software for clinical settings.  Between positions at GE, she earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Zmaczynski has worked to encourage girls to study engineering. She joined the Society of Women Engineers at Illinois and now is a life member, serving on the Executive Board of the Chicago Regional Section. Throughout her career, she has also been involved with college recruiting and supporting early-career employees.

She has served on the Department of Computer Science’s Alumni Advisory Board, and she has participated as both a panelist and an alumni attendee of the Engineering at Illinois Convergence, an event for alumni to interact with current and prospective Illinois students.

Last updated 2017