Alumni Awards Past Recipients

2015 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2014 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2012 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2022 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2013 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2021 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2015 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2014 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2011 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2013 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2022 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2021 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2018 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2018 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2012 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2016 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2015 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2017 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2019 Distinguished Achievement Memorial Award
2013 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2018 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2016 Distinguished Achievement Memorial Award
2019 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2019 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2017 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2013 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2022 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2012 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2018 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2011 Distinguished Achievement Memorial Award
2018 Distinguished Achievement Memorial Award
2017 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2013 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2011 Distinguished Achievement Memorial Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2014 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2019 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2019 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2016 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2011 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2021 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2013 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2015 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2014 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2017 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2016 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2018 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2016 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2017 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2015 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2013 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2012 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2019 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2018 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2013 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2017 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2014 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2011 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2011 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2012 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2011 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2011 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2013 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2021 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2017 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2012 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2018 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2012 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2011 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2019 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2011 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2013 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2019 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2011 Distinguished Achievement Memorial Award
2016 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2015 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2018 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2011 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2012 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2014 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2012 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2012 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2013 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2016 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2022 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2016 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2015 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2014 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2017 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2016 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2014 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2022 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2021 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2013 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2017 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2021 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2017 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2017 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
2012 Young Alumni Achievement Award
2017 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2017 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
The recipients of the 2016 Illinois Computer Science Alumni Awards. Seated (from left): Milos Gligoric, Yu Pan, Dan Kaufman, Andreas Kloeckner, Le Xu, Steven Ashby, and Yizhou Sun. Standing (from left): Rosalind Weinberg (for Michael Faiman), Romit Roy Choudury, Michael Hughes, Thomas Dietterich, Marcin Kleczynski, CS Department Head Rob A. Rutenbar, Carl Dill, and Ed Reingold.
The recipients of the 2016 Illinois Computer Science Alumni Awards. Seated (from left): Milos Gligoric, Yu Pan, Dan Kaufman, Andreas Kloeckner, Le Xu, Steven Ashby, and Yizhou Sun. Standing (from left): Rosalind Weinberg (for Michael Faiman), Romit Roy Choudury, Michael Hughes, Thomas Dietterich, Marcin Kleczynski, CS Department Head Rob A. Rutenbar, Carl Dill, and Ed Reingold.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

The Illinois Computer Science Young Alumni Achievement Alumni Award honors computer science alumni or faculty members who have attained early career milestones and show great promise toward continued professional and technical contributions that bring distinction to themselves, the department, and the university.

2019: Vinay Hiremath
2018: Vilas Dhar

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award honors computer science graduates who have made professional and technical contributions that bring distinction to themselves, the department, and the University.

2019: Jeff Holden
2018: Doug MacGregor
2017: Isaac J. Hall, Rajesh Karmani, Richard M. Schell, James E. Smith, and Drina C. Yue
2016: Steven Ashby, Utpal Banerjee, Carl Dill, Marcin Kleczynski, and Yu Pan
2015: Rick Cattell, Jackson Hu, Pete Koomen, Lynn Reedy, Russel Simmons
2014: Steve Chen, Jason Cong, Jawed Karim, Kenichi Miura, Trevor Mudge, Linda Petzold, Parisa Tabriz
2013: Chris Lattner and Sandra Rankin
2012: Greg Chesson, Ping Fu, Roger Dickey, Amitt Mahajan, Joel Poloney, Luke Rajlich, Sizhao "Zao" Yang
2011: Mary Jane Irwin, Max Levchin, Mary McDowell

Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award

The Illinois Computer Science Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award honors computer science alumni or faculty members who have attained early career milestones and show great promise toward continued contributions to computer science education and research.

2019: Hui Fang, Ali Farhadi
2018: Eric Gilbert, Karthik Pattabiraman

Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award

The Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award honors computer science alumni or faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to computer science education and recognizes alumni and faculty who excel at motivating computer science students.

2019: Sy-Yen Kuo, Raymond Mooney
2018: Ron Cytron, Won Kim, David Lassner
2017: Nikil Dutt, Svetlana Lazebnik, Steven Ko, Kishor Trivedi, Marianne Winslett, and Martin D.F. Wong
2016: Thomas Dietterich, Edward Reingold, Romit Roy Choudhury, and Yizhou Sun
2015: Nancy Amato, Luis Ceze, Apu Kapadia, Paul Saylor
2014: Lawrence C. Angrave, Cinda Heeren, Der-Tsai Lee, Franco P. Preparata, Koushik Sen
2013: Diane Cook, Milos Ercegovac, and Shan Lu
2012: David J. Kuck, Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Xiaosong Ma, Milos Prvulovic
2011: Baochun Li, C.L. David Liu, Jane W.-S. Liu, José Martínez

Distinguished Alumni Service Award

The Award for Distinguished Service honors computer science 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.

2019: Shig Matsushita
2018: Ross Erlebacher
2017: Scott Fisher and Jill Zmaczynski
2016: Michael Hughes and Daniel Kaufman
2015: William Dunn, Dave Paola
2014: Alan M. Braverman, Roy H. Campbell, C. William Gear, Michael T. Heath, Duncan Lawrie, Brigid A. Johnson, Daniel A. Reed, Marc Snir
2013: Channing Brown, H. George Friedman, Mehdi Harandi, Sam Kamin, William Kubitz, Steven LaValle, Dennis Mickunas, and Jed Taylor
2012: Geneva Belford, Ari Gesher
2011: Ira Cohen, Dan Peterson

Distinguished Achievement Memorial Award

The Distinguished Memorial Achievement Award is bestowed posthumously on those alumni, students, or faculty members whose lives were characterized by remarkable achievement and accomplishment in computer science.

2019: Clarence "Skip" Ellis
2018: Gene Golub
2016: Michael Faiman
2011: Donald B. Gillies, Erich Hauptmann, Saburo Muroga

David J. Kuck Outstanding Thesis Awards

The David J. Kuck Outstanding Thesis Awards were established by former students and friends in recognition of Professor Kuck's intellectual and leadership contributions. Each year, two awards are given: one for an outstanding doctoral thesis and one for an outstanding master's thesis. Read More...


2015 Illinois Computer Science Award recipients. Seated, from left: Pete Koomen, John Criswell, William Dunn, Paul Saylor, Jackson Hu, Lynn Reedy, and Rick Cattell. Standing, from left: Nancy Amato, Luis Ceze, Apu Kapadia, Rob A. Rutenbar, Russ Simmons, Dave Paola, and Cosmin Radoi.
2015 Illinois Computer Science Award recipients. Seated, from left: Pete Koomen, John Criswell, William Dunn, Paul Saylor, Jackson Hu, Lynn Reedy, and Rick Cattell. Standing, from left: Nancy Amato, Luis Ceze, Apu Kapadia, Rob A. Rutenbar, Russ Simmons, Dave Paola, and Cosmin Radoi.
2014 Illinois Computer Science Award recipients. Seated, from left: Alan M. Braverman, Cinda Heeren, Brigid A. Johnson, Parisa Tabriz, Linda Petzold, and Der-Tsai Lee. Standing, from left: Roy H. Campbell, Siva Kumar S. Hari , Michael T. Heath, C. William Gear, Marc Snir, Trevor Mudge, Kenichi Miura, Daniel A. Reed, Franco P. Preparata, Lawrence Angrave, Jason Cong, and Koushik Sen.
2014 Illinois Computer Science Award recipients. Seated, from left: Alan M. Braverman, Cinda Heeren, Brigid A. Johnson, Parisa Tabriz, Linda Petzold, and Der-Tsai Lee. Standing, from left: Roy H. Campbell, Siva Kumar S. Hari , Michael T. Heath, C. William Gear, Marc Snir, Trevor Mudge, Kenichi Miura, Daniel A. Reed, Franco P. Preparata, Lawrence Angrave, Jason Cong, and Koushik Sen.
2013 Illinois Computer Science Alumni Awards Winners. Seated, from left: Jed Taylor, Shan Lu, Sandra Rankin, H. George Friedman, and William Kubitz. Standing, from left: Mehdi Harandi, Channing Brown, Sam Kamin, Dennis Mickunas, Steven LaValle, CS Department Head Rob Rutenbar, Milos Ercegovac, and Svetlana Lazebnik.
2013 Illinois Computer Science Alumni Awards Winners. Seated, from left: Jed Taylor, Shan Lu, Sandra Rankin, H. George Friedman, and William Kubitz. Standing, from left: Mehdi Harandi, Channing Brown, Sam Kamin, Dennis Mickunas, Steven LaValle, CS Department Head Rob Rutenbar, Milos Ercegovac, and Svetlana Lazebnik.
2012 Illinois Computer Science Alumni Awards Winners (l to r): David J. Kuck, Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Sizhao Yang, Roger Dickey, Ari Gesher, Milos Prvulovic, Amitt Mahajan, Joel Poloney, Pooja Agarwal, Xiasong Ma, Robert L. Bocchino Jr.
2012 Illinois Computer Science Alumni Awards Winners (l to r): David J. Kuck, Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Sizhao Yang, Roger Dickey, Ari Gesher, Milos Prvulovic, Amitt Mahajan, Joel Poloney, Pooja Agarwal, Xiasong Ma, Robert L. Bocchino Jr.
Illinois Computer Science Awards Trophies
Illinois Computer Science Awards Trophies