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2013 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award

Shan Lu
Shan Lu

As a student at Illinois, Shan Lu received the W. J. Poppelbaum Memorial Award in 2007 as a top graduate student in computer hardware or architecture. In 2006, her paper “AVIO: Detecting Atomicity Violations via Access-Interleaving Invariants” was published in Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems. It was one of 11 papers selected from all papers presented at computer architecture conferences in 2006.

Lu is now a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She teaches courses in distributed systems, introduction to operating systems, and advanced operating systems, and she has consistently received outstanding evaluations from her students.

Lu’s research continues to be nationally recognized. Her paper “A Study of Linux File System Evolution,” published in FAST ’13, received a Best Paper Award. Another paper, “Automated Atomicity-Violation Fixing,” presented at the Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation, received an ACM Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN) research highlight nomination. In addition, she received an NSF CAREER Award in 2010.

Lu is committed to encouraging other women in the field of computer programming. She has been a committee member of panels, workshops, and presentations for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. She has been a volunteer, working with girls in grades 6-8, for Expanding Your Horizons—Young Women Exploring Math and Science Careers. And she has presented at the Computing Research Association for Women (CRA-W) workshops and mentored female undergraduate students in the CRA-W Distributed Mentor Project.