University of Illinois Awards

Department of Computer Science

C.W. Gear Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
Established by alumni, friends, and former students to recognize contributions and services of Charles W. Gear, head of the department from 1985-90. Gear was a pioneer in automatic numerical methods. He wrote the operating system for ILLIAC II, developed the first successful general program for solving stiff differential equations, and a landmark program for automatic integration of ordinary differential equations.  The Gear Awards recognize outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. The Faculty Award is for outstanding research and teaching.

  • Christopher Fletcher (2023)
  • Edgar Solomonik (2022)
  • Bo Li (2021)
  • Jian Peng (2019)
  • Ranjitha Kumar (2018)
  • Aditya Parameswaran (2017)
  • Andreas Kloeckner (2016)
  • Paris Smaragdis (2015)
  • Derek Hoiem (2014)
  • Svetlana Lazebnik (2013)
  • Matthew Caesar (2012)
  • Samuel T. King (2011)
  • Darko Marinov (2010)
  • Karrie Karahalios (2009)
  • Eyal Amir (2008)
  • ChengXiang Zhai (2007)
  • YY Zhou (2006)
  • Grigore Rosu (2005)
  • Sariel Har-Peled (2004)
  • Steven M. LaValle (2003)
  • Vikram S. Adve (2002)
  • Jeff Erickson (2001)
  • Dan Roth (2000)
  • Klara Nahrstedt (1999)
  • Josep Torrellas (1997)
  • Andrew Chien (1995)
  • Lenny Pitt (1992)
  • Laxmikant Kale (1990)

Scott H. Fisher Computer Science Teaching Award
What makes this award unique is that it is the first departmental award to focus on recognizing the importance of, and excellence in, teaching. Established by alumni, Scott Fisher (BS Psychology ’72, MS CS ’76), this annual award was first awarded in 2017. Fisher made the new award possible just a year after establishing the Scott H. and Bonita J. Fisher Endowment, which honors his late wife, Bonnie. Fisher started his career with major computer manufacturer Digital Equipment Corporation, contributing to the VAX/VMS operating system, the PDP-11 minicomputer, and the DECsystem line of servers. He recently retired after several years as a program manager with the water, hygiene, and energy technologies firm Ecolab.

  • Chandra Chekuri (2023)
  • Mariana Silva (2022)
  • Geoffrey Herman (2021)
  • Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider (2019)
  • Craig Zilles (2018)
  • Lawrence Angrave (2017)

The Grainger College of Engineering

College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award
Established in 1995, the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award seeks to improve the excellence of teaching in the college by providing an annual award that will motivate teachers to increase the educational impact they make on their students.

  • Lenny Pitt (2006)

Collins Award for Innovative Teaching
This award recognizes outstanding development or use of new and innovative teaching methods.  W. Leighton Collins was a faculty member in the College of Engineering from 1929-65 and former executive director of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

  • Wade Fagen (2017)
  • Lawrence Angrave (2011)

Dean's Award for Excellence in Research (formerly the Xerox Award for Faculty Research)
Honors faculty members annually for outstanding research in two categories: to assistant professors based on one (1) year of research accomplishments; and to associate professors based on five (5) years of research accomplishments.

Christopher Fletcher (2023); Lingming Zhang (2023); Bo Li (2022); Hanghang Tong (2022); Ranjitha Kumar (2019); Aditya Parameswaran (2018); Karrie Karahalios (2017); Paris Smaragdis (2016, 2019); Brighten Godfrey (2015); Derek Hoiem, Grigore Rosu (2014); Svetlana Lazebnik, Saurabh Sinha (2013); Chandra Chekuri, Samuel T. King (2012);Tarek Abdelzaher (2011), Jeff Erickson (2010), Karrie Karahalios (2010), Eyal Amir (2009), Indranil Gupta (2008), Dan Roth (2001, 2005), Josep Torrellas (1997, 2000), S.H. Teng (1999), Klara Nahrstedt (1998), Jean Ponce (1993, 1998), Marianne Winslett (1990, 1997), Dave C.-L. Liu (1997), Andrew Chien (1996), Wen-mei Hwu (1994), Simon Kaplan (1994), David Padua (1992), Daniel Reed (1991), Pravin Vaidya (1991), Kenneth Forbus (1990), Herbert Edelsbrunner (1989), Nachum Dershowitz (1986)

Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award
The Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award recognizes faculty in the College of Engineering who have received national or international acclaim for dedication to academic excellence through teaching and research and have made exemplary contributions to the understanding of their fields.

  • Klara Nahrstedt (2019)
  • Lui Sha (2018)
  • William Gropp (2013)
  • Jiawei Han (2011)
  • C.L. Dave Liu (1997)

William L. Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence
In 1968, undergraduate engineering students established the Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence to honor Dean Emeritus William L. Everitt at the time of his retirement. The award, which annually recognizes one engineering faculty member for outstanding undergraduate teaching, is one of the most coveted awards available to the faculty and serves to emphasize the importance attached to good teaching in the college.

  • Lawrence Angrave (2011)
  • Craig Zilles (2008)
  • Jeff Erickson (2001)
  • Lenny Pitt (1999)
  • Michael Heath (1998)
  • C.L. Dave Liu (1983)

Stanley H. Pierce Faculty Award
These awards are given annually, one to the undergraduate student and the other to the faculty member, who are selected as having done the most to develop empathetic student-faculty cooperation.

  • Sam Kamin (2001)
  • Marianne Winslett (1999)

Outstanding Advisors
The College of Engineering Advisors List represents the top 10 percent of engineering advisors selected by the students.

Brighten Godfrey, Nan Jiang, Deepak Vasisht (2021); Lawrence Angrave, Matthew Caesar, Mariana Silva (2019); Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider, Steve Herzog, Katrina James, Andreas Kloeckner, Mariana Silva, Heather Zike (2018); John Hart, Lenny Pitt (2010); Klara Nahrstedt (2009); Craig Zilles (2008); Brian Bailey, Gerald DeJong, Robin Kravets, Craig Zilles, ChengXiang Zhai (2007); Brian Bailey, John Hart, Craig Zilles (2006); Stephen Bond, Mahesh Viswanathan (2005)

Rose Award for Teaching Excellence
The Rose Award for Teaching Excellence is intended to foster and reward excellence in undergraduate teaching in the College of Engineering. It recognizes teachers who excel at motivating freshman and sophomore students to learn and appreciate engineering.
  • Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider (2023)
  • Mariana Silva (2022)
  • Margaret Fleck (2019)
  • Cinda Heeren (2014)
  • Viraj Kumar (2011)
  • ChengXiang Zhai (2010)
  • Lawrence Angrave (2009)
  • Craig Zilles (2008)
  • Stephen Bond (2006)

William H. Severns Faculty Scholar
The William H. Severns Faculty Scholar recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated “significant and sustained impact on the development of new and impactful teaching techniques, broadening the educational experience of engineering students, and/or motivating the education of engineering students through bringing practical, real-world experiences into the classroom.” The honors are named after late mechanical engineering professor William H. Severns. 

  • Craig Zilles (2021-present)

Willett Faculty Scholars
The recognition is targeted for faculty members who, at a relatively early stage in their careers, are excelling in their contributions to the University. The award represents a type of “junior professorship” to encourage continued achievement in outstanding young faculty.  The Willett Research Initiatives in Engineering funds term professorships, undergraduate and graduate student research, and related research activity. It honors the memory of Donald Biggar Willett (1897-1981) who attended the University of Illinois from 1916-1921.

  • Julia Hockenmaier (2017)
  • Luke Olson (2016)
  • Saurabh Sinha (2015)
  • Tao Xie (2015)
  • ChengXiang Zhai (2013)
  • Tarek Abdelzaher (2010)
  • Jeff Erickson (2002)
  • Sheldon Jacobson (2002)
  • Dan Roth (2002)
  • Josep Torrellas (2002)

University of Illinois

Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
These awards are designed to foster and to reward excellence in undergraduate academic advising. Up to two winners will be chosen each year.

  • Sam Kamin (2005)

Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
These are the principal campus awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Up to thirteen winners will be chosen each year (five members of the faculty, five graduate teaching assistants, and three members of the instructional staff).

  • Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider (2020)
  • Craig Zilles (2018)
  • Lawrence Angrave (2012)
  • Jeff Erickson (2007)
  • Lenny Pitt (2006)

Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching
Faculty members from academic units with graduate or professional instructional programs are eligible for the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching. Up to two winners will be selected to receive this award each year.

  • Paris Smaragdis (2020)
  • Jiawei Han (2012)
  • Jeff Erickson (Honorable Mention, 2006)
  • Michael T. Heath (2002)

Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring
Faculty members from academic units with graduate instructional programs are eligible for the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring. Up to two winners will be selected to receive this award each year, which was originated by the Graduate College.

  • Sarita Adve (2020)
  • Josep Torrellas (2017)
  • ChengXiang Zhai (2016)
  • Geneva Belford (2005)

Campus Award for Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate Research
This award is designed to foster and to reward excellence in involving and guiding undergraduate students in scholarly research.

  • Darko Marinov (2020)
  • Dan Roth (Honorable Mention, 2002, 2006)

Campus Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction Using Educational Technologies
This award is designed to honor faculty members who have introduced particularly successful computing and communication technologies into undergraduate instruction.

  • Klara Nahrstedt (Honorable Mention, 2000)

Center for Advanced Study
Each year, the tenured and untenured University of Illinois faculty are invited to submit scholarly or creative proposals for consideration by the Center’s permanent Professors. Faculty members with winning proposals are appointed Associates and Fellows and awarded one semester of release time to pursue their projects in the coming academic year.

  • P. Brighten Godfrey (2014-15 Fellow)
  • Matthew Caesar (2013-14 CAS Beckman Fellow)
  • Manoj Prabhakaran (2011-12 CAS Beckman Fellow)
  • Darko Marinov (2010-11 CAS Beckman Fellow)
  • Indranil Gupta (2009-10 CAS Beckman Fellow)
  • Saurabh Sinha (2009-10 Fellow)
  • Eyal Amir (2007-08 Fellow)
  • Sheldon Jacobson (2002-03 Associate)
  • Dan Roth (2001-02 Fellow)
  • Gul Agha (1992-93 Fellow)

Dads Association Certificate of Merit
The Dads Association recognizes one outstanding student, faculty member, and staff member each year with the Certificate of Merit.

  • Sam Kamin (2006)

Education Innovation Fellow
EIF fellows interact with AE3 staff, departmental colleagues, and others across the College involved in educational innovation to share and unify educational efforts. They also have an innovating role: They identify and pursue new pathways, helping to pave the way for educational change.

  • Jeff Erickson (2018)
  • Brian Bailey (2015-2018)
  • Cinda Heeren (2014-2017)
  • Luke Olson (2014-2017)

Illinois Student Senate Teaching Excellence Award
The Illinois Student Senate awards five Teaching Excellence Awards every year on behalf of the Student Body.

  • Craig Zilles (2013)
  • Lawrence Angrave (2012)

Mother's Associate Medallion of Honor
The Medallion of Honor award was created in 1966 to pay tribute to those individuals who, by example and service, have used their talents to enrich the lives of others. Two men and eight women were honored between 1966 and 1976. Since 1977, this award has been given to a woman affiliated in some way with the U of I.

  • Geneva Belford (2007)

University Scholars
The Faculty Scholar Program aims to recognize outstanding members of the faculty and to provide each with a funding allocation to enhance their scholarly activities. Scholar awards are not made for a specific project or proposal; rather, they represent recognition of the recipient’s excellence and the University’s commitment to foster outstanding people and their work.

  • Derek Hoiem (2022)
  • Svetlana Lazebnik (2021)
  • Karrie Karahalios (2019)
  • Saurabh Sinha (2017)
  • Vikram Adve (2015)
  • Steven LaValle (2012)
  • Dan Roth (2010)
  • Klara Nahrstedt (2008)
  • Sarita Adve (2004)
  • Marianne Winslett (1992)
  • Herbert Edelsbrunner (1990)
  • Daniel Reed (1989)
  • C. L. Dave Liu (1985)

University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar
This is the premier campus award recognizing scholarly contributions and excellence in the areas of teaching and learning. The title of University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar is permanent throughout the recipient's appointment at Illinois.

  • Lenny Pitt (2004)