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  News for Alumni and Friends July 2017  

Malwarebytes CEO and founder Marcin Kleczynski (BS CS '12) is supporting large, renewable scholarships for CS undergraduates through the Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative. His gift is one of the first major donations to qualify for the Grainger Matching Challenge. Read more.



Professor William D. Gropp 

Professor William D. Gropp, the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science, has been named Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.


Professor Edgar Solomonik was one of two winners of the Householder Prize XX, which recognizes the best dissertation in numerical linear algebra.


Doctoral student Shadi Noghabi is one of the 12 winners chosen from U.S. and Canadian universities for the new Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant program.


Professor Klara Nahrstedt is leading an interdisplinary effort to speed up the materials-to-device process through a novel framework called 4CeeD.


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New Media Coverage


The new investment fund will target machine intelligence startups. “The biggest benefit for Google is spurring innovation in the AI space,” said Patterson, Google's VP of engineering and the fund's managing partner.


Artificial intelligence researchers, prompted by a paper from Professor David A. Forsyth and his students, are now debating whether their software could be susceptible to hacks of real-world objects like stop signs.

Business Insider

As reported by Business Insider, Champaign-Urbana appears second on the American Institute for Economic Research's list of best college towns in the U.S.

The Twenty Minute VC Podcast

Max Levchin (BS CS '97) reflects on his experiences as a CEO and technology innovator, and shares his hopes for his current company, Affirm.

News Gazette

CS and ECE Professor Paris Smaragdis discusses his research in machine listening. "Unlike computer vision, where most people can articulate why a cat looks different than a violin, when it comes to listening we do not have that much clarity (can you articulate exactly how a cat sounds different from a violin?)."



Featured Events


Join CS @ ILLINOIS in the Bay Area! On July 25, we'll be at Google's Sunnyvale offices, and on July 26th we'll visit Affirm's headquarters in downtown San Francisco. You'll hear departmental updates from Interim CS Department Head Vikram Adve and have an opportunity to network with area alumni. REGISTER NOW.

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1

SAVE THE DATE for this signature student-run technology conference and career fair. Sign up for updates.

WCS Student-Alumni Dinner
Oct. 19

SAVE THE DATE: Support the Women in Computer Science student club and network with fellow alumni.

CS @ ILLINOIS Alumni Awards
Oct. 20

SAVE THE DATE: Visit campus to engage with CS faculty, students, and fellow alumni. Enjoy panels, tours, an awards ceremony, and dinner.

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