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Faculty Positions, Fall 2023

The University of Iowa Computer Science Department invites applications for applications for multiple tenure- and instructional-track positions effective August 2023.
Ernest Petti in front of Disney concept art

Iowa Computer Science alum heads computer graphics at Disney Animation Vancouver

Ernest Petti (00MS) didn’t know he would want to pursue animation when he arrived at the University of Iowa to pursue his master’s degree in computer science. [...]

Computer graphics coursework is what attracted Petti to Iowa. Although he knew he wanted to work in the entertainment industry, he hadn’t considered animation. As a Hawkeye, he explored a variety of areas like gaming, visual special effects, and animation—but was still unsure what to pursue.
Nery Chapeton Lamas headshot - courtesy of IEEE

IEEE News - Excellence in STEM: Nery Antonio Chapetón-Lamas ('12 MCS)

"The Diversity and Inclusion Task Force presents Excellence in STEM, with Nery Antonio Chapetón-Lamas, instructional faculty in Computer Science at MiraCosta Community College in Oceanside, California.

Professor Chapetón-Lamas shares how connecting with Latinx colleagues outside of STEM helped him become a better computer scientist, faculty, and person.

Keep reading to learn how Professor Chapetón-Lamas has overcome professional challenges because of the community he built around himself."
Picture taken at 2022 Fall IdeaStorm in the IMU

Two UIowaCS students among 15 Sharing $4,000 in Fall IdeaStorm Competition

- Creative Concept: Sebastian Olmos for "TikTok video organization and transcription app"
- Sports Solution: Henry Krain
Group picture at Fall 2022 Welcome Picnic with students, staff, and faculty

Fall 2022: 42 Students Join Grad Programs

As the 2022-23 academic year started at Iowa, the ranks of our graduate programs welcomed:
- 25 MCS and 10 PhD students (Computer Science)
- 5 MS and 2 PhD students (Informatics)
GurshaVirk became the first Sikh Air Force cadet in U.S. history allowed to wear the turban, beard, and bracelet that are sacred religious symbols after he petitioned the Air Force asking that he be allowed to incorporate them into his military uniform.

Informatics student & Air Force ROTC cadet breaks barriers for those who follow

“Growing up, Gursharan Virk dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot. But as he got older, the third-year student at the University of Iowa worried he might have to choose between his Sikh faith and his dream career.

Virk returned to the U.S. for the start of his junior year of high school, and he attended Waukee High School just west of Des Moines. Unable to visit colleges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Virk chose Iowa because of the strength of its computer science program."
Picture of Rachael Chen on a seaside rocky shore with waves crashing behind her.

High School Intern co-author of "Autonomous Driving Systems" paper with Guanpeng Li et al.

In Summer 2022, Rachael Chen, a student at Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, IL) interned with Prof. Guanpeng Li within the IOWA-HPC Lab.

The result? A paper entitled: "D2MON: Detecting and Mitigating Real-Time Safety Violations in Autonomous Driving Systems"
Collage of submitted 2022-23 scholarship awardee portraits + "Congrats!" text and UIowaCS logo

Celebrating 2022-23 Scholarship Award Recipients

The University of Iowa Department of Computer Science recognizes this academic year’s scholarship recipients:
Barkmeier-Tice Scholarship - Harper Eastman; Emily Johnson
Arthur A. Collins Scholarship - John Piaszynski; Anthony Terrones
Frank A. Park Scholarship - Cathryn Lyons
David Spang Award - Lydia Esbaum; Fiza Virk
Principal Scholars Award - Alexander Barloon; Ashley Tapia
Jason & Leslie Weber Scholarship for Women - Annika Heiling
Jason & Leslie Weber Emerging Technologies Scholarship - Mitchell Hermon; Raymond Yang
Gerard Weeg Scholarship - Nathan Gillis
Iowa graduate Greg Nichols celebrating at a Moana wrap-up party.

Iowa Computer Science PhD grad reflects on dream job in Disney animation

Greg Nichols (10PhD) says the graduate degree he earned in CLAS prepared him for an exciting career in animation, leading to fulfilling work on major motion pictures like Moana, Zootopia, and more.

He came to the University of Iowa to study his doctorate in Computer Science — he thought he was on a path toward a career in academics, but instead, as a graduate student, landed a competitive internship with Disney that changed his professional trajectory.  

PhD Student Maaz Musa on PETS Conference Paper Award... and more!

Maaz Musa - a 4th year PhD as of Fall '22, advised by Rishab Nithyanand - recently attended PETS 2022: The 22nd Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium...
... and his first 1st-author paper was a runner-up for the PETs Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award!