Articles from April 2024

Kasturi Varadarajan 2024 Graduate College Mentoring Award Recipient

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
CS Professor Kasturi Varadarajan was recently awarded the UI Graduate College’s 2024 Outstanding Mentor Award for his commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring.
Jon Rusert portrait - Submitted

Jonathan Rusert (PhD '22) Alumnus Q&A

Jonathan Rusert graduated with a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Iowa in 2022. In this Q&A, Rusert discusses his path to his current role of Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Purdue Fort Wayne, shares memories of his time at Iowa, and more!
Lakshmi D. Subramanian portrait - submitted

Lakshmi D. Subramanian (PhD '22) Alumna Q&A

Lakshmi D. Subramanian graduated with a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Iowa in 2022. In this Q&A, Subramanian discusses her path to her current role of Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Kean University, shares memories of her time at Iowa, and more!
A child in a simulated environment participates in a pedestrian crossing research study

Hank Lab: Young pedestrians, self-driving vehicles: What’s the safest scenario for crossing the road?

In a new study, University of Iowa researchers investigated how pre-teenage children determined when it was safe to cross a residential street with oncoming self-driving cars. The researchers found children made the safest choices when self-driving cars indicated via a green light on top of the vehicle that it was safe to cross when the vehicle arrived at the intersection, then stopped. When self-driving cars turned on the green light farther away from the crossing point—and even when they slowed down—children engaged in riskier intersection crossings, the researchers learned.

Liza Kleiman 2023-2024 Collegiate Teaching Award Recipient

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to teaching and teaching activities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dr. Liza Kleiman was one of a select few instructors awarded a 2023-2024 Collegiate Teaching Award.

Shrestha awarded Competitive Fall '24 Fellowship

Friday, April 19, 2024
PhD candidate Ingroj Shrestha (CS - 6th year) was awarded a Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship.

Pemmaraju’s NSF grant to improve understanding of the communication cost of fundamental problems in distributed computing

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded UI computer science professor Sriram Pemmaraju $330,000 for his research project entitled "The Communication Cost of Distributed Computation". This collaborative (Medium) proposal, with collaborators Gopal Pandurangan (University of Houston) and Peter Robinson (Augusta University), is funded by the Algorithmic Foundations program at the NSF.

CS Faculty, Graduate Students, and Staff recognized by Graduating Class

Friday, April 12, 2024
Click here for full list of faculty, graduate students, and staff recognized by graduating seniors.
Peng Jiang

CLAS computer science assistant professor receives prestigious NSF CAREER award

Peng Jiang, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, which includes a $500,000 grant to will support Jiang’s current research project, entitled “Compiler and Runtime Support for Sampled Sparse Computations on Heterogeneous Systems.”
risty Walker CREDIT: HEIDI EIFFERT, STUDIOU

Kristy Walker (CS BS '83; MBA 92): CBJ "Woman of Influence" Fighting food insecurity through advocacy

“I have seen Kristy provide peer support and mentorship to fellow business owners,” wrote Ilse DeWald, Johnson County Local Food and Farm manager, of her Woman of Influence nomination. “She contributes her marketing and event organization skills to support the collective success of businesses in Johnson County.” Sneh Patel, president of Tippie Tech and a former student of Ms. Walker’s, says Ms. Walker’s influence extends beyond the agricultural realm and into the business and higher education community.