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2022 OAA Award Recipient Biographies

Francisco Cervantes-Pérez

Francisco Cervantes-Pérez '85PhD
Outstanding Achievement in Education

Francisco Cervantes-Perez is president of the Universities Network of the Spanish educational group PROEDUCA Global, professor at International University of La Rioja in Mexico, and vice president of the Iberoamerican Association for Distance Education. While a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), he studied computational properties in the anuran amphibian visuomotor coordination system, in prey-catching and avoidance behaviors, as well as monocular depth perception in the praying mantis. At the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology Cervantes-Pérez collaborated with Professor Ronald Arkin, a former classmate at UMass Amherst, in the field of ecological robotics. His current research interests include technology enhanced learning, metacognition, and customizable learning environments. Cervantes-Perez holds two honorary doctorates, one from the Virtual University of the State of Michoacán, Mexico, and another from the Catholic University of Los Angeles Chimbote, Peru. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical electrical engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UNAM, in 1978 and 1982, and a doctoral degree in computer science from UMass Amherst in 1985.

Julie Flannery

Julie Flannery '93BS
Outstanding Achievement in Management

Julie Flannery is senior director of software engineering at Dell Technologies. She joined Dell in 2007 via their acquisition of EMC and has held a variety of roles as both an individual contributor and leader across many of their product offerings. Most recently, Flannery was director of software engineering in the Infrastructure, Management and Security Software Engineering organization. In this role, she led teams responsible for ecosystem integration solutions. Prior to joining Dell, Flannery was a member of the engineering teams at Enterasys Networks and Lucent Technologies. She started her career as a software engineer for Motorola. Flannery received a bachelor’s degree with honors in computer science from the UMass Amherst in 1993.

Tian Guo

Tian Guo '13MS, '16PhD
Outstanding Achievement by a Young Alum

Tian Guo is an assistant professor of computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is an empirical system researcher by training and earned her doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016. Guo is interested in designing systems mechanisms and policies to handle trade-offs in cost, performance, and efficiency for emerging applications. Specifically, she has worked on projects at the intersection of systems and machine learning, secure machine learning, cloud/edge resource management, big data frameworks, deep learning inference, distributed training, neural architecture search, and AR/VR. Guo's recent work has a strong focus on improving system support for deep learning, and on the practical applications of deep learning in AR/VR. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CRII award and MMSys 2020 best paper award.

Christopher Jaynes

Christopher Jaynes '00PhD
Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship

Christopher Jaynes founded Mersive Technologies in 2006 and now serves as CTO. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the School of Computer Science at the University of Utah and went on to receive his doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he focused on computer vision and artificial intelligence.  In 2000, he joined the faculty of Computer Science at the University of Kentucky where his research resulted in over 100 published scientific articles, over 20 patents, and the National Science Foundation CAREER award, which recognizes emerging leaders in their scientific field early in their career. He founded the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments at the University of Kentucky to focus on Human-Computer Interaction Systems in support of industry.  His work in collaboration technologies at Mersive has been deployed in over 350K conference rooms world-wide and helps companies build a more engaged, productive meeting culture.  In 2019, he was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, recognizing his business and community leadership.

Joseph Kiniry

Joseph Kiniry '94MS
Computing for the Common Good Award

Joseph Kiniry is a principal scientist at Galois and is the CEO and chief scientist at Free & Fair. Over the past twenty-five years he has been everything from a tenured professor at several universities to a founder and chief scientist or CTO at several companies. Kiniry has been involved in computers and security in some fashion since the beginning of the 80s when he hacked and wrote video games on 8-bit computers. These days, his day job is leading research and development projects in rigorous digital engineering—making sure critical computing systems are correct and secure—for numerous U.S. government agencies and commercial clients, and, from time to time, trying to help the world’s elections and democracies be more trustworthy. He received his master’s degree in computer science from UMass Amherst in 1994.

Hanuma Kodavalla

Hanuma Kodavalla '88MS
Outstanding Support for the College

Hanuma Kodavalla is a technical fellow in the Database Systems group at Microsoft where he has been working for almost twenty years. He previously worked at Data General, Digital Equipment Corporation, Oracle, Sybase and Asera. For more than thirty years, Kodavalla has been working on many aspects of relational database systems and has been instrumental in architecting multiple database systems for high performance and reliability. He is currently an engineering leader for a large-scale database cloud service, SQL Azure, that runs in many regions in the world. Kodavalla obtained a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication in 1981 from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India, a master’s degree in computer science in 1983 from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India, and another master’s degree in computer science in 1988 from UMass Amherst. He has several publications in professional database conferences and many patents related to novel implementation techniques for online transaction processing and data warehousing in the areas of concurrency control, recovery, high-availability, query processing and security.