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Siegelmann Receives 2023 ADVANCE Faculty Peer Mentor Award

Hava Siegelmann
Hava Siegelmann

Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences Provost Professor Hava Siegelmann has been announced as a Spring 2023 ADVANCE Faculty Peer Mentor Award recipient. The award, administered by the UMass ADVANCE program, recognizes the work faculty members perform in mentoring and supporting their colleagues' professional development and success, and is given to one faculty member from each college at UMass Amherst. 

"Hava's enthusiasm in supporting junior faculty and her tireless work towards creating long-lasting connections, both within the department and with other institutions make her thoroughly deserving of the Faculty Peer Mentoring Award," wrote Assistant Professor Madalina Fiterau in her nomination. "Hava is truly a gem in our college and our university, with her praiseworthy mentorship warranting the highest recognition."

The winners were selected from a competitive pool of nominees and honored by Provost Serio during the ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture on March 28. UMass ADVANCE is funded by a five-year $3.1 million National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant and seeks to transform the campus by cultivating faculty equity, inclusion, and success through meaningful collaboration. 

Dr. Siegelmann is an internationally recognized expert in neural networks. She has been particularly acclaimed for her groundbreaking work in computation beyond the Turing limit, and for achieving advanced learning capabilities through a new type of artificial intelligence: lifelong learning. Siegelmann is also co-inventor of the Support Vector Clustering algorithm, which is widely used across industry and government. She is an IEEE Fellow and the recipient of the Obama Presidential BRAIN Initiative award, the ALON Fellowship, the Donald O. Hebb Award of the International Neural Network Society, and the DARPA Meritorious Public Service medal. She received her doctorate in computer science from Rutgers University in 1993 and her master's in computer science from Hebrew University in 1992.