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2018 Outstanding Achievement & Advocacy Awards

10th Annual Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Awards Banquet 
Friday, April 27, 2018, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Marriott Center, 11th Floor, Campus Center, UMass Amherst 

To recognize the remarkable accomplishments of graduates of the college's degree programs and to acknowledge the support of important friends of the college, the college established the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy (OAA) Award program, under which awards are presented annually in various categories.

New this year, we will be honoring our scholarship and fellowship recipients as a group during the OAA Banquet. We are proud of our students' achievements and the impact our donors are having on the next generation of talented computer scientists.


  • Outstanding Contributions to Society: Esha Sahai (UMass Amherst BS '02, MS '04)
    Venture Partner  
  • Outstanding Achievement by a Young Alum: Shiraj Sen (UMass Amherst MS '07, PhD '12)
    Lead Scientist, GE Global Research
  • Outstanding Achievement in Technology Development: Subhabrata "Shubho" Sen (UMass Amherst MS '97, PhD '01)
    Lead Inventive Scientist, AT&T Labs Research  
  • Outstanding Achievement in Education: Rahul Simha (UMass Amherst MS '86, PhD '90)
    Professor of Computer Science, The George Washington University 
  • Outstanding Achievement in Research: Lisa Zurk (UMass Amherst BS '85)
    Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 

OAA 2018 Award Recipient Biographies 


  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award: Daniel Barowy (Ph.D. '17)
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award: David Belanger (Ph.D. '17)
  • Outstanding Synthesis Project Award: Kaleigh Clary
  • Outstanding Synthesis Project Award: Milad Nasr Esfahani
  • Outstanding Synthesis Project Award: Hamed Zamani 
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: Benjamin Kushigian
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: Keen Sung

View list of prior OAA award recipients


To R.S.V.P., please email alumni@cs.umass.edu by April 13, 2018. 


The college has a block of rooms reserved at the Hotel UMass ($135/night + tax). To reserve a room, call 413.549.6000 or toll-free at 877.822.2110 and let them know that you are reserving under the Computer Science Alumni Event (OAA18C). If reserving online, use the group code OAA18C. Rooms must be booked by March 29.

Other area accommodations


The OAA 2018 Banquet will be held at the Marriott Center located on the 11th floor of the Campus Center (Amherst, MA). Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage, which is at the end of Campus Center Way. 


Nominations for 2019 are now being accepted. Send your nominations to alumni@cs.umass.edu.