Alum Connections (Summer 2013)

Timothy Wood (Ph.D. '11), Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at The George Washington University, received a 2013 NSF CAREER Award for "Application-Agnostic, Distributed-Aware Cloud Platforms."

The May 1, 2013 issue of ACM Tech News highlighted the work of University of Oklahoma Computer Science Associate Professor Amy McGovern (Ph.D. '02) on tornado prediction.

Dr. Akshat Kumar's (Ph.D. '13) dissertation was selected as a Runner-Up for the  IFAAMAS-12 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award. The award recognized outstanding dissertations completed in 2012 in the area of Autonomous Agents or Multiagent Systems. Advised by Prof. Shlomo Zilberstein, Kumar's thesis was titled "Exploiting Domain Structure in Multiagent Decision-Theoretic Planning and Reasoning." He is a Research Scientist at IBM Research in India.

Starting in 2014, Matthew Dwyer (Ph.D. '95) will be the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. Dwyer is the Interim Department Chair and Henson Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Nebraska Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Sharad Jaiswal (Ph.D. '05) and his colleagues have developed a mobile radio app, CommunityWeb, that can be used on low-end cellphones to provide region-specific news to people across India. Their development is detailed in an article on Jaiswal is a Researcher at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in India. Jaiswal, Akhil Mathur, and Pinky Chandran received the 2013 mBillionth Award South Asia in the category "m-News & Journalism" for their CommunityWeb project.  According to the mBillionth site (, the awards are given for innovations in mobile and telecom domains.  Jaiswal and Mathur, of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs India, and Chandran of RadioActive CR 90.4 MHz, collaborated on the project.

Anita Raja (Ph.D. '03) was the moderator and Hala Mostafa (Ph.D. '11) was a panelist of a Mentoring panel session at the CRA-W/CDC Discipline-specific Workshop held in conjunction with the Twelfth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). Raja is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Mostafa is a Research Scientist at BBN Technologies. While at UMass Amherst, both were advised by Emeritus Distinguished Professor Victor Lesser.