Faculty

Nina Amenta wins 2021 UC Davis College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award

Computer science professor Nina Amenta was honored with the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching by the UC Davis College of Engineering.

Each year, the UC Davis College of Engineering recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and community with the Outstanding Faculty Awards. Faculty members are nominated by their respective departments and are selected by the college’s faculty awards committee.

Aditya Thakur receives DOE Early Career Award

Computer Science (CS) Assistant Professor Aditya Thakur has received an Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. The annual awards support the research programs of outstanding scientists and engineers who are early in their careers with a $150,000 each year for summer salary and research expenses.

Prem Devanbu Wins ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award

Computer science professor Prem Devanbu was named the winner of the 2021 Outstanding Research Award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (ACM SIGSOFT).  The Outstanding Research Award is a lifetime achievement award and one of the highest honors in software engineering. Devanbu was cited for “profoundly changing the way researchers think about software by exploring connections between source code and natural language.”

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Richard “Dick” Walters

The UC Davis Department of Computer Science mourns the passing of its first chair, professor emeritus Richard “Dick” Walters. A visionary in his field, a leader at the university, an exceptional teacher to his students and friend to his colleagues, Walters is remembered by the immeasurable impact he had on the many people he taught, mentored and worked with in more than 50 years at UC Davis.

Julian Panetta: Re-Inventing Design

Computer science assistant professor Julian Panetta creates new shapes for a living. While he’s not literally re-designing the square, he develops computer algorithms that design new shapes and structures with unique mechanical properties and brings them to life with digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing.

Hao Chen and Vladimir Filkov named ACM Distinguished Members

Computer science professors Hao Chen and Vladimir Filkov were named Distinguished Members of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for their outstanding scientific contributions to the field of computing. Distinguished membership recognizes the top 10% of ACM members with at least 15 years of experience as role models who have gone above and beyond in their service to the field through research, teaching, leadership and/or service.

Nina Amenta wins Test of Time Award for paper on computer analysis of real-world objects

Computer science professor Nina Amenta has received a test-of-time award from the peer-reviewed journal Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications for her 2001 paper, “The power crust, union of balls, and the medial axis transformation.” The award honors papers published in the journal that are at least 10 years old and have left a legacy on the field of computational geometry. She and her co-authors will receive certificates and a cash prize, split among them.