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M.S. and Ph.D. Alumni

Doug L. Hoffman (Ph.D. 1996) has retired from Axciom Corporation and teaching at UCA and Hendrix College. He remains in central Arkansas but intends to spend time traveling and writing. His sixth science fiction novel, Starflake, is now available, and he is working on a seventh novel.

Ramesh Raskar (Ph.D. 2002) was awarded the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize for 2016. The Lemelson-MIT Prize, worth $500,000, honors outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Over the next three years, Raskar will be investing a portion of the prize money to support the development of young inventors.

Dick Sites (1969-70) retired from Google in April. He previously worked at Adobe, Digital Equipment Corp., and taught at the University of California/San Diego. He and his wife Lucey are off to Singapore in mid-July for a one-semester stint teaching at the National University of Singapore.

David Luebke (Ph.D. 1998) was promoted to Vice President of Graphics Research at NVIDIA.

Steven Bellovin (M.S. 1977, Ph.D. 1982) was appointed the first Technology Scholar of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Craig Mudge (Ph.D. 1973) was named an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Undergraduate Alumni

In Fall 2015, Amy Rae Fox (B.S. 2004) entered the doctoral program in Cognitive Science at University of California at San Diego, advised by Professor Jim Hollan. Amy joined the Design Lab, where she will research how human conceptualization of space, time, and number informs the design of information visualizations.

Matt Leming (B.S. 2015) was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which provides full support for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. Matt was one of 35 recipients out of 826 applicants. Matt is set to finish a five-year B.S./M.S. program at UNC in May 2016. At Cambridge, he will pursue a doctorate in psychiatry in Churchill College, focusing his research on analyzing the circuitous connections in the brain with diffusion and functional MRIs, as a way to predict mental illness and neurological disorders in children.

Mark Hutchinson (B.S. 1981) participated in the NC Data4Good event in November 2015 to help the United Way and Foodbank of Central and Eastern NC feed the hungry. He plans to work with culinary schools, university and high school nutrition programs, grocery stores, Campbell Law School, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government, and transportation companies to help tackle the huge problem of hunger in our state.

 

Family Matters

Joshua Kon (B.S. 2010) and Caitlyn Losee Kon (B.S. 2010, M.S. 2012) welcomed their first child, Michael Robert in June 2015.

Tabitha Peck (Ph.D. 2010) and David Borland (M.S. 2003, Ph.D. 2007) welcomed twins, Ewen Harrison and Fiona Ruth in November 2014.

In Memoriam

W. Sands “Sandy” Hobgood (B.A. 1967, M.S. 1969) died in an accident near Brevard, N.C. in August 2016. Sandy was one of the original architects of ARPANET, which led directly to the creation of the internet. He discussed the topic in his lecture during the department’s 50th Anniversary Celebration (his talk, with the tongue-in-cheek title “How I Helped Invent the Internet: The First Distributed Processing Application,” can be viewed here). Sandy loved people and the arts, and he served multiple church congregations in the Chapel Hill area as a musician and band/choir leader. He also founded the Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle (RTOOT) in 2008 as an outlet for amateur musicians who enjoy community music. Memorials may be made to RTOOT.org or to the church or community music program of your choice.

Andrea Bunn lost her battle with cancer in September 2015. Andrea worked as an accounting tech in the Department for more than 13 years. Her attention to detail kept the Department in compliance with the requirements for many research projects. Andrea will be remembered for being quick to smile and to offer support or words of encouragement to anyone that she came into contact with. Her love for her computer science family was evident in all that she did. She was and always will be part of the fabric of this Department.