Computer and Information Science Celebrates Teaching Award Recipients

Faculty within the Computer and Information Science Department have recently been recognized for research and teaching excellence. This includes awards at the school level, at the University level, and at a national level. Congratulations to our CIS faculty members for these outstanding recognitions!

Professors Sanjeev Khanna (Computer and Information Science) and André DeHon (Electrical and Systems Engineering and Computer and Information Science) were honored by the Association Computing Machinery as 2018 ACM Fellows for their significant contributions to the computing field.

ACM Fellows are composed of an elite group that represents less than 1% of the Association’s global membership.

Professor Khanna is cited for "contributions to intractability and approximation algorithms” and Professor DeHon is cited for “contributions to architecture exploration and design automation of spatially programmable computing fabrics, especially FPGAs."

Assistant Professor Vincent Liu, who works in distributed systems and networking, has been selected for a VMware Early Career Faculty Award.

VMware’s Early Career Faculty Grant program is intended to recognize the next generation of exceptional faculty members. A gift to the researcher’s university is made in support of his/her research and to promote excellence in teaching.

Associate Professor Andreas Haeberlen and Associate Professor of Practice Chris Murphy are both recipients of 2019 University Teaching Awards. Haeberlen is the recipient of a Lindback Award, and Murphy received a Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

The Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania were established in 1961 with the help of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, while the Provost’s Awards for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty were established in 1988. Penn has awarded a total of 12 Lindback and Provost’s awards this year.

Swapneel Sheth, Senior Lecturer in Computer and Information Science, has been awarded the 2019 Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track. This award recognizes outstanding teaching ability, dedication to innovative undergraduate instruction, and exemplary service to the School of Engineering in consistently inspiring students in the engineering and scientific profession.

Describing Dr. Sheth, a student remarked that “he is very energetic in each class and is really into his field. He wants to get to know as many students as possible and is always open to helping them. You can tell that he loves teaching and I always come to his class with enthusiasm and excitement.”