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CSE’s Loren Carpenter, Tapan Parikh win UW College of Engineering “Diamond Awards”

Tapan Parikh

Loren Carpenter

The “Diamond Awards” recognize outstanding University of Washington College of Engineering alumni in five categories.

This year, UW CSE M.S. alumnus Loren Carpenter was recognized in the “Entrepreneurial Excellence” category.  Anyone delighted by animated films such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Cars, or amazed, thrilled, or fascinated by Jurassic Park, Titanic, and The Matrix, can thank Loren Carpenter. This internationally recognized pioneer in computer graphics has exerted game-changing impact on the entire film industry and other digital media.

Also this year, UW CSE Ph.D. alumnus Tapan Parikh was recognized in the “Early Career” category.  Tapan Parikh is transforming the world’s poorest areas by harnessing and translating technology. Since his UW graduate school days, Parikh has worked in both rural India and Guatemala to address problems that hinder the open market. Working collaboratively with communities, he designs, evaluates, and deploys appropriate information systems that support sustainable economic development.

Read more about Loren, Tapan, and the other Diamond Award recipients here.  The 2010 Diamond Awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 7.