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John K. Bennett, Wen-Hann Wang receive 2012 UW CSE Alumni Achievement Awards

Several years ago, we established the tradition of honoring two outstanding UW Computer Science & Engineering alumni each year as part of our graduation ceremony.

In doing this, we have three objectives:

  • First, of course, we want to honor some of our most distinguished alumni by recognizing their extraordinary achievements.
  • Second, we want to ensure that today’s graduates know that they are part of a long tradition of excellence and accomplishment.
  • Finally, we hope to inspire today’s graduates – we know that future winners of this award are likely here today as members of the UW CSE graduating class.

Today, we were proud to confer the UW CSE 2012 Alumni Achievement Awards upon John K. Bennett and Wen-Hann Wang.

Bennett, an expert in the design, implementation, and evaluation of distributed systems, holds an endowed professorship in computer science and in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he directs the ATLAS Institute, the Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society – a campus-wide entrepreneurial catalyst and incubator for innovative interdisciplinary research, education, and creative work.

Wang, a computer architect, is vice president of Intel Labs in Hillsboro, Oregon, and director of circuits and systems research.  During more than 20 years at Intel, Wang’s assignments have included two postings to Shanghai and dozens of trips abroad to Russia, the Middle East, and Latin America.  Closer to home travels include spring and fall visits to Seattle as Intel’s liaison to the UW.

Read more about Bennett and Wang in the Spring 2012 issue of our newsletter, Most Significant Bits, here.  See scads of wonderful Bruce Hemingway photographs of CSE’s 2012 graduation ceremony here.