Four alumni and a Computer Science faculty member were
honored with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award at the 42nd annual
Engineering Awards Banquet on April 20, 2007. The awards recognize alumni and
special friends of the college who have distinguished themselves through
outstanding personal qualities, knowledge, and significant contributions to
Dean Robert Davis presented the 2007 awards in the categories
of private practice, industry and commerce, research and
invention, and special, a category honoring non-alumni who have provided
outstanding service to the college. The recipients were nominated by their
colleagues and selected for the awards by the Engineering Advisory Council.
Two of this year's awards went to Computer Science alumni
Adam Beguelin and
The award in the special category went to Computer Science faculty member
Adam L. Beguelin
has created a substantial number of large and complex software
systems and has developed fundamental video search technology.
He received his bachelor's degree in math and computer science,
summa cum laude, from Emory University in 1985, and his master's and
PhD in computer science from CU-Boulder in 1988 and 1990, respectively. He then
completed post-doctoral positions at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des
Télécommunications in Paris, and the Oak Ridge National
Laboratory/University of Tennessee, later joining the faculty of the
computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University.
In 1996, Beguelin joined Inktomi Corp., where he was an early employee and made
substantial contributions to Inktomi's then-dominant web search engine and web
caching system. Beguelin later moved on to a series of other start-ups and was
also a member of the technical staff at Oracle and a software architect at
Macrovision. In 2004, he co-founded Truveo, which led a new technology wave in
video search with a successful product launch in 2005. Truveo was sold to AOL
in December 2005. Beguelin is now vice president of AOL Video.
Pamela A. Drew
has had a distinguished career as an engineering researcher and a corporate
leader. In less than 10 years she has become a vice president at Boeing,
entrusted with billions of dollars of contracts and successfully transitioning
many research developments into highly profitable products. She earned a
bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1985, followed by a master's and PhD in
computer science in 1987 and 1991, all from CU-Boulder.
Drew lead advanced software technology projects in the U.S. West Advanced
Technologies group in Boulder for five years and later took a position as an
assistant professor at the newly formed Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology. In 1996, Drew joined Boeing as the manager of applied research in
information management and collaborative technologies in the mathematics and
computing technology division of Phantom Works, the company's enterprise
research and development organization. She was named vice president of
engineering and information technology at Phantom Works in 2002 and is now
the vice president and general manager of Boeing's Integrated Defense and
is an internationally recognized engineer, author, and teacher known for her
expertise in computer system administration and networks. She co-authored the
twin "bibles" of system administration: UNIX Systems Administration
Handbook and LINUX Administration Handbook. At the University of
Colorado Boulder, she championed undergraduate students and helped establish
strong relationships with industry. Her dedication to CU is further realized in
the university's extensive computer connectivity and in the cutting-edge
hardware she secured for teaching and research.
Nemeth also has a special talent for inspiring and teaching young people. She
mentored numerous middle- and high-school students, as well as talented young
undergraduates. Nemeth also coached the university's student programming teams
in the ACM's annual International Collegiate Programming Contest. Outside the
United States, she has helped bring Internet technology to the developing world
through her involvement with programs of the Internet Society and the United
Nations Development Programme.
Nemeth received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Penn State in 1961
and her PhD in mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Ontario in 1971.
She taught at Florida Atlantic University and the State University of New York
before joining the computer science department at CU-Boulder in 1980. She
served as manager of the college's computing facility from 1982 to 1986.
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