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Beguelin, Drew and Nemeth Named Distinguished Engineering Alumni


April 2007

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 their field.

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 Pamela Drew. The award in the special category went to Computer Science faculty member Evi Nemeth.

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.

Adam Beguelin photo

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 Security Solutions.

Pamela Drew photo

Evi Nemeth 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.

Evi Nemeth photo

See Computer Science Distinguished Engineering Alumni and College of Engineering and Applied Science Alumni Awards for more information.

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