CSE Distinguished Alumni Award

Chunming Qiao, Sreenivas Gollapudi (PhD '04), Roger Choplin (BA '72), and Aidong Zhang at the CSE 50th Anniversary Banquet and Celebration, Buffalo Niagara Marriott, Sep 30, 2017.

The CSE Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed upon notable UB CSE alumni.  These outstanding members of our community have brought honor, credit, and acclaim to the university by personal accomplishment, professional achievement, reputation, and community service.

This award recognizes alumni who have achieved professional excellence and made meaningful contributions to UB and CSE.

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We welcome partners to help endow our awards.  Please contact the CSE Alumni Awards Committee.

Number of Awards Installed Per Year

We install up to four (4) Distinguished Alumni Awards per year:

  • Up to two (2) Distinguished Young Alumni Awards per year, for alumni who graduated <= 10 years ago
  • Up to two (2) Distinguished Senior Alumni Awards per year, for alumni who graduated > 10 years ago


The UB CSE Distinguished Alumni Award selection committee seeks candidates with:

  • Exceptional careers in their chosen fields with noteworthy influence
  • Significant contributions to enhance the department’s prominence
  • Notable service to the community, profession, and UB CSE
  • A history of mentorship/lineage (e.g., mentored or advised by one or multiple CSE faculty members)

How to Apply

Submit these materials to the CSE Alumni Awards Committee:

  1. A 200-word summary statement on educational, service or technical contribution to the field, including:
    • Impact of these contributions
    • Verifiable evidence supporting the application
  2. An updated CV (up to 3 pages)
  3. One nominator’s letter from CSE faculty or DAB members (up to 2 pages)
  4. One reference letter (up to 2 pages)

Procedure and Timeline

  • Nomination: every Feb 1 – Mar 31 through a UB CSE webpage.
  • Dissemination: Call-for-nomination will be disseminated through the alumni mailing list, social networks, and department websites.
  • Selection: 3 CSE faculty and 3 DAB members will form an award committee to decide on awardees in April.
  • Celebration: The award will be announced in December. Awardee(s) will be invited to give a remark (in person or online) at the department award celebration event in the middle of May (the end of the Spring semester).

About the Author

  • Wenyao Xu.
    Wenyao Xu, PhD
    PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

    330 Davis Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-4748


    Associate Department Chair
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Research Topics: Embedded and cyber-physical systems; body sensor networks; biomedical signal analytics; telemedicine; human-computer interaction