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Alumni Mario Calixte
Mario Calixte
Alumni Joshua Mindel
Joshua Mindel

2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards Conferred

The Department of Computer Science is pleased to formally recognize Mario Calixte ('10,'12) and Joshua Mindel ('82,'86) with 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award distinctions.

Calixte is the first recipient of the department's 2020 Distinguished Early Career Alumni Award. This distinction is conferred to an alumni whose degree was awarded within the past 15 years and who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the computing field in his career whether industry, government, or academia. 

Accepting the award virtually from Haiti, he offered this advice to his fellow Hokies. “As a future computer scientist, you can start to count your blessings. You are among a very fortunate minority of professionals who can make a great living doing things you enjoy.” 

He further adds, “But remember, life is not only about getting a high-paying job. You have to get out of your comfort zone. I encourage you to go out and volunteer your time and skills. It’s fun and great for personal development. And it’s so gratifying to give back to your community.”

Read more about Mario Calixte and how he exemplifies the Hokie spirit of service and resiliency in Haiti.

Mindel, who currently works as manager of the technical program management team for data engineering at Google, is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions in research and/or practice. Mindel had a special opportunity to share personal reflections of his experiences in the field--both in the technology sector and as United Nations volunteer in both Liberia and Vietnam--during the virtual awards banquet.

Read more about Joshua Mindel and how he is intrigued by what's beyond the next door.

Alumni of the Department of Computer Science are eligible for the below department and College of Engineering awards. You can nominate a fellow alumnus or alumna by filling out this form.

Department of Computer Science Distinguished Alumni Award

This award is given to a department alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the computing field in his/her career whether it has been in industry, government, or academia. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions in research and/or practice. It is expected that the awardee will visit the department to receive their award and give a presentation to faculty and students.

Previous Distinguished Alumni include:

Greg Lavender (2010)
Lucy Nowell (2012)
Bo Begole (2013)
Jamika Burge (2015)
Keith Sturgill (2017)
David Lavery (2018)
Dan Larimer (2019)
Joshua Mindel (2020)

To read more about one of these winners, click on their name above.

Department of Computer Science Distinguished Early Career Alumni Award

This award recognizes similar achievements as the Department of Computer Science Distinguished Alumni Award, however this award is intended for an alumnus or alumna whose degree was awarded within the past 15 years.

Previous Distinguished Early Career Alumni include:

Mario Calixte (2020)

College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award

This award recognizes extraordinary achievement in engineering and service to Virginia Tech of an alumnus or alumna of the College of Engineering.

Recent winners include: 

Kathy de Paolo (2019)
Joseph Loring (2012),
Mary Miller (2013).

College of Engineering Outstanding Young Alumni Awards

This award recognizes similar achievements as the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, however this award is intended for an alumnus or alumna whose undergraduate or graduate degree was awarded within the past 10 years.

In 2014, the winners were David Childress (BS CEE 2006) and Pardha Pyla (PhD CS 2007).

Membership in the College of Engineering Academy of Excellence

Admission to the Academy requires clear evidence of visible outstanding leadership in the alumnus's or alumna's field of engineering during their career. Computer Science alumni members currently in the Academy of Excellence include: Mary Miller (2010)Greg Lavender (2014)Lucy Nowell (2018).