Alumni Awards

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)

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

Department of Computer Science Distinguished Young 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 10 years. The first award for this distinction will be awarded in 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).