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2021 Virtual Awards Banquet Recognitions

The Department of Computer Science hosted its virtual awards banquet on April 29, recognizing outstanding achievements by both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as excellence in teaching, research, and service by faculty and staff.

One university graduate student award of distinction was conferred. Mostafa Mohammed received the Virginia Tech Graduate School Graduate Teaching Assistant - Instructor of Record Excellence Award.

Two alumni, Rob Capra ('06) and Betsy Bizot ('78), were also recognized with 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award distinctions. 

Capra is the second recipient of the department's 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. 

Bizot is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions in research and/or practice. 

See below for a complete listing of recognitions and a moment of gratitude from our students.

Trevor Miller
Trevor Miller
Sophia Pentakalos
Sophia Pentakalos
Kyle Irby
Kyle Irby
Elizabeth Keegan
Elizabeth Keegan
Mohammed Vaid
Mohammed Vaid
Patrick Riley
Patrick Riley
Olsen Budanur
Olsen Budanur
Andrew Fitter
Andrew Fitter
Quinn Nolan
Quinn Nolan
Ryan Buxton
Ryan Buxton
Korey Koberlein
Korey Koberlein
Lucas Nunn
Lucas Nunn
Jonathan Dygert
Jonathan Dygert
Kara Probasco
Kara Probasco
Chapman Pendery
Chapman Pendery
Stephen Yang
Stephen Yang
Chapman Pendery
Chapman Pendery
Tanvi Haldanker
Tanvi Haldanker
Lalitha Kuppa
Lalitha Kuppa
Reilly McClaren
Reilly McClaren
Kodua D. Kwarteng
Kodua D. Kwarteng
Manav Ray
Manav Ray
Maddie Harrison
Maddie Harrison
Chapman Pendery
Chapman Pendery
Natalia Jacobo
Natalia Jacobo
Ryan Gniadek
Ryan Gniadek

Alumnus Rob Capra ('06) said he is encouraged by the students he sees and works with at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he currently serves as an associate professor.

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. 

Betsy Bizot
Betsy Bizot ('78)

Alumna Betsy Bizot ('78), who currently serves as a senior research associate at Computing Research Association (CRA), is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions in research and/or practice. Bizot emphasized the need to be adaptable and flexible in this changing environment. "There is almost nothing that can’t be combined with computing: digital media, digital humanities, informatics, data science, and computing as a tool for other sciences," she said. "And looked at from the other direction, the basic analytical tools of computer science and computational thinking can apply to almost anything--think big!"