Cousins, Lim, Martinez, Wrenn, And Zamanian Win University And ACM Distinctions


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The close of the Spring, 2021 semester has brought a number of new honors for Brown CS. Five students earned distinctions for their academic achievement, their dissertations, and their professional and teaching excellence from the Association for Computing Machinery and from the University:  

  • Doctoral graduate Cyrus Cousins has received the Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award. Cyrus was selected by the Graduate Council for the award, which is given to only four PhD candidates each year, one for each discipline. His dissertation ("Bounds and Applications of Concentration of Measure in Fair Machine Learning and Data Science") was supervised by Professor Eli Upfal.

  • Thian Chin Lim, a student in the Executive Master in Cybersecurity program (now the Master of Science in Cybersecurity), has won the Master's Award for Professional Excellence. Thian Chin is currently the Director of the Critical Information Infrastructure in the Division of the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore. The award recognizes his outstanding work on his Critical Challenge Project, which led to the development of a new method for the national leadership of Singapore to assess cybersecurity resilience.  

  • Mary Rose Martinez, a student in the Executive Master in Cybersecurity program (now the Master of Science in Cybersecurity), was nominated by University faculty and/or peers for the Award for Outstanding Academic Accomplishment by a Master's Student.

  • PhD candidate Jack Wrenn was nominated for Brown's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. "[Jack] has made his entire research focus," writes his advisor, Professor Shriram Krishnamurthi, "be problems that cause students to struggle with in computing (and often drop out). Even more, he has realized all this work in concrete tools used thousands of times every semester, sacrificing a lot of academic glory to put things in front of students....I cannot think of many students with this kind of educational record, always going above and beyond what was asked for."

  • Doctoral graduate Erfan Zamanian has received an Honorable Mention for the 2021 ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Dissertation Award for his dissertation ("Distributed Transaction Processing on Modern RDMA-enabled Networks"), which was supervised by Tim Kraska, Associate Professor at MIT and Adjunct Associate Professor at Brown, formerly Assistant Professor at Brown. The award recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the database field.

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