2011 Distinguished Educator Award

The CS @ Illinois Distinguished Educator Award honors computer science alumni or faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to computer science education and recognizes alumni and faculty who excel at motivating computer science students. The award is presented at the CS @ Illinois Awards Banquet each fall.

Nominations for the Distinguished Educator Award are solicited annually from alumni, faculty, and advisory board members. Nominate a fellow alumnus or faculty member today at my.cs.illinois.edu/submit.

Baochun Li
Professor at University of Toronto

Baochun Li received the B.Engr. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, China, in 1995 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1997 and 2000.

Since 2000, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he is currently a Professor. He holds the Nortel Networks Junior Chair in Network Architecture and Services from October 2003 to June 2005, and the Bell Canada Endowed Chair in Computer Engineering since August 2005. His research interests include large-scale distributed systems, cloud computing, peer-to-peer networks, applications of network coding, and wireless networks.

Dr. Li was the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Award in the Field of Communications Systems in 2000. In 2009, he was a recipient of the Multimedia Communications Best Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society, and a recipient of the University of Toronto McLean Award. He is a member of ACM and a senior member of IEEE.

Last updated: 2011.


C.L. David Liu

C. L. Liu received his B. Sc. degree at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and his S. M. and Sc. D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His teaching career spans over forty years, at MIT, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and the National Tsing Hua University, where he is now the William Mong Honorary Chair Professor of Computer Science. His academic administrative duties include serving as Associate Provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign from 1996 to 1998, and as President of the National Tsing Hua University from 1998 to 2002.

His research areas are: computer-aided design of VLSI circuits, computer-aided instruction, real-time systems, combinatorial optimization, and discrete mathematics.

He received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Millennium Medal, and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Golden Jubilee Medal in 2000. He also received the IEEE Computer Society, Real Time Systems Technical Committee 1999 Technical Achievement Award (inaugural winner) for his contributions in the area of real time scheduling, and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society 1998 Technical Achievement Award for his contributions in the area of computer aided design of VLSI circuits. He received an Outstanding Talents Foundation Award in 1998. He is the recipient of the 1994 IEEE Education Medal. He also received the Taylor L. Booth Education Award from the IEEE Computer Society in 1992, and the Karl V. Karlstrom Education Award from the Association for Computing Machinery in 1990. In 2004, the University of Macau awarded him an honorary doctorate and the National Chengchi University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2011. He will receive the 2011 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic Design Automation (EDA).

Last updated: 2011.

Jane W.-S. Liu

Jane W.-S. Liu received her BSEE degree from Cleveland State University and her Sc.D. from MIT. She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Institute of Information Science of Academia Sinica and Bill Benter Honorary Chair Professor of Computer Science at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Before joining Academia Sinica in 2004, she was a software architect in Microsoft Corporation from 2000 to 2004 and a faculty member of Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1972 to 2000.

Her research interests are in the areas of real-time and embedded systems. In addition to over 160 journal and conference publications, she has also published two text books, one on real-time systems and the other on signals and systems. Her recent research focuses on technologies for building user-centric automation and assistive devices and services and for disaster preparedness and response. While at Illinois, she advised over 30 Ph.D. and over 100 M.S. students. She continues to supervise graduate students in Computer Science at National Tsing Hua University and recently graduated her first Tsing Hua University Ph.D. student.

She received the Achievement and Leadership Award of IEEE Computer Society, Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems in 2005; Information Science Honorary Medal of Taiwan Institute of Information and Computing Machinery in 2008 and Linux Golden Penguin Award for special contributions of Taiwan Linux Consortium in 2009. She is a fellow of IEEE.

Last updated: 2011.

José Martínez
Professor at Cornell University

José Martínez is associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and graduate field member of computer science at Cornell University. His research area is computer architecture, and his work has earned several awards; among them: two IEEE Micro Top Picks papers; a HPCA Best Paper Award; a NSF CAREER Award; and two IBM Faculty Awards. On the teaching side, he has been recognized with a 2005 Kenneth A. Goldman ‘71 Excellence in Teaching Award, as a 2007 Merrill Presidential Teacher, and as the 2011 Tau Beta Pi Professor of the Year in the College of Engineering.

Prof. Martínez earned MS (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; his adviser was Prof. Josep Torrellas. He is a senior member of the ACM and the IEEE, Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, as well as Associate Editor of ACM Trans. on Computer Architecture and Code Optimization.

Last updated: 2011.