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Recognition & Awards

Year Name Award
2017 Julia Hofmeister
Duc Truong
Undergraduate Excellence Award
Yu Li
Advisor: Dr. Albert Cheng
Best PhD Dissertation
Mohammad Mainul Islam
Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Kakadiaris
Best MS Thesis
Wellington Cabrera
Pengfei Dou
Best PhD Student
Shahryar Baki
Fan Yang
Yuting Zhang
Best Junior PhD Student
Prasha Shrestha
Nikolaos Sarafianos
Seyyedeh Mirsharif
PhD Showcase Winners
2016 Xifeng Gao Best PhD Dissertation
Yiqun Zhang Best MS Thesis
Yu Li
Muhsin Zahid Ugur
Best PhD
Santosh KC
Mengjun Leng
Best Junior PhD
Xifeng Gao
Pengfei Dou
Ashik Khatri
PhD Showcase Winners
2015 Ashik Khatri Best MS Student
Panagiotis Moutafis
Xifeng Gao
Best PhD Student
Dinesh Majeti
Muhsin Zahid Ugur
Charu Hans
PhD Showcase Winners
Sai Raghu Ram Nanduri
Tyler Rafferty
Muhammad Shah
Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients
Sherie Ruter
Faysal Sharif
Stefan Theard
S-STEM Scholarship Recipients
Ryan Dickey
Daniel Nguyen
Faysal Sharif
Computer Science Summer Ambassadors
2014 Cheng Wang
Yen Le
Best PhD Student
Li Wei Best Junior PhD Student
Binh Le PhD Showcase Winners, 
Oral Presentation
Remi Salmon

Salah Aldeen Taamneh
Sujing Wang
PhD Showcase Winners, 
Poster Presentation
Sumaiya Asif (Freshman)
Jose Miguel Bitanga (Freshman)
Ethan Adams (Freshman)
Tomas Aisenberg (Freshman)
Marden Benoit (Senior)
Maria Briceno-Rojas (Junior)
Rachel Madrigal (Senior)
Adedokun Adeyemo (Senior)
Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients
2013 Le, Binh
Nguyen, Huy
Best PhD Student
Gao, Xifeng
Li, Yu
Best Junior PhD Student
Chaleva-Ntina, Chrysanthi Best MS Student
Binh Le PhD Showcase Winner, 1st place, Best Overall Poster
Apurva Gala PhD Showcase Winner, 2nd place, Best Overall Poster
Huy Nguyen PhD Showcase Winner, 3rd place, Best Overall Poster
Vishwanath Venkatesa PhD Showcase Winner, Best Poster Content
Xu Yan PhD Showcase Winner, Best Poster Form
Swaroop Pophale PhD Showcase Winner, Poster Award, Honorable Mention
Malcolm Dcosta PhD Showcase Winner, 1st place, Presentation Award
Duc Duong PhD Showcase Winner, 2nd place, Presentation Award
Zechun Cao PhD Showcase Winner, Presentation Award, Honorable Mention
Ilyas Uyanik PhD Showcase Winner, 1st place, Research Presentation Award
Avinash Wesley PhD Showcase Winner, 2nd place, Research Presentation Award
Sujing Wang PhD Showcase Winner, Research Presentation Award, Honorable Mention
Gutierrez de la Garza, Estefannie
Akbani, Sabah
Undergraduate Excellence Award – Category I
Bates, James
Vu, Ha
Undergraduate Excellence Award – Category II
2012 Waleed Faris PhD Showcase Winner, 1st place, Best Overall Poster
Apurva Gal PhD Showcase Winner, 2nd place, Best Overall Poster
Francisco Ocegueda-Hernandez PhD Showcase Winner, 1st place, Best Poster Content
Nikhil V. Navkar PhD Showcase Winner, 2nd place, Best Poster Content
Hakan Haberdar PhD Showcase Winner, 1st place, Best Poster Design
Ming-Chih (Mitch) Shih PhD Showcase Winner, 2nd place, Best Poster Design
Xiaohan Ma PhD Showcase Winner, Poster Award, Honorable Mention
Malcolm Dcosta Ilyas Uyanik PhD Showcase Winner, 1st place, Research Presentation Award
Emil Bilgazeyev Yuanfeng Wen PhD Showcase Winner, 2nd place, Research Presentation Award
Ayodunni Aribuki Vishwanath Venkatesan PhD Showcase Winner, 3rd place, Research Presentation Award
2011 Boumber, Dainis Undergraduate Excellence Award
Qi, Longyi Outstanding MS-Thesis Student
Barrera, Araly Most Promising PhD Student
Ma, Xiaohan
Vu, Khuong
Navkar, Nikhil
Outstanding PhD Student
2010 Josh Nguyen, Sinh Undergraduate Excellence Award
Li, Qing
Wu, Xuqing
Excellence in Doctoral Studies
Nguyen, Hien
Yi, Liqi
Excellence in Junior Graduate Studies
2009 Itkin, Maria
Nguyen, Huy
Slater, Michael
Undergraduate Excellence Award – Category I
Fulgham, Kaleb
Gentry, Ricky
Undergraduate Excellence Award – Category II
Ding, Wei
Roy, Deepak
Buddharaju, Pradeep
Best Overall PhD Award
Ma, Xiaohan 2009 PhD Student of the Year
Sgouritsa, Eleni
Biediger, Dan
Best Master Student Award
Year Name Award
2017 Faig, Elizabeth (Liz) UH President's Excellence Award
Rizk, Nouhad UH Teaching Axcellence Award for Instructional Faculty
Pavlidis, Ioannis
Solorio, Thamar
UHCS Academic Excellence Award
2016 Yun, Chang UH Teaching Excellence Award for Instructional Faculty
Chen, Guoning NSF Career Award
NSM Junior Faculty Research Award
Albert Cheng
Ioannis Kakadiaris
Shishir Shah
UHCS Academic Excellence Award
2015 Cheng, Albert UH Lifetime Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Guoning Chen
Zhigang Deng
Larry Shi
UHCS Academic Excellence Award
2014 Gnawali, Omprakash
Huang, Stephen
UHCS Chair's Choice Award
Gabriel, Edgar
Pavlidis, Ioannis
UHCS Academic Excellence Award
Solorio, Thamar Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award from The Anita Borg Institute (ABI)
2013 Baez-Franceschi
Deng, Zhigang
Johnson, Olin
Yun, Chang
UH Teaching Excellence Award for Group Teaching
Verma, Rakesh UH Lifetime Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research
2012 Johnson, Olin UHCS Chair's Choice Award
Rizk, Nouhad UHCS Teaching Excellence Award
Subhlok, Jaspal UHCS Academic Excellence Award
2011 Shah, Shishir UH NSM John C. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award
Chapman, Barbara UHCS Academic Excellence Award
Paris, J-F UHCS Chair's Choice Award
Yun, Chang UHCS Academic Excellence Award
2009 Zheng, Rong UH Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship
Deng, Zhigang
Gabriel, Edgar
Hilford, Victoria
Ordonez, Carlos
Shah, Shishir
Tsekos, Nikos
Zheng, Rong
UHCS Academic Excellence Award
2007 Subhlok, Jaspal UH Innovation in Instructional Technology
Subhlok, Jaspal UHCS Teaching Excellence Award
2005 Vilalta, Ricardo UHCS Research Excellence Award
2004 Pavlidis, Ioannis UHCS Research Excellence Award
2003 Kakadiaris, Ioannis UH Teaching Excellence Award
Kakadiaris, Ioannis UHCS Research Excellence Award