College of Computing

Undergrad Awards, Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science awarded Class of 2020 undergraduate achievement awards to the following Computer Science (CS) and Software Engineering (SE) graduates:

Keith Atkinson
Award for Exceptional Community Service and Leadership: Keith Atkinson
Keith has helped older adults in the Houghton community become comfortable with digital technology through one on one tutoring through the BASIC (Building Adult Skills in Computing) program. He taught several cohorts of middle school students about computer programming through the Copper Country Coders organization, and served as president of that organization. Keith developed and deployed a food inventory system for the Husky Food Access Network, which helps combat hunger issues on Tech’s campus.
 
Jack Bergman
Award for Exceptional Leadership: Jack Bergman
Jack has served as the president of MTU RedTeam, a student organization dedicated to promoting cybersecurity education among Tech students. Under his leadership, RedTeam organized students to participate in national cybersecurity competitions. In Fall 2019, the MTU Red Team was ranked 8th out of 689 in the NCL cyber competition. Jack led RedTeam to host a cybersecurity competition at MTU in Spring 2020, which attracted 35 students competing on 15 different teams. 
Maddie Le Clair
Award for Exceptional Leadership: Maddie Le Clair
Maddie has been a highly effective leader of the Women in Computing Sciences (WiCS) student organization. Under her leadership, the group has increased its visibility, holding regular events on campus to highlight the opportunities for women in computing fields. She led the effort for the WiCS group to become affiliated as an ACM-W chapter, and she has been active in supporting departmental efforts to diversify our undergraduate student body, both individually and as a leader of WiCS.
Parker Young
Award for Exceptional Leadership and Teaching and Award for Excellence in Teaching: Parker Young Parker was president Copper Country Coders (CCC) and the Michigan Tech Pep Band. He is passionate about teaching others, from young students learning to mod Minecraft at CCC to older adults learning to Zoom in the BASIC tutoring program. His leadership also led to his Senior Design team’s successful completion of the Dragonfly app, developed for the North Carolina Natural History Museum's after-school program to help children monitor the weather and count dragonflies.

Award for Excellence In Teaching

Christina, Chris, Mads, Jacob, and Parker have been mainstays at the College of Computing Learning Center, which provides peer assistance for Michigan Tech students in their computing studies. Learning Center coaches help students from a wide range of backgrounds in a wide array of topics, and must be able to quickly assess and deploy the right tutoring strategy for the situation.

Christina Anderson
Christina Anderson: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Chris Holmes
Chris Holmes: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Mads Howard
Mads Howard: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jacob Jablonsky
Jacob Jablonsky: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Parker Young
Parker Young: Award for Excellence in Teaching

Award for Excellence In Teaching

Dean, Lucas, Jacob, Amy, and Emily have served as lab assistants for our introductory courses. These programming labs are where some of the most important learning moments happen for our beginning students. Lab assistants play a crucial role in providing peer support and guidance. These four individuals have shown great commitment, compassion, and patience in this role.

Dean Bassett
Dean Bassett: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Lucas Catron
Lucas Catron: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jacob Jablonsky
Jacob Jablonsky: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Amy Slabbekoorn
Amy Slabbekoorn: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Emily Winkleman
Emily Winkleman: Award for Excellence in Teaching

All Class of 2020 Undergraduate Achievement Awards

Christina Anderson, CS: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Keith Atkinson, CS: Award for Exceptional Community Service and Leadership
Dean Bassett, CS: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jack Bergman, CS: Award for Exceptional Leadership
Lucas Catron, CS: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Crystal Fletcher, CS: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Chris Holmes, CS: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Mads Howard, CS: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jacob Jablonsky, SE: Award for Excellence in Teaching (x2)
Maddie Le Clair, SE: Award for Exceptional Leadership
Amy Slabbekoorn, CS: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Emily Winkleman, CS: Award for Excellence in Teaching
Parker Young, SE: Award for Exceptional Leadership and Teaching and Award for Excellence in Teaching