The Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University held a ceremony to recognize its outstanding faculty and staff. More than 10 awards were given in acknowledgment of their excellence in research, teaching and service.
During the ceremony, the newly established Kieburtz Young Scholar in Computer Science Award was presented to Donald Porter, an assistant professor in the Department. The Kieburtz Award was established in 2014 in memory of Richard Kieburtz, the founding chair of SBU’s Department of Computer Science.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected for this award,” said Porter. “Kieburtz was an exemplary scholar whose research continued throughout his life.”
In 2012, Porter received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award for his project, Beyond Virtual Hardware: VMM/OS Co-Design for Lightweight, Flexible Virtualization.
According to Department Chair Ari Kaufman, the Kieburtz Award was created for preeminent starting scholars in computer science in honor of Kieburtz’s passion for computer science education. “He is the only person that I know who has established two computer science departments from the ground-up,” said Kaufman. Richard Kieburtz, who passed away in November 2013, became the founding chair of SBU’s Department of Computer Science in 1969; he later went on to establish the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Oregon Health and Science University.
Kieburtz’s widow, Nancy Kieburtz, said that the award created in her late husband’s memory is a “lovely idea, and I know how pleased Dick would be.”