Gregory Kesden Wins Computer Science Teaching Award; Adam Wierman Wins SCS Student Teaching Award
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Gregory Kesden Wins Computer Science
Teaching Award

Gregory M. Kesden
Lecturer Gregory M. Kesden has been named this year's recipient of the Herbert A. Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. Kesden will receive the award during commencement, May 15.

The Hebert A. Simon Award is based on student nominations, recommendation letters and reviews. It is presented once a year to a faculty member who has shown the highest degree of excellence and dedication in teaching.

"He has made himself available at all hours of the day (including 3 a.m.), and is always happy to put aside what he is doing and ensure that you understand something," wrote one student in a nominating letter. "He doesn't give up and is more than willing to spend hours at a time day after day helping struggling students."

"Greg's extensive knowledge and insight on a wide variety of subjects and self-sacrificial commitment to helping his students has had a very positive influence on my experience as a student in the Computer Science Department," wrote another student.

Previous winners of the award are listed at:

Adam Wierman Wins Student Teaching Award

Adam Wierman
At commencement, doctoral student Adam Wierman will be presented with The Alan J. Perlis School of Computer Science Student Teaching Award, which annually recognizes students for their excellent contributions as a teaching assistant.

Wierman was the teaching assistant for two undergraduate classes, 15-251 and 15-359, and was a volunteer TA for several graduate classes. He earned a 3.9 average (out of a possible 4.0) from students in their teaching evaluations.

"Adam's seemingly innate humility makes him exceedingly approachable, and his clarity in communicating ideas and the effectiveness of his explanations makes impossibly complex subjects understandable," wrote one student.

Another student wrote that Wierman possesses "a crucial quality . . . that is often rare and difficult to cultivate in an instructor: the ability to balance between providing direct help to students . . . and providing just enough help so that his students could independently discover the crucial intellectual insight that they required."

April 22, 2005

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