The William Chan Memorial Dissertation Award

William Chan was an exceptional graduate student in our department who was killed in a tragic automobile accident one week after defending his dissertation and a month before joining the faculty at Brown University. His dissertation was posthumously recognized in the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award competition in 2000.

Each year the faculty are asked to nominate students whose dissertations from the past academic year show exceptional merit. The winner of the award is selected from that pool of nominees by a small group of faculty.

The winner receives a cash award and an individual plaque. The winner's name is engraved on a plaque on display in the department's main office.

2013
Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, Approximate Acceleration for a Post-Multicore Era.

2012
Jon Froehlich, Sensing and Feedback of Everyday Activities to Promote Pro-environmental Behaviors.

2012
Ethan Katz-BassettSystems for Improving Internet Availability and Performance 

2011
Seth Cooper, A Framework for Scientic Discovery through Video Games
Winner, 2012 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

2011
Roxana Geambasu, Regaining Control over Cloud and Mobile Data.

2009
Prasad Raghavendra, Approximating NP-hard Problems--Efficient Algorithms and Their Limits.

2009 Keith Noah Snavely, Scene Reconstruction and Visualization from Internet Photo Collection.
Honorable Mention, 2010 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

2008
Krzysztof Gajos, Automatically Generating Personalized User Interface.

2008
Tapan Parikh, Designing an Architecture for Delivering Mobile Information Services to the Rural Developing World.

2007
Lin Liao, Location-Based Activity Recognition.

2007
Atri Rudra, List Decoding and Property Testing of Error Correcting Codes.

2006
Aseem Agarwala, Authoring Effective Depictions of Reality by Combining Multiple Samples of the Plenoptic Function
Honorable Mention, 2007 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

2006 Mike Swift,  Improving the Reliability of Commodity OperatingSystems.

2005
Gerome Miklau, Confidentiality and Integrity in Distributed Data Exchange.

2005
Zasha Weinberg, Accurate Annotation of Non-Coding RNAs in Practical Time.

2004
Luke McDowell, Meaning for the Mases: Theory and Applications for Semantic Web and Semantic Email Systems.

2004
Matthew Richardson Learning and Inference in Collective Knowledge Bases.

2003
AnHai Doan, Learning to Map between Structured Representations of Data
Winner, 2004 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

2003
Jonathan Aldrich, Using Types to Enforce Architectural Structure.

2002
Mathieu Blanchette, Algorithms for Phylogenetic Footprinting 

2002
Stefan Savage, Protocol Design in an Uncooperative Internet.

2001
Jeremy Buhler, Search Algorithms for Biosequences Using Random Projection 

2000
Michael Ernst, Dynamically Detecting Likely Program Invariants.
Honorable Mention, 2001 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.