Reginald DesRoches – affectionately known as “Dean Reggie” – began his term as the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering at Rice University in 2017. He previously served as Georgia Tech’s Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in Queens, New York City, DesRoches says his love of science and math led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Berkeley. He was there in 1989 when the San Francisco area was hit with a magnitude 6.9 earthquake, and witnessed firsthand the damage to the infrastructure of the Bay Area.
He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1998.
Keith Cooper is the L. John and Ann H. Doerr Chair in Computational Engineering, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering. His primary research area has been program analysis and optimization. He was one of the founding members of the compiler group at Rice, has published more than 75 articles and advised 18 doctoral students. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and teaches several courses in compiler construction and was recently named chair of the computational and applied mathematics (CAAM) department at Rice University.
In April 2019, Cooper’s passion for training up the next generation of students was recognized with a George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching.
Fun fact: For over a decade, students and their families also recognized Cooper as the man behind the mace.
Dan Wallach (Ph.D. ’99, Princeton) is a Professor of Computer Science at Rice University.
He is a professor in the systems group and manages Rice’s computer security lab. His research interests include mobile code, wireless and smartphone security, and the security of electronic voting systems. He has testified on various aspects of election security in the Texas Senate and the United States Congress and writes about election security for various publications, such as his March 2019 article in the Austin-American Statesman.
In addition to his role in the CS 35th Anniversary, he is presenting a lecture about Election Security in a pre-Homecoming event on Thursday evening, October 31, 2019.