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Gardner and Macumber Named Outstanding Graduates


April 2005

Ryan Gardner was named the Department of Computer Science outstanding graduate at the 40th annual Engineering Awards Banquet held on April 22, 2005. In addition, he was also named the outstanding graduate for the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Professor and Chair of Computer Science Elizabeth Bradley said the following in her nomination letter for Ryan:

I have known Ryan Gardner for about a year and a half. He was the top student last spring, by far, in my grad/undergrad nonlinear dynamics course, and I am delighted to write in strong support of his nomination for a Colorado Engineering Council student award. Ryan is brilliant, perceptive, creative, and also hard-working, which is a rare combination. He is the best undergrad in our population of about 400 students, and not just as measured by GPA. He's pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Math, and he specifically seeks out -- and excels in -- the toughest classes in both majors.

His contributions extend beyond the classroom, too. His cryptology research with John Black has received significant exposure on Slashdot, among other venues. He understands what it means to be a member of an intellectual community, and he actively contributes to that community (e.g., student government, service-focused fraternal organizations, helping out with visiting high-school groups). And he is a genuinely nice guy who knows how to work in a team and communicates well with others.

Ryan has the focus, drive, and intellectual firepower to succeed in the best PhD programs in the country, and I have written him strong recommendations for several of them. He wants to be a professor, and he's going to be a great one. I look forward to following his career and being proud that I played some small part in its success.

Ryan has been accepted into the PhD program in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University.

Sarah Macumber was named the outstanding graduate in the Department of Applied Mathematics, where she is earning a double major with Computer Science. Professor and Chair of Applied Mathematics James Curry presented the award at the banquet:

It is my pleasure to give the 2005 Department of Applied Mathematics' Henrie-James Award to Sarah Macumber. Sarah is an outstanding student with great potential and will be successful in any enterprise that provides, and requires, a combination of mathematics, computing, and communication skills. She is a double major in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. And in the Fall Sarah will be heading off to graduate school at Stanford University.

Sarah is the founder and current president of the Java-Java-Java programming club, and for the past 24 months has been the Student Manager of Applied Mathematics Department Mathematics Visualization Toolkit (MVT) project. A goal of that project was to develop a software package that would be useful in Calculus and most lower level classes where visualization would enhance the understanding of the learner. Sarah has been a very effective manager by keeping on task, meeting deadlines, and generally keeping the student team focused. MVT has won two prizes: the 2003 ICTCM Award for Excellence and Innovation with the use of Technology in Collegiate Mathematics and one of the 2005 MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) Mathematics Classics Awards.

Finally, and without equivocation, I state the fact that Sarah J. Macumber is one of the most outstanding students that we have had in the Department of Applied Mathematics over the past 10 years.

We congratulate both Ryan and Sarah and wish them both the best of luck in their graduate studies.

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