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Winklmann Announces Retirement


December 2005

Long-time Computer Science faculty member and Associate Chair Karl Winklmann will retire with over twenty years of service to the department at the end of December 2005.

Karl joined the Computer Science faculty in 1984. Prior to his arrival at CU, Karl was a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Washington State University, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Karl Winklmann photo

From 1988-1997 Karl was Associate Chair of the Department, focusing primarily on management of the Computer Science undergraduate program. He took a brief leave from the Associate Chair position from 1997-1999 to become Chair of the Department, before returning again to the Associate Chair position, which he still holds today.

Aside from his many administrative contributions to the department, Karl has been a prominent instructor in Computer Science courses. He especially likes to teach introductory programming, data structures, algorithms, theory of computation and courses that introduce students early to topics such as object-oriented design, event-driven programming, concurrency. Karl has also won advising awards both within the College of Engineering and Applied Science and campus-wide. His research interests have been in the intrinsic limitations of classes of algorithms.

Karl has served under several Department Chairs since his arrival and receives unanimous praise for his work in the department. Robert (Bobby) Schnabel, former Chair and current Vice Provost for Academic and Campus Technology said the following:

I regarded Karl as a gem. He was really wonderful as associate chair when I was chair. He oversaw the undergraduate program, teaching assignments, and a number of other issues excellently and without needing any supervision. Karl also was my one-person "kitchen cabinet"; we met regularly to discuss high level department issues and he was great to discuss things with. Personally, I found him one of the nicest people I have known and his pleasant, even keel was always welcome and reassuring.

Current Computer Science Chair, Elizabeth Bradley, adds

I don't know how the department will continue to function without him. Karl has been the person most important to the successful operation of the Department of Computer Science.

Karl has also been a major contributor at the College and Campus level, having been involved in campus service activities in technology in teaching, distance learning, safety, and procedures and standards. He has also served on the Faculty Committee for Academic Policies, the ITLL Steering Committee, the Study Abroad Committee (Chair), and has been an associate of the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program.

Karl earned a BS in Mathematics from the Technische Universität München in 1972 and a PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1977. His current plans are to remain in Boulder with his wife, Renée, and daughters Nan and Rika.

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College of Engineering and Applied Science
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