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Computer science students, faculty duo honored at Awards Dinner

Students pose with their certificates.

The Computer Science Department named its outstanding student award recipients at the annual College of Engineering Awards Dinner, held March 18. From left: Outstanding Junior: Olivia Apperson of St. Charles, Mo.; Outstanding Senior: Devin Petersohn of Columbia, Mo.; Outstanding Master’s: Nickolas Wergeles of Windsor, Mo.; Outstanding Doctorate: Britany Morago of Columbia, Mo.; Dean Elizabeth Loboa; and Department Chair Professor Dong Xu. Photos by Tanzi Propst.

The Computer Science Department named its outstanding student award recipients, Assistant Professor Prasad Calyam received the Junior Faculty Excellence in Research Award, and Assistant Research Professor Trupti Joshi earned the Special Academic Appointment Award at the annual College of Engineering Awards Dinner, held March 18 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Columbia as part of the College of Engineering’s Engineers’ Week celebration. The student award recipients were as follows:

  • Outstanding Junior: Olivia Apperson of St. Charles, Mo.
  • Outstanding Senior: Devin Petersohn of Columbia, Mo.
  • Outstanding Master’s: Nickolas Wergeles of Windsor, Mo.
  • Outstanding Doctorate: Britany Morago of Columbia, Mo.
Loboa and Caylam pose with a certificate.

Assistant Professor Prasad Calyam received the Junior Faculty Excellence in Research Award from Dean Elizabeth Loboa.

Calyam has had 18 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 21 conference papers since the beginning of 2012 and has accrued $1.83 million in research expenditures during his tenure at MU, including $1.52 million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. He’s totaled 14 NSF-funded grants in the last four years, including 12 as a principle or co-principle investigator.

For his work, Calyam has received several awards. He earned the Cisco Research Award, VMware Research Award and the NSF/U.S. Ignite/Mozilla Foundation Best Gigabit App in Advanced Manufacturing Award, all of which came in 2013.

Loboa and Joshi pose with a certificate.

Associate Research Professor Trupti Joshi received the Special Academic Appointment Award from Dean Elizabeth Loboa.

Joshi is currently a core faculty member with the MU Informatics Institute, assistant research professor of molecular microbiology and immunology and the director of translational bioinformatics.

In the last four years, Trupti has published 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals, a peer-reviewed conference publication and two book chapters. In addition, she’s given nine presentations and has five more publications currently pending peer review. In the meantime, Trupti has provided research training for eight Ph.D. students, six graduate students, four undergraduate honors students, 11 undergraduate student research projects, 15 research students from Shanghai University and seven summer research/intern students. She’s also been a graduate student adviser for two five students and a graduate student committee member for eight more.

Trupti is the lead designer and developer for the web-based Soybean Knowledge Base, or SoyKB, and her interdisciplinary training work in the fields of medicine, biology and informatics has provided a unique service to the University of Missouri and the College of Engineering.