50th Anniversary

Ferg - Avery Collage

September 6-8, 2018

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (now the School of Computing) is celebrating 50 years of excellence in 2018 with its faculty, staff, alumni, partners and friends. Please join us in participating in the events we have planned in celebration of this milestone.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, September 6, 2018

"50 Years of CSE" kickoff lunch and chair panel at Innovation Campus**
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Industry open house at Innovation Campus
3:45-5:00 p.m.
Seminar at Innovation Campus with featured speaker Eric Brown
5:30 p.m.
Barbecue at Schorr Center**

Friday, September 7, 2018

10:00-11:30 a.m.
Academic talks at Innovation Campus
11:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break - Free shuttles to Haymarket from 11:30-2:00PM
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Research & Innovation talks at Innovation Campus
3:00-3:30 p.m.
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Business and leadership talks at Innovation Campus
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Informal Social hour - Innovation Campus
6:00 p.m.
Formal Reception and Dinner (business casual attire) with featured talk by Lee Redden**

Saturday, September 8, 2018

11:30 a.m-2:00 p.m.
Tailgate at Don't Panic Labs rooftop patio, 8th and P st.
2:30 p.m.
Nebraska vs. Colorado Football Game
** ticketed events


Printable copy of the Schedule of Events

Kickoff Event

50 Years of CSE
  • photo of Dr. Lipsky
    Dr. Lester Lipsky
  • Photo of Dr. Georgenagy
    Dr. George Nagy
  • Photo of Dr. Keller
    Dr. Roy Keller
  • Photo of Dr. Reichenbach
    Dr. Steve Reichenbach
  • Photo of Dr. Sincovec
    Dr. Rich Sincovec
  • Photo of Dr. Goddard
    Dr. Steve Goddard
  • Photo of Dr.  Dwyer
    Dr. Matt Dwyer
  • Photo of Dr. Rothermel
    Dr. Gregg Rothermel
Noon, Thursday, Sept. 6

A panel of eight past and current department chairs discuss CSE's first 50 years and the years ahead.

  • Featured Speakers

    phot of Lee Reddin
    Lee Redden
    6 p.m.. Friday, Sept. 7

    Lee Redden is a University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumnus who is now the CTO and co-founder of Blue River Technology, which deploys cutting-edge technology to farm equipment.

  • Featured Speakers

    Photo of Eric Brown
    Eric Brown
    3:45 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6

    Eric Brown is the Director of Foundational Innovation at IBM Watson Health. He was named one of 50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech by ADWEEK in 2016.


Photo of old Ferguson
BBQ at Schorr Center
Our Thursday dinner will be an indoor barbecue at the Schorr Center. This event has been moved from the former Ferguson Hall grounds due to weather conditions.

stock photo of plates and glasses
Formal Reception and Dinner
Our Friday dinner will be a formal event celebrating the latest Nebraska Hall of Computing inductees and 50 years of computing.

stock photo of unl stadium during game
Nebraska vs. Colorado
Spend the day in downtown Lincoln as the Nebraska football team takes on its Colorado rival.

Featured Speakers

Eric Brown

Eric Brown

Director of Foundational Innovation, IBM Watson Health

"AI for Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges"

Eric Brown is the Director of Foundational Innovation at IBM Watson Health. He’s been at IBM since 1995 and currently leads a team that develops and tests advanced cognitive technologies for healthcare and life sciences. In 2016, he was named one of 50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech by ADWEEK.

Photo of Lee Reddin

Lee Redden

CTO, Blue River Technology

"Entrepreneurship, AI and Agriculture: How CS Is Changing Industries"

Lee Redden is a UNL alumnus who is now the CTO and co-founder of Blue River Technology, which deploys cutting-edge technology to farm equipment and was recently purchased by John Deere. He has experience in many areas of technology including robotics, computer vision and machine learning through performing research at robotics labs at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, NASA Johnson Space Center, and Stanford University.


Academic Talks

Photo of Katie Stolee

Kathryn Stolee

Assistant Professor, NC State University

"How Software Engineering Became My Career"

Kathryn Stolee is three-time CSE graduate and assistant professor at North Carolina State University. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award whose research focuses on program analysis, code search, and empirical software engineering.

photo of Nasir Memon

Nasir Memon

Professor, NYU Tandon

"Media Forensics: There Is More to a Picture Than Meets the Eye"

Nasir Memon received his Ph.D. from CSE and is now an associate dean and professor at New York University. His research interests include digital forensics, biometrics, data compression, network security and security and human behavior.

Photo of Hesman Ali

Hesham Ali

Professor, UNO

"Exciting Times and Great Opportunities for Computer Scientists"

Hesham Ali is a professor and associate dean at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is also the deputy director for computational sciences of the Nebraska Informatics Center for Life Center (NICLS), and a member of Nebraska Center for Biosecurity.

Research & Innovation Talks

PHoto of P. Anadan

P. Anandan

CEO, Wadhwani AI

“Artificial Intelligence for Social Good: Our Approach at Wadhwani AI”

P. Anandan is a CSE alumnus who was inducted into the university’s Hall of Computing in 2010. He was the founder and managing director of Microsoft Research India, VP of Research for Adobe India, professor of AI at Yale University, and now the CEO of Wadhwani AI.

Photo of Doug Durham

Doug Durham

Co-Founder, Nebraska Global and Don't Panic Labs

"Opportunities and Challenges in Our Software Development Ecosystem"

Doug Durham is co-founder of Nebraska Global and Don’t Panic Labs. He has nearly 30 years of software engineering and development experience in aerospace and defense, healthcare, manufacturing, ecommerce, consumer web applications, and internet network services.

Photo of Bruce Obert

Bruce Oberg

Co-founder Sucker Punch

"How to Get into Games (Why You Shouldn't)

Bruce Oberg is a software engineer and speaker based in Seattle. He co-founded Sucker Punch, a video game studio in 1998. Prior to this Bruce was a senior engineer at Microsoft and was at AT&T Bell Laboratories before that. He has a BA in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

Business & Leadership Talks

Photo of Behshad Rejai

Behshad Rejai

VP Engineering, Synopsys

"My Leadership Journey"

Behshad Rejai is a CSE alumna who is now the VP of Engineering at Synopsys after working in various roles at the company for 17 years. Her experience also includes roles at Rockwell International and Boeing Corporation, as well as several Space Shuttle and Department of Defense artificial intelligence initiatives.

Photo of Naveed Sherwani

Naveed Sherwani

CEO, SiFive

"My Entrepreneurship Journey"

Naveed Sherwani is a CSE alumnus who started his first company when he was 18. He has founded multiple companies since then and currently serves as the president and CEO of SiFive. He has more than 25 years of experience in entrepreneurship, engineering and management.

photo of Cesar Delgado

Cesar Delgado

Siri Platform Architect, Apple

"How I Got Here"

Cesar Delgado received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nebraska. He has over 15 years of experience in operating and running large-scale data systems. He also has experience working at several Silicon Valley startups.

Our Event Sponsors

Garmin logo
PRC logo
Riverton Management Resources logo
Ameritas logo
Nebraska Global logo
SAP logo
Mutual of Omaha logo
Sandhills Publishing logo

Map of Key Event Locations



Please note that as this is a football weekend, many hotels will have a two or three-night minimum and rates will be higher than usual. You are strongly encouraged to make your lodging reservations as soon as possible. Below are two hotels with rooms still available for these dates (as of July 27th)

Country Inn & Suites off Exit #403 on Interstate 80 on N27th in North Lincoln. Tel: (406) 690-5397

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott on 84th on Hwy 2 in Southeast Lincoln. Tel: (402).325.6400


Our dress code for all events is business casual.


Contact: info@cse.unl.edu