50th Anniversary

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September 6-8, 2018

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering 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 University Plaza (where Ferguson stood)**

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
  • Dr. Lester Lipsky
  • Dr. George Nagy
  • Dr. Roy Keller
  • Dr. Steve Reichenbach
  • Dr. Rich Sincovec
  • Dr. Steve Goddard
  • Dr. Matt Dwyer
  • 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

    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

    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.


BBQ on University Plaza
Our Thursday dinner will be an outdoor cookout event under a tent on the grounds where Ferguson Hall stood.

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.

Football Game
Nebraska vs. Colorado
Spend the day in downtown Lincoln as the Nebraska football team takes on its Colorado rival.

Register to attend the events celebrating the department's 50th aniversary

We encourage you to join us in our celebration. While you may attend the talks and some of the other events at no cost, the meals and events during the meals are ticketed events.

We ask that you register even if you choose to attend none of the ticketed events. Registering will allow us to plan for the number of attendees.

Ticketed Events:
  • Thursday Lunch - Innovation Campus - $20/pp
  • Thursday Dinner - An outdoor BBQ on the University plaza - City Campus - $35/pp
  • Friday Dinner - Innovation Campus - $50/pp
Register to attend or Sponsor Our Event

Featured Speakers

Eric Brown

Director of Foundational Innovation, IBM Watson Health

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.

Lee Redden

CTO, Blue River Technology

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

Kathryn Stolee

Assistant Professor, NC State University

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.

Nasir Memon

Professor, NYU Tandon

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.

Hesham Ali

Professor, UNO

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

P. Anandan

CEO, 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.

Doug Durham

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

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.

Thane Plambeck

Counterwave, Inc

Thane Plambeck grew up in Kearney, Nebraska and graduated from UNL in 1985 with BA in mathematics. He was a member of the UNL Computer Science team that won the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in 1983. He received a CS PhD from Stanford in 1991 where he was a student of Jeff Ullman.

Business & Leadership Talks

Behshad Rejai

VP Engineering, Synopsys

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.

Naveed Sherwani

CEO, SiFive

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.

Cesar Delgado

Siri Platform Architect, Apple

Cesar Delgado received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nebraska. He’s currently a Siri platform architect at Apple and has worked in multiple roles on the Siri and iOS development teams. He also has experience working at several Silicon Valley startups.

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Become a Sponsor

By becoming a sponsor for our celebration, you or your company will be mentioned in our program guide. In addition, certain sponsors will also be listed on our website as detailed below. If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, there are various ways to support our department:

Event Sponsorships: All event sponsors will have their company/name listed in the event program guide. All sponsorships or donations over $500 will also be listed on our website.
  • Corporate/Family Friday dinner table for 8 - $400
  • Make a monetary donation in support of this event.
Sponsor a Student to this event*: All event sponsors will have their company/name listed in the event program guide.
  • Sponsor a single student for entire event - $100
  • Sponsor a single student for Friday dinner - $50
* Student event sponsorships will be shared among faculty to be handed out to their most promising and deserving students.
Advertising Sponsorships: Place an advertisement in our 50th Anniversary Celebration program booklet, an 8x11 gloss and bounded keepsake.
  • Full page ad in event program guide - $1600
  • Half page ad in event program guide - $850

The above Sponsorships and Donations can be made through the same event registration portal.
Register to attend or Sponsor Our Event

If you or your company would like to sponsor or support our event in another way please contact us at info@cse.unl.edu

* - Your facility must be located in Lincoln, transportation to and from your facility will be provided. Tours must be between the hours of 11:30 and 1:30 on September 7th or any two-hour block between 11:30 and 5:00 on Sept 7th. - There was mention of a company tour...

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