Reed to receive distinguished alumnus, distinguished service awards

University of Iowa Vice President for Research and Economic Development Daniel Reed will receive both a distinguished alumnus and a distinguished service award in October.

The Miner Alumni Association at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) will give Reed its Distinguished Alumni Award during the school’s homecoming Oct. 17-18. The award is bestowed to those who have made outstanding personal achievements in the fields of academia, business, professions, or civic endeavor.

On Oct. 24, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will give Reed its Distinguished Service Award, which acknowledges and honors spectacular alumni and faculty for their contributions to the discipline. Reed will be presented the award at the annual CS@ILLINOIS Awards dinner and ceremony, which will be held in conjunction with the department’s 50th anniversary celebration and homecoming weekend.

“MS&T and Illinois have nurtured generations of students and researchers,” Reed said. “I am honored and humbled to be recognized by them.”

Reed received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science (summa cum laude) from the University of Missouri-Rolla (which later became the Missouri University of Science and Technology) in 1978, and his Masters of Science and Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University in 1980 and 1983, respectively.

He worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for almost 20 years, starting as an assistant professor in 1984 and ending as the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor from 2000-2003. All told he received six teaching awards at Illinois before being named head of the Department of Computer Science in 1996 and Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in 2000.

A former corporate vice president at Microsoft, Reed came to the University of Iowa in 2012 and as vice president is responsible for campus-wide research oversight, technology transfer, research and policy centers and economic development.