University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2008 for Excellence in Research.

Dan WillardDan Willard, Computer Science

Professor Dan Willard joined the UAlbany faculty in Computer Science in 1983. Professor Willard's wide-ranging research program focuses on developing new paradigms in mathematical logic, improving computer science's sorting theory, and generating new pragmatic data structures that can be used in computational geometry and database theory. With the biologist, R.L. Trivers, he published the Trivers-Willard hypothesis, which revised and extended an earlier mathematical model of Darwinian Evolution. This widely cited theory has also received detailed discussion in the New York Times,Scientific American, and Psychology Today. Professor Willard's most recent research into Proof Theory and Mathematical Logic has yielded six major journal papers, including four published in the last two years that are providing a new interpretation into the meaning of Godel's Second Incompleteness Theorem. Professor Willard has received $585,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation, an unusually large amount for a theoretical mathematician and a further indicator of his productivity and importance in the field.

Excellence in Research

Pradeep Haldar Lawrence Schell Carolyn Smith Dan Willard

Nanoscale Science & Engineering

Carolyn Smith
Social Welfare
Dan Willard
Computer Science

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