CICS to Recognize Recipients of 2021 Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Awards

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The UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2021 Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy (OAA) awards.

Now in its twelfth year, the OAA Awards program celebrates the remarkable accomplishments of computer and information science graduates and acknowledges important friends and supporters of CICS. The awardees will be honored at a virtual celebration on Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

This year's honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement in Research

Brendan Burns '07PhD

Co-Founder, Kubernetes Corporate

Vice President, Microsoft Azure


Outstanding Achievement in Management

Lee Delaney '93BS President,

Chief Executive Officer and Director, BJ's Wholesale Club


Computing for the Common Good Award

Kavya Krishna'16BS

Co-Founder, Society of Women Coders Senior Analyst,


Spotify Outstanding Achievement in Technical Development

Harpreet Sawhney'92PhD

Principal Computer Vision Architect, Microsoft HoloLens


Outstanding Support for the College

Robert Sproull Adjunct Professor, CICS

Former Vice President and Director, Oracle Labs


To learn more about the awardees, see the 2021 OAA Award recipient bios.