​Turner Dissertation Award

In recognition of Professor Jonathan S. Turner's many achievements and research contributions, the Department of Computer Science & Engineering established the Turner Dissertation Award upon his retirement in 2014. Through the generous support of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, the award will be presented annually to the author of the best doctoral dissertation. A committee selects awardees based on dissertation nominations from the previous calendar year.

2015 Award

Haowei Yuan
"Data Structures and Algorithms for Scalable NDN Forwarding"

The 2015 Turner Dissertation Award was awarded to Haowei Yuan for originating the first practical methods for scalable named-based packet forwarding. These methods have been concretely applied in the context of Named Data Networking (NDN), a new information-centric Internet architecture that better supports emerging patterns of communication and the needs for data security and privacy. Haowei’s work is distinguished by its comprehensive nature and scholarly rigor and is an outstanding example of high-impact academic research.

Jonathan S. Turner Biography

Professor Turner was one of WashU's first students to earn a 3-2 dual degree in both computer science and electrical engineering in 1977, and continued his education to earn his MS and PhD in computer science from Northwestern University in 1979 and 1982. He returned to WashU in 1983 as an assistant professor, and served as Chair of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering from 1992-1997 and again from 2007-2008. He established the Advanced Networks Group and co-founded the WashU Applied Research Laboratory. The lab's research led to the development of the start-up company Growth Networks, which was acquired by Cisco System in 2000.

Professor Turner has been awarded 30 patents for his work on switching systems and has many widely-cited publications. In 2007, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 1994, he was awarded the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award, and in 2000, the IEEE Millennium Medal. Washington University has awarded him two of its highest honors: the Founder's Day Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award. Professor Turner has also received two Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards from the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Professor Turner retired from the full-time faculty in 2014, but continues to work on selected research projects.

2014 - Abusayeed Saifullah

"Real-Time Wireless Sensor-Actuator Networks for Cyber-Physical Systems"

The first Turner Dissertation Award has been awarded to Abusayeed Saifullah for foundational work on real-time scheduling for wireless systems with a focus on making critical real time applications work under challenging conditions. His work has broad applications ranging from power management in data centers to industrial process management to autonomous vehicles, and has been recognized with Best Paper awards and nominations at the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium and the IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium.