Pemmaraju earns Collegiate Teaching Award

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes Computer Science professor's research-based teaching and mentoring
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Sriram PemmarajuThe College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa has named Professor of Computer Science Sriram Pemmaraju a recipient of the 2019-2020 Collegiate Teaching Award.

Dean Steve Goddard noted Pemmaraju's philosophy of respect for his students' ability to understand complicated concepts.

"Professor Pemmaraju is an outstanding teacher and mentor to our students at all levels," Goddard said. "As an expert in algorithms, his courses require a lot of hard work and theoretical comprehension from his students. Professor Pemmaraju believes in his students' capacity to excel, and because of his innovative teaching, they do. I am delighted that our college is recognizing his talents in service of our students."

In an end-of-course evaluation, an unnamed student said, "This is the best course I have taken in the department. Professor Pemmaraju teaches really well and takes extra time to help the students. I have learned a lot from this course. Homework problems are challenging, which help you improve your thinking process."

Pemmaraju joined the Department of Computer Science faculty in 2000. He teaches courses to undergraduate and graduate students, and has mentored nine doctoral candidates through the PhD program, with three more doctoral candidates in progress. He is his department's Director of Graduate Studies, and runs its Speakers Bureau, which fosters and sustains connections among computer scientists from the UI and small colleges elsewhere in the state. His research interests include Distributed Algorithms, Randomization, Approximation, and Graph Algorithms. In addition, he applies algorithmic ideas to problems in Computational Epidemiology. He earned his PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.