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Professor Neil Heffernan wins Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Achievement Award

Professor Neil Heffernan of the WPI Computer Science Department has just won Carnegie Mellon University's alumni achievement award. A quote from a news release from Carnegie Mellon University describes this year's recipients:

This year's recipients include the inventor of the computer mouse, an internationally renowned Japanese woodcut artist, a NASA International Space Station flight controller and co-founder of the Juicy Couture brand who are among 19 individuals Carnegie Mellon University's Alumni Association will honor during its 2010 Homecoming Weekend from Nov 4 - 6, 2010. A description of Neil's achievements which led to the award is summarized below:

Neil Heffernan (SCS'01): Prior to conducting post-doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon, Heffernan taught math for two years at inner-city Baltimore schools through Teach for America. During his time in Pittsburgh and now as a faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his love of teaching has translated into the development of intelligent tutoring systems. His research group has raised more than $9 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education and other sources to advance the ASSISTment system. This educational technology, which is widely used throughout Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, empowers teachers and school administrators with actionable, detailed information about their students' skills, knowledge and achievements in mathematics.

More details about the award can be found on a news release on Carnegie Mellon University's website.

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