Patrick Lam

Thoughts and travels of Patrick Lam

Recommendation Letter for Laurie Hendren

Recommendation letter for CS-Can Lifetime Achievement Award I am writing to strongly endorse the nomination of Prof. Laurie Hendren for a posthumous Award for Lifetime Achievement in Computer Science. I’m honoured and also sad to be writing this letter. I’ll get back to it later, but no mention of Laurie would be complete without discussing her infectious laugh, which somewhat offsets the sadness. Laurie has been an inspiration and role model for me from 1998 through 2018 as an undergraduate student, postdoc, faculty member, and administrator.


Lexicon Here are some academic terms that I’ve invented. Pre-batical. A one-year postdoc taken straight out of one's PhD, after obtaining a tenure-track Assistant Professorship, but before starting said professorship. Usage. Her pre-batical at UW turbocharged the start of her independent research career and let her branch out into that up-and-coming field. Associate professor purgatory. The period a few years after returning from one's post-tenure sabbatical where one is no longer protected from service but still expected to constantly ramp up research productivity.

Academic Tree circa 2003

Pull requests accepted! Henry M. Foley (physics) +--Joseph Frederick Traub (1959, from Columbia) [Columbia] (quantum) +--Hsiang Tsung Kung (1973, from CMU) [Harvard] (networks) +--Baudet, Gerard M. (78, from CMU) +--Cohn, Robert J. (92, from CMU)* +--Fisher, Allan L. (84, from CMU) +--Foster, Michael J. (84, from CMU) +--Hsu, Feng-hsiung (89, from CMU) +--Lam, Monica S. (87, from CMU) [Stanford] +--Michael Wolf, (August 1992, from Stanford) Thesis: "