Alumni Awards


Carey Nachenberg, MS 1995
The Wall Street Journal has awarded its 2010 Technology Innovation Award (Computer Security Category) to a technology that was invented by Carey Nachenberg, CS alumnus and current adjunct assistant professor.  This new technology (Quorum) examines the software running on millions of computers to spot possible threats.  Based on patterns that reflect a program’s source, age, prevalence, and other characteristics, a “reputation rating” is assigned to every piece of software that Quorum comes across.  This new technology is detecting about 10 million new threats a month that are invisible to traditional security methods.


David Patterson 1969 (Mathematics), MS 1970, PhD 1976
David Patterson was the first in his family to graduate from college. He enjoyed academia so much he went on to receive a bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD from UCLA. He then joined the faculty at UC Berkeley, where he and his colleagues later developed the Reduced Instruction Set Computer, Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, and Network of Workstations. These technologies are widely used commercially, from cell phones to Internet services. He is currently director of the Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Lab and the Parallel Computing Lab at UC Berkeley. Dr. Patterson has written 200 papers, five books, and received approximately 30 honors for research, teaching, and service, including election to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.


David Smallberg
Lecturer, Computer Science
David Smallberg teaches first-year computer science courses as well as an upper division programming practicum at UCLA. In an effort to increase the number of entering high school and community college students to computer science, specifically from underrepresented backgrounds, he has led various workshops for high school advanced placement computer science teachers and students. In addition, he has taught numerous short courses for corporate clients. Professor Smallberg has coached the UCLA teams in the Association of Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest, leading the team to a world championship. He has previously won the Engineering Society of the Universty of California (ESUC) Professor of the Year award.


Carey Nachenberg MS 1995
Carey Nachenberg, a Symantec Fellow and chief architect of Symantec’s Security Technology and Response division, has been an innovator at Symantec Corporation for the past eighteen years. As chief architect, Mr. Nachenberg drives the technical strategy for all of Symantec’s core security technologies and security content, protecting hundreds of millions of customers around the world. During his time at Symantec, Mr. Nachenberg has led the design and development of Symantec’s core antivirus and intrusion prevention technologies; his work in these areas has garnered 25 U.S. patents. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science and engineering from UCLA. He currently serves as a member of UCLA’s Computer Science Alumni Advisory Board and is a staff lecturer of computer science.