Nicholas Dylan Pattengale and Roger D. Jones

Graduate Nicholas Dylan Pattengale received the $5,000 Qforma Award, presented to a UNM School of Engineering student for the most outstanding computational master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertation within an academic year.  Qforma honored Pattengale's dissertation, "Efficient Algorithms for Phylogenetic  Post-Analysis."

"In reviewing the candidates for this award, we considered the technical depth, sophistication and innovation of their work, the importance of the problem that the dissertation addressed and the impact it is likely to have on the field of computer science," said Stephanie Forrest, professor and chair of the Computer Science Department and science board member of the Santa Fe Institute. "Dr. Pattengale's dissertation was superb on all three counts, and we are delighted that he was chosen to receive the first Qforma Dissertation Award."

Qforma also funds a $5,000 lectureship for an extraordinarily promising junior faculty research in Computer Science at UNM. It was awarded to Shuang Luan, associate professor of Computer Science last fall.

"At Qforma we create intelligent data software solutions for the healthcare industry based on technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico," said Roger D. Jones, chief scientific officer of Qforma.  "We believe it is important to support students who share our passion for computer science, here in the state that has already made such significant contributions to the field, and we are please to honor Dr. Pattengale with the first Qforma Dissertation Award."

Qforma is an advanced analytics and predictive modeling company specializing in solutions for the health sciences industry.  The company is headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has offices in Princeton, New Jersey. 

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