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2015-16 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

Tevfik Bultan - Computer Science

Professor Bultan joined the Department of Computer Science at UCSB in 1998, where he directs the Verification Laboratory, and his research focuses on software engineering, program analysis and software security. His mentoring philosophy is inspired by his own experiences in graduate school, where it was about creativity, problem-solving, and contributing new knowledge. Professor Bultan’s main goal as an advisor is to “ignite the same spark in my students that I experienced in graduate school.”

Professor Bultan has advised 18 Ph.D. and M.S. students, served on additional 29 Ph.D. and M.S. committees, chaired or co-chaired the department Graduate Admissions Committee for 6 years, served as the department Graduate Advisor and Graduate Affairs committee co-chair for 4 years, taught 6 different graduate courses 20 times, offered 15 graduate seminars, and published 88 refereed papers in top scientific publication venues with his advisees. In addition, his retention rate as a graduate advisor is 100%, and he has placed 6 of his Ph.D. graduates to tenure-track positions.

A former student, who is now an Associate Professor at National Chengchi University in Taiwan, won the 2010 UCSB Computer Science Outstanding Dissertation Award. Another former student, who is now an Assistant Professor at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, recently won the 2015 ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Dissertation Award, in spite of critical health conditions. He shows gratitude for Professor Bultan’s encouragement and support, and shares: “Tevfik helped me…believed in me…and pushed me so hard to compete…with the best in the world in software engineering. This led me to win.”

Professor Bultan’s mentees also offer these words: “his enthusiasm for research is infectious,” and “his knowledge and expertise…has equipped us well to tackle exciting and challenging engineering problems.” For his dedication and exemplary mentorship of graduate students, Professor Tevfik Bultan is awarded an Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. Congratulations!