In January 2021, UB lost one of its most distinguished leaders and bold thinkers.
Throughout his decorated 40-plus year career, Professor Alan Selman’s name was synonymous with leadership in the field of theoretical computer science. One of the founders of Complexity Theory, Professor Selman was a Fulbright Award winner who brought prestige and visibility to the UB Department of Computer Science and Engineering when he arrived at UB in 1990. He served as department chair from 1990-1996 and then spent the next 18 years at UB building his research and the capacity and aptitude of future generations of computer scientists.
A true gentleman and scholar, Professor Selman dedicated his UB tenure to improving the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and educating students. A reliable problem solver, he was also a sought-after mentor of faculty, students, post-docs and colleagues.
In recognition of his contributions to the field of computer science, and for his enduring impact on UB and its students, Alan’s family, friends and colleagues seek to establish the Alan Selman Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, when fully funded, will provide graduate student(s) in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering with a minimum of $2,000 per year for tuition support, with preference being given to students with an interest in theoretical computer science.
Anyone who ever worked with or studied under Professor Selman knows what a positive impact he made in the lives of students. Please make a gift today to help establish the Alan Selman Memorial Scholarship and ensure this legacy persists for generations of future UB students.