Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Professor Cecilia Aragon has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in Computer Science from the Division of Computer Sciences of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. The award was announced at the annual Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS) on February 14, 2013. Aragon was one of two recipients of the 2013 award, along with Eric Allman, a computer programmer who developed sendmail. Previous winners of this award have included Douglas Engelbart, Jim Gray, Butler Lampson, Niklaus Wirth, Eric Schmidt, Steven Wozniak, and Peter Norvig.
Aragon received her PhD in computer science from Berkeley in 2004. In 2008, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for her work in collaborative data-intensive science. She joined HCDE's faculty in 2010.