Ruben VillaoRuben Villao, a recent graduate from Coastal Carolina University, was awarded the Computer Science Outstanding Graduate award in May 2012. In his time as a computer science major with a minor in applied mathematics, Villao was placed on the President’s List seven times, the Dean’s List once, and graduated with a 3.98 GPA. His success led to his induction into Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines.

In May 2011, Villao began working as a Research Assistant with Dr. Erin Rickard to develop computational intelligence techniques for mammographic image analysis. His assistance led to co-authored publications in both the 2012 SPIE Medical Imaging conference and the 2012 ACM-Southeast conference. Villao’s work in creating a web application to facilitate communication between researchers and radiologists resulted in his own publication in the 2012 ACM-Southeast conference, “Developing Web Applications to Evaluate Mammography Analysis Algorithms”.

Currently, Villao is working as a Web Applications Programmer at CCU and has plans to attend graduate school.