The Lang Award, given to "a graduating senior in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishment," was awarded to Ben Marks.
Described as brilliant but humble, Ben Marks is a major in computer science with a minor in statistics. In December, he accompanied Professor Kevin Webb to the 21st Annual International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems in Melbourne, Australia, where he presented work on a final project he conducted for Cloud Computing. He already has two peer-reviewed research paper publications, a third under review, and a fourth in preparation for submission this summer — a highly unusual number of publications for an undergraduate to achieve.
Ben has earned the admiration of professors for taking a significant number of classes outside of his main academic interests, simply because he enjoyed the subject matter.
Known as a generous classmate, Ben has served for the last two years as a Student Academic Mentor. In that time he took a lead role in designing and leading new training modules for the program and actively mentored new members. He also worked as a computer science "ninja," a clinician for statistics, and as a grader and tutor. He is system administrator for the Swarthmore College Computer Society, has served on the Information Technology Services committee, and has worked with the Registrar’s Office to develop automated final exam scheduling tools. He has also played the trumpet with the College Orchestra and wind ensemble.
Ben is someone who cares deeply not only about his own educational experience, but also those of his peers. He always seeks to support others and find ways to improve and enhance our community.