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It's the passing on that matters: Two Busy Beaver Awards for CISPA lecturers

CISPA Faculty Dr. Katharina Krombholz and Professor Dr. Andreas Zeller, along with CISPA PostDoc Dr. Dominic Steinhöfel, have received the Busy-Beaver-Award for their outstanding teaching performance in the previous summer term. Twice a year, the Computer Science Students’ Council at Saarland University awards the Busy Beaver to lecturers who have shown a special commitment to teaching. 

Earlier today, Katharina Krombholz received the Busy Beaver Award for her advanced lecture "Useable Security and Privacy". Her CISPA colleague Andreas Zeller was honored for his seminar "Specification-Based Testing and Debugging", which he taught together with his PostDoc and CISPA researcher Dominic Steinhöfel.

"Science isn't just about the doing, but also about the passing on," Andreas Zeller comments on the importance of good teaching. "We're especially pleased that this seems to have worked out." Katharina Krombholz shares this view. About her teaching, she says, "The most important thing for me is to inspire my students with a passion for science and for my research area."

Krombholz is especially pleased to have received the Busy Beaver Award for a lecture course. "It's difficult to make lectures exciting. That's why it's so special if the students were happy." In his seminar, Andreas Zeller tried out something new. Not only did he read scientific papers with his students, but he also had them program the methods they had read about. "That was such fun," he recalls. "Active learning leads to much better learning results."

About Katharina Krombholz and Andreas Zeller

Dr. Katharina Krombholz is tenured Faculty at CISPA and head of the Useable Security Group within the Empirical and Behavioral Security Research Area. Before that, she was senior researcher at SBA Research. She completed her PhD in November 2016 with distinction. She also received a master’s degree in Media Informatics from TU Wien in 2012.

Professor Dr. Andreas Zeller is tenured Faculty at CISPA and professor for Software Engineering at Saarland University. His research on automated debugging, mining software archives, specification mining, and security testing has been highly influential. Zeller is an ACM Fellow and holds an ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award.