Atanasoff Today: Faculty farewells

In February, the department suffered a great loss with the passing of Professor Emeritus, Giora Slutzki. Giora dedicated his life to the university and department during his long career at Iowa State University. We will deeply miss his contributions, wisdom, quick-wittedness, and genuine care for students and colleagues alike.

He joined the department in 1983 where he spent the next 37 years. He ascended to the rank of professor where he was a dedicated researcher and instructor.

Over the years, he taught courses covering various topics of the theory of games, knowledge, and uncertainty, discrete computational structures, the logic for mathematics and computer science and computational theory.

His legacy leaves an irreplaceable impact on our department and we are dedicated to honoring his memory through our work in the future.

Johnny Wong, professor emeritus of computer science, recently retired after a lengthy career of innovative research, mentorship, teaching and service.

During his time at Iowa State University, Wong rose to the rank of Associate Chair of the Department of Computer Science, Information Assurance and Human-Computer Interaction Programs. His research included software systems, networking, security and medical informatics.

He is also the President/CEO of the startup company EndoMetric Corporation, with products for medical informatics. He has served as an external grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and also reviewed journal and conference papers for various conferences. Wong’s research in medical informatics earned him a U.S. Patent for Colonoscopy Video Processing for Quality Metrics Determination in 2011. We wish Johnny all the best in his well-deserved retirement.