Jo Ann and Kevin Reilly Contribute to Department of Computer and Information Sciences

Kevin and Jo Ann Reilly

The Kevin D. and Jo Ann G. Reilly Endowed Award honors the 37 years that Kevin Reilly, Ph.D., served with distinction in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) at UAB. The Reillys established the award in CIS to recognize an outstanding member of the faculty in the department.

“We see this endowed award as a continuation of activities that we’ve been associated with for over four decades,” Dr. Reilly says, “almost from the first breath the department took. Our hope is that it will help in meeting new needs and opportunities that the department may encounter in the new College of Arts and Sciences.”

In 1970, Dr. Reilly joined the faculty of the CIS department in the UAB School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, now a part of the College of Arts and Sciences, and he was appointed to the position of professor in 1984. He served faithfully in that capacity until his retirement in 2007, positively influencing the lives of countless students and other faculty during his many years on campus. He also held secondary appointments at UAB, including professor in the Department of Psychology in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program and Developmental Psychology Program and associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and he was also a member of the linguistics group in the Cognitive Science Program.

A skilled teacher and mentor, Dr. Reilly held interests in modeling and simulation, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, and software engineering and taught courses in these disciplines. Within the Department of CIS, he served as interim department chair, director of the CIS Laboratory, director of the CIS Graduate Program, interim director of the CIS Undergraduate Program, chair of the Graduate Qualifying Examination Committee, and member of the Curriculum Committee and Graduate Admission Committee.

Dr. Reilly’s long and outstanding contributions to UAB were recognized by his appointment as professor emeritus upon his retirement in 2007. His wife of 49 years, Jo Ann Grace Caniglia Reilly, has enjoyed a long career in education and, like her husband, has exhibited tremendous service and support to UAB.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Reilly served faithfully as an educator, teaching children in grade school through high school and also serving as a special-education teacher for many years. A member of the UAB National Alumni Society, she has volunteered her time to the university on numerous occasions, welcoming new students to campus and mentoring education students at UAB. Her additional service activities in the community include volunteering her time at St. Vincent’s Hospital; First Light, a center for homeless women and children in Birmingham; and St. Paul’s Cathedral, where she serves as a docent.

“On behalf of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, we wish to thank Jo Ann and Kevin for this amazing gift,” says Tony Skjellum, Ph.D., chair of the department. “This endowed award is a fitting tribute to the life and work of Dr. Reilly, who was so instrumental in the department’s growth and development.”

Maintaining the Momentum / Winter 2011