Video of CS Award Winners Ready for Viewing

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 29 July, 2009 – Watch computing luminaries accept their IEEE Computer Society awards and hear them share insights into technology and their careers in six free videos now available for viewing in the Media Center.

In their acceptance speech for the Computer Entrepreneur Award, Charles M. Geschke and John E. Warnock recall how they started Adobe Systems. “We wanted to build a company that we would like to work at,” Geschke said. “Without our friendship and partnership, it’s hard to imagine that we could have achieved what we did over the past twenty-seven years.”

Warnock said he and Geschke have received many entrepreneur awards from business groups. “The really cool thing about this award is it’s from engineers. Getting an award for entrepreneurship from engineers is very, very cool.” View their remarks here.

Betty Jean Jennings Bartik received the Computer Pioneer Award for her contributions as one of the first ENIAC programmers. In accepting her award, Bartik said she had no idea that computers would end up being so pervasive in modern life. In the video, she shared how incapacitated she was recently when her home computer broke down. “The house seemed empty,” Bartik said, recalling how she was unable to play bridge or answer questions from students.

As to how she ended up being at the forefront of history, she said: “I was just in the right place at the right time.” View Bartik’s account here.

The acceptance speeches of four other award winners can be viewed in the Media Center. They include:

  • Benjamin W. Wah, the Franklin W. Woeltge Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; winner of the Tsutomu Kanai Award;
  • John S. Bay, chief scientist of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate, winner of the Technical Achievement Award;
  • Sajal K. Das, director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking at the University of Texas at Arlington, winner of the Technical Achievement Award;
  • Timothy W. Finin, a professor in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, winner of the Technical Achievement Award.

To nominate a colleague or view past winners, visit the IEEE Computer Society awards page.

About the Computer Society
With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the CS is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

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