Award Winners Lauded for Accomplishments

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 9 June 2009 – Computer Pioneer Jean Bartik, Computer Entrepreneurs Charles Geschke and John Warnock, Kanai Award winner Ben Wah, and Technical Achievement Award winners John Bay, Sajal Das, and Tim Finin were recognized for their technical accomplishments at a 4 June awards dinner in Savannah, Georgia.

“Nearly 100 leaders in our field dedicate their time and effort in reviewing a mountain of deserving nominations in order to select the winners of our 17 – some of the most prestigious awards in the field of computing,” said Awards Committee Chair Tom Conte.

Warnock and Geschke are co-founders of Adobe. Edwin E. Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, was also named a winner of the 2008 Computer Entrepreneur award. The award is given to individuals whose entrepreneurial leadership is responsible for the growth of some segment of the computer industry.

Bartik was one of the original programmers of the ENIAC computer. Nominated to the Women in Technology Hall of Fame in 2002, Bartik said she is amazed at how far the field has advanced. “Sixty three years ago, I never dreamed of the fantastic growth, power, and perniciousness of the computer today,” Bartik said in accepting the award.

Edward J. McCluskey and Carl A. Petri were also named 2008 recipients of the Computer Pioneer Award, which honors significant contributions to concepts and developments that have advanced the state of the art in computing. McCluskey, professor emeritus at Stanford University, worked on electronic switching systems at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1955 to 1959 and was the first president of the IEEE Computer Society. Petri invented petrinets at the age of 13 and went on to make numerous contributions to network theory.

Bay, Das, and Finin were recipients of Technical Achievement Awards, which take note of outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology.

Bay, chief scientist of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate, was recognized for his work in military engineering. Das, director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking at the University of Texas at Arlington, was honored for his contributions to wireless networking. And Finin, a professor in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, received the award for his work in pervasive computing.

Elena Ferrari, professor of database management systems at the University of Insubria’s Department of Computer Science and Communication, also received a Technical Achievement Award for her contributions to secure data management.

Tutsamu Kanai Award recipient Wah was recognized for his contributions to distributed computing. Wah is Franklin W. Woeltge Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

In officiating at the awards dinner, 2009 IEEE Computer Society President Susan K. (Kathy) Land thanked the Award Subcommittee Chairs for their help. Cecelia Aragon managed nominations for the Computer Entrepreneur and Pioneer awards, Elisa Bertino managed nominations for the Tsutomu Kanai award, and Bhavani Thuraisingham managed nominations for the Technical Achievement award.

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The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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