Michael Heath Wins Booth Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 7 December, 2009 – Michael T. Heath, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Fulton Watson Copp Chair in computer science, has been named the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society’s 2009 Taylor L. Booth Education Award.

The Taylor L. Booth award commemorates outstanding records in computer science and engineering education. Accompanied by a bronze medal and $5,000 honorarium, the award recognizes achievement as a teacher of renown through writing an influential text; leading, inspiring, or providing significant education content during the creation of a curriculum in the field; or inspiring others to a career in computer science and engineering education.

Heath’s commendation reads: “For contributions to computational science and engineering
education, curriculum and scholarship.”

Besides serving as Fulton Watson Copp Chair in UIUC’s Department of Computer Science, Heath is director of both the Computational Science and Engineering Program and the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets. Heath is also the interim head of the Computer Science department through the end of 2009, a position he has held since August 2007.

Heath received a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Kentucky, an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University.

Before joining the University of Illinois in 1991, he spent a number of years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research interests are in numerical analysis—particularly numerical linear algebra and optimization—and in parallel computing.

He has been an editor of the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, SIAM Review, and the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, as well as several conference proceedings.

Heath is also author of the widely adopted textbook “Scientific Computing: An Introductory Survey,” 2nd edition, published by McGraw-Hill in 2002. In 2000, he was named an ACM Fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery. In 2002, he was elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences, and in 2007 he won the Apple Award for Innovation in Science.

The award is named after Taylor L. Booth, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Connecticut, his alma mater, and director of the university’s Computer Applications and Research Center. His name was on the ballot as a candidate for president-elect of the Computer Society when he died of a heart attack on October 20, 1986.

Active in the Computer Society for more than 16 years, particularly in its educational activities, Booth was instrumental in defining computer science and engineering curricula for program accreditation through the society’s and the IEEE’s respective board. He also worked for closer cooperation between the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society, served as a member of the Board of Governors, chaired the society’s Constitution and Bylaws committee, and held positions as first vice president, secretary, and vice president for educational activities.

About the IEEE 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 Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology. The Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, certifications, and online courses.

 

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