Nominees Sought for Ken Kennedy Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 9 March, 2009 – The IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery have created an award to honor the substantial research, service, and mentoring contributions of the late Ken Kennedy, the founder of Rice University’s computer science program and one of the world’s foremost experts on high-performance computing.

Kennedy, who passed away on 17 February, 2007, was a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He earned a B.A. in mathematics from Rice University in 1967 and went on to receive a M.S. in mathematics and a PhD in computer science from New York University. He returned to Rice University in 1971, where he founded its computer science department in 1984 and directed the Center for High Performance Software Research.

He helped establish its Computer and Information Technology Institute (CITI) in 1986, its Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC) in 1989, and its Center for High Performance Software Research (HiPerSoft) in 2000.

Nominations are currently open for the first presentation of this award at SC09 in November. The award is open to contributors at all stages of their careers. The winner should have made an outstanding, innovative contribution or contributions to programming and productivity in computing, and also contributed to computing through teaching, mentoring, or community service. Anyone may make a nomination.

The award, to be presented annually, will consist of a certificate and $5,000 honorarium. The awardee will be invited to present a paper at the SC conference or at an ACM or IEEE Computer Society conference of the winner’s choosing during the year following the announcement.

Members of the Kennedy Award committee include Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee; William G. Griswold, University of California San Diego; Mary Hall, University of Utah; Kathryn McKinley, University of Texas at Austin; Daniel A. Reed, Microsoft; and Rob Schreiber (Chair), Hewlett-Packard Labs. Visit the Computer Society’s awards site for future details of the nomination process and deadlines. 

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 Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

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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