Nominate a Colleague for a Computer Society Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 15 June, 2009 – The deadline is coming up on 1 July to nominate candidates for several of the IEEE Computer Society’s top awards.

The Seymour Cray Award recognizes individuals whose innovative contributions to high-performance computing systems best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by the late Seymour Cray. The award, won last year by Convey Computer founder Stephen Wallach, includes a crystal model, certificate, and honorarium of $10,000. Make a nomination online.

The Sidney Fernbach Award, established in 1992 in memory of high-performance computing pioneer Sidney Fernbach, recognizes innovative approaches to HPC applications. It acknowledges outstanding contributions in developing numerical algorithms and mathematical software that are important for computational modeling and simulation, or for using high-performance computers to solve large computational problems. William Gropp, a developer of the message passing interface, was last year’s winner. Make a nomination online.

The IEEE Computer Society and Association for Computing Machinery established the Ken Kennedy Award this year in memory of HPC expert Ken Kennedy. It recognizes outstanding contributions to programmability or productivity in high-performance computing together with significant community service or mentoring contributions. Besides being given a certificate and $5,000 honorarium, the awardee will be invited to present a paper at the SC conference or at an ACM or Computer Society conference of the winner’s choosing during the year following the announcement. Make a nomination online.

The Taylor L. Booth Education Award rewards individuals with an outstanding record in computer science and engineering education. Make a nomination online.

The Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award is given for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education through teaching and service, and for helping to maintain interest in the field. Make a nomination online.

The Cray, Fernbach, and Kennedy awards will be presented at SC09, set for 14-20 November in Portland, Oregon. The Taylor L. Booth and CS&E Teaching Award will also be handed out in November. To view a full list of IEEE Computer Society awards, visit the awards section of

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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