Nominations for Software Process, Theory Awards Due

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 13 October, 2009 – The deadlines are approaching to nominate individuals for the Software Process Achievement, Richard E. Merwin, and Harlan D. Mills awards.

The Software Process Achievement Award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in improving the software process. Co-sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, the award is open to all software professionals who participate in software development, support, or management, and are employed by and participate in the software work of an organization that produces, supports, enhances, or otherwise provides software-intensive products or services.

The nomination deadline is 1 November. Anyone may nominate. All nominations must be seconded by a senior executive of the software organization in which the nominated individual or team works, and supported by a two-page description indicating the nature of the achievement. For more details, visit

The finalists and winner will be announced and recognized by the Computer Society and SEI. The winner will receive an engraved, commemorative plaque and US $1,500 honorarium. This award is normally presented at the annual International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) or a similar event determined by the chair of the Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE) and the SEI director. The winner will be invited to produce a technical report describing the process improvement and results, and to present a paper at the Annual Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) Conference or a similar event..

The Richard E. Merwin Award for Distinguished Service is given for outstanding volunteer service to the profession at large, including significant service to the IEEE Computer Society or its predecessor organizations. The award is for service as opposed to technical achievement.

The Merwin Award is the Computer Society’s highest-level volunteer service award, and the highest selection criteria are maintained. Anyone can nominate. The deadline for making a nomination is 1 November.

The award consists of a bronze medal and US $5,000 honorarium. No current or past society president is eligible until four years after completion of presidential service.

The Harlan D. Mills Award recognizes researchers and practitioners who have demonstrated longstanding, sustained, and meaningful contributions to the theory and practice of the information sciences, focusing on contributions to the practice of software engineering through the application of sound theory.

The nomination deadline is 15 December. The award is open to all. Achievements should demonstrate a sustained body of work in software engineering theory and practice. Recipients receive a $3,000 honorarium and a museum-quality memento.

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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 IEEE societies, 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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