James Moore Receives Top Standards Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 1 July, 2010 – James W. Moore, the IEEE Computer Society’s Vice President of Professional Activities, has been named the recipient of the IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award.

The Steinmetz Award, established in 1979, is the IEEE's top standards honor. Consisting of a bronze medal, certificate, and honorarium, the award recognizes exceptional contributions to the development and/or advancement of standards in electrical and electronics engineering.

The recipient selection is administered by the IEEE Awards Board’s Technical Field Awards Council.
Moore is an IEEE Division V Director-elect Candidate. He was also the recipient of the Computer Society’s 2009 Hans Karlsson Award, which recognizes contributions and dedication to development or promotion of standards in the computer industry.

Moore is a 40-year veteran of software engineering at IBM and, now, at the MITRE Corp. He was an executive editor of the Society’s 2004 Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) and a member of the editorial board of the recent revision of “The Encyclopedia of Software Engineering.”

Moore performs software and systems engineering standardization for the IEEE, serving as its liaison to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 and as a member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee.

He is a Charter Member of the Computer Society’s Golden Core, the recipient of the IEEE’s Third Millennium Award, and was recently named an IEEE Fellow. In 2007, he received the IEEE Standards Association’s International Award for his “considerable contribution to the IEEE Computer Society Software and Systems Engineering Standards Collection (S2ESC) and the international collection of software engineering standards supported by ISO/IEC.”

In 23 years of service to the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Standards Association, Moore has pursued the application of engineering principles to modern information technology and software problems, providing key contributions to the standards for POSIX and Ada. In 1995, he began working on the craft-based techniques of software development, taking on the job of “harmonizing” the inconsistent standards of ISO/IEC and IEEE on the subject—a program which is close to completion.

In 1997, he began working with others in developing an engineering-based codification of software development, resulting in the SWEBOK Guide. As Chair of the Professional Practices Committee, he led efforts to align the SWEBOK Guide with the model curriculum for software engineering and with the Computer Society’s two certification programs, resulting in a single statement of the content and boundaries of the software engineering discipline—a baseline which has been largely accepted by external groups developing a master’s-level curriculum in software engineering and providing a path to US software engineers’ licensure.

Moore’s latest book on software engineering standards, “The Road Map to Software Engineering: A Standards-Based Guide,” was published in 2006 by John Wiley & Son. He holds two US patents and, dating to times when software was not regarded as patentable, two “defensive publications.” Moore holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina and a master of science degree in Systems and Information Science from Syracuse University.

About the Computer Society

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