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Issue No. 10 - October (2008 vol. 41)
ISSN: 0018-9162
pp: 82-84
Bob Ward , IEEE Computer Society
Computer Society Honors Top Experts
The IEEE Computer Society sponsors a dynamic program of awards and honoraria designed to recognize both technical achievement and service to the Society and the profession. Technical awards recognize pioneering and significant contributions to the field of computer science and engineering. Service awards honor both volunteers and staff for well-defined and highly valued contributions to the Society.
Benjamin Wah Wins Merwin Award

Benjamin Wah works to design solvers for large-scale nonlinear optimization problems in mathematical programming.

Benjamin W. Wah, the Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently received the IEEE Computer Society's Richard E. Merwin Distinguished Service Award. His citation reads, "For outstanding achievements, sustained leadership, and dedicated service to the IEEE Computer Society."
An accomplished author, Wah has published five books and more than 250 papers on nonlinear optimization and related topics. As a volunteer leader, he has promoted initiatives in distance learning, continuing education, and cooperative research, and served as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering from 1993 to 1996.
Wah's other honors include the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE Millenium Award, and the Raymond T. Yeh Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Design and Process Science. He served as president of the Computer Society in 2001 and is a Fellow of the IEEE, the ACM, the Society for Design and Process Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The Merwin Award is the IEEE Computer Society's highest-level volunteer service award. A bronze medal and $5,000 honor outstanding service to the profession at large, including significant service to the Computer Society or its predecessor organizations.
Anil Jain Receives W. Wallace McDowell Award

Anil K. Jain is a member of the US National Academy of Science's committees on Whither Biometrics and Improvised Explosive Devices.

Anil K. Jain, a professor of computer science and engineering and of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University, recently received the IEEE Computer Society's W. Wallace McDowell Award for outstanding recent theoretical, design, educational, practical, or other similar innovative contributions that fall within the scope of Computer Society interest.
His citation reads, "For pioneering contributions to theory, technique, and practice of pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition systems."
Jain has received awards that include a 2003 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement award, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Humboldt research award, a Fulbright fellowship, and the International Association for Pattern Recognition's King-Sun Fu Prize for contributions to pattern recognition and biometrics. He also served as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence from 1991 to 1994. Jain is a fellow of the IEEE, the AAAS, the ACM, the IAPR, and SPIE.
Winners of the W. Wallace McDowell Award receive a bronze medal and a $2,000 honorarium.
Guy Steele Honored with Harry H. Goode Award

Guy Steele is responsible for research in language design and implementation strategies at Sun Microsystems.

Guy L. Steele, a Sun Microsystems Fellow working on language design and implementation strategies, recently received the IEEE Computer Society Harry H. Goode Memorial Award for contributions to computer science.
His citation reads, "For innovation and leadership in the definition, design and standardization of computer languages and creativity in the design of languages and algorithms for parallel and high performance computing."
Steele is a Fellow of the ACM, AAAS, and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award in 1988.
The Goode Award consists of a bronze medal and $2,000 for achievements in the information processing field that are considered either a single contribution of theory, design, or technique of outstanding significance or the accumulation of important contributions to theory or practice over time.
For further information on IEEE Computer Society awards, visit
Society Recognizes Newly Certified Software Developers
To date, nearly 1,000 software professionals have taken and passed the IEEE Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional and Certified Software Development Associate exams. The tests, together with tailored training courses and other preparation materials, give Computer Society members and others the opportunity to challenge themselves and enhance their knowledge of the most important concepts in software engineering.
The IEEE Computer Society congratulates the following software development professionals who have achieved the sought-after CSDP and CSDA endorsements.
Fall 2007 CSDP Cohort

    Pieter Botman

    Bradley Braun

    Michael Buckley

    Forrest Callicutt

    Yehia Elmongy

    Philip Glebow

    Scott Guyer

    Richard Hanagan

    Dennis Hill

    Glenn House Sr.

    Juhong Huang

    Oleg Ivanov

    David Kahn

    Chih-ni Lee

    Chi shun Lein

    Daoyu Li

    Chien Lin

    Robert Lucyshyn

    Zlatko Marcok

    Jakub Ner

    James Porter

    Chad Rosenquist

    Craig Smith

    Andrew Staats

    Wiebe Wiersema

    Shengzhi Xu

    Xiang Yin

    Meishan Zhou

    Walter Zink, Jr.

Spring 2008 CSDP Cohort

    David Barnett

    Andres Belmar

    Chu-mei Chen

    Yoonsik Cheon

    Richard Dickerson

    Corey Doucet

    Kurt Englmeier

    Aleksandar Fabijanic

    Andrew Glowik

    Christopher Grassi

    Aaron Hogue

    Richard Hubert

    Christopher Kantzer

    Hanna Makaruk

    George Moore

    Satish Mundra

    Rajeev Pandey

    Hector Pila

    Gerald Price

    Teresa Roberts

    Jeffrey Slumpff

    Timothy Van Prooyen

2008 CSDA Cohort


    Shilpa A.

    Manoj Aerroju

    Anuraag Agrawal

    Marco Aguirre

    John Anderberg

    Hassan Annous

    Anu Anu

    Ravneet Arora

    Jeffrey Arrington


    Veena B.P.

    Ashok Babu

    Roger Baker

    Eric Bakkum

    Luca Barbieri

    Suvarna Benke

    Stephan Berg

    Jesse Berger

    Sayantan Bhadra

    Hu Bin

    Adam Bird

    Matko Botincan

    Eric Boyer

    Eliza Brock

    Aaron Brownell

    Eric Brynsvold

    Christine Butler


    Cory Carson

    Jason Cavett

    Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay

    Shruti Chaturvedi

    Jeff Cruder


    Rodrigo de Castro

    Pooja Deshpande

    Nikhil Dhankani

    Shyam Dhanraj

    Mehul Dhorda

    Jose Dieppa

    Scott Durling

    Nathan Duthoit

    Adam Dziki


    Nathan Edwards

    Amin El-assaad

    Maye Eldin

    Mark Elliot

    Kenneth Evensen


    Jason Favors

    Sean Feeney

    Jovia Fernandes

    Todd Fichtenberg

    Kevin Fisher

    Eduardo Fleury

    Manuel Freire


    Robert Geboy

    Bogdan Gherman

    Andrew Gianfagna

    Simon Gobel

    Gulsharan Goraya

    Nishant Goyal

    Rafael Guallar

    Rajesh Gupta

    George Gutt-Jankowski


    Hurvitha H.

    Parichith H.S.

    Amelia Hale

    Sara Hamouda

    Ronald Hedgecock II

    Waqar Hussain


    Zhang Jing

    Erik Juhl


    Mahalakshmi K.

    Riya Kariath

    Sangeeth Keeriyadath

    Phillip Knoll

    Mahesh Kommareddi

    Chandan Kumar


    Jason Lai

    Harshad Lalwani

    William Lawler

    Ryan Ledbetter

    Mike Lewis

    Si Meng Liu

    Michael Lucas


    Smruthi M.

    Chenglong Ma

    Andrew Macpherson

    Ashish Mahalka

    Keith Marcum

    Voicu Marius

    Merritt Martin

    M. Maruthamuthu

    Anthony Mastrean

    Michael Matsui

    Casey McCracken

    Ben Miller

    Scott Milliquet

    Jamie Montealegre

    Benjamin Muffih

    John Myers

    Aaron Myhr

    Seho Myung


    Debdeep Nath

    Rushin Nimishbhai-Shah

    Christian Nitschke


    Anil Omanwar

    Peter Outcalt


    Victor Pang

    Andrew Passehl

    Derek Perkins

    Uday Pidikiti

    Shaun Pierce

    Devi Pillai-Jayalekshmi

    Nicholas Pitcher

    Benjamin Poirier

    Mohan Ponnada

    Amanjot Purewal


    Soni Ramchandani

    Sonia Raychaudhuri

    John Regner

    Michael Reust

    Zhang Rui

    Arun R.V.


    Ananya S.

    Ranjini S.

    Moorthy S.S.

    Noha Sadek

    Derek Shaw

    Raymond Shetley

    Wing Kin Shum

    Wendel Silva

    Dhrubajyoti Sinha

    Divya Sivakumar

    Paul Soberanis

    Sean Stevenson

    Tyrone Stewart


    Jimmy Ti

    Sarah Tolledo

    Travis Tomsu

    Hung Truong


    Avinash Uppuluri


    Siddharth V.

    Kayron Valentine

    Sameer Valiyani

    Gerben van Loon

    Anthony Vigil

    Alexander Vogel


    Cong Wang

    Yang Wang

    Lee Weinstein


    Bingxuan Xie


    Xia Yan

    Qi Yang

    Qijiao Ye

    Damiri Young

    Cao Yuan

To learn more about IEEE Computer Society certification programs, visit Applications to take the CSDP and CSDA exams in 2008 are due by 1 December.
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