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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

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

Figure    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

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

Figure    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

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

Figure    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 http://awards.computer.org/ana.

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

Spring 2008 CSDP Cohort

2008 CSDA Cohort

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

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