Foster and Kesselman to Receive 2020 IEEE CS Society Goode Memorial Award

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 3 March 2020 – Dr. Ian T. Foster and Dr. Carl F. Kesselman have been selected to receive the 2020 IEEE Computer Society Harry H. Goode Memorial Award, “for sustained contributions to high-performance computing and distributed systems at the highest level.”

The Goode Award is given to individuals for their achievements in the information processing field which are considered either a single contribution of theory, design, or technique of outstanding significance, or the accumulation of important contributions on theory or practice over an extended time period.

Dr. Ian T. Foster

Foster is Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, and also director of the Data Science and Learning Division, at Argonne National Laboratory, and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago.

His research deals with distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies, and innovative applications of those technologies to scientific problems in such domains as materials science, climate change, and biomedicine.

Foster is a fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE, and an Office of Science Distinguished Scientists Fellow. His awards include the Ada Lovelace Medal from the British Computer Society and the IEEE Computer Society Charles Babbage and Tsutomu Kanai Awards.

Foster received a BSc (Hons I) degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a PhD from Imperial College, United Kingdom, both in computer science.

Kesselman is a Dean’s Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). He is also a Fellow of the USC Information Sciences Institute, where he is the director of the Informatics Systems Research Division.

Dr. Carl F. Kesselman

His research focuses on creating sociotechnical systems that leverage distributed and data-centered computing to accelerate discovery in societally important problems. Kesselman is a Fellow of the ACM and the British Computer Society; his awards include the Ada Lovelace Medal from the British Computing Society and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Amsterdam.

Kesselman received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the State University of New York, Buffalo, his Master’s in electrical engineering from USC, and his PhD in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Globus software co-invented by Foster, Kesselman, and Steven Tuecke is widely used in national and international cyberinfrastructures and science projects. It has been used, for example, in international Nobel Prize-winning science projects that discovered the Higgs boson and detected gravitational waves.

The award will be presented at the Computer Society’s annual awards dinner and presentation to be held on 27 May 2020 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner during the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors meeting.  The award consists of a bronze medal and a $2,000 honorarium.

Further information about the award, including a list of past recipients, may be found at:


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