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1999 CRA Distinguished Service Award
presented to
Bill Joy and Dr. Ken Kennedy

Bill Joy, Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Ken Kennedy, Rice University, have been selected as co-recipients of the 1999 CRA Distinguished Service Award for their vision of computing in the new millennium and for mapping out the government's role in fulfilling that vision. Joy and Kennedy chaired the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). They led PITAC through a series of public meetings in which they studied numerous issues, including: high-end computing, scalable infrastructure, software, funding modes, research management, and socioeconomic and workforce issues.

PITAC's final report, issued on February 24, 1999, concluded that information technology will be one of the key factors driving progress in the 21st century, and that a vigorous information technology research and development effort is essential for achieving America's aspirations for the new century. At the same time, federal support for research in information technology is seriously inadequate. To address this problem, the report recommended that the federal government increase its support for information technology research by $1.37 billion by FY 2004.

The administration has already responded to the report by proposing a dramatic $366 million increase in next year's computing research budget. The computing research community owes an enormous debt to Bill Joy and Ken Kennedy for making a compelling case regarding the crucial importance of information technology research to the future of this country.

Bill Joy, Chief Scientist at Sun Microsystems Inc., co-founded the company in 1982. At the University of California, Berkeley 1975-1982, he was the principal designer of Berkeley UNIX, for which he received a Grace Murray Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. In 1993, the USENIX Association awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the UNIX community. Bill Joy is also a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Bill Joy is the inventor/co-inventor of many of Sun's technologies (including Sun's Network File System, Sparc Microprocessor Architecture, Java, and Jini technologies) and business strategies (open systems, "The Network is the Computer," Java licensing strategy, and Community Source licensing (for Jini).

Bill Joy's current research involves new uses of distributed computing enabled by using Java and Jini, new methods of human-computer interaction, new microprocessor and system architectures, and the uses in computing of scientific advances in areas such as complex adaptive systems, quantum computing, and the cognitive sciences.

More biographical information can be found at
Bill Joy's homepage, Sun Microsystems.

Ken Kennedy is the Ann and John Doerr Professor in Computational Engineering at Rice University. He founded the Department of Computer Science at Rice in 1984 and served as Chair until 1988. Throughout his career, he has conducted research on the optimization of code compiled from high-level languages, especially Fortran. He has been an active researcher on vectorization and parallelization. Kennedy was one of the proposers of the Center for Research on Parallel Computation, which he has directed since its inception in 1989.

Professor Kennedy has chaired and served as a member of a number of National Research Council/National Academy of Engineering bodies. He has also been appointed to advisory committees for the White House, Congress, the National Science Foundation, and DARPA. He has taken a leadership role in conferences and workshops, and serves on several editorial boards.

Ken Kennedy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery.

More biographical information can be found at
Ken Kennedy's homepage, Rice University.

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