CRA Announces 2006 Service Award Winners
CRA is pleased to announce the winners of its
2006 service awards, which will be presented at CRA's Conference at Snowbird,
Utah, on June 25, 2006.
Distinguished Service Awards will be given this
year to Mary Jane Irwin, Penn State University, and David Patterson,
University of California, Berkeley.
Mary Lou Soffa, University of Virginia,
will receive the A. Nico Habermann award for her outstanding contributions to
increasing the numbers and/or successes of underrepresented members in the
computing research community.
On the recommendation of the Distinguished
Service Award Committee, the board also approved a special award for Stuart
Zweben, Ohio State University, for his long-term involvement and efforts on
behalf of CRA's annual Taulbee Survey.
Distinguished Service Awards
Jane Irwin, Evan Pugh Professor and Co-director of the Embedded and
Mobile Computing Center (emc2) in the CSE Department at Penn State
University, has served at high levels with distinction in three of the main
computing research professional organizations. She was a long-time and
active member of the CRA board and vice-chair for four years; a member of
council and vice president of ACM; and a member of council of the IEEE
Irwin played a fundamental role in founding
CRA-W, and has
continued to be active in this leading organization for more than a decade.
She has helped to set the future research agenda for the computer
architecture community by co-chairing
CRA's grand challenge conference in this area. Her record of
participation in professional publications and conference activities is
Patterson, Professor of Computer Science at the University of
California, Berkeley, has a wide range of service activities in addition to
being a leading computing researcher. He served for four years as CRA's
board chair, during which he revitalized the membership of the board,
greatly strengthened the financial abilities of the organization so it could
better carry out work on behalf of the computing research community, and
oversaw an expansion and strengthening of the programs, in particular in
government affairs and representation of women.
As current president of ACM, Patterson has
used his standing to speak out forcefully and effectively for improving the
innovation climate in the United States through his efforts to return DARPA
to a more basic research agenda, increasing federal funding for computing
research and development, making the United States a more welcoming place to
foreign students and researchers, and encouraging American students to
pursue a computing research career.
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Lou Soffa, the Owen R. Cheatham Professor and Chair of Computer Science
at the University of Virginia, was the founder of CRA-W's Affiliate
Distributed Mentoring Program and co-founder (with Jan Cuny) of the
Graduate Student Cohort and the
Associate Professors. The Graduate Student Cohort program is now
bringing 200 women together annually for a two-day workshop. Soffa has
consistently been responsible for finding funding for these programs,
recently obtaining significant funding from industrial sources, even as the
programs have grown. She is also extremely active in individual mentoring.
She has graduated 21 PhD students and 54 MS students, and more than half of
these are women. Eight are tenured or tenure-track faculty members.
Soffa is active in minority enrollment
issues as well. As Dean of Arts and Sciences at University of Pittsburgh she
doubled the enrollment of minority students. Since 1992 she has been an
active advisor to Florida A&M, a historically black university, where she
substantially helped both the university administration and their ABET
accreditation. In 1999, Soffa won the Presidential Award for Excellence in
Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
the recommendation of the Distinguished Service Award Committee, the CRA
board approved a special award for Stuart Zweben to recognize his
outstanding service to the computing research community, with particular
attention drawn to the CRA Taulbee
Survey. Over many years, this survey has been exceptionally helpful both
as a policy-making tool and in improving the conditions of employment of
academic computing researchers, thus helping with recruitment and retention
in our community.
Zweben is Professor and Associate Dean for
Academic Affairs and Administration at Ohio State University's College of
Engineering. He served as one of ACM's representatives on the CRA board of
directors from 1997-2004, and continues to take a leadership role in the
Taulbee Survey. In addition, Professor Zweben has a strong record of
involvement in undergraduate education, particularly with ABET, the
organization that accredits college and university programs in applied
science, computing, engineering, and technology.
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