CRA makes an award, usually annually, to a person/s who has/have made outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and/or successes of underrepresented groups in the computing research community. This award recognizes work in areas of government affairs, educational programs, professional societies, public awareness, and leadership that has a major impact on advancing these groups in the computing research community. Recognized contributions can be focused directly at the research level or at its immediate precursors, namely students at the undergraduate or graduate levels.
The Computing Research Association has selected David Notkin, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington Seattle, as the 2013 A. Nico Habermann awardee, recognizing Notkin’s deep commitment for increasing the participation of women and underrepresented groups in computing.
The CRA Board of Directors, in bestowing the award on Notkin, cited his tireless work to advance the success of all students in computing, and his strong and consistent advocacy for the inclusion of women and members of other underrepresented groups in the field. In his time at the University of Washington, Notkin has served as an extraordinary mentor to many graduate students, as a faculty member, and as Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Notkin has also been a national presence as a researcher and used that prominence to effectively advocate for inclusion. Notkin was also one of the founding members of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and provided pivotal leadership in the early years as one of the first chairs of its Academic Alliance. The Board also cited Notkin’s constant work to make the field of computing one that welcomes all, enables everyone to achieve their potential, and ensures that they have the opportunity to do so. Notkin was Nico Habermann’s Ph.D. student, and he attributes his focus on and success with mentoring to Nico’s example. He has been an outspoken advocate for underrepresented groups in computing, has pushed the field to try new approaches, and serves as a role model for the computing community.