This article is published in the March 2013 issue.

2013 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

notkin_origThe CRA Board of Directors has announced its selections of the 2013 Service Awards. David Notkin, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington Seattle, was selected for the A. Nico Habermann Award, and Peter G. NeumannPrinciple Scientist at SRI International,was selected for the Distinguished Service Award.

Neumann was selected in recognition of the outstanding contributions to advancing the field of computing that he has made during over half a century of service and dedication. Neumann has led and driven the fields of computer-related risk and socially-responsible use of information technologies. These activities have also had an enormous impact in computing science research and remain at the forefront today. He has carried out this service quietly, but his impact has been very significant.

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 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.