This article is published in the February 2017 issue.

February Announcements

Nominations Open for Borg Early Career Award

CRA-Women invites nominations for the Borg Early Career Award (BECA). The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-W and an inspiration for her commitment in increasing the participation of women in computing research.

This annual award is given to an individual who has:

  • made significant research contributions,
  • had positive and significant impact on advancing women and diversity in the computing research community,
  • is relatively early-career (at-most 8 years post-PhD) faculty member or researcher in an industry or government lab, and
  • is affiliated with an institution, industry lab, or government lab in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2017.

Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)

Are you a faculty member interested in being a research mentor or do you know students interested in exploring research? The DREU program matches students with faculty mentors for summer research experiences at the faculty mentor’s home institution. Applications are currently open for both students and mentors. The application deadline is February 15, 2017.

National Academy of Engineering Announces New Members


Hirschberg (left) and Yelick (right).

Recently, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced it has elected 84 new members and 22 foreign members. Among those elected were Julia Hirschberg, CRA-W co-chair and former CRA board member, and Katherine Yelick, CCC council member. Several of the members elected have a background in computing research; congratulations to all.

  • Julia Hirschberg: Percy K. and Vida L.W. Hudson Professor of Computer Science, and chair, department of computer science, Columbia University, New York City. “For contributions to the use of prosody in text-to-speech and spoken dialogue systems, and to audio browsing and retrieval.”
  • Katherine A. Yelick: associate laboratory director, computer science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and professor, electrical engineering and computer science, University of California, Berkeley. “For software innovation and leadership in high-performance computing.”

From the NAE press release:

“Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/ implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2017.  A list of the newly elected members and foreign members follows, with their primary affiliations at the time of election and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments.”

February Announcements