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Wulf Receives 1997 Engineering Achievement Award from VEF

February 10, 1997

By Richard W. Miksad

Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 09:00:21 -0500
To: seas-faculty@virginia.edu
From: "Richard W. Miksad"
Subject: Bill Wulf, 1997 Engineering Achievement Award of the Virginia Engineering Foundation.
Cc: "Peter W. Low"

SEAS Faculty

I write to ask you to join me in congratulating Bill Wulf on his selection as the winner of the 1997 Engineering Achievement Award of the Virginia Engineering Foundation.

This award, given after a competitive review of the career achievements of outstanding alumni nominees by a VEF committee is for awarded for the individuals total contributions to the field of engineering, in the areas of research, education, development of new technology and leadership in the profession.

Bill earned the first Ph.D. in Computer Science ever awarded at SEAS in 1968, and joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon where he served until 1981, when he left to found and become chairman of Tartan Laboratories, a thriving developer and marketer of optimizing compilers.

In 1988 he was appointed as an Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation. After two years in that post he joined the SEAS faculty as the AT&T Professor of Computer Science. He is an internationally recognized designer of advanced computer hardware and software, and his current work focuses on the design of high performance memory systems and computer security.

His contributions as a teacher are equally impressive. Working under a National Science Foundation grant, he led the development of a new "closed laboratories" computer science curriculum at SEAS in which undergraduates gain theoretical and practical skills many times that of students from more traditional curricula. It has become a model for other colleges and universities across the nation.

In 1993 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and last year, as you know, he was chosen to serve as Interim President of the Academy. He also chairs the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, ACM and IEEE, and the author or co-author of three books and more than 40 papers.

At home with industry as well as academia, he is a consultant to numerous corporations including Prime Computer, Westinghouse Research and Development, the United Nations Development Program, IBM, Digital Equipment, Intel, NCR and Univac.

Bill can claim many achievements, and as all of us who have had the good fortune to work with him know, he is also a modest and plain-spoken friend and colleague, always ready to lend a hand to anyone without any consideration of credit or reward.

Bill's record of achievement impressed the VEF awards committee, and I'm pleased that Bill can add this award to his long list of richly deserved honors.

Richard W. Miksad
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
The University of Virginia

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