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IEC Presents Fellow Award to William A. Wulf

From Business Wire
April 6, 2004

The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) presented the IEC Fellow Award to William A. Wulf, President of the National Academy of Engineering, before his plenary address at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association's Annual Meeting held last week in Orlando, Florida.

The IEC Fellow Award was established in 1994 to recognize individuals who have provided the information industry with a superior level of sustained and significant service. Areas of service considered for the award include education, technology, and industry leadership.

Dr. Wulf was elected President of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in April 1997; he had previously served as Interim President beginning in July 1996. Together with the National Academy of Sciences, the NAE operates under a congressional charter and presidential orders that call on it to provide advice to the government on issues of science and engineering.

Dr. Wulf is on leave from the University of Virginia, where he is a University Professor and the AT&T Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. Among his activities at the University are a complete revision of the undergraduate Computer Science curriculum, research on computer architecture and computer security, and an effort to assist humanities scholars in exploiting information technology.

From 1988 to 1990, Dr. Wulf was on leave from the University to be Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he headed the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). CISE is responsible for computer science and engineering research as well as for operating the National Supercomputer Centers and NSFNET (the immediate precursor to the commercial Internet).

Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Dr. Wulf founded Tartan Laboratories and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Wulf grew the company to about a hundred employees. Tartan developed and marketed optimizing compilers, notably for Ada. Tartan was sold to Texas Instruments in 1995.

The technical basis for Tartan was research by Dr. Wulf while he was a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. At Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Wulf's research spanned programming systems and computer architecture; specific research activities included the design and implementation of a systems-implementation language (Bliss), architectural design of the DEC PDP-11, the design and construction of a 16-processor multiprocessor and its operating system, a new approach to computer security, and the development of a technology for the construction of high-quality optimizing compilers.

Dr. Wulf is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Corresponding Member of the Academia Espanola De Ingeniera, and a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is also a Fellow of four professional societies: the ACM, the IEEE, the AAAS, and AWIS. He is the author of more than 100 papers and technical reports, has written three books, holds two U.S. Patents, and has supervised more than 25 Ph.D.'s in Computer Science.

Dr. Wulf received his B.S. in Engineering Physics and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.

In receiving the IEC Fellow Award, Dr. Wulf joins more than 80 communications and technology trailblazers, including Gordon Moore, former CEO of Intel; David Packard, founder of Hewlett-Packard; Robert Galvin, former CEO of Motorola; Vinton Cerf, Senior Vice President of MCI; Jack S. Kilby, Nobel Laureate and a pioneer in the development of the integrated circuit; and John Chambers, President and CEO of Cisco Systems.

More information about the IEC Fellow Award may be obtained by calling the International Engineering Consortium at +1-312-559-4100.

The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) is a cooperative public-service organization dedicated to positive change in the information industry and its university communities. For nearly 60 years, the IEC has provided educational opportunities for industry professionals, university professors, and promising students. Executives from throughout the industry continue to build strong business and technical foundations for the future through knowledge gained from IEC Forums and publications.

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