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Anita Jones wins CRA's Distinguished Service Award

From Computing Research News
September 1, 1997

Anita Jones

A nita Jones, a distinguished University Professor at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, was selected as this year's winner of the CRA Distinguished Service Award. Her selection is based upon her many contributions to the profession over the years, but most notably for her recent service as Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E). In this position, Dr. Jones had oversight responsibility for the entire science and technology program of the U.S. Department of Defense (about $35 billion annually). Dr. Jones is the first computer scientist (and the first woman) to hold that prestigious position. She has always been concerned with the health of science and engineering research in the United States, and at DDR&E she made vast improvements in the national infrastructure necessary to perform that research.

CRA presents an award annually to a person who has made an outstanding service contribution to the computing research community. The CRA Distinguished Service Award recognizes service in the areas of government affairs, professional societies, publications, or conferences, as well as leadership that has had a major impact on computing research.

Dr. Jones received a B.A. in Mathematics from Rice University, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Texas, and in 1973 a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. She was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon until 1978, when she was promoted to Associate Professor. During 1981-87 she was co-founder and vice-president of Tartan Laboratories, a successful software company. In 1988 she joined the University of Virginia as Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science, where she forged a top-notch computer science research program.

Dr. Jones has devoted a total of 15 years of combined service on the Air Force Science Advisory Board, and the Defense Science Board, the latter being the most senior of the external advisory bodies to the U.S. Department of Defense. In 1994 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and in 1996 she was named an IEEE Fellow. Her technical interests focus on the design and construction of programmed systems. She has designed protection mechanisms and built secure systems that afford guarantees about how information is used. She has designed and built multiple processor operating systems in order to experiment with both the underlying machine architectures and the top-level applications. She implemented realistic and substantial systems to test design and implementation hypotheses so as to ensure both functionally and cost-effectiveness. She is author or co-author of 37 scientific papers and the editor of two books.

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