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archiveDistinguished Service Award

CRA makes an award, usually annually, to a person who has made an outstanding service contribution to the computing research community. This award recognizes service in the areas of government affairs, professional societies, publications or conferences, and leadership that has a major impact on computing research.

1996Dr. Paul Young

1996 Dr. Paul Young Awardee Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington

Dr. Young served as assistant director of CISE. He has provided outstanding representation and leadership for the computing research community during a period of critical changes in our nation’s approach to research and education.

As chair of the CRA Board of Directors during CRA’s formative years (1989-91), Dr. Young helped the computing research field develop a presence in science and technology policy making. He was a member of CRA’s Board from 1983-91.

Dr. Young also serves as vice chair of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Information and Communications, which is responsible for developing research programs and overseeing research in computing, information and communications across all federal agencies, including the congressionally mandated High-Performance Computing and Communications Program.

Prior to his NSF appointment, Dr. Young was professor of computer science and engineering and associate dean of engineering at the University of Washington, where he had served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 1983-88. He joined the University of Washington in 1983, after 17 years at Purdue University, where he was one of the first half dozen faculty members in one of the first computer science departments in the United States. Dr. Young graduated from Antioch College and received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963.

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