Professor Rick Adrion received the 2008 Computing Research Association (CRA) Distinguished Service Award, to be presented in July at the CRA Conference at the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.
The award recognizes more than two decades of contributions to the computing community, including leadership in the development and federation of national networks that led to today’s Internet, strengthening the political voice of computer scientists in national politics, and strengthening the software engineering community.
Adrion has served several times as a senior manager at the National Science Foundation, where he was instrumental in setting strategic directions for computing research. He is also involved in strengthening, modernizing and invigorating computing and technology programs in Massachusetts public higher education, and currently serves as co-director of the Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative and director of the NSF Broadening Participation in Computing Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education.
The use of multimedia technology for teaching and learning, both in the classroom and for distance education, is a major focus of Adrion’s research. He is also active in the fields of testing, analysis and verification of complex software systems.
Adrion joined the Department of Computer Science in 1986, serving as chair of the department from 1986-94. During 1989-99, he served as president and chairman of the board of the Applied Computing Systems Institute of Massachusetts, a corporation he founded to transfer technology developed on campus.
Adrion received a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971, and has held permanent and visiting positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Oregon State University, Georgetown University and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery.