Vinton G. Cerf – Distinguished Service Award
President of ACM
Vint Cerf has served on a number of international committees and used his influence to guarantee a healthy development of the Internet. As ARPA program manager in the 70’s, he helped develop and promote the basic packet technology that enabled the Internet. In 1992, he co-founded the Internet Society helping to develop the best protocols and standards for the fast growing network. Cerf chaired the board of ICAAN (2000-2007) and currently chairs the board of ARIN, organizations that coordinate domain naming. He has been a major promoter of IPV6. Vint has served on PITAC, chaired the visiting committee on advanced technology for NIST and now sits on the National Science Board. Vint currently serves as president of the ACM and sits on several advisory boards.
The Internet was Vint’s baby and as a proud parent, Vint continued to work diligently to oversee its childhood and adolescence to go on to become the great network we have today.
Nancy Amato – A. Nico Habermann Award
Unocal Professor and Interim Department Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University
Nancy Amato has been a tireless and highly effective leader of programs that engage women and underrepresented minorities in computing research, particularly the CRA-W Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Nancy has an impressive breadth of work not only at her home institution (Texas A&M), but also nationally with organizations including CRA-W, CDC, NCWIT and the Grace Hopper conference. Her nominators provided data showing her positive impact on the participation and success of women as well as members of underrepresented groups in computing research. She has also been an effective supporter of the Tapia conference.