supply chain restructuring program for a consumer-product company, focusing on North American, Latin American, and Asian markets; leadership of the first successful post-merger integration of a $1-billion chemical business into a Fortune 20 company; design and delivery of multiple complex restructuring programs on a Pan-European and global basis in the oil, gas, chemical, and consumer-product industries.


Alfred V. Aho joined Lucent Technologies as Associate Research Vice President, Communications Sciences Research Division, in June 1997. He is currently Computing Sciences Research Vice President with responsibility for the Computing Sciences Research Center at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and the Bell Labs Research Center in Beijing, China. The research work of these laboratories encompasses computer science, software, distributed systems, networking, network design and management, embedded systems, scientific computing, and quantum communication. The UNIX operating system and the C and C++ programming languages came from the Computing Sciences Research Center.

Prior to these appointments Dr. Aho was Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University and from 1991 to 1995 the General Manager of the Information Sciences and Technologies Research Laboratory at Bellcore in Morristown, New Jersey. The work of this laboratory was directed at advancing the national information-networking infrastructure. Dr. Aho received a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Computer Science) from Princeton University. Upon graduating from Princeton Dr. Aho joined Bell Laboratories in 1967 as a member of the technical staff in the Computing Techniques Research Department, and in 1980 was appointed head of the Computing Principles Research Department. He has also been an adjunct professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Dr. Aho’s personal research has focused on algorithms, compilers, database systems, and programming tools. He has written more than 60 research papers in these areas and has published 10 books that are widely used around the world in computer science research and education. He is a coinventor of the AWK programming language and several UNIX programming tools.

Dr. Aho is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Bell Laboratories, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Helsinki and the University of Waterloo for his contributions to computer science research. He has been a distinguished lecturer at many of the world’s leading universities.

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