Members of the Committee
Lawrence Snyder, Chair, has been a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington since 1983, following faculty appointments at Purdue University and Yale University. He has been a visiting scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University (1987–1988), and a visiting professor at Sydney University, Sydney, Australia (1994–1995). Dr. Snyder received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in computer science (1973) and a B.A. from the University of Iowa in mathematics and economics (1968). Dr. Snyder has served on the Computer Research Association's board of directors and on numerous advisory panels formulating future research directions in VLSI technology and parallel computation. He is co-founder and general chair of the ACM's Symposium on Parallel Algorithms and Architectures. He chaired the CSTB's study on academic careers of experimental computer science and engineering; he also serves on the NRC's Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board. Dr. Snyder is a fellow of the IEEE and a fellow of the ACM.
Alfred V. Aho is associate research vice president, Communications Sciences Research, at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies. From 1995 to 1997, he was a professor in and chair of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University, and from 1991 to 1995 he was the general manager of the Information Sciences and Technologies Research Laboratory at Bellcore. Prior to holding these appointments, he was director of the Computing Science Research Center at Bell Laboratories from 1987 to 1991. He joined Bell Laboratories in 1967 as a member of the technical
staff in the Computing Techniques Research Department, and in 1980 he was appointed head of the Computing Principles Research Department. Dr. Aho received a B.A.Sc. (engineering physics, 1963) from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. (electrical engineering/computer science, 1967) from Princeton University. Dr. Aho's personal research is centered on data networking, multimedia information systems, database systems and query languages, programming languages and their compilers, algorithms, and the theory of computing. He has published more than 60 technical papers and ten widely used textbooks in these areas. He is a co-inventor of the AWK programming language and other UNIX system tools. Dr. Aho is a fellow of the ACM, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Bell Laboratories, and the IEEE. He is a former chair of the ACM's SIGACT and a former member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board.
Marcia C. Linn is professor of development and cognition and of education in mathematics, science, and technology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she researches the teaching and learning of science and technology, gender equity, and the design of technological learning environments. In 1998, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents selected her for its first award in educational research. From 1995–1996 she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In 1994, the National Association for Research in Science Teaching presented her with its Award for Lifelong Distinguished Contributions to Science Education. The American Educational Research Association bestowed on her the Willystine Goodsell Award in 1991 and the Women Educator's Research Award in 1982. Twice she has won the Outstanding Paper Award of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (1975 and 1983). She has served on the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Graduate Record Examination Board of the Educational Testing Service, and the McDonnell Foundation Cognitive Studies in Education Practice board. Her publications include Computers, Teachers, Peers — Science Learning Partners, with Sherry Hsi (Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates, in press); "Key to the Information Highway" in Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (1996); "The Tyranny of the Mean: Gender and Expectations" in Notices of the American Mathematical Society (1994); Designing Pascal Solutions, with M.C. Clancy (W.H. Freeman, 1992); and "The Case for Case Studies in Programming Instruction," with M.C. Clancy in Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (1992).
Arnold H. Packer is a senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University and recently served as executive director of the U.S. Labor Department Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS). He is currently chair of the SCANS/2000 Center. Dr. Packer has extensive experience in the fields of restructuring U.S. education and policymaking and is co-author of Workforce 2000 , a publication that has influenced the national conversation about human resource education. He has worked extensively with distinguished representatives from business, labor, education, and government to define the skills needed by all high school graduates to succeed in the workplace. Dr. Packer previously served as the assistant secretary for Policy, Evaluation, and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he formulated the administration's approach to work-based welfare reform and to retraining workers dislocated by economic change. His most recent book is School-to-Work: Reinventing the Learning Enterprise.
Allen B. Tucker is professor of computer science at Bowdoin College; he has held similar positions at Colgate University and Georgetown University. He served for 16 years as department chair in these institutions and 2 years as associate dean of the faculty. He held the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Computer Science while at Colgate from 1983 to 1988. Professor Tucker earned a B.A. in mathematics from Wesleyan University in 1963 and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University in 1970. He is the author or co-author of several books and articles in the areas of programming languages, natural language processing, and computer science education. He has also served as a consultant to several colleges, universities, and other public and private institutions, in several areas of computer science curriculum, software design, programming languages, and natural language processing application. A fellow of the ACM, Professor Tucker co-chaired the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Curriculum Task Force that developed "Curricula 1991," for which he received the ACM's Outstanding Contribution Award and shared the IEEE's Meritorious Service Award. Most recently, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the 2600-page CRC Handbook of Computer Science and Engineering (CRC Press, 1997), a comprehensive professional handbook that covers the entire discipline. He is a member of the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and the Liberal Arts Computer Science (LACS) Consortium.
Jeffrey Ullman has been a professor at Stanford University since 1979. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and as an Einstein Fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Ullman is a member of several professional organizations and
has functioned as the chair at numerous symposiums including the ACM Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages and the Technion International Symposium on Machines and Computations. Dr. Ullman has served on the National Science Foundation Panel on Computer Science and was the chair of the Examination Committee for the CS GRE. Dr. Ullman is the author and co-author of more than ten books and of several journal articles. He received his B.S. in engineering mathematics from Columbia University in 1963 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1966.
Andries van Dam is Thomas J. Watson, Jr., University Professor of Technology and Education and professor of computer science at Brown University, and was one of the Computer Science Department's founders and its first chair, from 1979 to 1985. His research has concerned computer graphics, text processing, and hypermedia systems. He has been working for more than 30 years on systems for creating and reading electronic books for use in teaching and research. The current project in this research, Exploratories, addresses the educational challenges implicit in a rapidly changing, Web-based environment. An exploratory is a computer-based combination of an exploratorium and a laboratory that embeds in a hypermedia environment a multifaceted interactive microworld that models objects, phenomena, and concepts. In addition, he has been concerned with teaching object-oriented programming and design, including elementary design patterns, in an introductory computer science course. Professor van Dam received the B.S. degree with honors from Swarthmore College in 1960 and the M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and 1966, respectively. He co-founded ACM SIGGRAPH, has been on the editorial board and served as editor of several computer graphics journals, and is on the technical advisory board of several startups and of Microsoft Research. His honors include these: 1974, the Society for Information Display's Special Recognition Award; 1984, the IEEE Centennial Medal; 1988, the State of Rhode Island Governor's Science and Technology Award; 1990, the National Computer Graphics Association's Academic Award; 1991, SIGGRAPH's Steven A. Coons Award; 1994, the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, the IEEE Fellow Award, and the ACM Fellow Award; 1996, elected to the National Academy of Engineering; 1999, IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal.