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NSF Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award

October 12th, 2015 / in Announcements, awards, NSF / by Helen Wright


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to accept nominations for the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award. The Waterman Award is NSF’s highest honor. Each year, the Foundation bestows the award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher.

Congress established the Alan T. Waterman Award in August 1975 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the NSF and to honor its first Director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the NSF. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.

Recent Computer Science Winners:

Mung Chiang, Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, was recognized for his fundamental contributions to the analysis, design, and performance optimization of wireless networks.

Scott J. Aaronson, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, was recognized for numerous fundamental contributions to quantum computing and theoretical computer science and for popularization of quantum information science.

Robert J. Wood, Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, was recognized for his development if multi-scale, multi-material fabrication methods for automated monolithic assembly of high performance, innovative robots.

Robert’s work was expanded upon in the first Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Computing Visions 2025 Workshop, Interacting with the Computers All Around Us. The workshop brought together researchers at the cutting edge of pervasive computing to look beyond the horizon at the technological innovations that could radically change how computers interface with people and the world around them.

With the recent advances in computing, it would be great to have another winner from computer science. Please visit this website for details about the Waterman Award’s history, the nomination procedure, and the selection criteria. Nominations are due October 23, 2015, so don’t delay! 

NSF Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award