Three Faculty Win Awards

February 06, 2009

Lenore Blum, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Peter Feiler, a senior member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute, and Priya Narasimhan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, have been named winners of Carnegie Science Center Awards. Blum will receive the Catalyst Award, Feiler the Information Tecnology Award, and Narasimhan the Emerging Female Scientist Award.

The Catalyst Award recognizes excellence in promoting public awareness of scientific issues, and advancing science in society to bring about measurable, beneficial change. The award cites Blum’s role as founding director of Project Olympus, which fosters economic growth and retention of scientific talent in Western Pennsylvania, as well as her efforts to increase the percentage of women studying and teaching computer science.

The Information Technology Award recognizes innovation in the development and commercialization of an information-technology-based solution resulting in significant business impact. Feiler has been instrumental in the development of the SAE International Architecture Analysis and Design Language (AADL), which focuses on building industrial-scale embedded systems to meet industry standards. The work started in 1999, and in 2004, the AADL specification was approved by 23 voting member organizations from the United States and Europe. The second revision of AADL became available from SAE in January 2009.

Priya Narasimhan was recognized as a leader and innovator in developing embedded and mobile technologies. Narasimhan and her team of 15 students have developed what they call a "smart football." By installing a mini GPS unit and accelerometer inside the ball, they can plot the football's progress and landing, even under a pile of players. They've also developed a "smart glove" embedded with 15 sensors in the fingers and palm, which can help determine if a receiver has control of the ball during critical plays.

The awards were announced Jan. 29 and will be presented at an awards ceremony May 9 at the Carnegie Music Hall. Previous winners of the Catalyst Award include William "Red" Whittaker of the Robotics Institute and Benno Bernt, chairman of the SCS Advisory Board.

Source: Carnegie Mellon News Blog

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