Computer Science Professor Anita Jones Awarded IEEE Founders Medal

Dec. 7, 2006 -- Anita K. Jones, University Professor and Lawrence R. Quarles Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the recipient of the 2007 Founders Medal by the IEEE, the world’s leading association for the advancement of technology.

Jones is receiving the award “for outstanding leadership in academic research and in directing computer science and engineering research in the Department of Defense.” The medal will be presented at the annual IEEE Awards Ceremony in June 2007.

A member of the U.Va. faculty since 1988, Jones served Director of Defense Research and Engineering at the U.S. Department of Defense from 1993 to 1997, overseeing the department’s science and technology program, research laboratories and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

A Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the IEEE, she is the author of two books and more than 40 papers. She has received the U.S. Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award, a Distinguished Public Service Award, a tribute in the Congressional Record and the Augusta Ada Lovelace Award from the Association for Women in Computing.

Jones received her doctorate in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1973, where she also taught and co-founded Tartan Laboratories, of which she was vice president from 1981 to 1987.

The IEEE Founders Medal, established by the Institute of Radio Engineers in 1952, honors those who have made outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and electronics engineering profession.

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