January 27, 2009 — William Wulf, the AT&T Professor of Computer Science in the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science and former president of the National Academy of Engineering, has received the Award for Distinguished Public Service from the IEEE-USA Board of Directors "for advancing engineering professionalism and promoting U.S. competitiveness in science and technology."
The award is given to honor individuals not currently in the practice of engineering for contributions that further the professional goals of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in the United States.
The National Academy of Engineering elected Wulf president in 1997 and he served in that capacity for 10 years. He is the author or co-author of three books, two patents and more than 40 papers.
Wulf's research interests revolve around the hardware/software interface. Among other accomplishments, he designed Bliss, a systems-implementation language, and was one of the architects of a highly successful minicomputer. His current research interests include computer architecture and security, hardware-software co-design and scalable high-performance memory systems.
Wulf is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Philosophical Society, an Eminent Member of Eta Kappa Nu, a member of the Academy Bibliotheco Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria), and a foreign member of the Academies of Australia, China, Japan, Romania, Russia, Spain and Venezuela. He also is a fellow of several professional societies, including IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is currently chairman of the board of trustees for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.
He has published and speaks widely on the future of engineering education and the long-term educational needs of engineers, including issues pertaining to increasing diversity in the field.
IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE's U.S. members.