Carnegie Mellon® Software Engineering Institute's Linda Northrop Recipient of ACM SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award

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Carnegie Mellon® Software Engineering Institute's Linda Northrop Recipient of ACM SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award

PITTSBURGH, PA, July 18, 2007—Linda Northrop, program director of the Carnegie Mellon® Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Product Line Systems Program, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGPLAN, the subgroup of ACM that focuses on programming languages. The award is given on the basis of value and degree of services to the programming languages community, including conferences, publications, and local activities.

Northrop has served in ACM leadership roles since 1993, with primary involvement in the Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA) conference. Over the years, she served as OOPSLA Educators' Symposium Chair, Workshop Chair, Tutorial Chair, Program Chair, Conference Chair, and Steering Committee member and Chair. In 1995, she initiated the OOPSLA Educators' Scholarship Program. She is currently on the Aspect-Oriented System Development (AOSD) Steering Committee, has served on many conference program committees, was an ACM appointee as Computer Science Accreditation Board evaluator and later commissioner, and helped develop new accreditation criteria and associated training materials.

Northrop has delivered over 250 keynote speeches, tutorials, and presentations. Most notable among her keynote presentations are OOPSLA 2006, ICGSE 2006, AOSD 2002, ICSE 2001, and OOPSLA Educators' Symposium 2001. In addition, she has delivered numerous industry conference keynotes for such organizations as Siemens, Intuit, Boeing, Philips, Bosch, and Lockheed Martin.

Northrop has more than 35 years of experience in software development as a practitioner, researcher, manager, consultant, and educator. As director of the Product Line Systems Program, Northrop leads the work in software architecture, software product lines, and predictable component engineering. In addition to coauthoring the books Software Product Lines: Principles and Practices and Ultra-Large-Scale Systems; the Software Challenge of the Future, she has more than 50 publications including referred conference papers, articles, book chapters, and technical contributions. She is the recipient of the Carnegie Science Award of Excellence for Information Technology and the New York State Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Under Northrop's leadership, the SEI has developed software architecture and product line methods that are used worldwide, a series of five highly acclaimed books, and software architecture and software product lines curricula. She recently led a year-long study that included leaders in the software engineering community to define technical and social challenges to the creation of ultra-large-scale systems that will evolve in the next generation.

About the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI Web site at http://www.sei.cmu.edu.

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (http://www.acm.org), is an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for lifelong learning, career development, and professional networking.

SIGPLAN is the premier programming languages organization that promotes awareness and advancement of research and practice in programming languages. The organization sponsors conferences, publishes newsletters, and serves as a coordinating body for volunteers who wish to undertake projects to further its goals.

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