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Garlan Honored with Nancy Mead Award

Garlan Honored with Nancy Mead Award
July 14, 2017 • Article

July 14, 2017—Dr. David Garlan has been named the recipient of the Nancy Mead Award for Excellence in Software Engineering Education. The award will be presented at the 2017 Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T), to be held November 7-9 in Savannah, Georgia. The award honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to software engineering education and training, as well as software engineering professionalism.

In selecting this year’s honoree, the award committee cited Garlan’s many contributions to the field of software engineering education. Garlan has been a member of the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Master of Software Engineering program since 1990. He developed several of the program’s required courses, and his 1996 textbook Software Architecture: Perspectives of an Emerging Discipline (with Mary Shaw) was the early definitive textbook of the field. In 2002, Garlan became Director of CMU Software Engineering Professional Programs where he led the evolution of the original Master of Software Engineering program to a suite of professional programs with specific themes.

Garlan’s nomination cites his success in promoting the reputation of CMU’s Software Engineering Professional Programs globally. Under his directorship, collaborative educational partnerships were established with India, South Korea, and Portugal. “On an ongoing basis, David continues to actively develop similar opportunities that promote software engineering education worldwide.”

“David’s work exemplifies the leadership, commitment, and achievement that the Nancy Mead Award recognizes and honors,” said Mead. “This award recognizes the years of hard work and accomplishment by David in the field of software engineering education and his influence at Carnegie Mellon University and worldwide.”

Garlan is a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science’s Institute for Software Research at CMU. He received his Ph.D. from CMU in 1987. His interests include software architecture, self-adaptive systems, formal methods, and cyber-physical systems. He is considered to be one of the founders of the field of software architecture, and, in particular, formal representation and analysis of architectural designs. In addition to Software Architecture: Perspectives on an Emerging Discipline, he is coauthor of Documenting Software Architecture: Views and Beyond. In 2005, he received a Stevens Award Citation for “fundamental contributions to the development and understanding of software architecture as a discipline in software engineering.” In 2011, he received the Outstanding Research award from ACM SIGSOFT for “significant and lasting software engineering research contributions through the development and promotion of software architecture.” In 2017, he received the IEEE TCSE Distinguished Educator Award. Garlan is a fellow of the IEEE and ACM.

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