November 12, 2008 08:00 ET
New Ph.D. Fellowships and Faculty Awards Honor Legendary IBM Employees
Prestigious Awards Promote Innovation and Diversity, Honor Exceptional Careers and Achievements of IBM Research and Development Leaders
ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - November 12, 2008) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced prestigious new
Awards named to honor past famed IBM research and development leaders.
The new programs are designed to put greater focus on nurturing technical
talent and fostering innovation among women and diversity groups worldwide.
The new awards include:
- Pat Selinger IBM Ph.D. Fellowship: awarded to an exceptional female
Ph.D. student worldwide with special focus on database design and
- Alex Müller IBM Ph.D. Fellowship: awarded to an exceptional Ph.D.
student from a growth market country with special focus on discovery and
- Harry Cochrane/Cal Waite IBM Ph.D. Fellowship or Assistantship: awarded
to an exceptional black Ph.D. student worldwide
- John Backus Faculty Award: awarded to an outstanding faculty member
pursuing new innovations in computer science
- IBM LA Grid Student Scholars Ph.D. Assistantship and IBM LA Grid
International Student Scholars Ph.D. Assistantship: awarded to exceptional
Hispanic Ph.D. candidates pursuing research in key technical areas.
"IBM's commitment to a culture of diversity and inclusiveness is an
essential part of attracting and retaining the best talent, and is
reflected in our focus in this year's new awards in support of top Ph.D.
students and faculty," said Jai Menon, vice president of technical strategy
and university programs at IBM. "We look to the brainpower inside
university institutions to be our allies in innovation, and we hope these
awards inspire future nominations from faculty who share and value IBM's
Additional Background on Award Honorees and Programs
Pat Selinger IBM Ph.D. Fellowship
Dr. Pat Selinger was a leading member of the IBM Research team that
produced the world's first relational database system and established the
basic architecture for the highly successful IBM DB2 database product
family. Her innovative work on cost-based query optimization for relational
databases has been adopted by nearly all relational database vendors and is
now taught in virtually every university database course. In 1994, Dr.
Selinger was named an IBM Fellow -- an honor accorded only to the top 50
technical experts in IBM -- and in 2004, she was inducted into the Women in
Technology International Hall of Fame.
Alex Müller IBM Ph.D. Fellowship
Karl Alexander Müller joined the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in 1963.
Müller was manager of the physics department at IBM Zurich Research
Laboratory from 1973 to 1992, and was named an IBM Fellow in 1982. He
received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1987 for his work in superconductivity in ceramic materials.
He has been teaching at the University of Zurich since 1962, and is the
author of more than 400 technical publications.
Harry Cochrane/Cal Waite IBM Ph.D. Fellowship or Assistantship
Harry W. Cochrane was hired by the IBM Poughkeepsie Data Processing
business unit in 1952 as the first black engineer in the IBM Corporation.
He produced several technical patents for IBM during his career as an
engineer, including a core matrix calculator and binary matrix multiplier.
Calvin L. Waite was hired by IBM in 1953 as a development engineer and was
assigned to M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory to work on the development of the
Semi-Automatic Ground Environment system for radar defense of the eastern
seacoast. He then was named manager of the Environment Test Laboratory for
the IBM Federal Systems division where he received the distinction of being
IBM's first black engineering manager. Cal also has lived a life of public
service, serving as chair of the Duchess County (N.Y.) Civil Rights
Commission, and after retiring from IBM, he was elected Mayor of Oberlin,
John W. Backus Faculty Award
Backus is the father of Fortran, the first widely used
language, which revolutionized computer programming and continues in
use today for scientific computing. He also invented the Backus-Naur Form,
the first formal technique for specifying the syntax of programming
languages. He was named an IBM Fellow in 1963 and was awarded the National
Medal of Science in 1975.
IBM LA Grid Student Scholars Ph.D. Assistantship and IBM LA Grid
International Student Scholars Ph.D. Assistantship
IBM's LA Grid Student Scholars Ph.D. Assistantships are part of the IBM LA
Grid Student Scholars Program, which is solely focused on the development
of student scientists from diverse backgrounds. Member students get access
to a set of seminars covering technology and professional development
workshops, and most importantly, it provides select students with mentoring
by IBM executives and professionals.
The LA (Latin American)
Grid is an international multi-disciplinary research community and
virtual computing grid enabling institutions and industry to facilitate
collaborative IT research, education and workforce development. Its primary
objective is the leverage of collaborative research to drive the
development of computer scientists from underrepresented populations
towards increasing the diversity in our workforce. The LA Grid consortium
consists of 10 universities and two supercomputing centers across four
countries collaborating with four IBM Research labs and numerous IBM
More information about IBM's University Programs and Academic Initiative is
available at www.ibm.com/press/academic or at www.ibm.com/university.