Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, received UW’s David B. Thorud Leadership Award at today’s ceremony recognizing the 2015 recipients of the annual UW Awards of Excellence. In the words of the nomination:
“Ed has been a truly extraordinary leader for many years and in many settings – national, regional, institutional, and departmental. I will touch on all four in this letter, but the recent leadership accomplishment that stimulates this nomination is Ed’s role in creating and leading the University of Washington eScience Institute, a cross-campus collaboration that has established UW as a recognized leader in data-intensive discovery.
“National leadership: Ed is widely viewed as the computer science research community’s highest impact national leader and spokesperson …
“Regional leadership: Ed is one of UW’s most visible and effective advocates with the region’s civic leadership …
“Departmental leadership: UW CSE’s rise from a ‘top-ten also-ran’ to the first rank of the nation’s computer science programs began during Ed’s 8 years as department chair.
“Institutional leadership: Ed’s role in creating and leading the University of Washington eScience Institute – a cross-campus collaboration that has established UW as a recognized leader in data-intensive discovery – illustrates his extraordinary performance in all of the areas identified as nomination criteria for the Thorud Award.”