Three Distinguished Computer Scientists to Receive Honorary Degrees from UMass Amherst

September 13, 2000


AMHERST, Mass. - Distinguished computer scientists Leonard Kleinrock, Raj Reddy, and Barry Boehm will receive honorary doctor of science degrees from the University of Massachusetts during a convocation ceremony in Bowker Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. on Thurs., Sept. 14, marking the official opening of the University''s new Computer Science Research Center. Kleinrock is regarded as "the Father of the Internet"; Reddy is renowned in the field of artificial intelligence; and Boehm is a pioneer in software engineering. Profiles of the honorary degree recipients follow:

Leonard Kleinrock is called "The Father of the Internet" for his ground-breaking work in packet-switching, the technology which underpins the Internet. His University of California at Los Angeles lab sent the first Internet message on Oct. 29, 1969. He received his bachelor''s degree from the City College of New York, and his master''s and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering. He has been a UCLA faculty member since 1963, serving as the chair of the computer science department from 1991-95. He has published more than 225 papers and has authored six books. He co-founded Linkabit Corp, the Computer Channel, and the Technology Transfer Institute. Recently he founded Nomadix Inc., a high-tech start-up company that is developing advanced nomadic computing technology.

Kleinrock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow. Among his numerous awards are the UCLA Outstanding Teacher Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and several prize-winning papers.

Raj Reddy is the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon University. He is renowned in the fields of human-computer interactions and artificial intelligence. In 1984, Reddy was a recipient of the Legion of Honor presented by President Jacques Mitterand of France for his work with the World Center for Computer Science and Human Resources, an organization that works to bring advanced technology to developing countries. He is co-chair of the President''s Information Technology Advisory Committee.

His current research projects include speech recognition and understanding systems; collaboration on the Web; universal digital libraries; and learning on demand. Reddy received a bachelor''s degree from the Guindy Engineering College (now Anna University) of the University of Madras, India, in 1958, and a master''s degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 1960. In the early 1960s, he worked as a scientist for IBM Corp. in Australia. He began his academic career at Stanford in 1966 after being awarded his Ph.D. at that school. He joined the Carnegie-Mellon faculty in 1969. He served as the founding director of the Robotics Institute there, and served as the dean of the School of Computer Science from 1991-99.

Reddy is a member of the NAE and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and the Acoustical Society of America. He was president of the AAAI from 1987-89. He was awarded the ACM Turing Award in 1994 for "pioneering the design and construction of large-scale artificial intelligence systems, demonstrating the practical importance and potential commercial impact of this technology." He is a recipient of IBM Research Ralph Gomory Fellow Award.

Barry Boehm received his bachelor''s degree from Harvard University, and his master''s and doctoral degrees from UCLA, all in mathematics. Between 1989-92, he served with the U.S. Department of Defense as director of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Information Science and Technology Office, and as director of the Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) Software and Computer Technology Office. During his tenure at DARPA, he worked closely with UMass computer scientists on the Arcadia project, one of the largest academic software engineering research project collaborations ever. Recently, he worked with UMass faculty members under National Science Foundation auspices to help shape a research agenda for the software engineering community. He worked at TRW Corp. from 1973-89, culminating as chief scientist of the defense systems group, and at the Rand Corp. 1959-73, culminating as head of the information sciences department.

His current research interests include software process modeling, software requirements engineering, software architectures, software engineering environments, and knowledge-based software engineering. His contributions to the field include the Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO), the Spiral Model of the software process, the Theory W approach to software management, and two advanced commercial software engineering environments. He has served on the boards of several scientific journals, as well as on a slate of prestigious committees. Boehm is an AIAA fellow, an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and a member of the NAE. His honors and awards include Guest Lecturer of the USSR Academy of Sciences, the Grace Murray Hopper Award, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence, the ACM Distinguished Research Award in Software Engineering.