UTCS Colloquium: Andrew Bernat/Computing Research Association Federal Funding for Computing Research Building Community and Words from My Sponsor ACES 2.402 Monday October 22 2007 at 2:00 p.m.

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Oct 22, 2007 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Type of Talk: UTCS Colloquium

Speaker Name/Affiliation: Andre

w Bernat/Computing Research Association

Date/Time: Monday October

22 2007 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: ACES 2.402

Host: J Strother

Talk Title: Federal Funding for Computing Research

ding Community and Words from My Sponsor

Talk Abstract:
The Com

puting Research Association is the Washington-based
non-profit looking

out for the health of the computing research
enterprise by focusing on

the people and money necessary
to conduct computing research. I start

with what CRA is doing
in general to support the people doing computing
and how students and faculty can make use of these efforts. <

br>Then I bring people up to date on what is going on with
research fun

ding at the federal level and what CRA is doing
to improve the situatio

n. A discussion to follow.

Speaker Bio:
Andrew Bernat is the cur

rent Executive Director of the Computing Research Association (www.cra.org)
an association of more than 250 North American academic departments of co

mputer science computer engineering and related fields; laboratories and
centers in industry government and academia engaging in basic computing

research; and affiliated professional societies.

As founding member
and chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at
El Paso he developed an acclaimed model of student involvement in researc

h secured external funding attracted and hired high quality faculty and

directed the renovation of a building to house the department. In recognit

ion of ... his success in creating arguably the strongest computer science

department at a minority-serving institution the Computing Research Associ

ation honored him with the A. Nico Habermann Award. In developing and lead

ing the National Science Foundation-funded Model Institutions for Excellenc

e project at UTEP he forged working groups across different departments an

d colleges that dramatically transformed the campus and led to qualitative

and quantitative improvement in student achievement. He has led national e

fforts to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities and wom

en in the computing profession. The workshop series he initiated with coll

eagues in Mexico dramatically increased the activity and productivity of th

e Mexican computer science community.

His experience ranges from sci

entific research with some 62 invited presentations and publications to e

ducational reform and innovation with some thirty invited presentations an

d publications.