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Secure Network Programming, a system designed and implemented in 1993 by Professor Simon Lam and three former graduate students in the UTCS Networking Research Lab, won the 2004 Software System Award, given annually by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

The 2004 ACM Software System Award recipients consist of Professor Lam and the following UTCS alumni:

Thomas Woo, who received his Ph.D. degree from UTCS in 1994, is a Director in the Networking Research Laboratory at Bell Labs where he heads both the Mobile Networking and Internet Management Research Departments.

Raghuram Bindignavle, who received his MA degree from UTCS in 1994, is in India working on Linux-based and wireless technologies that will be of use to rural India.

Shaowen Su, who received his MS degree from UTCS in 1994, is Managing Director of Zero2ipo Ltd, a venture capital firm in China.

Previous winners of the Software System Award include Unix, TCP/IP, World-Wide Web, and Java. For a complete list, please visit the ACM Software System Award website.

The 2004 award citation reads:

"For inventing secure sockets and prototyping the first secure sockets layer (named SNP - Secure Network Programming) as a high-level abstraction suitable for securing Internet applications."

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