W. Richards (Rick) Adrion, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
In recognition for his leadership and achievements, Dr. Adrion is being honored for his role in developing, broadening, expanding and improving computing and information technology activities for students in K-12 and higher education throughout the Commonwealth.
His dedication to providing access to women and minorities in the field of computer technology and sciences is legendary. This commitment has been exhibited through his work in establishing the Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative and the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education.
Professor Adrion's Biography:
Rick Adrion is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, PI for an NSF REU Site, PI for the NSF CISE BPC Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE), Co-Director of the Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative (CITI), and Co-Director of the RIPPLES,Multimedia Teaching and Learning Research Group. [see links above]
Adrion was chair of the CS Department from 1986-1994. He founded and, from 1988-2000, served as president and chair of the board of the Applied Computing Systems Institute of Massachusetts --- a corporation designed to transfer technology developed at the University of Massachusetts.
Previously, he held full-time positions with The University of Texas, Austin, Oregon State University, the National Science Foundation, and the National Bureau of Standards, and he held adjunct, visiting, and/or sabbatical positions at American University, Georgetown University, the University of California, Berkeley, the National Science Foundation, and Universite' de Paris-Sud Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique.
Adrion was the founder and served as Editor in Chief of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology . Adrion is a fellow of the ACM and of the AAAS and received distinguished service awards from the University, ACM-SIGSOFT and the Computing Research Association.