Carnegie Mellon's Anthony I. Wasserman Lauded With Distinguished Educator Award
Carnegie Mellon University's Anthony I. (Tony) Wasserman was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Educator Award from the Technical Council on Software Engineering of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for outstanding and sustained contributions to the design of individual software engineering courses, curricula for degree programs and curriculum recommendations.
"I'm very pleased to receive this award because it's always an honor to be recognized by one's peers. It's particularly rewarding to see innovative course and curriculum ideas widely adopted. I'm very proud of the programs I have helped to develop here at CMU," said Wasserman, a professor of Software Management Practice at CMU Silicon Valley and executive director of the Center for Open Source Investigation, focused on the evaluation and adoption of open source software. He added: "Teaching graduate students requires staying current on rapidly changing software technology and identifying what topics will be valuable to them in their long careers. My courses change every time I teach them."
Wasserman has divided his career between academia and industry, spending 20 years as an entrepreneur before returning to academia in 2005. In the 1980s, he was founder and CEO of Interactive Development Environments, which built the innovative Software through Pictures multi-user modeling system. He led engineering for a dot-com startup in the late 1990s and later served as a vice president of Bluestone Software, where he led the development of their award-winning Total-e-Mobile web toolkit.
"This recognition is long overdue for such a pioneering leader in both research and educational programs that create an exceptional entrepreneurially-focused environment for our Silicon Valley campus," said Martin Griss, director of the Silicon Valley campus and associate dean of CMU's College of Engineering. "Our Silicon Valley campus offers a spectrum of part-time, full-time and bi-coastal master's degree programs taught by outstanding professors like Wasserman that resonate with young professionals seeking to tap into all the technological advances that make our world a smaller place."
Wasserman is a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a life fellow of the IEEE and a director of the Open Source Initiative. He earned a Ph.D. in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an A.B. in mathematics and physics from the University of California, Berkeley.