Edward H. (Ned) Deets, III has been named director of the SEI’s CERT Cybersecurity Division. Deets assumes leadership following the retirement of Richard Pethia, who founded CERT, the world’s first computer security incident response team, at the SEI in 1988. Deets joined the SEI in 2012 as CERT deputy director, Defense Cyber Solutions. In 2013 he was named the founding director of the SEI’s Software Solutions Division. Deets retired with the rank of rear admiral after 32 years of service in the Navy. His final command tour was the Naval Network Warfare Command in Virginia Beach, Va. He is a graduate of Duke University and a distinguished graduate of the National War College.
Jeff Bigham and Carol Frieze were recognized as recipients of the 2016 AccessComputing Capacity Building Award, which honors collaborators who work to advance students with disabilities in computing fields. Bigham, an associate professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and Language Technologies Institute, received the award for his work engaging students with disabilities in accessibility research and outreach activities. From hosting AccessComputing research interns in his lab to leading computing activities for students at National Federation of the Blind conferences, Bigham has made a meaningful impact on research and educational opportunities for students with disabilities. Frieze, the director of Women@SCS and SCS4ALL, received the award for her work to make participation programs more welcoming and accessible to students with disabilities. This fall, she planned a Capacity Building Institute at CMU that addressed current and future resources for the university's faculty, staff and students with disabilities, while showcasing groundbreaking research pertaining to the disability arena at CMU.
Peter Cooke, professor and head of the School of Drama, was named a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honors List, which was announced from the residence of the Governor General in the Australian capital of Canberra. The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry, established in 1975 by Queen Elizabeth, II as a means to recognize Australian citizens for achievement or meritorious service. Cooke is an internationally recognized theater practitioner, administrator and educator with more than three decades of experience in Australia, Asia, the U.S. and India, where he has been a visiting professor at the National School of Drama for the past 14 years. Cooke was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008.