Computerworld Smithsonian Award

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The Computerworld Smithsonian Award is given out annually to individuals who have used technology to produce beneficial changes for society. Nominees are proposed by a group of 100 CEOs of information technology companies. The award has been given since 1989.[1]


  • 1989 - Inaugural winners, all listed: Bell & Howell's Image Plus Search System; Orangeburg School District 5, Orangeburg, South Carolina; Passaic River Basin Early Flood Warning System, Sierra-Micro Inc.; FIX and FAST, Fidelity Investments; The Missing Children Project, University of Illinois; BI Home Escort System; University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator; Live Aid, Uplinger Enterprise; The Eyegaze Computer, LC Technologies; American Airlines SABRE Reservation Service; The Innovis DesignCenter.
  • 1992 — A Search for New Heroes
  • 1993 — Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center,[2] a joint project of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, established in 1986 by a grant from the National Science Foundation with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Its purpose is to develop and make available state-of-the-art high-performance computing for scientific researchers nationwide.
  • 1994 — LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY Parallel Ocean Program (POP)[3]
  • 1995 — NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, INC. Integrated Technology Plan[3]
  • 1996 — Carnegie Mellon FastLab, a multi-university real time financial trading simulator, for visionary use of information technology in the field of education and academia.[4]
  • 1997 — METROPOLITAN TORONTO POLICE, the "Metropolis" program, for technology innovations in policing, including the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, the automated 911 Emergency Response System, the Computer-Aided Scheduling of Courts system, the Repository of Integrated Computer Images (mugshot) system, the Criminals Information Processing System, the Computer Assisted Reconstruction Enhancement System, and many others[5]
  • 1998 - William E. Kelvie, Fannie Mae, the first internet originated mortgage
  • 1999 — Virtual Operating Room[6]
  • 2000 — EBay, Montgomery County Public Schools, Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Proton World, Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa, Danfoss Drives, National Marrow Donor Program, RealNetworks, Hawkes Ocean Technology, Delta Air Lines, Blackboard Inc..,[7] ROGER MAHABIR, CIO, ROYAL BANK OF CANADA DOMINION SECURITIES for advanced internet security techniques support the buying and selling of foreign currencies over the internet, supporting billions of dollars of business in the first year of operation.[8]


  1. ^ The Computer World Smithsonian Awards, 1989–2001, Smithsonian Institution.
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Wins Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Science".
  3. ^ a b c "ComputerWorld Honors Website".
  4. ^ "Carnegie Mellon University, Bio of Professor John O'Brien".
  5. ^ Metro Toronto Police Computerworld Smithsonian Case Study "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-07-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Virtual Operating Room (Virtual-OR)". Computerworld Honors. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  7. ^ Linda Rosencrance (June 8, 2000). "Technology innovators presented with Smithsonian awards". Computerworld. Archived from the original on 2012-05-07.
  8. ^ Royal Bank of Canada Dominion Securities, Computerworld Smithsonian Case Study Archived 2013-07-25 at