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NEEScomm IT Team Recognized by Computerworld as 2013 Honors Laureate





IDG’s Computerworld, a leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, has selected the NEEScomm IT team as a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate for its work in developing the NEEShub. Established in 1988, and celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Computerworld Honors Program recognizes organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic, and educational change.

A panel of 22 distinguished judges evaluated a case study of NEEShub considering its humanitarian benefits and measurable results of applying technology to meet a specific social or business need. The NEEShub case study, submitted in the category of “Collaboration,” was selected from more than 700 nominations to become one of 269 Laureates from 29 countries.

“Collaboration is a critical aspect for advancing the field of earthquake engineering,” said NEEScomm IT Director, Dawn Weisman. By providing a powerful internet-accessible system designed to store and utilize research project data and computational tools, NEEShub allows the fruits of groundbreaking research to be shared among researchers, students, practitioners, and the public.

IT Director Dawn Weisman will accept the award at a June 3 ceremony in Washington, D.C. During the event, finalists in each of the 11 Honors categories will be named for a 21st Century Achievement Award. The June 3rd issue of Computerworld magazine will also feature a selection of this year’s Honors Laureates.

“We are very excited and proud to receive this award, especially considering the number and quality of the other nominees.” Weisman said.  “The award is direct a reflection of the talent and dedication of the software professionals on the NEEScomm IT team and the contributions of the thousands of users of the NSF funded George E. Brown Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).”