Carnegie Mellon University
July 07, 2017

Garlan Will Receive Nancy Mead Award

By Ed Desautels

David Garlan, professor of computer science in the Institute for Software Research, has been named the recipient of the Nancy Mead Award for Excellence in Software Engineering Education.

The award will be presented at the 2017 Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T), Nov. 7–9 in Savannah, Ga. The award honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to software engineering education and training, as well as software engineering professionalism.

"David's work exemplifies the leadership, commitment and achievement that the Nancy Mead Award recognizes and honors," said Mead, the award's namesake and a senior member of the CERT program technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute. "This award recognizes the years of hard work and accomplishment by David in the field of software engineering education and his influence at Carnegie Mellon University and worldwide."

A faculty member since 1990, Garlan developed several required courses for the Master of Software Engineering program. His 1996 textbook with Mary Shaw, "Software Architecture: Perspectives of an Emerging Discipline," was the early definitive textbook of the field. In 2002, Garlan became director of Software Engineering Professional Programs, where he led the evolution of the original Master of Software Engineering program to a suite of professional programs with specific themes.

Garlan's nomination cited his success in promoting the reputation of CMU's Software Engineering Professional Programs globally, including the establishment of collaborative educational partnerships in India, South Korea and Portugal.

Garlan has received numerous honors for his contributions to software engineering, most recently receiving the IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering's 2017 Software Engineering Distinguished Education Award.