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ACM Honors Stevens Professor With Distinguished Engineer Award

Nicholas Bowen

Nicholas Bowen

Nicholas Bowen, an alumnus of our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has received a major award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). According to a press release issued by the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, the ACM has named Bowen, an industry professor in the systems & software division at the School of Systems & Enterprises (SSE) at Stevens, as a 2015 Distinguished Engineer, one of just five ACM members to be honored with the Distinguished Engineer award this year. Bowen recently joined Stevens after a three-decade career at IBM. Read the Stevens Institute press release.

Thanking ACM for the prestigious award, Bowen said, “I am honored that IBM gave me the opportunity to work on five major projects that ultimately defined the server industry and led me to receiving this award. I am even more fortunate to have been able to work with so many world-class engineers on these projects."

Bowen came to Stevens in 2015 following his eminent technical career at IBM. “Bowen is a valued new addition to our faculty,” said SSE Dean Dinesh Verma. “His expertise in all facets of technology is outstanding, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and real world experiences to our students.

The Stevens release said that “At IBM, he was recognized with numerous awards and recognitions for his knowledge and leadership while managing several critical projects - leading the creation of the Linux & Intel server market, leading the team that took AIX/Power to #1 market position, leading the software team for several of IBM’s world’s fastest computers (e.g., blue gene), undertaking the technical multi-system work that helped save the mainframe business, and creating a $1.4b appliance business, including all the industrial engineering work to build a new supply chain, manufacturing plants, and field support.”

According to the Stevens article, Bowen plans to advance the frontiers of technology and engineering at the institute by developing new graduate programs in cyber-physical systems. These programs provide engineers with the skill and knowledge to design and manage high-confidence complex systems, with a focus on bridging the cyber-world of computing and communications with the physical world of humanity and the Internet of things.

The Stevens release said that, as part of the ACM Distinguished Member Recognition Program, initiated in 2006, Bowen joins an elite group of individuals from leading academic institutions, as well as corporate and national research laboratories, who have made significant accomplishments or achieved a significant impact on the computing field and have helped enlighten researchers, developers, practitioners, and end-users of information technology throughout the world.

"Whenever we use an app on our phone to get driving directions, securely pay bills online, or conduct an internet search, we are benefiting from the research and efforts of computing professionals," explained ACM President Alexander L. Wolf. "By honoring the 2015 ACM Distinguished Members, we hope to reinforce this idea.” (February 2016)