has been awarded the 2008 Government Computer News Technology Leadership Award. The semimonthly GCN focuses on information technology, security, and news for federal, state, and local government in the United States. Holland was cited for his influence on the direction of government high-performance computing.
He is deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency information processing and techniques office and manager of its high-productivity computing systems program. His office oversees the development of command and control systems, automated language translation, sensors and processing, and cognitive systems.
Holland earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1968 and 1969 in applied mathematics from Georgia Tech. He earned a Ph.D. in 1972 in applied mathematics from Brown University, in Providence, R.I.
KRISTINA M. JOHNSON
received the John Fritz Medal from the American Association of Engineering Societies. The first woman to receive the award, she joins the company of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Edison. Johnson was recognized for her expertise in optics, optoelectronic switching, and display technology.
One of the highest awards in the engineering profession, the John Fritz Medal is presented annually for scientific or industrial achievement. It was established in 1902 to commemorate Fritz, an engineer and mathematician specializing in partial differential equations.
Johnson has been provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore since last September. She cofounded the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute for Excellence in Optoelectronics, in Boulder, and is director emeritus of the Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center at the University of Colorado, also in Boulder.
She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1981 and a doctoral degree in 1984, all in electrical engineering, from Stanford University.
MARK E. RUSSELL
has been named vice president of engineering, technology, and mission assurance at Raytheon Co., a defense contractor headquartered in Waltham, Mass.
Russell now oversees 45 000 employees working on more than 8000 projects in engineering and technology research. Previously, he was vice president of engineering for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems, where his responsibilities included supervising development and production of semiconductor products.
He holds patents for microwave and millimeter wave components, high-range-resolution radar applications, and missile seekers.
Russell is on the board of directors of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, an organization that works to increase the number of minorities in engineering and other disciplines involving math and science. In 2001, the University of Massachusetts in Lowell inducted Russell into its Francis Academy of Distinguished Engineers.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1983 from the University of Massachusetts.