WASHINGTON, D.C. — Juan Gilbert, chairman of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing at Clemson University, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science and Diversifying Computing.

The award is being presented to Gilbert at the 2013 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference Thursday through Sunday in Washington.

The Tapia award recognizes an individual with outstanding achievements in scientific scholarship, a strong civic presence within the scientific community and a dedication to the attainment of true ethnic diversity in computing and related disciplines. The ideal recipient is devoted to the principle of equity in both theory and practice, and has demonstrated leadership in applying creative solutions to the difficult social, cultural, technical and political problems of diversifying computing.

“Juan Gilbert epitomizes the ideals behind the Tapia award, from his inspired interactions with his students to his exemplary research publication record to his work in the real-world arena of accessible electronic voting,” said Richard Tapia, a mathematician and professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University in Houston.

“As a leader in efforts to develop more-diverse and well-qualified future generations of computer scientists, Juan’s voice is one that resonates and is respected by the community,” he said.

Gilbert joined Clemson University in 2009 and holds the Presidential Endowed Chair in Computing. Gilbert has research projects in spoken language systems, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, ethnocomputing (culturally relevant computing) and databases/data mining.

His research in electronic voting has resulted in the most accessible voting system interface ever created. Gilbert’s data mining and user interface research has created Applications Quest, a data mining and software analysis tool that allows admissions officers to address diversity in admissions while adhering to all judicial decisions on this matter.  

Gilbert has published more than 130 articles and given more than 200 invited talks and keynote presentations. He was named one of the nation's top African-American Scholars by Diverse Issues in Higher Education in 2002 and a national role model by Minority Access Inc. He is a National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society. He earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Cincinnati, and his Bachelor of Sciece degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Gilbert is chairman of the Coalition to Diversify Computing, an organization that seeks to address the shortfall in computing professionals through the development of a diverse community that can effectively meet the computing demands of an evolving society.

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