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Nominations Open for Linda M. Northrop Software Architecture Award

Nominations Open for Linda M. Northrop Software Architecture Award
February 6, 2018 • Article

February 6, 2018—The SEI has opened the nomination period for the Linda M. Northrop Software Architecture Award. This honor recognizes an individual or team that has used software architecture to significantly improve practices or outcomes, or both, in an organization or in the software-development community. The award will be presented at the 2018 Software Engineering Institute Software Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) Conference, which will convene May 7-10, 2018, in Plano, Texas.

The winning entry will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Success through Architecture. Significant, influential use of architecture as a critical factor in the successful launch of a product or system.
  • Leadership. Motivating others in an organization or in the community to adopt an innovative software architecture practice.
  • Persistent Change. Product or innovative software architecture practice that produced a persistent change in behavior and results.
  • Perspective. Emergence of a new or different perspective on software architecture.

Winners will receive free admission to SATURN, and the conference will cover travel and lodging expenses. The winners will also present their experiences and insights in an invited talk at SATURN and write a guest post on the SEI SATURN Blog.

The award is named for Linda M. Northrop, an SEI Fellow who led the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) program that was instrumental in the creation and development of the field of software engineering known as software architecture. SEI software architecture methods are today in wide use throughout the world, documented in a series of highly acclaimed books and disseminated by means of a software architecture curriculum and certificate programs. To date, more than 20,000 people from more than 1,800 organizations have attended courses in the SEI Software Architecture Curriculum, and more than 2,500 people have earned software-architecture-related certificates.

“When Linda Northrop retired from the SEI in 2015,” said Bill Pollak, SATURN 2018 General Chair, “we wanted to do something to commemorate her contributions to the field of software architecture. Bestowing the award in Linda’s name at the SATURN Conference, which Linda founded, and making it a key component of the technical program helps us to honor her legacy.”

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