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Nakakoji Named Distinguished Engineering Alumnus


April 2006

Four alumni of the College of Engineering and Applied Science were honored with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award at the 41st annual Engineering Awards Banquet on April 21, 2006. The awards recognize alumni and special friends of the college who have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities, knowledge, and significant contributions to their field.

Dean Robert Davis presented the 2006 awards in the categories of private practice, education, industry and commerce, and research and invention. The recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected for the awards by the Engineering Advisory Council.

One of this year's awards went to Computer Science alumnus Kumiyo Nakakoji:

Kumiyo Nakakoji is a highly regarded educator and one of a select number of researchers in the world who study how information technologies can be deployed to support creative knowledge work at both the individual and group levels. She is considered a pioneer in Japan, bringing together the computer and cognitive sciences for a new generation of students.

Kumiyo Nakakoji photo After receiving her bachelor's degree in computer science from Osaka University in Japan, Nakakoji started working for Software Research Associates (SRA) Inc., Japan. Through the company's scholarship, she attended the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating with her computer science master's degree in 1990 and doctorate in 1993. She began her academic career as the cognitive sciences chair at the Graduate School of Information Science at the Nara Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Tokyo, before becoming an adjoint associate professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science at CU-Boulder. Nakakoji now is a full professor with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo and a senior researcher with SRA Key Technology Laboratory, Inc.

She maintains strong ties with the University of Colorado as an ambassador between the Japanese and American professional communities. Nakakoji is an active liaison introducing people and sharing research through workshops and conferences, keynote speeches, and invited university and industry guests. She is credited with influencing researchers in higher education to reexamine how to address research issue, formulate models and approaches, and communicate research outcomes in international settings.

She serves as a member of many doctoral students' review committees in Japan, as well as the University of Colorado, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Oulu, Finland. Nakakoji plays a major role in promoting collaborative research projects involving members of the CU-Boulder Center for LifeLong Learning and Design.

She is the recipient of two prestigious Japanese research fellow awards for young researchers from the Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology (PRESTO) program by the Japan Science and Technology Agency).

Nakakoji's professional community service is extensive. She serves as the program officer for one of the largest funding agencies in Japan, where she is the representative of the Human-Computer Interaction area. She is currently Chair of Special Interest Group on Human Interface at the Information Processing Society of Japan. In 2002 she was awarded the Association for Computing Machinery Recognition Service Award. She is featured in the book How to Be a Scientist, which is published in Japan to encourage high school students to study science.

See Computer Science Distinguished Engineering Alumni and College of Engineering and Applied Science Alumni Awards for more information.

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