Hamilton awarded 2018 SIGAda Distinguished Service Award

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Drew Hamilton

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has awarded Mississippi State's Drew Hamilton the prestigious 2018 SIGAda Distinguished Service Award.

"It is very well deserved given your outstanding contributions to our SIGAda activities," ACM SIGAda Awards Committee Chair Rick Sward wrote in a notification message.

The ACM SIGAda Award Committee (volunteers who have previously won an award) selects recipients from nominations submitted by SIGAda membership and other members of the Ada community. For additional information, visit www.sigada.org/exec/awards/awards.html#Description.

At MSU, Hamilton is the director of the Center for Cyber Innovation and a professor of computer science and engineering. He is a Fellow and former president of the Society for Modeling & Simulation, International. A member of the ACM Special Interest Group Governing Board Executive Committee, he chairs the ACM Special Interest Group on the Ada Programming Language.

Previously, Hamilton served as Alumni Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Auburn University, where he established Auburn's cyber security program.

During his active duty career in the United States Army, he commanded HQs & HQs Battery, 1st Bn. 5th Field Artillery, Battery A, 8th Bn., 8th Field Artillery, Service Battery, 1st Bn, 8th Field Artillery and Battery F (sep), 7th Field Artillery and qualified in nuclear/chemical targeting. He served as the first director of the Joint Forces Program Office at SPAWAR working command and control interoperability and on the Department of Electrical Engineering a Computer Science faculty of the United States Military Academy, as well as chief of the Ada Joint Program Office. He is a graduate of the Naval War College with distinction.

Hamilton holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations from Texas Tech University, a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a master's degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University.

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