THE GREATER WASHINGTON BOARD OF TRADE
The Greater Washington Board of Trade's Technology Connectivity Award honors an individual who has advanced the use of technology to further innovation in society through applied knowledge, opportunity and creativity.
President, University of Maryland
During Kirwan's tenure as president of the University of Maryland, the school nearly doubled its research and development activities, receiving over $150 million in contracts and grants in 1998. Kirwan expanded the university's educational programs to Montgomery County, offering a new program in computer science engineering. Under his leadership, the university expanded its programs to include the Technology Extension Service at six offices across the state, the Maryland Industrial Partners Program and the Technology Advancement Program.
Kirwan is a member of numerous boards, including the Presidents Council of the Ford Foundation, the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the World Trade Center Institute, the Baltimore Council of Foreign Affairs, the High Technology Council of Maryland and The Greater Washington Board of Trade.
1998 LEADERSHIP AWARDS FOR GREATER WASHINGTON
The High Technology Council of Maryland's Business Leadership Award and the Northern Virginia Technology Council's Earle C. Williams Leadership in Technology Award recognize individuals who have significantly contributed to the growth and development of the technology business community in their regions and in the states of Maryland and Virginia, respectively.
High Technology Council
of Maryland's Business Leadership Award
President, Tracor Systems Technologies Inc.
Hamilton began his career at Tracor in 1966 as an engineer scientist. In 1989 he was appointed president and oversaw the company's expansion into Tracor Systems Technologies. Today the organization has 6,000 employees with 1,000 in the Washington area and 1,000 in southern Maryland.
Over the past three years Hamilton has served as chairman of the High Technology Council of Maryland, expanding it to a statewide organization with a voice in the state legislature. He has fostered partnerships with Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Board of Trade and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
On behalf of the High Tech Council, Hamilton participated in America's Promise by pledging to improve links between business and educational institutions to enhance technology curriculum and training. And through internship programs for both teachers and students, he pledged to promote awareness, understanding and work opportunities in high-tech companies.
With the support of the High Technology Council, Hamilton has managed the
Montgomery County Technology Enterprise Center incubator. That center's success has led to a new incubator, the Maryland
Technology Development Center, now under construction, that will house both information technology and biotechnology
Northern Virginia Technology Council's Earle C. Williams Leadership in Technology Award
CEO, Landmark Systems Corp.; Vice-Chair, Northern VIrginia Technology Council
Clark was recently named one of the region's nine "New Guard" leaders by The Washington Post. In 1983, then a 26-year-old computer programmer working for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Clark co-founded software start-up Landmark with Patrick McGettigan. It started when their employer agreed to let the duo commercialize a software tool they had developed for in-house use. Landmark today is a publicly traded, $50 million global company providing software products to manage and optimize large-scale computer systems. Last fall, Clark led the effort that took the company
As director of programs for NVTC, Clark led development of general membership programs that drew hundreds of
members and were named "Top Schmoozefest" in Northern Virginia by The Post. She
served on Virginia CIT's IT&T Steering Committee, which helped to develop Virginia's Blueprint for Technology-
Based Economic Growth. She also is an
adviser to Fairfax County on information technology policy.
Landmark's partnership with Edison High School has helped provide resources to the school, improve the computer science curriculum, train teachers and provide scholarships to students in science and
technology. Clark also works with Save the Children to help use technology to break the cycle of poverty in a rural community in Appalachia.
KPMG Peat Marwick Winners
KPMG Peat Marwick LLP's Greater Washington Region High Tech Entrepreneur Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of technology in the region.
Founder, Yurie Systems Inc.
Kim founded Yurie Systems in 1992 while working as a senior project engineer at AlliedSignal, funding much of Yurie's product development effort out of his own pocket. His focus on cash flow and his ability to find creative ways to fund the company's rapid growth brought Yurie to its initial public offering five years after its founding. Yurie was named America's No. 1 Hot Growth Company by BusinessWeek magazine in May 1997.
Kim's career has encompassed computer design, nuclear engineering, satellite systems and communications technology. Kim emigrated from Korea in 1975 at age 14. He earned bachelor's degrees in electrical and computer science and a master's degree in technical management from Johns Hopkins University, and he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland.
Kim sits on the board of visitors at the University of Maryland. He is involved in program development for the university's Clark School of Engineering, where he was recently named the 1998 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus. He speaks frequently at colleges and universities on the subject of technology entrepreneurship and is active in encouraging Korean American students to excel as entrepreneurs.
Chairman, CEO, President
America Online Inc.
Kimsey founded America Online Inc. (formerly Quantum Computer Services) in 1985. Over the past 25 years, Kimsey has founded and served on the boards of a number of successful businesses in the Washington area, including financial services, information technology, real estate development and restaurants. He is a founder of United Financial Companies, which numbers The Business Bank among its subsidiaries. In 1994, he was named Business Leader of the Year by Washingtonian magazine.
A Washington native, Kimsey graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and studied at Georgetown University. He was an Army major and an Airborne Ranger. He received various awards for valor and service during a tour in the Dominican Republic and two tours in Vietnam. During his first tour in Vietnam, he instituted an orphanage, which he has supported for the last three decades. Kimsey continues active involvement in national security issues through his participation on the Joint Special Operations Forces Institute Advisory Board.
Trusted Information Systems Inc.
Walker founded Trusted Information in 1983, and today it employs about 300 people. He spent 22 years working at the Department of Defense at the National Security Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is recognized nationally for his pioneering work on the DoD Computer Security Initiative, his establishment of the National Computer Security Center and the Defense Data Network and his extensive experience with large-scale computer networks and information systems. In 1984, Walker received the first National Computer System Security Award. In March 1995, he received Federal Computer Week's Federal 100 Award.
Walker serves on the board of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project and the Wesley Theological Seminary. On several occasions, he has testified before Congress as an expert on computer and communications security.