In celebration of Black History Month, CMD-IT would like to highlight Timothy Pinkston, the first African American to be the General Chair of the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), the premier forum for new ideas and research results in computer architecture. The ISCA '18 featured the Turing Lecture by 2017 Turing Award winners David Patterson and John Hennessy, the first Turing Award Laureates in Computer Architecture since 2009. This ISCA was record breaking, with 800 attendees and 378 papers submitted. The conference featured a series of firsts including a Bias Busting
Workshop, a CARES program for reporting harassment and discrimination and the awarding of the Eckert Mauchly award for the first time to a woman, Susan Eggers.
Timothy Pinkston is the
holder of the Louise L. Dunn Endowed Professorship in Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). He also is the Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Timothy Pinkston is leading the Technical Panels and Workshops Committee for Tapia 2019.
We would like to hear about more African American computer scientist "firsts". Please go to our CMD-IT Facebook page or tweet us at @cmdit and share your firsts.