National Weather Service names its first CIO

National Weather Service names its first CIO

APRIL 25—Shukri A. Wakid, the National Weather Service's first chief information officer, will oversee computer security, standards, information technology policy and planning, Weather Service spokesman John Leslie said.

Wakid, a pioneer in the development of technology to speed up Internet access, was CIO at the National Institute of Standards and Technology before accepting the Weather Service post April 10. He also headed the NIST information technology laboratory, where he managed research programs on subjects ranging from computer security to high-performance systems, Leslie said.

In the 1980s, Wakid designed telecommunications networks and developed circuit integration programs at Bell Laboratories Inc. in Madison, Wis. He also worked for NASA and for the University of Pittsburgh as an atomic physics researcher.

Leslie said Wakid received the Federal R&D 100 Award in 1991, the Commerce Department's Silver Medal in 1992 and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive in 1993. He is co-author of more than 60 articles on topics such as Internet service improvement, high-speed network performance measurement and software quality assurance, Leslie said.

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