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Robert Kahn, who in the 1970s laid some of the foundation for the Internet while at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has won the National Academy of Engineering's Charles Stark Draper Prize.

Robert Kahn
The academy said Kahn, founder and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), will share the prize'a $500,000 annual award'with three others for their Internet work.

Kahn designed Arpanet, DARPA's first packet-switching WAN, in the early 1970s. In 1972, he became director of DARPA's Information Processing Techniques Office, where he initiated the Strategic Computing Program, one of the government's largest computer R&D programs.

Kahn conceived of open-architecture networking and is a co-inventor of TCP/IP. He also initiated DARPA's Internet Program. In 1997, he received the National Medal of Technology. He founded CNRI in 1986.

Francine Berman has been named director of the San Diego Supercomputing Center and its National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure. She replaces Sid Karin, who had directed the center since its inception 16 years ago. The center is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Michael E. Sipple has left his job as acting director of the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council to become director of electronic and commercial contracting at Lockheed Martin Corp.

Harold F. Gracey
Sipple became deputy director of the DAR Council in May 1999 and took over as acting director in October of that year. Deidre A. Lee, the Defense Department's procurement director, is expected to name Amy G. Williams, a case manager in the DAR Directorate since 1994, to succeed Sipple.

Former Veterans Affairs Department acting chief information officer Harold F. Gracey, who left VA last year after a 30-year federal career, has moved to PEC Solutions Inc. of Fairfax, Va., as vice president of its integration division.

Researchers at the Engery Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have won four Excellence in Technology Transfer awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium. They were honored for medical work in isolating the isotope yttrium-90; developing two devices that are used to detect nuclear explosions; developing a knife failure detector used in food processing, and for EMSL Publisher, a collaborative word processing and presentation program.


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