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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Nunamaker Receives International Award

January 22, 2003

Jay F. Nunamaker, Ph.D., Regents' and Soldwedel Professor of Management Information Systems (MIS), Computer Science and Communication at The University of Arizona's Eller College of Business and Public Administration received the LEO Lifetime Exceptional Achievement Award from the Association for Information Systems at its annual conference in Barcelona, Spain.

The award recognizes seminal contributions to research, theory development and practice in information systems. Named for the Lyons Electronic Office, the world's first commercial applications of computing, the award honors outstanding scholars who are pioneers in their areas of expertise.

LEO award winners sustain their contributions throughout their careers, making exceptional contributions in the field of information systems. They are regarded as important representatives of the national and international information systems community. LEO recipients also serve as role models and mentors to inspire colleagues and students within the information systems community and are recognized for exemplary professional and personal integrity.

During his 28-year tenure at The University of Arizona (UA), Nunamaker has been at the national and international forefront of MIS research and education. He established the MIS department at The University of Arizona, one of the first MIS departments in the nation, in 1974 and served as the department head for 15 years. He also developed the BS, MS, and Ph.D. programs in MIS and is the founder and director of the Center for the Management of Information (CMI).

Under Nunamaker's leadership, the UA's MIS department quickly rose to national prominence. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the department among the top-5 nationally since the inception of the rankings in the mid-1980s. Only two other universities, MIT and Carnegie Mellon, have placed in the top-5 consistently.

Since 1974, thousands of MIS graduates from The University of Arizona have found success in the professional world and more than 100 doctoral graduates are on faculties across the country, including Harvard, Indiana University, Carnegie Mellon and the Universities of Florida, Michigan and Washington.

Nunamaker established the first campus-wide instructional labs on the UA campus and attracted quality faculty to the MIS department. He also attracted major research grants totaling more than $35 million from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, IBM, AT&T and Intel, among others. He is the author of over 220 papers and the author/editor of 10 books and 7 videos.

Nunamaker's work on GroupSystems and computer supported collaboration research resulted in a successful business spin-off and laid the foundation for computer collaboration in the 21st century.

Nunamaker received his Ph.D. in operations research and systems engineering from Case Institute of Technology in 1968. He holds a BSME and an MSIE from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS from Carnegie Mellon University. He received a professional engineering license in 1965. Prior to joining The University of Arizona, he was a professor of computer science and industrial administration at Purdue University.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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