Purdue CIO McCartney receives international award

November 14, 2013  

An international award for leadership and innovation in information technology was presented recently to Gerry McCartney, Purdue CIO, vice president for information technology and the Olga Oesterle England Professor of Information Technology.

The Innovation Value Institute, which is based at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, presented McCartney with its 2013 Global Leader in IT Value Award.

Previous winners of the award are Andrew Bryant, executive vice president and chairman of the board of the Intel Corp.; Niall O'Connor, CIO at Apple; Rebecca Jacoby, senior vice president for IT at Cisco; Frank Franovsky, vice president for hardware design and supply chain operations at Facebook; and Bob Jones, head of the CERN Openlab.

The award citation for McCartney noted, "Under his leadership Purdue has developed the largest research-focused IT infrastructure in the U.S., with three supercomputers in the internationally known Top 500 list. ... Also during his tenure Purdue is recognized as having developed some of America's most advanced learning and classroom technologies for its 15,000 faculty and staff. … In short, we want to play our part in producing many more leaders like Gerry in the future generations of graduates."

McCartney says the award, which was presented at a ceremony in Ireland, was an honor that represented the work of many people in addition to himself.

"The achievements listed were the work of a high-performing group of people at Purdue," McCartney says. "I was happy to accept the award on their behalf and to have yet another opportunity to tell others about Purdue's many successes in technology."

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