The Frank Cofrancesco Excellence In Technology Award

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About the Award

Each year AIS and the UCLA technical community honor one of our premier employees in the technology field. The award is a memorial to Frank Cofrancesco, who worked in the School of Medicine for 5 years and then in AIS for 5 years before dying of cancer in 1994 at the age of 38. Frank epitomized technical excellence because he was incredibly knowledgeable about the many aspects of local computing, from LAN design and implementation, to software integration, to programming, to support. He was also willing to help all over campus, ensuring that anyone could benefit from his vast knowledge. Additionally, he was confident and accountable in his commitment to help, often using the simple phrase "piece of cake" to sum up his contributions. An e-mail request is sent to the CSC listserv for nominations early in the calendar year. We accept nominations from peers, co-workers, managers, faculty, and students over a period of about 3-4 weeks. Nominations must include a write-up detailing why the nominee fits the profile of a worthy winner. Then all nominations are given to the selection committee, which includes the Help Desk Consortium Executive Board and the prior year’s winner.

Previous Winners