Texas Tech Professor Honored for Developing Software Language

Written by Cory Chandler

DATE: March 29, 2006
CONTACT: Cory Chandler, cory.chandler@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK – The world’s leading professional electrical engineering association will honor a Texas Tech University professor with its Technical Achievement Award.

Dr. Daniel Cooke, professor of computer science in Texas Tech’s College of Engineering, will receive the award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society.

A certificate and $2,000 honorarium are presented each year for outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology within the last 15 years.

Cooke’s award is for advances in computer language research leading to a language, called SequenceL, that is being employed as Texas Tech works with NASA engineers on guidance, navigation and control systems for the Crew Exploration Vehicle. The vehicle, a manned spacecraft capable of ferrying astronauts and scientists on extended space missions, is scheduled to go into use after the existing shuttle fleet is retired.

Texas Tech already used the SequenceL language to develop abort software for a project to upgrade NASA’s current shuttles. The decision-making software is intended to aid the crew and flight controllers in determining the safest abort decision should a failure occur in flight.

A project currently underway at the Johnson Space Center will determine whether SequenceL should be used in developing prototype abort programs for the Crew Exploration Vehicle.

Cooke will receive the award in June during the society’s Board of Governors meeting in Puerto Rico.


CONTACT: Daniel Cooke, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3527, or daniel.cooke@ttu.edu.