Daniel Berg Medal Created for The International Academy of Information Technology and Quantitative Management Conference
The International Academy of Information Technology and Quantitative Management (IAITQM) has created a medal of honor for Daniel Berg, honoring his distinguished achievements in the technology and service systems. The medal is to be presented at IAITQM¡¯s conferences to an individual who has made significant contributions to technology innovation, service systems and strategic decision making.
Berg¡¯s career includes an Industrial career at Westinghouse, where he was technical director, as well as a full-time academic career, which began at Carnegie-Mellon University as dean and later provost. He then assumed the provost position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, then became the institute¡¯s president and is now an emeritus professor. He has continued his academic career as Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He is a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering.
The inaugural award will be presented at the Fifth International Conference on Information Technology and Quantitative Management (ITQM 2017), which will be held December 9-13 at the University of New Delhi, India. The initial medal will be presented to Dr. Rajapopala Chidambaram, principal scientific advisor to Federal Government of India.
Dr. Rajapopala Chidambaram previously served as the director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)¡ª and later as chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of the Government of India and he contributed in providing national defense and energy security to India. Prior, Chidambaram was chairman of the board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during 1994¨C95. He was also a member of the Commission of Eminent Persons appointed by the Director-General, IAEA, in 2008 to prepare a report on "The Role of the IAEA to 2020 and Beyond". Throughout his career, Chidambaram played a key role in developing India's nuclear weapons, being a part of the team conducting the first Indian nuclear test (Smiling Buddha) at Pokhran Test Range in 1974. He gained international fame when he led and represented the team of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) while observing and leading efforts to conduct the second nuclear tests in May 1998.