Barry Lunt, director of Brigham Young University’s School of Technology, was awarded the first ever Lifetime Service Award at the recent conference for the Special Interest Group for Information Technology (SIGITE) in Chicago. Lunt was one of the founders of SIGITE.
Twenty years ago, Lunt saw a need for an information technology program at BYU. He and fellow BYU professor Richard Helps joined others from the Rochester Institute of Technology and GA Southern University and formed SIGITE. It is now a subgroup of the Association of Computing Machinery, the largest educational scientific computing society, aiming to deliver resources that advance computing as a science and profession.
“He saw the wisdom in championing the research in IT conference when others feared it as competition,” said Steve Zilora, current chairman of SIGITE, when he presented this award to Lunt. “He organized a group of students to collect program information so that he could more thoughtfully determine metrics to define the IT discipline. These are just a few of the many accomplishments of one person who has always been there with an open and helping hand.”
Lunt traveled to Chicago to receive the award and participate in the conference from Sept. 30. – Oct. 3.
“It feels amazing and truly humbling to receive this award,” Lunt said. “There were many people involved in making all of this happen. I just happened to be someone who was there through all of it, and had many opportunities to be a part of it. I'm thrilled that my work has made a difference.”
Lunt led SIGITE and the ACM Education Council through information technology’s first curriculum development. He’s also been a stalwart supporter of the development of information technology programs throughout the US.