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Eugene Wong Named to NSF Post

posted May. 6, 1998

The National Science Foundation, following a national search, has named Eugene Wong, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer sciences, to head its engineering directorate.

The post is one of seven top directorate positions at NSF, which together oversee the dispursal of $3.3 billion each year in research and education projects. Directorate heads report to NSF director Neal Lane.

Wong is scheduled to assume his new position as assistant director for engineering in June. He will manage a budget of about $320 million annually.

A pioneering researcher in database management systems, Wong co-designed INGRES, one of the first modern database systems, and then co-founded INGRES Corp., a leading provider of commercial database software. He is currently chief scientist and member of the board of directors of Vision Software Tools, Inc., an Oakland-based start-up company that produces software products for automating business processes.

Wong joined the faculty in 1962 and served as chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He has contributed significantly to the growth of the Internet both here and abroad. From 1990 to 1993, Wong served as associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Wong received his PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton. He is a member and councilor of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Wong is the fourth person to be named head of the engineering directorate since its creation in 1983.

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