Celebrating 50 years of Carolina computing

February 11, 2010

Image Carolina computing at 50

Chancellor Holden Thorp, President Emeritus William C. Friday and other special guests will celebrate 50 years of Carolina computing on March 18, 2010 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  This event is being jointly sponsored by Information Technology Services, the Department of Computer Science, and the School of Information and Library Science.

On March 30, 1960, President Emeritus William C. Friday presided over the dedication of UNC-Chapel Hill's Computation Center. Fifty years later, the leaders of computing on the UNC campus will reflect the past, consider the present and imagine the future of technology as five decades of transformative technology development are marked.

Special guests include:

Photo Chancellor Thorp

 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp








Photo Bill Friday

President Emeritus of the University of North Carolina system William C. Friday








Photo Fred BrooksDr. Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., Kenan Professor of Computer Science; author of The Mythical Man-Month: Essays in Software Engineering and co-author of Computer Architecture: Concepts and Evolution. Photo by Jerry Markatos. (copyright 2010, Jerry Markatos).







Dr. Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Dr. Etta Pisano, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Medicine; Kenan Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering; Director of the Biomedical Research Imaging Center; Director of the UNC TraCS Institute

Dr. Oliver Smithies, Co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine; Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Photo of John WalkerDr. John Q. Walker Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Zenph Sound Innovations








The event is free and open to the public.