This award honors individuals whose energy, expertise, and active involvement enable the Unidata Program to better serve geoscience. Honorees personify Unidata's ideal of a community that shares data, software, and ideas through computing and networking technologies.

Since its inception in June 1983, the Unidata Program has benefited from the commitment of a number of individuals. This award is named after Russell L. DeSouza, whose involvement with and contributions to Unidata were exemplary.

Russell L. DeSouza
1943 - 1997

DeSouza first became actively involved with the Unidata Program in 1989 as a member of the Unidata Users Committee. He quickly demonstrated his hallmark concern for finding approaches and technologies that worked for educating students. In 1990, he was asked to be a member of the Unidata Policy Committee, where he played a critical role representing the interests and concerns of "small" colleges and universities and helping the committee to maintain a "whole picture" view of the Unidata community. He was the committee's liaison to the Users Committee, so was a participant in all Users Committee activities as well. In 1991, he volunteered Millersville to maintain the educational floater channel (part of the Unidata/Wisconsin data stream), an effort that, in 1994, was expanded to include a channel for NEXRAD Information Dissemination Service data as well.

DeSouza resigned from the Unidata Policy Committee in the summer of 1995 to concentrate on his treatment for malignant melanoma. He retired officially from the Millersville faculty on May 17, 1997, and died on June 6, 1997.

View the past Award winners

2012 Nominations

The Unidata Users Committee invites you to submit nominations for the 2012 Russell L. DeSouza Award. The Unidata Users Committee will review the nominations and select the awardee, who will be invited to receive the award at the Spring 2012 Users Committee meeting in Boulder, Colorado. The recipient will be invited to give a presentation on their experiences with and use of Unidata data and tools.

To nominate someone for the DeSouza award, use the nomination form. Nominations must be received no later than 1 March 2012 to be considered for this year's honor.