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Watts S. Humphrey

Software Quality Award

Nomination Period Begins: January 1, 2024

Award Schedule

The Award Schedule is designed to provide recognition of the recipient's accomplishments and to ensure dissemination of the recipient's experiences and lessons learned throughout the relevant researcher and practitioner communities.

A recipient is mentored by a subcommittee member to assure the creation of a high-quality SEI technical report and effective, high-quality webinar presentation, which will be delivered to the researcher and practitioner communities.


September 1, 2024

Nomination Deadline
The IEEE Computer Society award nomination portal must be used to submit the nomination material, including certifications agreeing to the award conditions. Electronic submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.PDF). Questions should be directed to the Humphrey Award Coordinator.

September 2024

Selection Subcommittee Review Begins
The Humphrey Award Coordinator provides a summary of all nominations to the Chair of the Selection Subcommittee, who reviews the nominations for compliance with the award's administrative requirements (e.g., the scope and length of the nomination material and delivery of the required statements regarding the award conditions).

If deficiencies are minor, the nominator is given the opportunity to correct them within one week. If there are major deficiencies, the Chair of the Selection Subcommittee explains these to the nominator and invites a future resubmission.

November 2024

Selection Subcommittee Review Ends
The Humphrey Award Selection Subcommittee makes award recommendations. In the case of negative decisions, the Chair of the Selection Subcommittee provides an explanation, a detailed list of deficiencies, and advice regarding a resubmission in the future. In the case of positive decisions, the Chair of the Selection Subcommittee submits an award recommendation to the Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Award Committee and the Director of the SEI Software Solutions Division for concurrence.

January 2025

Award(s) Announced
After review by appropriate parties in the SEI and IEEE Computer Society, the award winners are determined. The Chair of the Humphrey Award Selection Subcommittee notifies all nominators and nominees of the subcommittee's decision. A public announcement of the award recipient is made by the SEI and IEEE Computer Society.

Spring 2025

Award Recipient Presentation Scheduled
Recipient(s) will be invited to make a webinar presentation hosted by the SEI. Recipient(s) must be available to receive the commemorative plaque at the IEEE Computer Society award ceremony.

January–June 2025
Award Recipient Report
The Humphrey Award Selection Subcommittee Coordinator and the award recipient work together to assure timely production of an effective, high-quality SEI technical publication.