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BYU's David Embley honored by computer modeling association

David Embley of Brigham Young University’s Department of Computer Science was recently selected as the 2009 recipient of the Peter Chen Award and named as an Entity-Relationship Fellow. Both of these honors are bestowed by the International Conference on Conceptual Modeling.

The Chen Award honors one person annually for exceptional contributions to the field of conceptual modeling, a form of database management. The award also recognizes Embley’s success in training many students who, in turn, have made significant contributions to conceptual modeling.

Embley has authored two books on conceptual modeling. He has been involved for a number of years with Entity-Relationship conferences. Entity-Relationships are a type of model for computer sciences.

“It means a great deal to me,” Embley said. “I am very grateful and was pretty speechless when I got the award.”

Embley received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Utah. In 1976 he earned his doctorate in computer science from the University of Illinois. From 1976 to 1982 he was a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Nebraska, and in 1982 became a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at BYU.

For more information, contact Lynn Patten at (801) 422-4022.

Writer: Brandon Garrett

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