Strauss earns EDUCAUSE leadership award

Aug. 2, 2006 2:40 p.m.

The late Howard Strauss, former manager of academic outreach in Princeton's Office of Information Technology, has been named the recipient of an EDUCAUSE Leadership Award for Distinguished Performance and Outstanding Service.

Strauss, who worked at the University from 1971 to 2005, died in September 2005 at age 62. The award is the highest individual recognition offered by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. It recognizes prominent professionals whose work has had significant positive impact on the contributions of information technology to higher education.

During his career at Princeton, Strauss held a variety of positions in administrative, systems and academic computing. He served as manager of the University's advanced applications group, which created the Princeton News Network, one of the first campuswide information systems and a precursor to Gopher and the World Wide Web. The group also helped deploy the first fledgling "dormnets" on campus, put up some of the first Webcams and turned a legacy student information system into a student-driven interactive advising tool.

Beyond Princeton, Strauss was the technical anchor for the Corporation for Research and Educational Networking Tech Talk series of Webcasts for five years. He was a member of Pearson's Online Learning advisory board and the Syllabus conference board, a faculty member for the National Association of College and University Business Officers and a founding member of Election Watch, a public advocacy group focused on integrity in electronic elections. He wrote and presented numerous information technology courses and served as a consultant for companies and universities. In 1987, his futuristic "Apple PIE" was the second-place winner in Apple's national competition to design the computer of the future.

Strauss was well known among his professional colleagues for his quirky and insightful writings and presentations. He published dozens of articles and was a regular contributing author to several computer journals. He was an institution at Educom, CAUSE, EDUCAUSE and other higher education conferences, where he regularly spoke to standing-room-only audiences.

As part of the award, EDUCAUSE is making a $3,000 contribution in Strauss' name to a scholarship fund of his family's choice.