August 5, 2002
UCSC chancellor emeritus honored for educational
By Jennifer McNulty
Karl S. Pister, chancellor emeritus of UC Santa Cruz, has received
a prestigious international award from the World
Technology Network for his leadership in educational outreach.
Karl S. Pister served as chancellor from 1991 to 1996. Photo:
UCSC Photo Services
Pister was appointed vice president of outreach to the K-12 system
for the University of California after leaving UCSC in 1996. He received
the individual 2002 World Technology Award for Policy at a gala event
in New York City on July 22.
"To win a World Technology Award reflects the esteem in which
peers hold your work--esteem not only for the technical brilliance of
your efforts but for the broader impact those efforts will likely have
on shaping the world in which we live," said James Clark, chairman
and founder of the World Technology Network.
"Through winning this World Technology Award, I am delighted to
welcome Karl into the World Technology Network family."
Pister was honored for his work creating opportunities for educationally
"Most of my professional life has been devoted to teaching and
research in engineering sciences," Pister said during the award
presentation. "In due course I changed roles, serving as a dean
of engineering, chancellor of a campus, and vice president of a university
responsible for outreach to the K-12 school system. It was there that
it became apparent that creating and implementing policy for education
was substantially more challenging than solving technical problems."
Prior to his five-year tenure as chancellor at UCSC, Pister spent 45
years at UC Berkeley as a professor in the College of Engineering and
as an academic administrator. He served as dean of the college from
1980 until 1990.
At UCSC, Pister was a tireless advocate for K-12 outreach, establishing
the Monterey Bay Educational Consortium to foster collaboration between
the campus and public schools and expanding outreach to the region's
13 community colleges. He also established a generous scholarship program
that helps community college students transfer to UCSC.
The World Technology Network (WTN) award gives Pister admission into
the network and access to its resources. During the ceremony, he was
presented with a trophy created by designer Stefano Marzano, chief executive
officer and chief creative director of Philips Design, who received
the 2001 World Technology Award for Design.
Pister was selected as the result of a six-month selection process
in which nominees were solicited from 100 leaders of technology-related
fields and considered by the network's 430 voting members. Among those
nominating individuals for the 2002 awards were representatives of academia,
government, business, and nonprofits, including NASA, the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Centre
for the Management of Environmental Resources in France, Fujitsu Ltd.,
and Seoul National University.
Established four years ago, the World Technology Network brings together
leading individuals and corporations from 20 disciplines to encourage
innovation and the exchange of ideas. Specific disciplines include the
arts, biotechnology, education, energy, environment, ethics, health,
information technology, law, policy, and space.
The awards ceremony marked the final event of this year's two-day World
Technology Summit, which took place at the Millennium Conference Center
and United Nations headquarters. In addition to the annual summit, the
World Technology Network publishes a journal and hosts an ongoing global
series of roundtable dinners, chapter meetings, and other events.
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