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Thomas J. Misa Travel Fund

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Tom Misa

I am pleased to announce that CBI is expanding our travel grant program by launching the Thomas J. Misa Fund in honor of CBI’s long-time director and his tremendous contributions to the institute and the University of Minnesota. It will join the Arthur L. Norberg Fund in providing travel support to researchers using the CBI Archives.

Tom, who recently retired from the University of Minnesota and moved with his wife to western Washington State, is busy working on research, writing, and providing leadership for the Society for the History of Technology as the President of SHOT.

During his 11 years at CBI, Tom led many sponsored research projects including projects for the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the Department of Energy. He published a half dozen books, including, Digital State, Fastlane, Communities of Computing, and a second edition of Leonardo to the Internet, as well as numerous articles. He is the co-editor for the computer history series for MIT Press and editor for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). For ACM, he served as a past chair of the History Committee.

Tom was highly dedicated to teaching, and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of technology, including the highly popular undergraduate course he designed, Digital World. This was and remains the largest enrollment course in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Program, where Tom served and held the ERA Land Grant Chair. Tom also had an appointment as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

It was a great pleasure for me to work with and for Tom over the past decade. I urge CBI Newsletter readers to join me in honoring Tom by donating to this important new fund. Your support will help advance the field of IT history through travel grants for early stage scholars to conduct historical research in the CBI Archives.

Jeffrey R. Yost


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