Thomas C. Rindfleisch, a senior engineering research associate in the Knowledge Systems Laboratory in the Department of Medicine, has been honored for his support of Stanford's research enterprise with the Marsh O'Neill Award for 1993.
The Knowledge Systems Laboratory, in which Rindfleisch works, bridges the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Medicine; Rindfleisch's work was cited as being crucial in making this interdisciplinary project a major success, one that has served as the model for other universities and institutions.
"Tom has been a superb supporter of Stanford research for over 20 years, overseeing what is arguably the premier research computing facility on campus and providing a philosophy of quality and user- orientation that 'spoils' our students and staff," Dr. Edward Shortliffe, professor of medicine, wrote in his nomination letter.
Douglas Brutlag, associate professor of biochemistry, added: "Tom's experience and leadership in this area has, in a large part, kept Stanford at the leading edge of research in the area of network development and sharing of data and research."
Rindfleisch helped develop, and later managed, the SUMEX-AIM Computer Resource; when SUMEX was scheduled to be phased out in 1992, he played a major role in conceiving a new resource, the Center for Advanced Medical Information at Stanford (CAMIS).
In doing so, Shortliffe wrote, "Tom has dedicated himself for two decades to bringing excellence to the Stanford research endeavor, bridging two departments in two schools throughout, and he has given selflessly of his time and energy to support institutional planning activities outside the areas of his immediate responsibility."
Mark Musen, assistant professor of medicine and computer science, wrote that Rindfleisch "is an extraordinarily talented and hardworking person whose leadership has fostered more than two decades of world- class research in artificial intelligence and medical informatics at Stanford".
From the Stanford News, January 5, 1994
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