November 27, 2007
University Professor Mark Kryder has received a Public Service Medal from the President of Singapore for helping them to establish the Data Storage Institute (DSI). Kryder is the founding director of the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) at Carnegie Mellon and retired CTO and VP of Research at Seagate. He has worked with the Singaporean government since 1991 in helping to establish the DSI and has taught multiple short courses there. He has been on the Scientific Advisory Board of the DSI since its inception and currently serves as Chairman.
The honor is awarded "to any person who has rendered commendable public service in Singapore or for his achievement in the field of arts and letters, sports, the sciences, business, the professions and the labor movement."
"We are indeed appreciative of your outstanding service to Singapore through your long association with A*STAR and contributions to the development of our R&D capabilities," wrote Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of A*STAR, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research of Singapore. Carnegie Mellon currently takes part in A*STAR's program that supports students from Singapore pursuing a Ph.D. in ECE at Carnegie Mellon working on collaborative projects between the DSSC and Singapore's DSI.
The Public Service Medal is conferred by the President of Singapore on their National Day, August 9, which marks the anniversary of Singapore's independence in 1965. The award was given by the President at the National Day awards investiture, November 26, and accepted for Kryder by Professor Chong Tow Chong, who is the Executive Director of A*STAR's Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) and Executive Director of the DSI.