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Industrial Innovation Award 2011 - Lawrence Bernstein

"For innovations in software engineering and project management in support of supplying telephone service to the public."

Lawrence Bernstein

Lawrence “Larry” Bernstein received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1961 and his Masters of Electrical Engineering from New York University in 1963.

He is a software engineer introducing Software Project Management to Bell Labs in 1979/80.  He is a Professor of Software Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Stevens Institute of Technology, Software Engineering.  Larry was a distinguish speaker for the IEEE Computer Society.  He is a speaker on the design of reliable software for the IEEE Reliability Society. 

Larry had a 35-year distinguished career at Bell Laboratories, managing large software projects.  At one point he managed the software and systems work of more than 2000 professionals.  At Bell Labs he became a Chief Technical Officer of the Operations Systems Business Unit and an Executive Director.  In parallel with these Bell Labs positions he was the Operations Systems Vice President of AT&T Network Systems from 1992-1996.  Larry is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  He is a member of the honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.  He was awarded the coveted Bell South “Eagle” for seminal contributions to their automatic telecommunications operations support systems.  Mr. Bernstein holds eight patents.

Mr. Bernstein joined Bell Laboratories in 1961.  He was involved in computer software throughout his career that included the design of algorithms for parallel processing and software manufacturing.  He was named a Director in 1978. He successfully built, and deployed  a distributed software system that automated the 6 million paper records telephone companies used to keep track of telephone lines to people’s homes. This is the innovation cited for the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award.  Through his leadership, new database algorithms were discovered implemented and patented.  He led the development and deployment of a software-controlled, computer-automated order-processing system that trebled productivity, and saved telephone companies $1 billion annually.