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Awards of Excellence, Spring 2006
Curt Pederson wins top award
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Curt Pederson, Public Sector IT Executive of the Year, 2006
Curt Pederson, the vice provost for information services at Oregon State University, has received the IT Executive of the Year Award from the Portland chapter of the Society for Information Management. The award recognizes exceptional accomplishments in implementing new technologies and providing leadership in this field.
 
At OSU, Pederson has been instrumental in the creation of the Open Source Lab, an initiative to accelerate the adoption of open source computer software around the world. This has benefited OSU’s outreach, educational and research programs.
 
Pederson, who is also chief information officer for the Oregon University System, serves on the Oregon Telecommunications Coordinating Council and state CIO Council, has testified to the U.S. Congress on information technology issues, and made presentations at international conferences on Oregon’s evolving role as a leader in open source technology.
 
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Curt Amo, award finalist
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Curt Amo with finalist award
The Employment Department's assistant director for adminis- trative services, Curt Amo, was recently recognized for his work as chief information officer. Curt was named one of four finalists for IT Executive of the Year.
 
Among the initiatives Amo has led in recent years, his highest visibility project was bringing online three unemployment insurance call centers. Instead of maintaining a network of 47 field offices around the state to deal with unemployment insurance issues, the state now runs a streamlined cluster of three call centers.
 
The centers work because Amo was able to bring together sophisticated server and desktop computer, and telephone technologies.  The combination of technologies allows, among other things, for the switching of calls between the three centers to ensure the best workload management.
 
Amo is a member of the state CIO Council and served as 2005 chair. He also serves in a leadership position in helping the state of Oregon develop a consolidated data center.