USF Prof. Named AAAS Fellow

Business scholar Alan Hevner is recognized for his varied research in areas like database systems and computer science.


By Lorie Briggs

Special to USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2011) – A University of South Florida information systems and decisions sciences professor has been elected by his peers as an AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

USF College of Business Professor Alan Hevner is among 539 new fellows from around the world, receiving the honor as a result of his substantive research in the fields of computer sciences, design science research, and distributed database systems. 

AAAS Fellows are elected annually by the AAAS Council for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. Fellows have made significant contributions in areas such as research, teaching, technology, services to professional societies, and the communication of science to the public.

“This is a prestigious, international honor that recognizes the importance of business research,” said Robert Forsythe, dean of USF’s College of Business.  “Dr. Hevner is a widely respected scholar and a ‘thought leader’ for the use of design science research in the information systems field.  His efforts have made contributions in this industry, particularly in the areas of design science research, cleanroom software engineering and database systems.”

A highly-rated professor who teaches courses in software architecture, software testing, and advanced systems development, Hevner recently completed a two-year assignment as a program manager at the National Science Foundation.

 “This is the caliber of faculty that students at USF deal with on a daily basis,” added Forsythe.  “He is teaching the next generation of database engineers, business leaders, and IT specialists.”

Hevner, who holds the Citigroup/Hidden River Chair of Distributed Technology, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of design sciences at the 2009 International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology. During the past decade, he has been an influential leader in the design science arena.  An internationally recognized scholar and sought-after lecturer, his research interests include information systems development, software engineering, distributed database systems, health care information systems, and telecommunications. 

AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the sciences. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.  The newly-elected fellows will be awarded a certificate and a rosette pin during the AAAS Fellow Forum at the 2012 AAAS annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, in February.

Lorie Briggs can be reached at 813-974-7280.