2019 Sautter Awards Announced!

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Eight teams representing all locations across the University of California won the 2019 Larry L. Sautter Award for using information technology to make university operations more effective and efficient, and to better serve faculty, staff, students and patients.

Systemwide Chief Information Officer Tom Andriola announced the winners at the UCTech Conference at UC Santa Barbara, July 16, 2019.

The annual award, which is sponsored by the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, recognizes collaborative innovations in IT that advance the university’s missions of teaching, research, public service and patient care, or that improve the effectiveness of university processes. The award encourages collaboration and solution sharing across the UC system.

The 2019 award winners and honorable mentions are:

Golden Awards

  • Street Story – A Platform for Community Engagement (UC Berkeley) is a community engagement tool that allows residents and community organizations to collect information about transportation collisions, near-misses, general hazards and safe locations to travel. The platform and the information collected are free to use and publicly accessible.
  • Data Science/Machine Learning Platform – DSMLP (UC San Diego) meets a growing need of graduate and undergraduate students for high-end computation resources. It provides an affordable CPU/GPU cluster for coursework, formal independent study, student research and special projects.
  • Systemwide Collaboration on Accessibility: The Siteimprove Implementation Project (all UC locations) represents a collaborative systemwide effort to select, purchase, and implement at all UC locations resources to help make public-facing websites accessible to people with disabilities. These resources are the Siteimprove web accessibility tool, which monitors websites, and fourteen e-courses on accessibility.

Silver Awards

  • UC Code Creators Build SiteFarm and Community (UC San Francisco, UC Davis and UCLA) is a collaboration through which UC code creators from several campuses developed a community of practice and implemented a shared Drupal web publishing platform. Participating campuses have achieved cost savings and benefitted from standardized practices.

 PRISMS Asthma mHealth Research Study Ecosystem (UCLA) is a mobile system for collecting research data on the pediatric asthma patient population. It uses mobile phones and integrated sensor monitoring systems to capture research data in the field right after subjects have an asthma attack.

Honorable Mentions

  • The UC Clinical Trials Network (UC Health) currently powers websites for six University of California institutions to help patients, doctors, caregivers and researchers find and connect with clinical trials. The goal is to promote clinical research across UC Health and enable rapid recruitment for participation in trials.

 Article 26 Backpack: Tech as an Educational Lifeline for Refugees (UC Davis) is a cloud-based platform to help refugees document and share their personal stories and educational credentials to reclaim their right to education. More than 600 refugees have accounts through the platform to date.

 Compass: Comprehensive Analytics for Student Success (UC Irvine) uses business intelligence tools to provide faculty and administrators quick, convenient access to student data. Users generate reports based on real-time aggregate information, which can reveal opportunities for outreach and intervention to improve student outcomes.

To read the applications, visit the Sautter Award Program website.

Established in 2000, the award is named after Larry L. Sautter, a UC Riverside associate vice chancellor for computing and communications who passed away in 1999. Under his leadership, a modern data network, client server computing, and improved technical support services were developed and implemented at Riverside.

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