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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Scholarships

Robert E. Lord Excellence Fund

  • Awarded to Computer Science student
  • Recipient must have at least a 3.2 GPA
About the Donor

The late Robert E. Lord was born  in South Dakota and moved to Montana in 1936.  He attended Montana State University and Wayne State University for bachelor’s and master’s work and earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Washington State University in 1976.

After teaching one year at Montana State University in Bozeman, he returned to WSU and became director of the Computing Services Center and a faculty member of the computer science program in what was then WSU’s College of Sciences and Arts. His special interest was in computer architecture and systems programming, areas in which faculty in the late ’70s were in short supply. He served as chair of the computer science department from 1977 to 1985.

He was a key contributor, both in architectural and software design, to the development of a multiple instruction – multiple data stream computer one of the fastest and most architecturally advanced computers in the country in the 1970s.  He was known for his contributions to the “art of parallel processing” as well.  The Robert E. Lord Excellence Fund was created upon his retirement in 1992.  He took full retirement in 1993 and passed away in June 1994, survived by his wife Corky and three children.

The Robert E. Lord Excellence Fund provides for scholarships for either graduate or undergraduate students in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with preference given to students majoring in Computer Science.

To Contribute to This Fund

If you would like to make a gift to this scholarship fund, please contact:
Devon Anderson
Senior Director of Development
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science