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NJIT Computer Scientist Receives IBM Award

A computer scientist at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has received a $19,000 award for his innovative use of IBM software.

Barry Cohen, Ph.D., an assistant professor of computer science who has taught at NJIT for three years, has been recognized for coming up with a new application for IBM's "Eclipse."

Cohen has devised a way to use Eclipse to teach computer science courses.  He plans to use the prize money to train teaching assistants to help with the courses and to write a manual.

The software is IBM's contribution to the "open source" movement--the practice of offering software without the need to pay licensing fees. Cohen describes Eclipse as "a workbench for anything and everything--you can plug in any tool." 

IBM built the Eclipse software for its own in-house use, and then later decided to "open-source" it, he said. 

Cohen, who lives in New York City, received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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