CS Senior, John Ryding, Wins C.T. Tate Distinguished Co-Op Award

Publish Date: 05/06/2011

For a third straight year, a computer science student has been awarded the prestigious C.T. Tate Distinguished Co-Op Award.  On May 5, 2011, graduating senior John Ryding was awarded the C.T. Tate Distinguished Co-Op Award.  To be eligible for the C.T. Tate Award, a student must have completed at least three co-op terms and earned distinction through academic, extracurricular, and professional achievements. 

John was a co-op for IBM, in the positions of IES developer and software engineer.  Bill Higgins, Senior Software Architect for the IBM Tivoli CTO Team, recommended John for the award and was on hand to help recognize John's achievements.  According to Bill, "John has not only made solid contributions to the Rational Jazz project, he has become a top contributor, which is unheard of for a co-op. John is the most talented person of his age I have ever met in terms of technical capability, passion for his work, and ability to work in a team setting.  Over the course of John's time as a co-op, he's met and exceeded these early high expectations. He's made regular significant contributions to the Jazz.net web site and more importantly to the core Jazz Platform code base. John has essentially taken on ownership of the UI code for a significant new strategic web application and is delivering on time with high-quality. I have always been a star at IBM but John is substantially farther ahead than I was at a similar age.  I know he is going to be a leader in the IT industry and I feel very fortunate that we made an early connection via Steve [Choquette] and his co-op with us. I can't wait to begin to work with him full-time when he graduates."  Bill Higgins was also the guest speaker at the Co-Op Recognition Ceremony and Reception.

John is truly a well-rounded student.  In addition to his co-op work, John has earned high marks academically and has participated in many extra-curricular activities.  Both departmental advisors recommended John, writing that while at VT, "John has embraced VT's motto, Ut Prosim, That I May Serve.  He has served as a Resident Hall advisor and as Director of Technology for the Student Government Association.  As Director of Technology for the Student Government Association, John managed a team of developers to create web sites for SGA events and created a new SGA portal website to engage new students in campus events.  John has also been active in the student Association of Computing Machinery.  He has presented Tech Talks to the ACM on topics such as team collaboration and programming languages. 

Congratulations to John!