Since 1993, CTG has earned recognition from state and national organizations for both our organizational accomplishments, scholarly papers, and the individual expertise and service of our staff. We have received honors ranging from the prestigious Ford Foundation's Innovations in American Government award to Governing magazine’s Public Official of the Year award. Each award and honor has special meaning to our organization, and we thank those who have extended this recognition.
We have separated the awards into four categories: organizational awards, project awards, best paper awards, and individual and University awards. They are as follows:
Individual and University Awards
CTG Program Director Meghan Cook was presented with a 2016 UAlbany President's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. At a ceremony for all faculty, professional staff, and student honorees, President Robert Jones and Senior Vice Provost William Hedberg presented Meghan with her award.
CTG Director and UAlbany Research Associate Professor Dr. Theresa A. Pardo was named the 2016 Distinguished Alumni by the University at Albany Alumni Association. The Distinguished Alumni Award honors an alumna with an extraordinary achievement – one who has been recognized nationally and/or internationally – and who has exhibited outstanding success in a chosen profession or outstanding service to society. Read more
CTG Director and UAlbany Research Associate Professor Dr. Theresa A. Pardo has been named one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers. The GT Top 25 includes individuals and teams who exemplify transformative use of technology that’s improving the way government does business and serves its citizens. Read more
J. Ramon Gil Garcia, Research Director and Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy, received distinction as a Level 3 National Researcher from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology. Dr. Gil-Garcia is the first researcher with a focus on digital government to receive this distinction. The Mexican System of Researchers has five levels, with this distinction being the highest a researcher can obtain before becoming emeritus as a result of a life-long career of research contributions.
Assistant Business Manager Paula Rickert was presented with the Judy L. Genshaft Initiatives for Women Award on Thursday, July 16th. Each year, the Initiatives for Women awards are presented to select UAlbany students and staff as a way to provide the means for them to advance their educational and professional goals. Paula, in addition to her responsibilities at CTG, is enrolled in the University at Albany's Masters of Business Administration evening program.
CTG Program Director Donna Canestraro is a recipient of a 2015 UAlbany President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. At a ceremony for all faculty, professional staff, and student honorees, President Robert Jones and Senior Vice Provost William Hedberg presented Donna with her award.
Program Director Meghan Cook was presented with the University at Albany's Initiatives for Women Award. Each year, the Initiatives for Women awards are presented to select UAlbany students and staff as a way to provide the means for them to advance their educational and professional goals. The IFW allowed Meghan to participate at the international Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government (CeDEM14), which brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age.
Every year, The NYS Forum recognizes an individual whose work has definitively contributed to the overall improvement of government information services in New York State. The 2009 award was presented to Anthony Cresswell, deputy director at CTG.
Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Theresa Pardo, deputy director, was awarded the 2008 excellence in teaching award.
The University at Albany Alumni Association traditionally recognizes alumni and friends of the University for their outstanding achievements and service to the University and community. These individuals personify the University's commitment to excellence and service and bring distinction to themselves and to our alma mater. Sharon Dawes was recognized with the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors an alumnus or alumna who has displayed distinctive achievement in a chosen field of endeavor and outstanding service to society or their communities.
The Distinguished Public Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Service, honors notable individuals who have dedicated their careers to serving the people of New York. The awards take place as part of the annual Burton Lecture at the University at Albany. Sharon Dawes was awarded the College of Computing and Information Distinguished Public Service Award.
The Charles Evans Hughes Award is one of the most prestigious awards presented by the Empire State Capital Area Chapter (ESCAC) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the nation's most respected society representing all forums in the public service arena. The award was presented to Sharon Dawes in recognition of outstanding individual service that has exemplified superior management and administration within New York State over an extended period of time.
The Rudolph W. Giuliani Leadership Award was established by Government Technology Conference (GTC East) in 2001 to recognize outstanding public sector executives in the state of New York who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in building strong alliances, fostering the development of new leaders within government, and effectively managing crises. The first award was presented to then mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, following his outstanding leadership during and after the September 11 attacks. The 2005 award was presented to Sharon Dawes by then New York State CIO Jim Dillon at the Executive Leadership Institute at the17th annual GTC East held in Albany, New York.
In 2004, Sharon Dawes was named to Government Technology’s annual list of the top 25 men and women who represent the best in government IT. The individuals named to the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers list are a cross section of public officials, ranging from state and local CIOs, to city managers, mayors and governors. 2004 was the first time Government Technology named non-government members to the list.
Sharon Dawes, director of CTG, was named one of ten “Public Officials of the Year” in 1997 by Governing magazine. Governing, a publication for state and local governments, chooses ten officials each year who show excellence in the public sector. Dr. Dawes was recognized for her collaborative strategy in coordinating synergy and innovation in New York State’s information management infrastructure.
The President’s Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement recognize diverse recipients who address vital public issues through publicly engaged research, teaching, and service.
The New York State Forum’s Best Practices Award acknowledges the work done each year by New York state and local government organizations in the area of Information Resource Management. CTG and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services were honored for their collaborative effort in a research-practice partnership to learn about how mobile technologies can be used in child protective services (CPS) work in New York State.
The New York State Forum’s Best of the Web award annually recognizes the outstanding work done with the innovative use of Web technology by New York state and local governments. CTG’s online XML Toolkit site was honored for its innovative use of technology, value to clients, and cost efficiency to government agencies. The toolkit is designed to help agencies implement XML-based Web site management, which offers great savings and efficiencies in streamlined workflow, consistency of content, and accuracy of information.
The Center for Digital Government and Government Technology annually honor New York's most innovative, tech-savvy state and local government leaders and agencies with their prestigious Best of New York award, which recognizes excellence and outstanding contributions in the area of information technology. CTG was a key partner with the State CIO Council and Human Resource Committee in the New York IT Workforce Skills Survey that won in the category Demonstrating Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations.
The New York State Forum’s Best Practices award acknowledges the work done each year by New York state and local government organizations in the area of Information Resource Management. The NYS/PEF Professional Development Committee’s project Successful Web Communications in NYS Government was honored this year for the development and implementation of a statewide training program. CTG is a member of this committee, which is sponsored by the New York State Governor’s Office of Employee Relations.
In January 2003, a former Center partnership project was awarded the Best Industry Solution Award for the impact their technology solution has made on the New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC). ComputerWorks, Inc. received the award for the development of the Multi-Purpose Access for Customer Relations and Operational Support (MACROS), which began as a partnership project between OSC and CTG.
The New York State Library awarded CTG the Document of the Month Award in February 2002 for the publication Untangle the Web: Delivering Municipal Services Through the Internet.
Thomas G. Griffen, the Executive Director of the New York State Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) received the International Property Tax Achievement Award in 2001 for his work on the state's Annual Reassessment Program. A CTG project helped ORPS identify user needs for the local governments who participated in the program. The award was presented by the International Association of Assessing Officers.
The New York State Board of Regents and Archives and Records Administration presented the Center for Technology in Government (CTG) with the Archives Week Award for Excellence in State Agency Archival Program Development in October 1999. The award recognized CTG’s innovative work in helping government agencies create, manage, and preserve electronic records. CTG was one of 10 state agencies honored for their outstanding efforts to help ensure the preservation of archival records.
The New York State-Local Information Systems project received a 1998 NASIRE award for outstanding achievement in the field of information technology, representing the statewide policy, planning, and management category. The NYS Spatial Data Clearinghouse was honored as the best intergovernmental application for 1996 and received one of nine NASIRE Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Information Technology. In May 1994, NASIRE named CTG the top information policy and management initiative in the country
In June 1994, the Center’s Adirondack Park Agency project was selected by Interchange ‘94 as one of 10 national prototypes to represent the principles of Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review. The project prototype was demonstrated and highlighted in discussions at a national conference in Washington, DC in October of that year.
Best Paper Awards
Research Director J. Ramon Gil-Garcia received a Best Paper Award at the 16th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o). His paper, which won in the Short papers track, was entitled "The Effects of Technology Use on Effeciency, Transparency, and Corruption in Municipal Governments: Preliminary Results from a Citizen Perspective" and was co-authored by David Valle-Crus and Rodrigo Sandoval-Almazan.
At the 2013 Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Mohammed Gharawi and Sharon Dawes received the Best Paper Award in the eGovernment Track for Exploring the Influence of Contextual Distances on Transnational Public Sector Knowledge Networks.
At the 6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, Taewoo Nam and Theresa Pardo received the Best Innovations in Practice Paper Award for Transforming City Government: A Case Study of Philly311.
At the 2009 Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Lei Zheng, Tung-Mou Yang, Theresa Pardo, and Yaunfu Jiang received the Best Paper Award for Understanding the “Boundary” in Information Sharing and Integration.
In 2008, the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) honored Teresa Harrison, Theresa Pardo, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Fiona Thompson, and Dubravka Juraga with the John Wiley & Sons Best JASIST Paper award for Geographic information technologies, structuration theory, and the world trade center crisis.
At the Digital Government Society of North America’s 9th Annual International Digital Government Research Conference (dg.o 2008), Donna Canestraro, Theresa Pardo, and Anna Raup-Kounovsky, along with Dennis Taratus of the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS), received the Best Management, Case Study, and Policy Paper Award for Regional Telecommunication Incident Response: Delivering Public Value Through Increased Trust.
At the 2006 Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) conference, Anthony Cresswell, Jing Zhang, and Sue Faerman received a Best Paper Award in the EGovernment Track for The Effects of Organizational Factors and the Nature of Knowledge on Knowledge Sharing.
At the 2005 eChallenges conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Anthony Cresswell, Marijn Janssen, and Luis Luna received the Best Paper Award for Modeling Methods for Information Integration: Comparative Cases in e-Government.
At the Academy of Management Conference in 2001, Theresa Pardo, Jing Zhang, and Fiona Thompson were awarded the Best Paper Award for Interorganizational Knowledge Sharing in Public Sector Innovations.