The Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) announced that Radhika Nagpal, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a core member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, is one of the recipients of the 2010 Borg Early Career Award.

She shares the honor with A.J. Bernheim Brush, a researcher at Microsoft Research.

The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-W and an inspiration for her commitment in increasing the participation of women in computing research.

Nagpal received her Ph.D. degree in computer science from MIT and spent a year as a research fellow at Harvard Medical School before joining SEAS.

She is a recipient of the 2005 Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship award and the 2007 NSF Career award.

Her research interests are in bio-inspired multi-agent systems, their application to robotics and networks, and understanding multi-cellular systems in biology.

The Borg Early Career Award is given annually by CRA-W to a woman in computer science and/or engineering who has made significant research contributions and who has contributed to her profession, especially in the outreach to women.

This award recognizes work in areas of academia and industrial/government research labs that has had a positive and significant impact on advancing women in the computing research community and is targeted at women that are relatively early in their careers.