Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy Gordon England presented the Eugene G. Fubini Award for 2004 to Craig I. Fields, the chairman of the Defense Science Board and former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The Fubini Award was established in 1996 by then Secretary of Defense William Perry to recognize annually an individual from the private sector, who has made highly significant contributions to the Department of Defense. The award is named after the late Eugene G. Fubini, a long-time advisor to DoD and the first recipient of the award.
In presenting the award, England said of Fields, "Weve been fortunate to have his precision, his wisdom, his counsel, his vision and his gift for making the complex seem simple these many years.
Fields received his bachelors degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966 and his doctorate from Rockefeller University in 1970. After serving on the faculty of Harvard University, he joined DARPA which performs high risk, high impact research in computers and communications, semiconductors and materials, manufacturing technology, aeronautics and astronautics and weapons system technology.
Fields was awarded the President's Distinguished Executive Rank Award for outstanding service in 1988, and the President's Meritorious Executive Rank Award in 1990. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1992, he received the IEEE Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Service. He is a principal of the Council for Excellence in Government, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Council on Competitiveness.
Fields also serves on the Science and Technology Advisory Panel, supporting the Director of Central Intelligence; the U.S. Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure; and the US-Israel Science and Technology Commission. He is on the advisory boards of SRI International, United Technologies Corp., and the Economic Strategy Institute. He is a member of the Carnegie-Mellon University Department of Computer Science; the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture.