WSU computer science professor receives community engagement award

OGDEN — Richard Fry, an associate professor of computer science at Weber State University, is the recipient of this year’s Lindquist Award. The award will be presented at a luncheon on Tuesday.

“The John A. Lindquist award is a premier award for faculty and staff at Weber State who go above and beyond to mentor students, partner with community members and invest in long-term impact,” Melissa Yack Hall, executive director of the Center for Community Engaged Learning, said in a statement. “Dr. Richard Fry is a name heard over and over on campus when people discuss faculty members committed to community-engaged learning.”

Fry began his career with the military, where he managed a help desk for several thousand Air Force computer users, built the first mobile computer deployment kits for troops stationed in Iraq and administrated a working capital fund database for the Department of Defense, which tracked millions of dollars in information technology assets.

Fry began teaching in the College of Engineering Applied Science & Technology at WSU in 2001 and in 2009 was introduced to the Center for Community Engaged Learning, where Fry says he discovered a hidden passion for service.

Since 2009, he and his students have designed and developed several opened-sourced software engineering projects, currently impacting citizens in the local community. In addition, Fry has led more than 100…

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