Boston University’s Metropolitan College Awards Local Computer Science Professional with Distinguished Alumni Award

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(Boston) — Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) awarded Marcia Nizzari a Computer Science Distinguished Alumni Award at a reception on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Nizzari received an MS from the computer science program in 1990 and was awarded alongside three other MET computer science alumni.

“This year’s recipients have all made great contributions to the computer science field here in Boston,” MET Alumni Officer Laura Blanchard said. “As a former MET student and lecturer, Marcia is a true veteran of our program and we are so pleased to honor her with this award.”

Marcia Nizzari is currently the Director of Software Development for Biomedical Applications at Cambridge Research & Instrumentation (CRi), Inc. in Woburn, MA. Before CRi, Nizzari was Director of Informatics for the Program in Medical & Population Genetics at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard. In 2002, she joined the Whitehead Institute as a Consulting Architect in order to fulfill a long-term desire to work in biotechnology. She was promoted to the Director of Informatics position shortly before Dr. Eric Lander’s Genome Center at the Whitehead Institute became the Broad Institute. Prior to her work at the Broad Institute and the Whitehead, Nizzari was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Product Operations at Thomson Financial Portfolio Solutions in Boston, a large division of Thomson Financial. There she developed a technical strategy and implementation of a new product line for portfolio management, trading, and analysis. She has also held senior architect and technical manager positions in many other application domains, such as process manufacturing and real-time process control.

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