The award is named in honor of Mark Weiser, a computing visionary recognized for his research accomplishments during his career at Xerox PARC. It is given to an individual who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in operating-systems research. The recipient must have begun his or her career no earlier than 20 years prior to nomination.
Morris is known for his many contributions to computer-network architectures and computer-systems research, including innovations such as distributed hash tables and wireless mesh networks. EECS Head Eric Grimson said the award was “very well deserved.”