Information Technology

Historical Highlights

1936 Howard Vollum, founder of Tektronix, Inc. attends Reed.
1951 Kenneth King, future president of EDUCOM, attends Reed.
Professor John Hancock creates the DIMWIT machines for molecular analysis, using parts from confiscated pinball machines. (DIMWIT II could also turn on a coffee maker.)
1963 Alfred Bork, Professor of Physics, introduces analog computer to Reed.
1964 Dan Drake, founder of Autodesk, attends Reed.
1965 Reed receives NSF grant to establish Computer Center with IBM 1620 system.
Bonnie Huddert Garlan '57 is hired as the first Reed Computer Center Director.
Peter Norton, founder of Norton Utilities, attends Reed.
1968 Howard Rheingold, author of a wide variety of works, recently Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, attends Reed.
1969 NSF grant to support the purchase of an Applied Dynamics analog/hybrid computer and 20 terminals.
Richard Crandall, Director of Reed Technology Master Plan 1983 - 87, Apple Distinguished Scientist and Head of Apple's Advanced Computation Group, attends Reed.
1970 "Computers in chemical education," by chemistry professor Frederick Tabbutt, published in Chemical & Engineering News.
1975 Douglas Strain, founder of Electro Scientific Industries, receives Vollum Award
1976 Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple Computer and CEO of Pixar, attends Reed.
1977 Reed standardizes on Unix operating system .
1978 Reed receives NSF-CAUSE grant in support of computer-enriched instruction.
Norm Winningstad, founder of Floating Point Systems, receives Vollum Award.
Reed ports BMDP to Unix for Software Development, Inc. and distributes to institutions such as Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, Rockefeller University, University of Illinois Medical Center.
1979 Richard Crandall '69 and students in Physics Junior Lab establish a laser beam to connect terminals in physics to PDP 11/70 in Eliot Hall.
1981 Reed is amongst the earliest USENET sites, along with Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, Bell Labs, and UC Berkeley.
Reed develops Universal Microcontroller laboratory interface for campus-wide energy project supported by Intel Corporation.
1982 French Department develops CAI program with support from FIPSE.
1983 Apple visits Reed and unveils the Macintosh.
Five Year Master Plan for Computing approved by faculty.
Reed joins Apple University Consortium.
1984 Reed's Software Development Lab founded by Richard Crandall.
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, receives Vollum Award.
1985 Reed develops first color paint program for the Macintosh.
Reed Software Development Lab featured in BYTE Magazine.
Murdock grant for Integrating Computers into the liberal arts.
Meyer grant awarded for creation of campus-wide network.
Reed is first Apple University Consortium member to develop commercially-distributed academic software products, as advertised in the Macintosh Buyer's Guide (Griffin Terminal, Griffin Terminal 100, GriffinText, Rascal, and AELM-51 assembler)
Reed hosts “Computers for the Liberal Arts,” national conference sponsored by Apple Computer. Bill Gates is featured speaker.
Reed and Apple join to donate computers, software and training to Portland high school science teachers.
1986 Color Billiards, physics collision model developed at Reed, reviewed in InfoWorld as "one of the best Mac games of any type.
Scientific Programming with Macintosh Pascal by Richard Crandall & Marianne Colgrove, John Wiley & Sons.
Reed releases Rascal (Real time Pascal), a new programming language and software development environment.
“Interfacing Laboratory Instruments to Personal Computers with the BenchTop Instrument and Rascal, A Compiler for the Macintosh”, presented by Gary Schlickeiser at International AUC Meeting, Cambridge, England.
Reed is one of 6 campuses -- and the only small liberal arts college -- featured in an EDUCOM-ETS study of leaders in technology.
Chronicle of Higher Education story: "Beating Apple Computer, Inc. to the punch, Reed College has developed a hardware and software system that brings color graphics to Apple's Macintosh computer."
MacWorld review of SuperChroma color graphics system developed at Reed.
John Scully, President & CEO of Apple Computer, mails Reed's Proceedings of Computers for the Liberal Arts conference to 600 presidents of liberal arts colleges.
Reed Library’s online catalog installed, making Reed one of the first liberal arts colleges to feature fully networked access to library holdings.
BenchTop Laboratory Interface systems developed at Reed sold to dozens of institutions, including CalTech, Jet Propulsion Lab, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, NASA, Stanford, U. of Washington, U of California, Yale.
1987 BYTE Magazine article featuring Reed College.
Modern Artist color paint package for the Mac II, developed at Reed, is announced at COMDEX trade show and reviewed in InfoWorld.
1988 “A College Keeps its Commitment to Total Access, 24 Hours a Day“ article featuring Reed College in Apple promotional material.
Reed hosts “Get Your Campus Wired,” networking conference.
“Reed College and Kinetics: a University Success Story,” featured in Kinetics promotional newsletter.
“Modern Artist Turns 2.0” product review in MacWEEK magazine.
Reed hosts “A Class Act : Creating Innovative Software for Teaching & Learning” sponsored by Apple Computer.
1989 Computing & Information Services (CIS) is created.  Marty Ringle appointed to lead the new organization.
Marty Ringle, founding chair of the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges, moves CLAC headquarters to Reed.
1990 Reed receives NSF grant to establish a campus Internet connection.
Reed creates a Physics/Biology Computer Lab with an equipment grant from Apple.
1991 Richard Crandall ‘69 receives Smithsonian award for visionary use of information technology in science
Reed receives equipment grant from Sequent for computing in the social sciences.
Reed is the first selective liberal arts college to acquire SCT's Banner administrative package.
Steve Jobs receives Vollum Award.
1992 Computing Strategies in Liberal Arts Colleges, edited by Marty Ringle, published by Addison-Wesley; volume includes an article entitled “Computers for Teaching and Learning,” by Marianne Colgrove
Reed is one of five sites, and the only liberal arts college, to host the NSF SuperQuest Summer Institute supercomputer workshop for high school students.
“Information Technology at Liberal Arts Colleges,” presented by Marty Ringle to EDUCOM Corporate Associates Program.
“Graphical User Interfaces for Administrative Computing,” presented by Marty Ringle and Heidi Schmedding at CAUSE annual conference
“Computing at Reed: The Banner Project” featured in The Reed Magazine.
“An extensive computer network enhances Reed’s academic life,” article by Marianne Colgrove in The Reed Magazine.
1993 SCT, Oracle, and DEC provide support for Reed's development of a prototype graphical user interface for administrative computing.
“Dormitory Networking at Liberal Arts Colleges,” moderated by Marty Ringle, with a presentation by Marianne Colgrove at EDUCOM annual conference
Reed ranks second nationally, after CalTech, in percentage of graduates who go on to earn doctorates in Math and Computer Science.
First Technology Advisory Council (TAC) meeting held at Reed.
1994 Marty Ringle elected Vice-President of NorthWestNet, regional Internet affiliate for northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
Tektronix donates color-imaging equipment to Reed for SuperQuest Institute.
Reed computer training materials win first place in ACM-SIGUCCS competition.
Reed featured in Chronicle of Higher Education story, “Colleges Struggle to Develop Formal Strategies to Pay for Computing.”
Reed and Apple Computer provide computer systems and classes to middle school students in the I Have a Dream program.
1995 Reed is first liberal arts college invited to host EDUCOM (now EDUCAUSE) national conference
Reed unveils the Reed Virtual Tour multimedia CD-ROM, winner of a CASE silver award for State-of-the-Art Projects and Programs.
Marty Ringle directs Mellon grant to support the use of instructional technology in the arts and humanities and Keck grant to create new labs for computational biology and chemistry.
1997 Reed named one of America’s most wired schools by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, and reported in USA Today.
Marty Ringle directs Culpeper grant for teaching and learning with technology in non-quantitative disciplines.
1998 “Is Strategic Planning for Technology an Oxymoron” by Marty Ringle and Dan Updegrove, winner of the EDUCAUSE Quarterly Contribution of the Year.
Reed receives Mellon grant for the creation of an integrated information gateway.
1999 Faculty Symposium on Teaching with Technology: Excursions in the arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, national liberal arts conference hosted at Reed.
Reed hosts the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges annual conference.
Marty Ringle elected NWACC president and moves Northwest Academic Computing Consortium headquarter to Reed College.
2000 Reed teams up with three peer colleges on a Mellon-funded project to explore sustainable strategies for web development and support in small liberal arts colleges.
2001 "From tailed amphibia to telecom startupsReed Magazine article about Gary Rieschel ‘79.
Construction begins on the Educational Technology Center.
Reed receives grant from the M.J. Murdock Foundation for the Exploration of New Technologies
2002 Marty Ringle elected chair of the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors.
What it is, is up to UsReed Magazine article on Howard Rheingold
Educational Technology Center, funded by grants from Apple Computer and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, opens for the start of the 2002-03 academic year.
2003 Reed hosts national workshop on digital asset management in the liberal arts.
EDUCAUSE Leadership in the Profession award to Marty Ringle in recognition of“exceptionally effective leadership in campus information technology use and management, and the mentoring of other professionals.”
Reed Magazine technology issue, including “ What Technology Teaches” and “ Student Body Electric
2004 Sustainable Strategies for Web Integration at Small Colleges, peer workshop coordinated by Reed and Occidental College
2005 Linux creator Linus Torvalds honored with Reed College's Vollum Award
2006 "Integrating Digital Collections into the Small Collect Curriculum" receives funding from the Keck Foundation and Booth Ferris Foundation
Reed hosts "Learning Management systems at Liberal Arts Colleges" a conference of the National Institute of Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE)
Reed adopts Moodle, an open source learning management system
2007 Reed hosts the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges annual conference
"An Open Source Strategy to Improve Technology Access and Sustainability," funded by the M.J. Murdock Foundation
Reed receives a NITLE Instructional Innovation Fund award to develop the VIPEr website, a collaborative project to provide instructional materials for inorganic chemistry.
2008 Teaching with Digital Images in Classics & Humanities receives the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium 2008 Hugi Excellence Award for Academic Technology
Reed receives two NITLE Instructional Innovation Fund awards to prototype an affordable program to support GIS in liberal arts colleges and to host a conference on ePortfolios for liberal arts colleges.
Reed is a founding member of the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP).
2009 Marty Ringle appointed to Amazon Kindle Advisory Panel.  In conjunction with six other colleges and universities, Reed explores the use of Kindle DX for electronic course materials.


Reed continues exploration of electronic book technology with an iPad evaluation and faculty pilot project.

Marty Ringle and Trina Marmarelli provide a summary of the Reed College Kindle Pilot at the Berglund Center for Internet Studies, Pacific University


Marty Ringle addresses the Western Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Meeting on the topic:  IT Forecast, Cloudy with a 10% Chance of Cost Savings

2012 Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science at the University of Washington receives Vollum Award.

Marty Ringle is invited to speak on behalf of private liberal arts colleges at the Bilateral Forum on Copyright and Peer-to-Peer Regulation co-hosted by the RIAA and EDUCAUSE in Washington, DC.

2013 Reed to host the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP) Winter 2013 Hack/Doc Fest.