Unisys and the Professional Services Council Foundation announced on Friday that the company has established the Mark L. Cohn Research Fund, a charitable initiative created to honor the career and legacy of the recently deceased chief technology officer of Unisys Federal.
The fund will promote innovation through research with a focus on cybersecurity and emerging technologies. The initiative will invite researchers from accredited graduate and post-graduate programs, as well as non-profit entities, to submit proposals to obtain funding for technology research programs to benefit government and industry.
"Mark was a true patriot who dedicated his career to securing our country and its IT infrastructure," said Venkatapathi "PV" Puvvada, president of Unisys Federal and 2019 Wash00 Award winner. "By establishing this fund to support next-generation innovation in support of government as well as the private sector, we can extend his legacy into the future to address the nation's evolving cybersecurity challenges."
Mark Cohn, a 34-year veteran with Unisys, passed away in July at the age of 66. He was chief technology officer of Unisys Federal, where he shaped the concepts of integrated security and digital trust as foundations of the company's next-generation cybersecurity approach.
Cohn received the prestigious Federal 100 award in 2013 and was honored in January 2019 with the inaugural Unisys Associate of the Year award recognizing his exceptional service, inspirational leadership and endless dedication to serving clients and nurturing his fellow associates.
Unisys renamed the Associate of the Year award in Cohn's honor as the "Unisys Corporation Mark L. Cohn Lifetime Achievement Award," the highest honor one can receive at Unisys after his passing.
“The PSC Foundation thanks Unisys for leading this fitting initiative to honor Mark by starting a research fund focused on the interests to which he dedicated his career,” said 2019 Wash100 Award winner, PSCF President and CEO David Berteau. “This new initiative also aligns with the foundation’s mission to support ongoing research priorities.”
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