Nov 4, 2004

MENLO PARK, CA -- The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and Robert Half Technology today announced that Michael Armstrong, assistant city manager and chief information officer for the city of Des Moines, Iowa, is the recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Information Sciences Award (DISA).  Armstrong was chosen from nominations submitted throughout the country for information technology (IT) professionals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the field of technology.

During his seven-year tenure with the city of Des Moines, Armstrong has shaped the strategic role that IT plays in the successful operation of a city government.  He is recognized for his progressive and broad-minded approach to educating others about the significance IT should take in the organizational decision-making process. 

“We commend Michael for his dedication to the profession, forward-thinking leadership and commitment to education,” said Sam Luke, president of the AITP.  “He is deeply concerned with helping others learn from his experiences as well as identifying the next generation of technology leaders.”

Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology, added, “The Distinguished Information Sciences Award is designed to reward leadership, achievement and ethical practices within the industry.  As proud sponsors of the award, we congratulate Michael and all of the nominees for their achievements.”

Representatives from the AITP and Robert Half Technology will present Armstrong with his award at the AITP’s national conference in Providence, R.I., on November 5, 2004.  He will also receive a complimentary lifetime membership to the AITP. 

The DISA recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions through distinguished services in the field of IT.  The award was introduced in 1969 when its first recipient was Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper.  Since then, the DISA list of winners includes IT luminaries such as Dr. Paul M. Pair, H. Ross Perot, Bill Gates and Lt. General Emmett Paige Jr.

The Association of Information Technology Professionals offers opportunities for IT leadership and education through partnerships with industry, government and academia.  AITP provides quality IT-related education, information on relevant IT issues, and forums for networking with experienced peers and other IT professionals.  For more information visit

With more than 100 locations in North America and Europe, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network engineering and technical support.  Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at

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