The goal of the Dr. William J. Sacco Award for Excellence in Applied Mathematics is to recognize and reward those students who have demonstrated outstanding ability and aptitude in the field of mathematics and whose work reflects the concepts and processes that were espoused by Dr. Sacco. Recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward their continuing education.

The William J. Sacco Foundation was created following Dr. Sacco’s passing on July 20, 2011. As a Harford County resident for more than 50 years, Dr. Sacco served in the United States Army, taught mathematics at Bel Air High School and worked for the Department of Defense at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He earned a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Delaware, taught at several universities and was the chief consultant for the American College of Surgeons Major Trauma Outcome Study. Dr. Sacco also co-founded Tri-Analytics, Inc., a medical data management, software, and research company. As a researcher, he was world renowned for making key contributions to the development of trauma severity scores with applications to patient triage, tracking, and outcome evaluation, in particular, the injury severity score, which is used throughout the world today. He was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma in 1999 for his lifetime contributions in this field.

Digital Innovation, Inc. initiated the scholarship program in 2004 to recognize the mentoring efforts and contributions Dr. Sacco made within the field of mathematics. “Dr. Sacco’s work in mathematics and how it could be applied to trauma medicine impacted the lives of millions of people,” says Dr. John F. Kutcher, Foundation Chairman and President & CEO of Digital Innovation, Inc. “Bill Sacco was a friend and mentor and we at Digital Innovation are proud to continue his legacy by recognizing the efforts of Harford County’s motivated and outstanding students.”

This year’s inaugural fund-raising event will be held at Liberatore’s Ristorante (562 Baltimore Pike; Bel Air, Maryland 21014) on Sunday, March 11th from 5:00PM until 8:00 PM. See www.SaccoFoundation.org for additional details. Those interested in supporting the William J. Sacco Foundation by attending the event or making a contribution, a reservation and donation form can be found on the Sacco Foundation web site at: http://www.saccofoundation.org/files/Sacco_Invite_Resp.pdf.