Michigan CTO Dan Lohrmann has been recognized by the InfoWorld 2011 Technology Leadership Awards. Lohrmann, who also serves as director of infrastructure services for the state’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget, was awarded for his government IT efforts as the state has coped with the recession.

InfoWorld is an online resource for information on emerging enterprise technologies. The awards recognized 10 technologists who have demonstrated leadership within their organizations by moving them in new directions. Lohrmann was the only award winner who came from the public sector.

Lohrmann received the Inside IT Leadership award, which InfoWorld said “honors technologists who assert leadership in the realm of IT itself, typically around management and enablement of IT as a whole.”

InfoWorld said Lohrmann was able to reinvent how Michigan did its IT work given the state’s budget constraints as a result of the recession. Lohrmann and his team re-evaluated the state’s IT by examining how support calls were handled and how a private cloud project could increase computing capacity and decrease costs.

“The challenge Lohrmann faced is not unique among government IT leaders, but the aggressive response across a wide number of areas is exceptional,” InfoWorld said.

Lohrmann formerly was Michigan’s chief information security officer. He blogs about technology challenges and innovation for Government Technology magazine on Lohrmann on Infrastructure.