ACM's most prestigious member grade recognizes the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. Candidates for Fellow must have 5 years of continuous Professional Membership. ACM formally recognizes each new Fellows class at its annual awards banquet.
ACM’s Fellow program was established in June 1993 to recognize outstanding ACM members for technical, professional and leadership contributions that:
- Advance the arts, sciences and practices of information processing
- Promote the free interchange of ideas and information in the field
- Develop and maintain the integrity and competence of individuals in the field
- Advance the objectives of ACM
Each candidate is evaluated as a whole individual and is expected to bring honor to ACM. A candidate's accomplishments are expected to place him or her among the top 1% of ACM members. In general, two categories of accomplishments are considered: achievements related to information technology and outstanding service to ACM or the larger computing community. A person selected as an ACM Fellow should be a role model and an inspiration to other members.
The ACM Fellows Committee is responsible for evaluating each nomination submitted and selecting a limited number of Fellows each year from among the nominees. The Committee strives to apply the selection criteria equally to academic, research, and industrial/commercial candidates and to ensure that contributions from the full range of members are recognized and rewarded, making a conscious effort to overcome any form of discrimination.
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