Advanced Grades of Membership

ACM Fellow

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The ACM Fellows program was established in 1993 to recognize outstanding ACM members. The title of ACM Fellow denotes professional excellence, as evidenced by technical, professional and leadership contributions that:

  • advance the arts, sciences and practices of computing,
  • promote the free interchange of ideas and information in the field,
  • develop and maintain the integrity and competence of individuals in the field, and
  • advance the objectives of ACM.

Nominations are evaluated in terms of the candidate s achievements throughout his/her career, in particular the impact he/she has had on the broader community (i.e., beyond the home organization). To be eligible, members must have at least 5 years of continuous professional ACM membership. The number of individuals recognized as Fellows is not allowed to exceed 1% of ACM Professional Members.

ACM Fellows are formally inducted at the annual ACM Awards Banquet each June. They receive a certificate, a Fellows pin, and a specially annotated ACM membership card. The names of new Fellows are announced in an ACM press release and in Communications of the ACM; they also are listed on this website. Upon request, a letter of commendation will be sent to the chief executive at the Fellow's place of employment.

ACM Distinguished Member

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The ACM Distinguished Member grade was established in 2006 to recognize those members who have made outstanding technical, educational, or leadership contributions to the computing field. To be eligible for nomination, members must have at least 15 years of professional experience in the computing field and 5 years of continuous professional ACM membership. The number of individuals recognized as Distinguished Members is not allowed to exceed 10% of ACM Professional Members.

ACM Distinguished Members receive a certificate and a specially annotated ACM membership card. The names of new Distinguished Members are announced in Communications of the ACM and are listed on this website. Upon request, a letter of commendation will be sent to the chief executive at the Distinguished Member's place of employment.

Each nominator will be notified of the committee's decision. If unsuccessful, the individual may be re-nominated in two years.

ACM Senior Member

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The ACM Senior Members grade was established in 1993 to recognize members who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers. To be eligible for nomination, members must have at least 10 years of professional experience in the computing field and 5 years of continuous professional ACM membership. The number of individuals recognized as Senior Members is not allowed to exceed 25% of ACM Professional Members.

ACM Senior Members receive a certificate and a specially annotated ACM membership card. The names of new Senior Members are publicized on this website.

Each candidate will be notified of the committee's decision. If unsuccessful, the individual may apply again after waiting at least one year.

Questions?

Please read the nomination instructions, and send any questions you may have, as follows: