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ACM Distinguished Member Recognition Program - Overview

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Distinguished Member Recognition Program

The ACM Distinguished Member Recognition Program, initiated in 2006, recognizes those members with at least 15 years of professional experience who have made significant accomplishments or achieved a significant impact on the computing field. There are three categories for the Distinguished Member grade level.  Candidates should indicate which category best applies:

  • Distinguished Educator
  • Distinguished Engineer
  • Distinguished Scientist

ACM Distinguished Membership recognizes up to 10% of ACM’s top members who have had significant accomplishments or impact on the computing field.  Along with Fellows and Senior Members, ACM’s Distinguished Members are part of ACM’s prestigious Advanced Member Grades Program.

Why is ACM Distinguished Member Designation Important?

ACM Distinguished Member status represents an important ACM Membership and career milestone.

Recipients of this honor include computer scientists and engineers from some of the world’s leading corporations, research labs, and universities who made significant advances in technology that are having lasting impacts on the lives of people across the globe.

ACM Distinguished Member Benefits

ACM Distinguished Members receive a certificate, a pin, and a specially annotated ACM membership card. ACM Distinguished Member appointments are also announced on the ACM Web site, and appear in ACM’s flagship publication, Communications of the ACM.

ACM Distinguished Member Selection Criteria

  • Five years continuous (Professional, not Student) membership in ACM
  • Fifteen years of professional experience (includes some educational experience)
  • Significant accomplishment in, or a significant impact on, the computing field
  • Four to five endorsements (previously four to eight) from colleagues in the field. Two of these endorsements must be from ACM Members. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that the two ACM Member endorsements be from ACM Fellows or ACM Distinguished Members. Current members of the Distinguished Member Committee may not endorse a Candidate.  Ideally, one of the endorsements will be from a current or past employer or client.
  • Please consult the "Checklist for ACM Distinguished Member" page for information needed to submit a Distinguished Member nomination. Criteria for each category is available here.

Advice to Members Seeking ACM Distinction

View the full guidelines for Distinguished Member Nominations, go to the nomination form, or view a list of recipients to date.

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.