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ACM Leader To Direct NSF Funding For Computing Research

ACM LEADER TO DIRECT NSF FUNDING FOR COMPUTING RESEARCH

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ACM LEADER TO DIRECT NSF FUNDING FOR COMPUTING RESEARCH

 

New York, NY, February 6, 2007
– Jeannette Wing, a Member-at-Large of the ACM Council, has been chosen as assistant director for Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation. CISE provides 86 percent of all federally funded research in computer science, and contributes to the education and training of future generations of computer scientists and engineers. Dr. Wing is internationally known for her substantive contributions in promoting formal methods - the application of mathematical models and logics - to software. She has also been influential in revamping curricula and developing courses in computer science.

"Federal investment in fundamental research for computer and information science has been critical to this nation's leadership in technology," said John White, CEO of ACM. "Dr. Wing's demonstrated technical achievements and her dedication to quality education will be a strong voice in strengthening government-funded partnerships with academic institutions, and spurring innovation in computing."

ACM President Stuart I. Feldman cited Dr. Wing's commitment to inspire young people to pursue computing and information technologies, and to improve K-12 math and science education as key qualifications for her new role. "I have had the great pleasure of knowing and working with Jeanette for many years. She can effectively convey the excitement and energy of the computing field to multiple audiences. She brings a clear vision of computational thinking and its potential for addressing the intellectual challenges and scientific issues facing our world, and sees the opportunities for great research to benefit us all," Feldman said.

Dr. Wing, an ACM Fellow since 1998, is currently an Editorial Board member of the Journal of the ACM, the preeminent journal covering the most significant work underway in computer science. She has been an Editorial board member for four other journals, including ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS), and ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM). She is a past committee member of both the ACM Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award and the ACM Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award.

 
ACM/Press Release. Last updated February 6, 2007 by Steven Geringer