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ACM Issues Statement on Passing of Computing Pioneer Randy Pausch

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

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NEW YORK, July 25, 2008 – ACM has issued the following statement on the death of Randy Pausch, professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University:

"It is with extreme sadness that we mark the passing of a great visionary and a compelling figure in the world of computing. Randy Pausch's revolutionary software achievements reformed the art of teaching and mentoring in the computing field with tools that appealed to those not normally exposed to the discipline. His exceptional humanity inspired the computing community to build virtual worlds that reflected his commitment to collaboration between artists and technologists. His imaginative contributions enabled students to fulfill their dreams to create new forms of entertainment, training, and education. We are richer as a community for his role as wellspring of imagination and a beacon of courage."

Randy Pausch received the 2007 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award. An active leader for  many years in the ACM Special Interest Groups on Graphics (SIGGRAPH) and Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI), Pausch served on the editorial boards and as a reviewer for several ACM peer-reviewed publications, including ACM Interactions, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, ACM Transactions on Graphics, and ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology. He was also named a 2007 ACM Fellow. Pausch also received SIGCSE's 2007 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education.

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing 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.

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