ACM Officers

Biographical Information

ACM President

Vicki L. Hanson is President of ACM, elected for the two-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

Vicki L. Hanson

Vicki Hanson is Distinguished Professor of Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology, Professor and Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee’s School of Computing, UK, and IBM Research Staff Member Emeritus. Previously, she was a research staff member and manager at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, research associate at Haskins Laboratories, and postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Her field of study is human-computer interaction, where she specializes in accessibility of technology for people with disabilities, the aging population, and related research ethics.

Formerly Vice President of ACM, Hanson has served as ACM Secretary/Treasurer, chaired the ACM SIG Governing Board and was Vice Chair for Operations and an Executive Committee member. She is Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing and has served as an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on the Web. She also has chaired SIGACCESS and the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award Committee, and has served several years as a judge for the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals. A member of the ACM-W Europe Executive Committee as well as an ACM Distinguished Speaker, Hanson has held leadership positions in several ACM conferences including ASSETS, Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), Hypertext, OOPSLA, and Universal Usability.

An ACM Fellow, she also is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society. Hanson was honored with the Anita Borg Women of Vision Award for Social Impact and the ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award. In addition, she received the IBM Corporate Award for Contributions to Accessibility, has won multiple IBM Outstanding Contribution Awards, and was awarded a UK Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Hanson earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Oregon. For her work, she received the Alumni Fellows Award in Arts and Sciences from the University of Oregon.

ACM Vice President

Cherri M. Pancake was elected Vice President for the two-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

Cherri M. Pancake

Cherri Pancake is Professor Emeritus of Oregon State University and Director of the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering, an interdisciplinary research center known for software systems that analyze scientific and climate data to provide information to decision makers who are not scientists themselves.

Early in her career Pancake conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Guatemalan Indian communities, where she applied cross-cultural techniques to study social change. After earning a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, Pancake was among the first worldwide to apply ethnographic techniques to identify software usability problems—now a mainstream approach—and conducted much of the seminal work identifying how the needs of scientists differ from computer science and business users. More recently, she has been developing processes and software tools to make remote collaboration and data sharing fit naturally into normal patterns of scientific research and practice.

A member of ACM since 1982, Pancake has been ACM Awards Co-chair since 2012 and a member of ACM Council since 2013. Over the past 25 years, she has served in a wide variety of roles. Pancake was an area editor for Communications of the ACM, led two ACM/IBM industry advisory boards, and chaired the Fellows and Gordon Bell Prize committees. She has held leadership roles in the SC supercomputing conference since 1990.

Pancake led efforts to create a new SIG focusing on High Performance Computing—formalized in 2012 as SIGHPC—and has served as Chair since its inception.

ACM Secretary-Treasurer

Elizabeth Churchill was elected Secretary-Treasurer for the two-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

Elizabeth Churchill

Elizabeth Churchill is a Director of User Experience at Google. Her field of study is Human-Computer Interaction, and her current focus is on the design and development of connected devices and of developer tools for device ecosystems.

Churchill has built research groups and led research in a number of well-known companies, including as Director of Human-Computer Interaction at eBay Research Labs in San Jose, as a Principal Research Scientist and Research Manager at Yahoo! in Santa Clara, and as a Senior Scientist at Xerox PARC and before that at FXPAL, Fuji Xerox’s Research lab in Silicon Valley.

Churchill served as on the Executive Committee of the ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), for eight years, six of those years as Executive Vice President. She has also held committee positions on a number of ACM SIGCHI associated conferences. A Distinguished Scientist and Distinguished Speaker of ACM and a member of the CHI Academy, Churchill has worked in a number of research areas and has been successful at publishing, prototyping, and patenting.

Churchill earned her B.Sc. in Experimental Psychology and her M.Sc. in Knowledge Based Systems from the University of Sussex, and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of Cambridge. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham before leaving the UK and moving to industry.

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