ACM Names 84 Distinguished Members for Advances in Computing Technology

ACM Names 84 Distinguished Members for Advances in Computing Technology

2009 Nominations from Europe and Asia Increased, Reflecting Widening Scope of ACM Activities

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

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NEW YORK, NY, November 9, 2009 -- ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) has named 84 of its members as Distinguished Members in recognition of their individual contributions to both the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology. This year's Distinguished Members more than doubled the previous year's designees, reflecting the continued growth of ACM membership and initiatives worldwide. Nearly one third of these honorees hail from non-North American countries, including representatives from Europe, Asia, Russia, Australia, and South America. They include computer scientists, engineers, and educators from some of the world's leading corporations, research labs, and universities. The new Distinguished Members are being honored for significant advances in computing technology that have dramatically influenced progress in science, engineering, education, business, and many other areas of human endeavor.

"As an international society, ACM is pleased to recognize the growing number of nominees from countries across the globe who have met the stringent criteria required for the Distinguished Member grade," said Professor Dame Wendy Hall, president of ACM. "These prominent men and women have demonstrated creativity, leadership, and dedication to computing and computer science. Their achievements in science, education, and engineering underpin the innovations necessary to sustain competitiveness in a global economy. We celebrate their entrepreneurial and creative spirit for the way it has changed our lives."

The ACM Distinguished Member program can recognize the top 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience as well as significant achievements in the computing field. ACM's current worldwide membership exceeds 96,000.

Thirty-six of the 2009 recipients represent renowned international corporations in the high technology sector. Their multi-faceted achievements have resulted in innovations in datamining, systems engineering, memory and storage systems, processor designs, artificial intelligence, mobile services platforms, financial services, electronic commerce, usability research, process management technology, Web searching, and optical networking protocols.

Within the academic universe, 48 recipients from prominent universities were recognized for achievements in optimization techniques, programming languages, software engineering, artificial intelligence, information retrieval modeling, computational complexity theory, design automation, behavioral authentication data, neural network techniques, natural language programming, grid computing, fault tolerance, and computational electromagnetics.

The following ACM Members have been recognized as 2009 ACM Distinguished Educators (9):

Ben-Ari, Mordechai, Weizmann Institute of Science Kelemen, Charles F., Swarthmore College
Carlisle, Martin C., United States Air Force Academy Mead, Nancy R., Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Cormen, Thomas H., Dartmouth College Puigjaner, Ramon C., University of Balearic Islands
Dietrich, Suzanne W., Arizona State University Walker, Henry M., Grinnell College
Geist, Robert, Clemson University  


The following ACM Members have been recognized as 2009 Distinguished Engineers (17):


Allman, Eric, Sendmail, Inc. Mukherjee, Shubhendu, Intel Corporation
Bayne, Jay, Milwaukee Institute Mumick, Inderpal Singh, Kirusa
Grandison, Tyrone, IBM Almaden Research Center Novack, Brian M., AT&T
Ibrahim, Mamdouh, IBM Sinha, Pradeep Kumar, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-Dac)
Kreulen, Jeffrey T., IBM Research Smith, Bryan F., IBM
McGill, James, Morgan Stanley Strassmann, Paul A., George Mason University
Meglan, Dwight, SimQuest Tracz, William, Lockheed Martin IS&GS
Melton, Jim, Oracle Corp. Wirfs-Brock, Allen, Microsoft Corp.
Milenkovic, Milan, Intel  


The following ACM Members have been recognized as 2009 Distinguished Scientists (58):

Antón, Ana Isabel, North Carolina State University Lobo, Jorge, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Arge, Lars, Aarhus University Lubiw, Anna, University of Waterloo
Booth, Kellogg S., University of British Columbia Lucena, Carlos J. P., Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Cachin, Christian, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory Mannepalli, Rao, Lockheed Martin
Cherkasova, Ludmila, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Moreira, Jose E., IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Crovella, Mark, Boston University Nguyen, Ngoc Thanh, Wroclaw University of Technology
Czerwinski, Mary, Microsoft Research O'Brien, James F., University of California, Berkeley
Das, Sunil R., Troy University Ossher, Harold, IBM Research
Dillon, Laura K., Michigan State Uniersity Padmanabhan, Venkata N., Microsoft Research India
Draves, Richard, Microsoft Research Paternò, Fabio, CNR-ISTI
Dustdar, Schahram, Vienna University of Technology Ramakrishnan, Naren, Virginia Tech
Edwards, Keith, Georgia Tech Ramalingam, Ganesan, Microsoft Research India
Ellis, Carla Schlatter, Duke University Rui, Yong, Microsoft China R&D Group
Elmagarmid, Ahmed, Purdue University Samarati, Pierangela, Universita' degli Studi di Milano
Fincher, Sally, The University of Kent Shahabi, Cyrus, University of Southern California
Grinter, Rebecca E., Georgia Institute of Technology Shatz, Sol M., University of Illinois at Chicago
Gupta, Manish, IBM India Research Laboratory Shenoy, Prashant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Haritsa, Jayant R, Indian Institute of Science Shipman, III, Frank M., Texas A&M University
Hendrickson, Bruce, Sandia National Laboratories Shoval, Peretz, Ben-Gurion University
Heroux, Michael A., Sandia National Laboratories Shrira, Liuba, Brandeis University
Hind, Michael, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center Sreedhar, Vugranam, IBM Research T.J. Watson Labs
Ignatyev, Mikhail Borisovich,
  St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation
Stuckey, Peter J., University of Melbourne
Karat, John, IBM TJ Watson Research Terveen, Loren G., University of Minnesota
Kaufman, James H., IBM Research Division Voorhees, Ellen M., National Institute of Standards and Technology
Kaxiras, Stefanos, University of Patras, Greece van der Meyden, Ron, University of New South Wales
Kornai, Andras, Harvard University Whalley, David B., Florida State University
Kshemkalyani, Ajay D, University of Illinois at Chicago Wobber, Edward, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley
Ling, Tok Wang, National University of Singapore Zhai, ChengXiang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  Zhang, Liang-Jie, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  Zhou, Michelle X., IBM Research


For more information about the selection criteria and a complete list of 2009 Distinguished Members, click on


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.


About the ACM Recognition Program

The ACM Fellows program, initiated in 1993, celebrates the exceptional contributions of the leading members in the computing field. These individuals have helped to enlighten researchers, developers, practitioners and end-users of information technology throughout the world. The ACM Distinguished Member 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. The ACM Senior Member program, also initiated in 2006, includes members with at least 10 years of professional experience who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers through technical leadership, technical contributions and professional contributions. The new ACM Fellows, Distinguished Members, and Senior Members join a list of eminent colleagues to whom ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership in computing and information technology.