ACM's Distinguished Members Cited for Advances in Computing that Will Yield Real World Impact
Worldwide Assemblage Includes Prominent Computer Scientists, Engineers and Educators
NEW YORK, NY, November 19, 2015—From the hottest new features on our mobile devices, to efforts to prevent a cyber war from damaging critical infrastructure systems, and even the ways in which advances in database management improve our next visit to the doctor, achievements in computing tangibly impact our daily lives. In selecting 49 computing leaders as 2015 ACM Distinguished Members, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s leading association of computing professionals, is highlighting how the work of these innovators is changing the world. This special recognition grade from ACM honors members working in the areas of education, engineering and science (see complete list below).
"Whenever we use an app on our phone to get driving directions, securely pay bills online, or conduct an internet search, we are benefiting from the research and efforts of computing professionals," explains ACM President Alexander L. Wolf. "By honoring the 2015 ACM Distinguished Members, we hope to reinforce this idea. For each of our 100,000+ members around the world, learning about the achievements of their peers means connecting to new advances and promising research. For the general public, our recognition and awards program serves as a reminder that the technology we all take for granted springs from a dedicated community of professionals who are building on the foundations of their predecessors and shaping the future in significant new ways."
The 2015 ACM Distinguished Members are drawn from leading academic institutions, as well as corporate and national research laboratories around the world. Demonstrating the global nature of ACM, the roster of 2015 ACM Distinguished Members hail from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Portugal, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Areas of specialty of the 2015 Distinguished Members include curriculum design, systems design and architecture, critical systems security, internet structure and security, high performance computing, human-computer interaction, programming languages, mobile and wireless networks, database management, and software engineering. The criteria for selection to the Distinguished Member grade include at least 15 years of professional experience, five years of continuous ACM membership, and significant accomplishments or impact within the computing field.
To learn more about the nomination process, visit http://awards.acm.org/distinguished_member_nom_guide.cfm.
2015 ACM DISTINGUISHED MEMBERSDistinguished Educators:
|Elizabeth K. Hawthorne
Union County College
|Clifford A. Shaffer
|Warren A. Hunt, Jr.
The University of Texas
Stevens Institute of Technology
|Donald George Firesmith
Software Engineering Institute
Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU
University of Florida
Arizona State University
Aalto University and University of Helsinki
|Walid A Najjar
University of California, Riverside
|Amit Anil Nanavati
IBM Research India
|James "Bo" Begole
Huawei R&D, USA
|Rajesh R. Bordawekar
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Oregon State University
University of North Texas
|Charles L. A. Clarke
University of Waterloo
|Cynthia A. Phillips
Sandia National Laboratories
University of California, Santa Cruz
Sandia National Laboratories
HP Labs, HP Inc.
|Nalini K Ratha
IBM T. J. Watson Research Ctr.
Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, HIIT, Aalto University
Univ. of California, San Diego
University of of Saskatchewan
University of Alberta
|Aaron P Hertzmann
INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
University of Delaware
Imperial College London/University of Buenos Aires
University of Nottingham
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chinese Academy of Sciences, PR China
|Moustafa Amin Youssef
Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology
|Ben Yanbin Zhao
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Southern California
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting 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. To be selected as an ACM Fellow, a candidate's accomplishments are expected to place him or her among the top 1% of ACM members. 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. ACM Distinguished Membership recognizes up to 10% of ACM's top members. 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. ACM Senior Member status recognizes the top 25% of ACM Professional Members. 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.