The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.

49 New Distinguished Members Named  in  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.
“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.”


  • Five years continuous (Professional, not Student) membership in ACM
  • Fifteen years of professional experience (includes some educational experience; see notes below)
  • Significant accomplishments or impact in the computing field as an educator, engineer or scientist
  • Four (minimum) to five (maximum) endorsements (previously four to eight) from colleagues in the field. Two of these endorsements must be from ACM Members. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that the two ACM Member endorsements be from ACM Fellows or ACM Distinguished Members. Ideally, one of the endorsements will be from a current or past employer or client.
  • Please consult the "Checklist for ACM Senior Member/Distinguished Member Nominations" page for information needed to submit a Distinguished Member nomination.

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