ABOUT THIS AWARD
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.
40 New Distinguished Members Named
ACM has named 40 Distinguished Members for their individual contributions, and their singular impacts on the vital field of computing. Their achievements have advanced the science, engineering, and education of computing, and highlight the widening role that computing plays in a range of disciplines and domains around the globe. The 2013 Distinguished Members hail from universities in Denmark, Japan, Israel, Italy, China, and the United Kingdom in addition to North America, and from leading international corporations and research institutions.
ACM President Vinton G. Cerf described the recipients as “the problem solvers, prophets, and producers who are powering the future of the digital age.” He noted that these ACM members “are the driving force for enabling the computing community to change how we live and work. They demonstrate the advantages of ACM membership, which empowers self-improvement and inspires a bold vision for their own careers as well as their impact on the future.”
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 100,000.
Seventy percent of the 2013 recipients are from leading international academic institutions around the world. Another 30 percent represent prominent corporate and national research laboratories from North America, the UK, Europe and India. Their achievements in critical areas of computing include high performance computing, computer architecture, data management, user interface, cybersecurity, wireless network management, software engineering, and innovative instruction.