The ACM Distinguished Member grade was established in 2006 to recognize those members who have made outstanding technical, educational, or leadership contributions to the computing field. To be eligible for nomination, members must have at least 15 years of professional experience in the computing field and 5 years of continuous professional ACM membership. The number of individuals recognized as Distinguished Members is not allowed to exceed 10% of ACM Professional Members.

ACM Distinguished Members receive a certificate and a specially annotated ACM membership card. The names of new Distinguished Members are announced in Communications of the ACM and are listed on this website. Upon request, a letter of commendation will be sent to the chief executive at the Distinguished Member's place of employment.

Each nominator will be notified of the committee's decision. If unsuccessful, the individual may be re-nominated in two years.

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.”

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