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ACM Names Distinguished Members for 2009


The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 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."

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 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.

The 84 2009 ACM Distinguished Members are:

    Distinguished Educators
  • Ben-Ari, Mordechai, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Carlisle, Martin C., United States Air Force Academy
  • Cormen, Thomas H., Dartmouth College
  • Dietrich, Suzanne W., Arizona State University
  • Geist, Robert, Clemson Universiy
  • Kelemen, Charles F., Swarthmore College
  • Mead, Nancy R., Software Engineering Institute, CMU
  • Puigjaner, Ramon C., University of Balearic Islands
  • Walker, Henry M., Grinnell College
    Distinguished Engineers
  • Allman, Eric, Sendmail, Inc.
  • Bayne, Jay, Milwaukee Institute
  • Grandison, Tyrone, IBM Almaden Research Center
  • Ibrahim, Mamdouh, IBM
  • Kreulen, Jeffrey T., IBM Research
  • McGill, James, Morgan Stanley
  • Meglan, Dwight, SimQuest
  • Melton, Jim, Oracle Corp.
  • Milenkovic, Milan, Intel
  • Mukherjee, Shubhendu, Intel Corporation
  • Mumick, Inderpal Singh, Kirusa
  • Novack, Brian M., AT&T
  • Sinha, Pradeep Kumar, Centre For Development Of Advanced Computing (C-Dac)
  • Smith, Bryan F., IBM
  • Strassmann, Paul A., George Mason University
  • Tracz, William, Lockheed Martin IS&GS
  • Wirfs-Brock, Allen, Microsoft Corp.
    Distinguished Scientists
  • Antn, Ana Isabel, North Carolina State University
  • Arge, Lars, Aarhus University
  • Booth, Kellogg S., University of British Columbia
  • Cachin, Christian, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
  • Cherkasova, Ludmila, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
  • Crovella, Mark, Boston University
  • Czerwinski, Mary, Microsoft Research
  • Das, Sunil R., Troy University
  • Dillon, Laura K., Michigan State Uniersity
  • Draves, Richard, Microsoft Research
  • Dustdar, Schahram, Vienna University of Technology
  • Edwards, Keith, Georgia Tech
  • Ellis, Carla Schlatter, Duke University
  • Elmagarmid, Ahmed, Purdue University
  • Fincher, Sally, The University of Kent
  • Grinter, Rebecca E., Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Gupta, Manish, IBM India Research Laboratory
  • Haritsa, Jayant R, Indian Institute of Science
  • Hendrickson, Bruce, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Heroux, Michael A., Sandia National Laboratories
  • Hind, Michael, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
  • Ignatyev, Mikhail Borisovich, St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation
  • Karat, John, IBM TJ Watson Research
  • Kaufman, James H., IBM Research Division
  • Kaxiras, Stefanos, University of Patras, Greece
  • Kornai, Andras, Harvard University
  • Kshemkalyani, Ajay D, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ling, Tok Wang, National University of Singapore
  • Lobo, Jorge, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
  • Lubiw, Anna, University of Waterloo
  • Lucena, Carlos J. P., Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Mannepalli, Rao, Lockheed Martin
  • Moreira, Jose E., IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Nguyen, Ngoc Thanh, Wroclaw University of Technology
  • OBrien, James F., University of California, Berkeley
  • Ossher, Harold, IBM Research
  • Padmanabhan, Venkata N., Microsoft Research India
  • Patern, Fabio, CNR-ISTI
  • Ramakrishnan, Naren, Virginia Tech
  • Ramalingam, Ganesan, Microsoft Research India
  • Rui, Yong, Microsoft China R&D Group
  • Samarati, Pierangela, Universita degli Studi di Milano
  • Shahabi, Cyrus, University of Southern California
  • Shatz, Sol M., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Shenoy, Prashant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Shipman, III, Frank M., Texas A&M University
  • Shoval, Peretz, Ben-Gurion University
  • Shrira, Liuba, Brandeis University
  • Sreedhar, Vugranam, IBM Research T.J. Watson Labs
  • Stuckey, Peter J., University of Melbourne
  • Terveen, Loren G., University of Minnesota
  • Voorhees, Ellen M., National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Whalley, David B., Florida State University
  • Wobber, Edward, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley
  • Zhai, ChengXiang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Zhang, Liang-Jie, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Zhou, Michelle X., IBM Research
  • van der Meyden, Ron, University of New South Wales

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