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.


45 New Distinguished Members Named  in  2016

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named 45 Distinguished Members for their individual contributions to the field of computing. Their achievements have advanced the science, engineering and education of computing, and highlight the growing role of computing in the major technological advances shaping society today.

The 2016 ACM Distinguished Members work at leading universities, corporations and research institutions around the world, including Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These trailblazers have made contributions in a wide range of technical areas including computer science education, data privacy, security, computer networking, machine learning, distributed systems, multimedia computing, human-computer interaction, programming languages, mobile and wireless networks, database management, information retrieval, computational biology, molecular computing, and software engineering, among others.


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