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


ACM has designated 49 scientists, engineers and educators as Distinguished Members for their individual contributions, and their singular impacts on the vital field of computing.  Their achievements have had a significant influence on the social, economic and cultural areas of daily lives all over the world.  The 2014 Distinguished Members are from universities in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, India, the United Kingdom and North America, and from leading international corporations and research institutions.  
ACM President Alexander Wolf hailed these ACM members as “drivers of the advances and inventions that are propelling the information revolution in new directions.  Their creativity and commitment to their craft ensures that we will benefit as a society in the digital age.”  He added that these innovators “demonstrate the advantages of ACM membership, which empowers and inspires a bold vision for advancing computing and the computing community.” 

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.

Eighty percent of the 2014 recipients are from leading international academic institutions around the world. The rest represent prominent corporate and national research laboratories from North America, Europe, India and Japan. Their achievements in critical computing areas include innovative instruction and curriculum design, systems design and architecture, critical systems security, Internet structure and security, high performance computing, human-computer interaction, programming languages, mobile and wireless networks, database research and management, and software engineering.