ACM Presidential Award Winner – Mehran Sahami

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
May 1, 2014

The ACM Presidential Award is given at the discretion of the ACM President, to individuals whose contributions in computing fall within the goals of the ACM.

The ACM Presidential Award goes to Mehran Sahami, a Professor and Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, for his outstanding leadership during a three-year collaborative effort between ACM and the IEEE Computer Society to produce Computer Science Curricula 2013 (CS2013), a comprehensive revision of the curricular guidelines for college programs in computer science at an international level.

The CS2013 report sets the standards for computer science education worldwide for the next decade and offers curricular and pedagogical guidance for educators. The report also includes examples of flexible courses and curricula models for a broad range of higher education institutions worldwide.

In leading this effort, he engaged the computer science education community worldwide, managed the process of public review and comment, and led the production of a final report that is international in scope. The process included multiple opportunities for public consultation and robust scrutiny. His commitment to the participatory process and responsiveness to the community ensured consideration and incorporation of the latest developments in the discipline.

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