Moshe Vardi wins ACM Presidential Award
Rice professor honored for transforming association’s flagship publication
HOUSTON — (June 21, 2017) — The Association of Computing Machinery has honored Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi with the 2017 ACM Presidential Award in recognition of his efforts to transform the association’s flagship publication, Communications of the ACM, into “a monthly must-read for a global audience.”
ACM President Vicki Hanson announced the award this week. Vardi, who also won the 2008 ACM Presidential Award, is the first two-time recipient of the honor. He will receive this year’s award at the association’s June 24 banquet in San Francisco.
Vardi joined Rice’s faculty in 1993 and is the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.
He took the reigns as editor-in-chief of Communications of the ACM in 2008 and helped build its circulation to nearly 100,000. He will step down as editor-in-chief June 30.
The association’s 2017 award citation lauded Vardi as “a true visionary whose outstanding leadership over the last decade has cemented the reputation of ACM’s flagship publication — Communications of the ACM — as the premier chronicler of computing technologies by opening its pages to leading voices from multiple disciplines, extending its reach with new digital and mobile platforms and making it a monthly must-read for a global audience.”
“‘Communications’ is the main vehicle ACM uses to share with the world the excitement of working in this field,” Hanson said. “The magazine also serves as a public square in which ACM members from different disciplines and regions read about the most recent developments in computing, offer their viewpoints and stay connected. During his tenure, Moshe has transformed Communications of the ACM into a publication that is essential, accessible and enjoyable.”