DOI: 10.1145/1435417.1435425 Stuart I. Feldman
at a time when
in fits and starts,
it is clear that
value in what it
means to be an
acm’s annual Report
I’m a long-time member ( 40 years!) of ACM.
As such, I’ve come to expect great things
from this organization, having witnessed
over these many years how expertly the
Association’s leadership, volunteers,
and staff have worked to advance and
inspire the discipline of computer science through its array of publications,
conferences, educational initiatives,
and professional development services. The ACM offerings have grown
with the scope and importance of the
computing field. But I would be hard-pressed to recall in my four decades
a time as eventful and exceptional in
these causes (and more) as recorded by
ACM in FY08.
In a 12-month period, the Association saw both professional and student
memberships reach an all-time high; a
completely revitalized flagship magazine
launch to rave reviews; our international
initiatives result in a new ACM China
office and a multiyear plan for raising
the Association’s visibility in India; and
ACM’s Digital Library provide offerings
that have never been more plentiful nor
its features more user-friendly.
The report that follows will detail
these accomplishments, as well as
many others, that have occurred in an
extraordinary short timeframe. Perhaps
the best indicator of the success of these
efforts is reflected in the membership
statistics. By the end of the fiscal year,
ACM membership stood at a record
89,000. Indeed, professional memberships saw the largest year-over-year net
increase in over 20 years. Moreover, student membership reached a milestone
at 22,500. At a time when IT industries,
global economies, and research funding operate in fits and starts, it is clear
that computing professionals (present
and future) find enduring value in what
it means to be an ACM member.
Moreover, major corporations continue to support ACM’s keen ability in
recognizing technical excellence by
sponsoring or greatly increasing the
cash value of a number of the Association’s prestigious awards. Of particular
note this year was the first-ever ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing
Sciences, recognizing contributions by
young scientists and system developers
to a contemporary innovation.
As there are achievements to laud,
there are as many challenges to be met.
ACM must continue its global outreach,
fostering critical international relationships and bringing ACM products and
services to new and different computing audiences. And as a growing number of students question the future of a
computing career, ACM remains committed to understanding and addressing the deep issues related to the image
of computing and the health of the discipline and profession. ACM is partnering with several organizations, building
task forces, and creating initiatives to
raise awareness and promote the possibilities offered by the field.
As we look to the future, our opportunities have never been greater and,
with the ongoing support of our dedicated volunteers, members, and industry partnerships, we will realize them.
As this year has taught us, ACM is capable of surprising even those of us who
thought we had seen it all.
It was an honor to serve as your
Stuart I. Feldman, ACM prEsIDENT