Technology Research and Development
(NITRD) program. NITRD spans several
government agencies to coordinate investments in IT R&D. ACM, CRA, and
NCWIT sent a joint letter to Congress
earlier this year, making specific recommendations on how the NITRD Act
of 2009 can be improved and how to expand and better utilize existing education efforts within the NITRD program.
The ACM Education Board finished
a prolific year filled with projects and
initiatives designed to reverse declining enrollments in computing disciplines and increase ACM’s visibility
within the worldwide educational community. With support from the National Science Foundation, the Education
Board brought together several U.S.-based professional societies and organizations concerned with the current
challenges in computing education.
The goal of “The Future of Computing
Education Summit” was to come to a
shared vision of the problems facing
those in computing education and how
those problems might be addressed.
ACM’s Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) continues to
support and promote the teaching of
computer science at the K– 12 level as
well as provides opportunities and resources for teachers and students to
improve their understanding of computing disciplines. CSTA recently published A Model Curriculum for K– 12
Computer Science to prepare young
people to excel in computer science.
SIGITE completed a revised draft
of the four-year IT model curriculum with the guidance and support
of ACM’s Education Council. The
model is now being used as the basis for a two-year model curriculum.
A new Queue Web site (http://queue.
acm.org/) was launched this year reflecting a significant effort by both the
Queue Board and the ACM Professions
Board to design an appealing and effective space for ACM practitioners.
The site hosts editorial content from
Queue as well as case studies and CTO
Roundtable discussions from the Professions Board. The Board created this
site as an important virtual community
for high-powered practitioners.
ACM recently launched a new online
course program ( http://pd.acm.org/)
through Element K that includes more
than 2,500 online courses on a wide
range of computing and business topics in multiple languages, 1,000 unique
vLab exercises, an e-Reference Library,
as well as a downloadable player that
allows members to access assessments
and self-study courses offline. The ACM
Online Course Program is open to ACM
professional and student members.
The Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP), ACM’s primary outreach effort for student and professional chapters, continues to add new speakers to
its roster. At year-end, 74 speakers from
academia and industry were part of the
program, speaking on a variety of topics
from artificial intelligence and computer graphics, to emerging technologies
and mobile computing. The speaker
roster doubled in size last year and continues to flourish. Of the 40 speaking engagements that took place this year, 12
were hosted by international chapters.
Thousands of job seekers visited the
Job Fair at SIGGRAPH Asia 2008, where
20 studios from around the globe,
including Pixar, Lucasfilms, Animal
Logic, and more, were recruiting talent.
The U.S. Public Policy Committee
of ACM (USACM) made significant
changes to its structure and its approach to developing policy positions.
By the end of the fiscal year, USACM
had six established subcommittees—
voting; security and privacy; computing and the law; intellectual property;
accessibility; and digital government—
to provide specialized focus on particular issues to government leaders and
policymakers. The committee works
to educate legislators and the public
about issues that will foster innovations in computing in ways that benefit
society. Indeed, USACM members testified numerous times before congressional committees and helped develop
principles on increasing the usability
of government information online.
The ACM Education Policy Committee (ACM EPC), established to educate
legislators about the role of computer
science in K– 12 education, made significant progress engaging policymakers and ensuring computer science at
the K– 12 level is explicitly considered
in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education
Coalition discussions. Members of
EPC and ACM staff also held several
meetings with Congressional and Administration representatives to emphasize the critical role of CS education;
introduced a bipartisan resolution to
designate a National Computer Science Education Week; and convinced
a group of governors and business
interests ( Achieve.org) to include Advanced Placement CS as a mathematics credit in its national framework.
ACM’s renowned International Collegiate Programming Contest, sponsored by IBM, drew 7, 109 student
teams representing 1,838 universities from 88 countries this year. The
World Finals included 100 teams from
around the world and was hosted by
KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology
in Stockholm. The 2009 ICPC World
Finals Ceremony took place in the
prestigious Stockholm Concert Hall,
where Nobel Prizes are presented annually; students from St. Petersburg
State University of IT, Mechanics and
Optics took top honors.
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, continues to provide a unique
forum for undergraduate and graduate
students to present their original research at well-known ACM-sponsored
and co-sponsored conferences before
a panel of judges and attendees. A select group of ACM conferences hosts
two rounds of competition with winners from these meets advancing to the
Grand Finals, where they are evaluated
by a different panel of judges via the
Web. Winners are invited to the annual
ACM Awards Banquet where they receive formal recognition for their work.
ACM has developed partnerships
with several leading technology companies, including Microsoft, Sun Micro-systems, and Computer Associates, to
offer valuable tools specifically for ACM
student members. At no additional
cost, student members can now access
free software and courseware, offering a unique opportunity to access top
resources, while also becoming part
of the larger computing community.
SIGCOMM added its support to
the scholarship program initiated by
ACM-W Council offering financial
aid to undergraduate and graduate