ORIE Professor Williamson named a 2013 ACM Fellow

David Williamson joins the ACM’s most prestigious member group.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.  At its annual Awards Banquet on June 21, 2014 in San Francisco, ORIE Professor David Williamson will be recognized as a 2013 ACM Fellow.  Fifty new fellows from corporations and universities around the world, including three from Cornell, received this high honor, for which the top 1% of ACM members are eligible.    

ACM President Vinton G. Cerf said, “We recognize these scientists and engineers, creators and builders, theorists and practitioners who are making a difference in our lives.”   As a new ACM Fellow, Williamson was recognized for his “contributions to the design and analysis of approximation algorithms”.  His book, The Design of Approximation Algorithms, coauthored with ORIE Director David Shmoys (who became an ACM Fellow in 2001), was awarded the 2013 Lanchester Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).  In addition to being recognized for his research and writing, Williamson is an award winning teacher in ORIE.   

Also named a 2013 ACM Fellow was Tisch University Professor Jon Kleinberg, who was cited for “contributions to the science of information and social networks”, and Computer Science Professor Andrew Myers, cited for his “contributions to languages and systems for implementing secure computing systems”.  Like Williamson and Shmoys, Kleinberg is a member of the Cornell Graduate School Field of Operations Research.  He recently won the Harvey Prize in Science and Technology, one of two awarded each year by the Technion as “a banner of recognition for men and women who have truly contributed to the progress of humanity.”

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