The ACM Distinguished Member program, initiated in 2006, recognizes those members with at least 15 years of professional experience who have made significant accomplishments or achieved a significant impact on the computing field. This year's select ACM Distinguished Members of the world's largest educational and scientific computing include Professor Felix Naumann. The computer scientist has headed the Information Systems Department at the Hasso Plattner Institute since 2006 and has also been the spokesperson for the HPI Research School "Data Science and Engineering" for doctoral students since 2019. Only 63 researchers were appointed as Distinguished Members by the ACM in 2021, just two of them are based in Germany.
All ACM Distinguished Members 2021 work at leading universities, research institutions and companies worldwide. They are long-time ACM members and have been selected by their peers for a range of accomplishments that move the computing field forward. In addition, it is expected that a Distinguished Member serves as a mentor and role model, guiding technical career development and contributing to the field beyond the norm.