UNL computer scientist Gregg Rothermel was selected as a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery and was named a Distinguished Scientist.
Members of the ACM chosen for the honor represent “the problem solvers prophets, and producers who are powering the future of the digital age,” ACM President Vinton Cerf said.
“I’m happy and honored to be recognized by ACM for the impact and contributions of my work,” Rothermel said. “Many people have helped make this possible … these include my colleagues at UNL and those at other institutions with whom I’ve collaborated, and the students who have helped with, and indeed led, much of the research.”
Forty were selected as 2013 Distinguished Members and hail from Denmark, Japan, Israel, Italy, China and the United Kingdom in addition to North America. The honor recognizes ACM members who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field. ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific society with more than 100,000 members.
Rothermel was nominated for the award by his Ph.D. adviser, Mary Jean Harrold, formerly of Georgia Tech. Rothermel called the award bittersweet since Harrold died before the announcement was made.
“I’m profoundly grateful to her for everything that she gave to me throughout my career,” he said. “It would not have been the same without her.”
Rothermel, professor of computer science and engineering, has made his impact in research on software engineering and program analysis. His research interests include emphases on the application of program analysis techniques, problems in software maintenance and testing, end-user software engineering and empirical studies.
He is a National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient and is a co-founder of the End-Users Shaping Effective Software Consortium, which is a group of researchers who are leading end-user software engineering research with NSF support. He is also an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. His research has been supported by Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin and Rogue Wave Software.