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Last modified: Thursday, February 19, 2009

IU professor named 'Distinguished Scientist' by Association for Computing Machinery

Feb. 19, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Professor of Computer Science Paul Purdom has been named a "distinguished scientist" by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

The association recognized 27 professionals from universities and research centers around the world for their individual contributions to both the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology. They are being honored for significant advances in computing technology that have dramatically influenced progress in science, engineering, business and many other areas of human endeavor.

Paul Purdom

Paul Purdom

Purdom has been on the faculty at IU since 1971. He received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in physics from the California Institute of Technology. His primary research focus is analysis of algorithms, about which he has conducted numerous grant-funded projects and authored many papers. He is co-author of the book The Analysis of Algorithms. Purdom's teaching accomplishments have been recognized with the the Purdom Fellowship for graduate study, funded by Chin-Cheng Wu, co-founder and chairman of Azuki Systems, and a former student of professor Purdom.

"Being named to the ACM list is an exceptionally noteworthy honor," said Andrew Hanson, chair of the Department of Computer Science. "We are proud of Paul for his stellar record of research and scholarship that have earned this award, and feel fortunate to have him on our faculty."

IU School of Informatics

Founded in 2000 as the first school of its kind in the United States, the Indiana University School of Informatics is dedicated to research and teaching across a broad range of computing and information technology, with emphases on science, applications and societal implications. The school includes departments of Computer Science and Informatics on the Bloomington campus and Informatics on the IUPUI campus. The school administers a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs in computer science and informatics, as well as doctoral programs in computer science and the first-ever doctorate in informatics. The school is dedicated to excellence in education and research, to partnerships that bolster economic development and entrepreneurship, and to increasing opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in computing and technology. For more information, visit