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Last modified: Monday, June 17, 2002

IU computer scientist new ACM vice president

The Association for Computing Machinery has elected David S. Wise, professor of computer science at Indiana University, as its vice president for 2002-04.

ACM is the world's oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society. Since 1947, ACM has provided a vital forum for the exchange of information, ideas and discoveries. It serves a membership of more than 80,000 computing professionals in more than 100 countries in all areas of industry, academia and government.

Wise, who currently serves as secretary-treasurer of ACM, will join new president Maria Klawe on July 1 in leading the organization for the next two years.

"This is a clear acknowledgment of his leadership in the field," said Dennis Gannon, chair of the IU Computer Science Department. "Professor Wise has been an important contributor to many ACM activities for a very long time."

Wise is a leading expert on parallel programming, in which algorithms are performed simultaneously -- instead of successively -- to create faster, more efficient computer programs. He is currently working on bringing fields as diverse as programming languages and styles, algorithms, architecture and multi-processing under a new unifying paradigm.

Note: To arrange an interview with Wise, contact David Bricker at 812-856-9035 or