ACM History Committee

ACM History Committee Fellowships

The Association for Computing Machinery, founded in 1947, is the oldest and largest educational and scientific society dedicated to the computing profession, and today has 100,000 members around the world. To encourage historical research, the ACM History Committee supports up to four research projects each year with awards of up to $4,000 each. Successful candidates may be of any rank, from graduate students through senior researchers. The current and past winners of the fellowship can be found on this page.

See Prior Proposal for a sample, prior proposal. Note that proposals should include all requested materials, including a planned budget, which this sample does not include.

Past Winners of the ACM History Committee Fellowship

YearRecipientInstitutionProposal title
2023David DunningUniversity of PennsylvaniaWriting the Rules of Reason: A Social Life of Notation from Logic to Computing
2023Bonnie Mitchell and Jan SearlemanProfessor of Digital Arts, Bowling Green State University (Mitchell); Adjunct Research Professor of Computer Science, Clarkson University (Searleman)ACM SIGGRAPH History Archive: Expanding Conference Content
2023Dana PlepysUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoLong-term Storage and Preservation of the SIGGRAPH Video Review Media Archive
2023Simon RowberryUniversity College LondonThe ACM Hypertext Class of 1987-1991 and the development of pre-Web reading on-screen
2023Kevin WalshUniversity of California, San DiegoSelect Oral History Interviews for the 35th Anniversary of the ACM/IEEE Supercomputer Conference
2022Ruth Lennon and Rukiye AltinLetterkenny Institute of Technology (Lennon) and METU Development and Foundation Schools (Altin)ACM-W Europe History: The origins and advancement of the ACM-W Europe
2022Bonnie Mitchell and Jan SearlemanProfessor of Digital Arts, Bowling Green State University (Mitchell); Adjunct Research Professor of Computer Science, Clarkson University (Searleman)Archiving the History of ACM SIGGRAPH Communities and Activities
2022Daniel PillisUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)3D Object/Artifact Archive
2022 Eric RawnUniversity of California, BerkeleyInvestigating the Intellectual History of Computing and HCI Research in the 1970s and 1980s: How Philosophy Helped Define the Personal Computing Era
2022Huixin TianIndiana University Bloomington Asian migrants and employment in the ICT industry
2021Don GotterbarnProfessor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University ACM’s role in evolving the understanding of computing professional responsibility
2021Zach LoebUniversity of Pennsylvania Y2K Oral History
2021Bonnie Mitchell and Jan SearlemanProfessor of Digital Arts, Bowling Green State University (Mitchell); Adjunct Research Professor of Computer Science, Clarkson University (Searleman)SIGGRAPH History Online Archives, design and development
2021Kanyinsola ObayanM.I.T.Surulere technology cluster (Nigeria)
2021Gloria Childress TownsendProfessor of Computer Science, DePauw UniversityACM-W History
2020Ekaterina BabintsevaHistory and Sociology of Science, University of PennsylvaniaAI and Cold War
2020Bonnie Mitchell and Jan SearlemanProfessor of Digital Arts, Bowling Green State University (Mitchell); Adjunct Research Professor of Computer Science, Clarkson University (Searleman)Innovative Archive Development: Adding Computer Graphics
from the 1980s, Visualization and Enhancements
2020Briana B. MorrisonAssistant Professor, University of Nebraska OmahaHistory of SIGCSE’s Conferences
2020Rebecca PerryIndependent ScholarHistory of pioneer women artists in computing (SIGGRAPH)
2020Dana M. PlepysElectronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at ChicagoPreservation of SVR (SIGGRAPH Video)
2020Gloria Childress TownsendProfessor of Computer Science, DePauw UniversityACM-W History
2019Frances Corry and Anna LoupPhD students at University of Southern CaliforniaContinued support of “Revisiting SIGCOMM 99’s Technical History of the Internet”.
2019Kira LussierUniversity of Toronto MississaugaComputing Psychology: Personality Testing in Human/Computer Interaaction
2018Frances Corry and Anna LoupPhD students at University of Southern CaliforniaRevisiting SIGCOMM 99’s Technical History of the Internet
2018Tomas PetracekKent University, U.K. (nee Charles University in Prague)Documenting the History of Programming Errors
2018Urooj RajaPhD student in environmental studies at the University of Colorado at BoulderTechnology/Empathy Dyad within Virtual Space
2017Beth A. RobertsonResearch Associate at Carleton University, Ottawa, OntarioJames Swail, a blind engineer who designed, built and conducted extensive user testing on a series of adaptive and assistive technologies
2017Bethany G. AndersonArchival Operations and Reference Specialist (Science and Technology Archivist), University Archives, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignFrom Margin to Center: Reframing the History of Women in Computing and Information Technology through Oral Histories
2017Bonnie MitchellChair of Digital Arts, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OHSIGGRAPH Art Show Archiving
2015Ismail AkturkPhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of MinnesotaEvolution of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGArch)
2015Janet Mary TolandSenior Lecturer, School of Information Management, Victoria University of WellingtonComputing opportunities for all: ACM’s role in influencing public policy on universal access and education 1960 to 2010
2015Rajeev AgrawalAssistant Professor, Department of Computer Systems Technology, North Carolina A & T State UniversityDocumenting the contributions of African-Americans in Computing Research and Education
2015Scott CampbellDirector Centre for Society, Technology and Values, University of WaterlooKelly Gotlieb and the professionalization of computer science in Canada to the 1960s
2015Sebastian DziallasPhD student, School of Computing, University of KentThe Evolution of Development and Purpose of Computing Curricula
2014Rebecca SlaytonAssistant Professor in the STS Department at Cornell UniversityMeasuring Security: ACM and the History of Computer Security Metrics
2013Amy BixAssociate Professor, the History Department at Iowa State UniversityInforming the History of ‘Celebrating, Informing, and Supporting Women in Computing’: Studies of Gender in ACM and ACM-W
2013Andrew L. RussellAssistant Professor of History, College of Arts & Letters at Stevens Institute of TechnologyQuality Standards for Computing Education:A History of the Computer Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB)
2013Irina NikivinczeAssistant Professor, Department of Sociology at the Higher School of Economics in Saint PetersburgMaking Science: Careers and Contributions of the First Doctoral Women in Computer Science
2013Joseph NovemberAssociate Professor, Department of History at the University of South CarolinaGeorge Forsythe, the ACM, and the Creation of Computer Science
2013Sarah A. BellDoctoral student in Communication at the University of UtahEvans & Sutherland: Mentoring SIGGRAPH’s Pioneers
2012Bernadette LongoNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyEdmund Berkeley Biography
2012Jacob GabouryPhD student in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York UniversityImage Objects: A History of Computer Graphics
2012Janet AbbateAssociate Professor, Science & Technology in Society, Culture, and Communication at Virginia TechACM’s Curriculum Efforts of the 1960s and 1970s: Defining Computer Science
2011Andrew L. RussellAssistant Professor, College of Arts & Letters at Stevens Institute of TechnologyEuropean Contributions to Computer Networks: An Oral History Project
2011Inna KouperInstructor, School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University BloomingtonHistory of ACM SIGWEB as a framework for a conceptual history of hypertext
2011Ksenia TatarchenkoPh.D. candidate in the History of Science Program at Princeton UniversityComputer Science from Silicon Valley to Golden Valley
2010Andrew Meade McGeePh.D. student at Corcoran Department of History, University of VirginiaCreating the Federal Computing Complex: The ACM and the Development of Washington’s Government Computer Community
2010Kenneth LipartitoChair and Professor of History, Florida International UniversityThe Information Revolution and the First Privacy Debates, 1950-1980
2010Lars HeideAssociate Professor at the Centre for Business History, Copenhagen Business SchoolACM as an Institutional Intermediary between the Innovators, Producers, and Users in Automating America
2009Bernard GeogheganPh.D. student at Northwestern University and Bauhaus University – WeimarStaging the ACM Chess Championships
2009Irina Nikiforova (aka Nikivincze)Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech’s School of History, Technology and SocietyACM, Turing Prize Scientists, and their Web of Affiliations