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Maria Klawe (B.Sc., U. Alberta 1973; Ph.D., U. Alberta 1977) is Dean of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science. She also holds a professorship in the Department of Computer Science. She has been elected president of ACM for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2002. Maria also holds the NSERC-IBM Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, one of five regional chairs across Canada. Maria has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. She is the founder and director of the E-GEMS project, a collaborative project involving computer scientists, mathematics educators, teachers, children and professional game developers, that does research on the design and use of computer games in enhancing mathematics education for grades 4 to 9. E-GEMS research also studies the role of gender in technology-based learning environments and has identified significant gender differences in how students interact with computers and software.
Christos H. Papadimitriou (B.S., Athens Polytechnic Greece 1972; M.S., Princeton 1974; Ph.D., Princeton 1976) has taught at Harvard, MIT, Athens Polytechnic, Stanford, and UCSD. Since 1995 he has been teaching at the University of California Berkeley, where he is the C. Lester Hogan Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has written five books: Elements of the Theory of Computation, Combinatorial Optimization: Algorithms and Complexity, The Theory of Database Concurrency Control, Computational Complexity, and Turing (a Novel about Computation) published in Greek as Turing's smile. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Algorithms and Complexity, Combinatorics, Combinatorial Algorithms, Theory of Computation, Introductory Programming, Programming Languages, Compilers, Operating Systems, Databases, Complexity Theory, Combinatorial Optimization, Artificial Intelligence, and Introduction to Operations Research. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 2001), member of the National Academy of Sciences (since 2002), ACM fellow (since 2002), and has been awarded the Knuth Prize (2002).
Donald E. Knuth (B.S. and M.S., Case Institute of Technology 1960; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology 1963) is Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University, where he supervised the Ph.D. dissertations of 28 students since becoming a professor in 1968. He is the author of numerous books, including three volumes (so far) of The Art of Computer Programming, five volumes of Computers & Typesetting, and a non-technical book entitled 3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated. His software systems T E X and METAFONT are extensively used for book publishing throughout the world. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering, and he is a foreign associate of the French, Norwegian, and Bavarian science academies. He received the Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery in 1974; the National Medal of Science from President Carter in 1979; the Steele Prize from the American Mathematical Society in 1986; the Adelsköld Medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1994; the Harvey Prize from the Technion of Israel in 1995; the John von Neumann Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 1995; and the Kyoto Prize from the Inamori Foundation in 1996. He holds honorary doctorates from Oxford University, the University of Paris, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the University of St. Petersburg, the University of Marne-la-Vallée, Masaryk University, St. Andrews University, Athens University of Economics and Business, the University of Tübingen, the University of Oslo, and sixteen colleges and universities in America.