Wolf receives ACM SIGDA Distinguished Service Award

Jul 01, 2024      By Victoria Grdina

Marilyn Wolf accepts the 2024 ACM SIGDA Distinguished Service Award at the 2024 DAC Conference on Wednesday, June 26.
Marilyn Wolf accepts the 2024 ACM SIGDA Distinguished Service Award at the 2024 DAC Conference on Wednesday, June 26.

Elmer E. Koch Professor Marilyn Wolf has been honored with the 2024 Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) Distinguished Service Award.

The ACM SIGDA Distinguished Service Award is given to individuals who have dedicated many years of their career in extraordinary services to promoting, leading, or creating ACM and SIGDA programs or events.

Wolf received the award for her “extensive and impactful services to the electronic design automation community,” including her roles as the founding editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS) and co-founder of Embedded Systems Week, the CODES+ISSS conference, and the ACM/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Symposium on Machine Learning for CAD (MLCAD).

Wolf was presented with the award at the 2024 Design Automation Conference (DAC) on Wednesday, June 26. 

“I really appreciate this recognition from my colleagues and friends, with whom I have worked for many years,” Wolf said.

In addition to the ACM SIGDA Distinguished Service Award, Wolf has earned several other accolades for her contributions to the computing field, including the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, the IEEE Computer Society Goode Memorial Award, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Education Award, and the American Society for Engineering Education Terman Award. She is also a fellow of ACM and IEEE, and a Golden Core member of IEEE Computer Society.

Wolf joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2019 as chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and became founding director of the School of Computing in 2021. She was named the director for engineering and technology initiatives in the Office of Research and Economic Development in 2023. Prior to her roles at Nebraska, she was Farmer Distinguished Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a professor at Princeton University, and a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Wolf received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Her other research interests include cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, embedded computer vision, and VLSI systems.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation is organized and operated exclusively for educational, scientific, and technical purposes in design automation. The mission of SIGDA and its activities includes collecting and disseminating information in design automation through a newsletter and other publications; organizing sessions at conferences of the ACM; sponsoring conferences, symposia, and workshops; organizing projects and working groups for education, research, and development; serving as a source of technical information for the Council and subunits of the ACM; and representing the opinions and expertise of the membership on matters of technical interest to SIGDA or ACM.

ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.