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Honors and Awards by Organization

This is a listing of significant awards and honors received by Purdue CS faculty. Listed are those items that are distinctive and based on technical achievement and/or professional service. Included items must be decided by peer deliberation; awards decided solely by students (e.g., "Top 10 Teacher") and best paper awards are not included, nor are awards well outside the mainstream of faculty areas of achievement. Courtesy Appointments are listed below in the University Recognition section.External Recognition

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

  • ACM Athena Lecturer Award

    The ACM Athena Lecturer Award recognizes women researchers that have made pioneering contributions to computer science. Each year ACM honors a preeminent computer scientist as the Athen Lecturer.  

  • ACM Distinguished Scientist

    The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.

  • Fellow of the ACM

    The ACM Fellows Program was established by Council in 1993 to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM. The ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves.

  • Gordon Bell Prize (joint with IEEE)

    Awarded for outstanding achievement in high-performance computing applications.

  • ACM President's Award

    Recipients of the ACM Presidents Award, a rarely bestowed honor, have demonstrated their exceptional abilities to advance computing technology and enhance its impact for the benefit of society through generosity, creativity and dedication to their respective missions.

  • ACM SIGCAS "Making A Difference Award"

    This award is given annually to an individual nationally recognized for work related to the interaction of computers and society. The recipient is a leader in promoting awareness of ethical and social issues in computing.

  • ACM SIGPLAN "Doctoral Dissertation Award"

    This highly competitive award is given in recognition of the outstanding doctoral dissertation in programming languages.

  • ACM SIGSAC "Outstanding Contribution Award"

    This award is given for significant contribution to the field of computer and communication security through fostering research and development activities, educating students, and providing professional services such as the running of professional societies and conferences.

Applied Computer Security Associates

AMS (American Mathematical Society)

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

  • Humboldt Research Award

    The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in future are eligible to be nominated for a Humboldt Research Award.

Computing Research Association (CRA)

  • Distinguished Service Award

    CRA makes this award, usually annually, to someone who has made an outstanding service contribution to the computing research community. This award recognizes service in the areas of government affairs, professional societies, publications or conferences, and leadership that has a major impact on computing research.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

European Academy of Sciences

Fulbright Scholar

Information Security Executive (ISE)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)/IEEE Societies

IEEE ICDM Oustanding Service Award 

The IEEE ICDM Outstanding Award is given to one individual or one group who has made major service contributions that have promoted data mining as a field and ICDM as the world's premier research conference in data mining.

Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India)

International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)

  • Silver Core 

    This is an award, granted by the General Assembly of IFIP, in recognition of distinction in service to IFIP and its goals.

  • Kristian Beckman Award, Technical Committee TC 11The objective of the award is to publicly recognise an individual, not a group or organisation, who has significantly contributed to the development of information security, especially achievements with an international perspective.

Information Security Magazine

Honorary Doctorates

International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)

Information Security Certification (ISC)2

  • Fellow of (ISC)2

    (ISC)2 Board of Directors established the Fellow of (ISC)2 designation in January 2006 to honor a select group of information security professionals who have made outstanding contributions throughout their careers to the field of information security.

Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Awards

  • Hall of Fame 

    This award recognizes an individual's exemplary career contributions to, and the advancement of the information security profession. Hall of Fame recipients are recognized for their participation in more than one area of service to the profession - researching, teaching, publishing, speaking, directing information security programs, and developing information security tools.

  • Distinguished Fellow 



  • Wasserman Award

    Awarded by the New York City chapter of ISACA, the Wasserman Award is granted based on Chapter Recognition, Technology Audit and Security contributions, contributions to the Profession, Leadership, and major accomplishments in the Audit, Security, and Technology fields.


Mathematical Association of America

Member of the National Academy of Engineering

NCISSE Founder's Medal

  • This award honors an individual from business, academia or government who has made a significant contribution toward furthering the state of information systems security education.

National Computer/Information System Security Award

  • An award jointly conferred by the National Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards for exceptional and substantial contributions to information security through research, practice, and/or education.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Awards

U.S. MilitaryU.S. Air Force

 Non-US Scientific AcademiesIndividuals listed are members of the indicated academies of sciences.

Ponemon Institute


SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics)

  • Pierre Bézier Award

    This award recognizes rigorous codifications and extensions of solid modeling theory, concepts and techniques that improve its robustness and versatility, and contributions to geometric constraint solving.

Simons Foundation

Joel and Ruth Spira Excellence in Teaching Award

University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

  • Abacus Award

    Presented to an individual who has gained international renown in the profession, and over a period of several years has provided extensive support and leadership for student-related activities in the computing and information disciplines.

Usenix Association


University RecognitionDistinguished and Named University ProfessorsA special recognition bestowed on a select few professors of outstanding accomplishment who have achieved national and international prominence. Conferring the title of distinguished professor requires a rigorous academic review and appointment by the Board of Trustees. Less than 2% of Purdue faculty hold this rank.Named University Professors are faculty who received these appointments under the prior University policy that bestowed this title as an academic recognition similar to distinguished professorships.

University Faculty ScholarA small number of faculty, usually at the associate professor level or recently-promoted full professors, are named as University Faculty Scholars to recognize outstanding achievement and the likelihood of future academic distinction.

Morrill AwardMorrill Awards are given to faculty members who have excelled as teachers, researchers and scholars, and in engagement missions. The awards are named for Justin Smith Morrill, the Vermont congressman who sponsored the 1862 legislation that bears his name.

Sigma Xi Faculty Research AwardThe Purdue Chapter of Sigma Xi seeks to recognize a faculty member for outstanding research.  The nominees are to be in residence at the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University, but need not be a member of Sigma Xi. This award is to recognize scientific research accomplishments rather than service to the University or other career accomplishments.

Courtesy Appointments

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy

This is Purdue's top award for sustained excellence in education, mentoring, and development of educational materials over a period of many years. Winners are noted for their ability to motivate and inspire students both in and out of the classroom.

Book of Great Teachers

The book bears the names of 267 faculty members, past and present, who have devoted their lives to excellence in teaching and scholarship. They were chosen by their students and their peers as Purdue's finest educators. Several CS faculty are among those included.

Fellows of the Purdue Teaching Academy

The Academy is comprised of scholar-teachers committed to the continual improvement of teaching and learning at Purdue University.

Teaching for Tomorrow Award

Annually, these awards recognize the demonstrated talents for teaching of up to twelve assistant professors (or recently promoted associate professors), and three senior faculty for their long-term contributions to teaching at the University. These faculty will work together in teams to address topics which can enhance the learning environment for students across the campus.

Seeds of Success

Outstanding Commercialization Award

Purdue Research Foundation Inventors Recognition

Purdue Innovators Hall of Fame

Purdue University Undergraduate Advising Award

Purdue University Engagement Award


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