Elmagarmid, ACM Distinguished Scientist
Professor Ahmed Elmagarmid is a 2009 recipient of an ACM Distinguished Membership. This honor is bestowed upon members who have made significant contributions to the computing industry and have had at least 15 years of professional experience. Elmagarmid was recognized as a Distinguished Scientist along with 58 other scientists. There were also 9 Distinguished Educators named, and 17 Distinguished Engineers. With this prestigious distinction members will become part of the ACM Advanced Member Grades Program. They will also receive a certificate, a pin, and an ACM membership card annotating their distinction.
Elmagarmid is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Indiana Center for Database Systems and the the Cyber Center in Discovery Park. He joined Purdue in 1988, the same year he was awarded a Presidential Young Investigator Award. Elmagarmid's research interests range on a large spectrum of foundational and application-oriented database research. He is also interested in using cyber infrastructure for science and engineering discovery, in education and research policy, and in innovation systems in developing countries.
Purdue Computer Science Alumnus, Naren Ramakrishnan, was also named a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM. Ramakrishnan earned his PhD in computer science in 1997 from Purdue. He is a Professor in the Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science.