ACM President Wendy Hall, a computer science professor at the University of Southampton and a former head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, has been appointed to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire as a Dame Commander.
Hall has played a leading role in the development of computer science and has held many prominent positions throughout her career. In 2003, Hall served as president of the British Computer Society, and in 2005 she became the first woman to be elected senior vice-president of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Hall also is the first person from outside North America to serve as president of ACM. In 2006, Hall was one of the founders of the Web Science Research Initiative, along with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Nigel Shadbolt, and Daniel Weitzner.
Hall has been a staunch advocate of creating opportunities for women in science, engineering, and technology, has sought to ensure that women are equal beneficiaries of technological advancements, and has served as an example of achievement and dedication for women. "I am thrilled to have been honored in this way," Hall says. "It is of course exciting for me personally and for my family, but it is also a tribute to all the people I have worked with in my career as a scientist and engineer both at Southampton and in the wider community."
From The University of Southampton
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