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Gao Selected as ACM Fellow

Professor Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected as a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), an honor achieved by only one percent of that organization. She was cited by the ACM “for contributions to network protocols and internet routing.” Gao now becomes the first faculty member in the ECE department to earn selection as a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the ACM.

The 2012 ACM Fellows (http://fellows.acm.org) personify the highest achievements in computing research and development from the world’s leading universities, corporations, and research labs, with innovations that are driving economic growth in the digital environment.

“These men and women are advancing the art and science of computing with enormous impacts for how we live and work,” said ACM President Vinton G. Cerf.  “The impact of their contributions highlights the role of computing in creating advances that range from commonplace applications to extraordinary breakthroughs, and from the theoretical to the practical. Some recipients have also helped to broaden participation in computing, particularly among underrepresented groups, and to expand its impact across multiple disciplines.”

In addition to being selected as a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, Gao received the SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award in 2011, the Paper of Distinction Award from ACM Cloud Computing in 2011, the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity at the Sixth Annual Faculty Convocation at UMass Amherst in 2010, the Best Paper Award at the INFOCOM 2010, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow award in 2003, and an National Science Foundation CAREER award in 1999.

Gao’s research interests include multimedia networking, Internet routing, network security, and energy efficient wireless networks. She is the director of the Multimedia Networking and Internet Lab.

In her professional service, Gao was an associate editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking from 2002 to 2007, a guest editor on Computer Network Magazine for its special issue on Interdomain Routing, a program co-vice chair at ICDCS 2008 in the Network Protocol track, a panelist of ACM Mobihoc 2008 on the panel "New Architectures and Disruptive Technologies for the Future Wireless Networks," and the TPC Area Chair of INFOCOM 2009, 2010, and 2013.

Established in 1947, the ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivering resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources. The official induction ceremony for current ACM Fellows will be held in San Francisco on June 15, 2013. (December 2012)