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November 12, 2013

Young Named a 2013 ACM Distinguished Scientist

Congratulations to Dr. R. Michael Young, professor of computer science at NC State University who has been named a 2013 Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Initiated in 2006, the ACM Distinguished Member Recognition Program honors members who have at least 15 years of experience and have made significant accomplishments or achieved a significant impact on the computing field. Recipients of this honor include computer scientists and engineers from some of the world’s leading corporations, research labs, and universities who made significant advances in technology that are having lasting impacts on the lives of people across the globe.
The ACM recognizes Distinguished Members in three categories: Distinguished Educator, Distinguished Engineer, and Distinguished Scientist. To be considered a Distinguished Scientist, Dr. Young has met one or more of the following general criteria:         
  • Demonstrates substantial depth and breadth of understanding of the field, including the creation of new ideas and the synthesis of work by others
  • Serves as a mentor and role model guiding technical career development for others
  • Exhibits eminence by contributing to the field beyond the norm, including conference presentations or leadership roles within ACM or other organizations
He also met one or more of the specific criteria required for the Distinguished Scientist designation:
  • Has contributed to the advancement of the science of computing, and to building the knowledge base within the field of computer science
  • Has been published in peer-reviewed scholarly or professional journals or conferences
  • Has received research awards or grants based on innovative proposals.
Young is founder and executive director of the NC State Digital Games Research Initiative, and he also directs the Liquid Narrative research group. He developed and directs the Computer Science Department’s undergraduate concentration in game development, which has been recognized as one of the top 20 game design programs in the United States and Canada by “The Princeton Review” for the last three consecutive years. His research group is internationally known as a leading center for work on games research, especially in the area of interactive storytelling and AI in games.

Young also serves as vice president and is a founding board member of the Society for the Advancement of Digital Games. His work with North Carolina games companies and state policy makers to strengthen the state’s games ecosystem has been widely recognized. 
For more information on Dr. Young, click here.
For more information on the ACM Distinguished Member Awards, click here.
For more information on the Association of Computing Machinery, click here.


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