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World's Largest Computing Society Honors FIU Engineering Professor with Top Education Award


“Dr. Weiss exemplifies what it means to be a computer scientist and educator,” said John L. Volakis, dean of FIU's College of Engineering and Computing. “From his textbooks to his research and curriculum design, Weiss has positively impa

Credit: FIU News

Mark Allen Weiss, an associate dean of the College of Engineering and Computing and distinguished professor of computer science at Florida International University, is being honored with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for advancing the art and science of computer science education. ACM is the world's largest computing society.

The award is presented annually to an outstanding educator who is appointed to a recognized educational baccalaureate institution; recognized for advancing new teaching methodologies or effecting new curriculum development or expansion in computer science and engineering; or for making a significant contribution to the educational mission of the ACM. The recognition comes with a prize of $10,000, supplied by Pearson Education.

Weiss's most significant contributions to the evolution of the data structures and programming curriculum have been through his textbooks, which have been used in numerous countries and published in multiple editions over three decades (from the 1990s to the 2010s). Per opensyllabus.org, he is one of the most widely adopted textbook authors in computer science.

"This is a tremendous honor, and I am very excited to be recognized for the work that I've been doing at FIU," said Weiss. "Computers impact all aspects of our lives, so ensuring we continue to educate highly-skilled computer scientists is in turn ultimately ensuring a productive and prosperous future."

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