Diversity & Inclusion Projects

The IEEE Computer Society Diversity & Inclusion Committee is open to new proposals for projects, programs, and events that further its mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the computing community.


distinguished contributor programThe IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Contributor Recognition Program is open to both IEEE CS Members and Affiliates and recognizes those members who have made technical contributions, through either applied or pure computing, to the Computing Profession, Computing Community, and Humanity with a significant portion of those technical contributions made through association with the CS.

This is a recognition program and should not be confused with the IEEE member grades of Life, Member, Senior and Fellow.

Applications for the 2022 Class will be accepted 1 September through 15 October 2022. Notifications will be made Mid-December.

Key Dates for 2022 Submission:

  • Applications Open: 1 September 2022
  • Application Deadline: 15 October 2022
  • Applicants Notified: Mid-December

For any additional questions, please email distinguished-contributor-feedback@computer.org



Two absolute requirements must be met for an application to be accepted for evaluation.

  • At the time of application submission, the Applicant must have a minimum of 10 cumulative years of IEEE Computer Society membership, with at least five being consecutive. Student membership years are excluded.
  • The applicants’ technical contributions, as listed in their application, must meet a score of at least 100 points (see scoring criteria below). A minimum of 50 points of the entire score must be earned through the applicant’s association/participation/publication in conferences, events, standards, and other relevant publications, etc., associated with the IEEE Computer Society.

Applicants not meeting these thresholds will automatically be excluded.


Selection Process

Applications meeting both requirements are reviewed, evaluated, and scored by members of the review team and then submitted to the program selection team, who prepare the list of successful applicants for recognition as Distinguished Contributors.

The number of members recognized in a calendar year is limited to 0.5% of the total IEEE Computer Society Membership.

Evaluation of contributions are made in the following areas:*

  • Keynotes and Presentations
  • Papers Presented
  • Publications
  • Standards, Patents, Working Groups, Technical Advisory Group Membership
  • Tutorials and Training
  • Change Management, Corporate Contributions, Other Engineering

*Proper documentation is required, such as URLs to pages documenting awards or publications.

Members who have achieved the IEEE member grade of Fellow or have received a major CS technical award, who have met the minimum length of membership requirement, will automatically be recognized as Distinguished Contributors;

Applications must be submitted online by 15 October; 11:59 PM ET


Scoring Criteria

All awards must be explicit awards granted by organizations and conferences and documented by the specific conference or organization presenting the award. Citation counts must be verifiable by a site such as Google Scholar. No more than 50 points will be awarded through any specific scoring group.


Citation counts must be verifiable by a site such as Google Scholar. No more than 50 points will be awarded through any specific scoring group.

  • Level 3 Keynotes (25 points each/Maximum 2 Keynotes)
    Keynote presented at a major international conference or one with more than 1,000 attendees.
  • Level 2 Keynote Talks (15 points each/Maximum 4 talks)
    Keynote presented at a major national-level conference or one with more than 100 attendees.
  • Level 1 Keynote Talks (5 points each/Maximum 4 talks)
    Keynote presented at a regional conference or one with more than 50 attendees.
  • Conference Presentation (w/out paper) or panelist at conference/workshop/symposium(2 points each/Maximum 15 presentations)
    For contributing your knowledge by presenting or serving as a panelist..
  • Computer Society Chapter Talks (2 points each/Maximum 20 talks)
    For sharing your depth of knowledge with a local Computer Society Members.

NOTE: Presentations given at a higher level than required are acceptable for listing in a lesser category. For example, if an applicant were to have had 6 keynote talks at regional conferences, they could submit 5 in the regional conference group and the remaining 1 in the Conference Presentation group.

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