Distinguished Service Award

This annual award is presented to an individual who has contributed dedicated and important service to the software engineering community.

Recipients receive a plaque engraved with their name and signed by the chair of SIGSOFT along with a $1000 honorarium. The award is presented by the SIGSOFT chair at ICSE during ICSE's award presentation session. The award recipient also receives support for travel to ICSE up to $2500 within their home continent and up to $3000 outside their home continent, including airfare, hotel, and conference registration for ICSE.

The selection committee is appointed by the SIGSOFT chair and consists of a combination of recent recipients of the award and current SIGSOFT executive committee members. The committee solicits nominations from the software engineering community in a variety of ways including announcements in SIGSOFT's newsletter, Software Engineering Notes, and postings on appropriate newsgroups and websites. The committee considers all external nominations, plus any internal nominations from members of the committee, in the context of the nominees' specific and general service contributions to the overall software engineering community.

Criteria that the committee considers in evaluating nominations include:

  1. Service to ACM SIGSOFT
  2. Service to the software engineering community outside of SIGSOFT
  3. Service to broadening participation of underrepresented groups in software engineering
  4. Service to students
  5. Length of time serving the software engineering community
  6. Other service contributions

To submit a nomination for the award, please use the awards nomination portal. Nominations are due no later than December 15 of each year.


2018David S. Rosenblum
2017Laura Dillon
2016Martin Glinz
2015Bashar Nuseibeh
2014Leon Osterweil
2013Wilhelm Schäfer
2012Alexander Wolf
2011Jeff Kramer
2010Mary Lou Soffa
2009Stuart Zweben
2008John C. Knight
2007David Notkin
2006Carlo Ghezzi
2005Richard N. Taylor
2004Will Tracz
2003Axel van Lamsweerde
2002Lori Clarke
2001Kouichi Kishida
2000Marvin Zelkowitz
1999Bill Riddle
1998Bruce Barnes
1997Peter Neumann
1996Rick Adrion
1995Tony Wasserman