Lillian (Boots) Cassel, PhD Receives ACM’s “Distinguished Educator” Award

Cassel, a professor of Computer Science in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was one of six educators selected internationally to receive the honor  

02.25.13 VILLANOVA, Pa. – Lillian (Boots) Cassel, PhD, professor of Computer Science in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was one of six recipients nationwide of the “Distinguished Educator” Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

The ACM the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society made up of 100,000 members– developed the Distinguished Member Recognition program in 2006 to honor members [with a minimum of 15 years’ experience and five years of recognized Professional Membership] who have demonstrated significant achievements in computing science.  The Distinguished Educator award is presented by ACM to educators who have had an impact on students and other educators, as well as on the community beyond their own institution.

Dr. Cassel was recognized for her leadership and contributions in computing education, including her role as lead principal investigator in the “Ensemble Project,” a site dedicated to connecting computing educators and providing access to resources, communities, and technology.

“Through their [Distinguished Members] participation in building the foundations for groundbreaking technologies, they [the recipients] have achieved exemplary levels of professional standing,” noted current ACM President, Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, “We celebrate their entrepreneurial spirit, their creative energy, and their leadership in strengthening the computing community."

Added Cassel: “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with wonderful people from around the world in the development of computing education and in interesting research opportunities.  This mark of appreciation for my small achievements is most welcome.  I am honored to be in this company.”