Professor Impagliazzo Retires After 24 Years of Service at Hofstra


Professor and former chair of the Department of Computer Science, Dr. John Impagliazzo retires 31 August 2008 after twenty-four years of service at Hofstra. Over the course of his career, Dr. Impagliazzo distinguished himself as a leader in computer science education and a strong advocate of computing history research.

Dr. Impagliazzo serves on the Education Board of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), which plays an important role in reshaping the future of computing education. He was the principal co-author and editor of the Computer Engineering Report (CE2004), and made significant contributions to the Computing Curricula 2005 Report (CC2005). CE2004 and CC2005 are the vital undergraduate curriculum guidelines for computing programs used all over the world. He has chaired the ACM Accreditation Committee for twelve years. He served as team chair and program evaluator for ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), the Computer Science Accreditation Commission (CSAC), and various accrediting agencies under government auspices for various countries. He has led or participated in the accreditation of over fifty computing programs worldwide.

Leading the efforts to advocate research in computing history, Dr. Impagliazzo is the former chair of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 9.7 on the History of Computing. He is also an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering, under development by the John Wiley publishing company.

Dr. Impagliazzo is a Life Senior Member of IEEE. He is the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Award (2005) for his work on the Computer Engineering Report, and the ACM SIGCSE Lifetime Service Award (2007) for his long history of volunteer service to computer science education. He recently received the CSAB (formerly the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board) Outstanding Contributions Award (2008) for his decades of volunteer service to enhance quality computing education through program accreditation.

Although John is retiring from Hofstra, he is not fading away. He has accepted the information and communication technology (ICT) endowed chair and professor position at Qatar University in the Middle East. The position offers him the opportunity to exercise strategic influence to help the future direction of ICT development, education, and research for the entire country. It also allows him to function in an advisory capacity to the ICT council of the Emir (prince, ruler) of Qatar.