• USA-2001

    For outstanding service to the international computing community and to ACM, and for contributions to education.

  • USA-1996

    For outstanding contributions to computer science education and for long-term leadership in national and international computer science education activities on behalf of ACM.

An expert in artificial intelligence, educational uses of computers, and more recently the use of online collaborative models and tools, Aiken has found ways to apply his experience as a scholar in his role as a faculty leader. "In my field, it's critical to think of long-term social impacts of technologies," he said. "My students need to understand the impacts of the software they build. As faculty members, we need to think the same way. The academic strategic plan and the Gen Ed program will have far-reaching repercussions for the whole Temple community." To foster a sense of community and offer non-faculty perspectives, the senate's leadership has been inviting administration guests to senate meetings to address specific issues of interest to faculty members. On Friday, Dec. 7, at 1:45 p.m. in Ritter Hall's Kiva Auditorium, the senate will welcome Vice President William T. Bergman and Vice President for Student Affairs Theresa A. Powell to its once-a-semester University Senate Meeting for a discussion about emergency response and mental health care initiatives at Temple. "I invite all faculty members to come," Aiken said. "We need their ideas and their energy. If I have one goal as Faculty Senate president, it's to strengthen faculty roles in all aspects of the university's decision making — but that can't happen if people don't get active, volunteer to serve on committees, attend meetings and speak out. The Faculty Senate is our voice; we need everyone to participate."