Dr. Mark Weiss has been named the 2017 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award, “For outstanding books, contributions to the Advanced Placement program, and their impact in the teaching of data structures and programming.”
Professor Weiss is most well-known as the sole author of nine textbooks, in 20 US editions. His first text, “Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis” published in 1991, along with subsequent versions in C, Ada, C++, and Java, have been market leaders for two decades. Dr. Weiss served on the Ad-Hoc Committee that advised the College Board on how to incorporate C++ into the Advanced Placement Exam, and then served as a member of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Computer Science Development Committee, including a four-year term as chair, as it redesigned the Advanced Placement curriculum twice, first from Pascal to C++, and then from C++ to Java.
The award is named after Taylor L. Booth, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Connecticut who was instrumental in defining computer science and engineering curricula for program accreditation. His name was on the ballot as a candidate for president-elect of the Computer Society when he died of a heart attack in 1986.
The award will be presented at a dinner and ceremony to be held on 14 June 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.