Mark Allen Weiss is Distinguished University Professor in the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education of the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University. He served as Interim Founding Director of the School of Universal Computing, Construction, and Engineering EDucation (SUCCEED) having previously served for nine years as Associate Director of the School of Computing and Information Sciences. His interests include data structures, algorithms, and education. He is most well-known for his highly-acclaimed Data Structures textbooks, which have been used by a generation of students. Per opensyllabus.org, he ranks among the top book authors in the entire field of computer science.
Professor Weiss is the author of numerous publications in top-rated journals and was recipient of the University’s Excellence in Research Award in 1994. From 1997-2004 he served as a member of the Advanced Placement Computer Science Development Committee, chairing the committee from 2000-2004. The committee designed the curriculum and wrote the AP exams that are now taken by 60,000 high school students annually. In recent years he served as an elected member of the ACM SIGCSE Board, is now co-leading an NSF-funded project to outline a 15-year agenda for CS Education research, with one goal being to assist NSF in setting its research priorities, and he is also working on Broadening Participation in Computing in South Florida. In addition to his Research Award, Professor Weiss is the recipient of the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2017 FIU Torch Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and an ACM Distinguished Educator. He is the recipient of two major ACM and two major IEEE Education awards, namely the 2015 ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education, the 2017 IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award, the 2018 IEEE Education Society William E. Sayle Achievement in Education Award, and the 2021 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award.