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Alexander L. Wolf, Dean of the Baskin School of Engineering
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Alexander L. Wolf has served as Dean of the Baskin School of Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC Santa Cruz since 2016. Wolf received MS and PhD degrees in computer science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, before joining AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of the technical staff.
He was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder for 14 years, where he held the Charles V. Schelke Endowed Chair. Wolf co-founded and taught in the Faculty of Informatics at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland and then spent another decade as a Chaired Professor at Imperial College London. He has also served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Software at Tsinghua University in Beijing and a Visiting Professor at the Università di Roma “La Sapienza.”
Wolf’s technical interests span the areas of distributed systems, networking, and software engineering, and he has served as a consultant and advisor to universities, tech companies, and a number of science and technology institutions in Europe.
Wolf has held several leadership positions within the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He was ACM president and chaired the Executive Committee (EC) of the ACM Council, which is the governing authority of the association. He was also a founding member of the ACM Europe Council and was a long-time participant in the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP).
Wolf was also Secretary-Treasurer and then Vice President of the ACM, Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group (SIG) Governing Board (SGB), Vice Chair and then Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Software Engineering (SIGSOFT), and Chair of the ACM Software System Award committee.
He has served on the editorial boards of the Research Highlights section of ACM’s flagship publication Communications of the ACM (CACM), the ACM journal Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM), the IEEE Computer Society journal Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), the Wiley journal Software Process – Improvement and Practice (SPIP), and has chaired a number of international program committees.
Wolf is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, an AAAS Fellow, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), holder of a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award, two-time recipient of an ACM SIGSOFT Research Impact Award, recipient of both the ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award and Distinguished Service Award, and recipient of an Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.