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Rick Snodgrass receives Oustanding Contributions to ACM Award

``For exceptional leadership in broadening the vision of the ACM Digital Library into a portal to computer science literature, and for service as an outstanding leader of the ACM SIGMOD community, of the Publications Board, and of the SIG Board.'' [press release]


About Rick Snodgrass
Rick is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Arizona. He joined the Computer Science Department in 1989. He has written or edited six books as well as many journal and conference papers (see his DBLP entry). He is an ACM Fellow. Rick is Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Database Systems. He has served as an Associate Editor of the International Journal on Very Large Databases and the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering and the Advisory Board of ACM SIGMOD Digital Review.

He chairs the Advisory Board of the ACM SIGMOD and co-chairs the ACM History Committee. He has chaired the ACM Publications Board and has served on the ACM Council. He chaired the Americas program committee for the 2001 VLDB Conference and the program committees for the 1994 SIGMOD Conference and the 1993 International Workshop on an Infrastructure for Temporal Databases. In addition, he has served as a vice-chair or member of many program committees. He chaired the TSQL2 Language Design Committee and initiated the SQL/Temporal part of the SQL3 draft standard. He chaired the ACM SIGMOD Special Interest Group on Management of Data from 1997 to 2001.

He holds a B.A. degree in Physics from Carleton College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He co-directs TIMECENTER, an international center for the support of temporal database applications on traditional and emerging DBMS technologies and the related TAU project. He is also associated with the Stagg project, which investigates spatio-temporal aggregation.

His research interests include temporal databases, query language design, query optimization and evaluation, storage structures and database design. Rick's avocational interests include playing classical guitar, scuba diving, and flying, though not simultaneously!

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