|Alexander L. Wolf|
Alexander L. Wolf
|Born||Alexander Lee Wolf
September 12, 1956
New York, New York, US
|Alma mater||Stuyvesant High School
Queens College, City University of New York
University of Massachusetts Amherst
|Known for||Software architecture
|Awards||ACM Fellow (2006)
IEEE Fellow (2011)
BCS Chartered Fellow (2008)
Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2007)
ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award (2014)
ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award (2012)
ACM SIGSOFT Research Impact Award (2008, 2011)
University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Computer Science Outstanding Alumni Research Award (2010)
|Institutions||AT&T Bell Laboratories
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Lugano
Imperial College London
University of California, Santa Cruz
|Thesis||Language and Tool Support for Precise Interface Control (1985)|
|Doctoral advisor||Lori A. Clarke
Jack C. Wileden
Alexander L. Wolf (born 12 September 1956) is a Computer Scientist known for his research in software engineering, distributed systems, and computer networking. He is credited, along with his many collaborators, with introducing the modern study of software architecture, content-based publish/subscribe messaging,content-based networking, automated process discovery, and the software deployment lifecycle. Wolf's 1985 PhD dissertaton developed language features for expressing a module's import/export specifications and the notion of multiple interfaces for a type, both of which are now common in modern computer programming languages.
Wolf is Past President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Previously, he served as ACM's Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) Governing Board, and Chair of SIGSOFT, the special interest group in software engineering. He has been an associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.
Wolf was born in New York City to Viennese Austrian immigrant parents. He attended Stuyvesant High School, a public high school specializing in mathematics and science, graduating in 1974. Wolf majored in both Geology and Computer Science at Queens College, City University of New York, where he received his BA degree in 1979.
From 1979 to 1985 he studied Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, receiving his MS degree in 1982 and PhD degree in 1985. He remained at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for two more years as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Research Scientist working on the Arcadia Project, which was laying the technical and theoretical foundations for tool-rich, geographically distributed software development environments.
In 1987 Wolf joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey as a Member of the Technical Staff, where he conducted seminal research in the areas of Object Databases, Software Process, and Software Architecture.
Wolf began his academic career when he moved to the University of Colorado Boulder Department of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor in 1992. After promotion to Associate and then Full Professor, he was named to the Charles V. Schelke Endowed Chair in the College of Engineering in 2005. He took a two-year leave of absence to help found the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Lugano, the first such faculty in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. In 2006, Wolf became a Professor in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. In July 2016, he became the sixth dean of the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
ACM has elected Alexander L. Wolf as President for a two-year term beginning July 1.