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SIGSIM Distinguished Contributions Award
Governing Procedures

The SIGSIM Distinguished Contributions Award recognizes individuals based on their overall contributions to the field of modeling and simulation, including technical innovations, publications, leadership, teaching, mentoring, and service to the community.

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ACM SIGSIM Distinguished Contributions Award


Governing Procedures


1. Purpose and Requirements of the Award

To recognize individuals whose contributions to the field of modeling and simulation (M&S) are truly distinctive when evaluated over an extended period, generally 15 years or longer. Nominations may be submitted by any member of the M&S community in the form of a nominating letter submitted to the DCA Selection Committee that clearly sets forth the distinctive contributions. These contributions can include technical innovations, publications, leadership, teaching, mentoring, and service to the M&S community. An individual's contributions may fall in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Service via elected or appointed offices in SIGSIM and/or other M&S societies.
  2. Editorial responsibilities for simulation publications, such as department editor, area editor, or editor-in-chief.
  3. Conference management responsibilities for M&S related conferences, including program chair, proceedings editor, general chair, or organizing committee member.
  4. Technical contributions through scholarly publications appearing in archival journals, conference proceedings, books or monographs that have had an impact on producing new knowledge or improving the practice of simulation.
  5. Significant contributions in simulation education, including teaching of M&S subjects and/or the development of students who have made notable contributions in their own right.
  6. Contributions in the mentoring of colleagues or co-workers to advance the practice and recognition of M&S within an organization or the public domain.

Contributions benefiting SIGSIM are weighted more heavily than those benefiting other elements of ACM. In turn contributions to elements of ACM are weighted more heavily than those benefiting non-ACM organizations.

2. Name of the Award

The award shall be known as the Distinguished Contributions Award.

3. Presentation and Form of the Award

Given at most once a year, the award shall be presented at a major professional meeting sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling. The award includes: a plaque inscribed with the:

  1. Year and name of the award: Year Distinguished Contributions Award;
  2. Name of the recipient: Recipient’s Name;
  3. Name of the sponsoring organization: ACM Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling;

and an honorarium in the amount of $1500.

4. The Selection Process

  1. Composition and Formation of the Selection Committee

The Committee consists of from three to five members. While three is the most common number, additions may be made by the SIGSIM Chair at the request of the Committee Chair to avoid conflict of interest concerns raised by a Committee member. Appointment to the Committee, typically by the SIGSIM Chair, is for a period of three years beginning in January. The Committee Chair should be in the second year of service.

  1. Publication of the Call for Nominations

    In January the Committee, under direction of the Chair, shall prepare a call for nominations for the year's award and place the call on the SIGSIM website and distribute the call widely within the M&S community; e.g. publishing the call within newsletters of organizations co-sponsoring the annual Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) and electronic mailing to the WSC attendance list for the prior year. A submission deadline will be published in the Call.
  1. Submission of Nominations

Anyone is eligible for nomination, and the award may be received posthumously. Nominations may be submitted by anyone (including self nominations), but they may not be made anonymously. The burden of offering evidence of merit falls to the nominator. Each nomination should include:

    1. the nominee's complete Curriculum Vitae (CV) or résumé;
    2. a clear-cut, comprehensive description of the nominee's distinguished contributions to the profession, with complete supporting documentation; and
    3. the identification (name, position, surface and e-mail address) of two endorsers who, if requested, will provide evidence of the significance and magnitude of the nominee's contributions.

Except for award winners and any nominee whose submission is withdrawn by written request of the nominee or nominator, each nominee's dossier will remain active for three consecutive years. A nomination that is carried over may be revised or updated by the nominator.

  1. Evaluation Process

The evaluation of nominations is conducted as follows:

    1. The Committee shall determine the winner by majority vote.
    2. The Committee may choose to make no award.
    3. All oral and written communications regarding nominations or deliberations of the Committee shall remain strictly confidential, including the names of all nominators, endorsers, and nominees.
    4. In the event a winner is selected, the Committee Chair shall have full responsibility for obtaining and presenting the award and for publicizing the presentation of the award.

Timely articles on the presentation of the award to the winner shall be placed on the SIGSIM website, in ACM publications, and in newsletters and communications of the M&S community, the Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, and any other media that are deemed to be appropriate for announcing the winner of the award.

5. Nonperformance of the Selection Committee

The SIGSIM Chair, with the concurrence of a majority of the Advisory Board, may dissolve the Selection Committee at any time for cause. Such action may be protested by the Committee Chair, in which case the decision to dissolve the Committee shall be submitted to a vote of the SIGSIM membership. If the Committee is dissolved, then the SIGSIM Chair shall appoint a Committee that will initiate or re-start the selection process at a mutually agreeable point.

6. Options and Guidelines

  1. At some point in the future, the SIGSIM membership may vote to name the award in honor of a particular individual.
  2. Changes or amendments to these Procedures require a majority vote of the Committee in place, the approval of the SIGSIM Executive Committee, and a majority of the Advisory Board.

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