"The Association for Computing Machinery awards the 2000 Outstanding Contribution to ACM award to Dr. Hal Berghel for significant and wide-ranging contributions on behalf of the ACM Membership and Publication Boards, ACM Technology Outreach Programs, and the ACM Distinguished Lectureship Series.
Dr. Berghel chairs the ACM Technology Outreach Program and Electronic Communities Committees, and serves on the ACM Publications Board. He is also Vice-Chair of the ACM Member Activities Board.
Technology Outreach Program:
With ACM's growing international presence, Dr. Berghel developed a number of programs for Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. He began the Technology Outreach Program (TOP) for Mexico and Central America in 1995 with Prof. Jesus Flores Morfin. TOP has involved supporting computing conferences in Mexico with ACM Distinguished Lecturers for numerous Computing and IT conferences. He also instituted student chapters in Latin America, providing all the research, publications and networking benefits of the ACM to undergraduates. Australia and New Zealand were next. After a "good will tour" to many area universities, Berghel's TOP work resulted in establishing ACM student chapters, and laying groundwork for the Australian/New Zealand ACM Distinguished Lectureship.
Research and Writing:
Dr. Berghel is currently Professor and Chair of Computer Science at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He has held a variety of research and administrative positions in industry and academia during his 25-year computing career. His current research focuses on Internet and Web technologies, interactive and participatory computing environments, including the design of virtual communities and electronic information management. His research work appears frequently in a variety of scientific and technical publications."