Tempestt Neal accepted into the ACM Future of Computing Academy

October 8, 2019

USF Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Tempestt Neal has been accepted into the ACM Future of Computing Academy (FCA). Neal is one of only 36 applicants to be accepted for the 2019 recruiting cycle. In Neal’s competitive application, she discussed her future ideas to engage with researchers through interdisciplinary collaborations, particularly to inspire a passion for partnership among her students. She also emphasized her desire to merge the initiatives of the FCA with her own, including creating impactful techniques for increasing cybersecurity awareness.

Cybersecurity is becoming an important issue in all disciplines, not just the field of technology. Research collaborations with interdisciplinary partners can help disseminate the skills already being used in cybersecurity and develop new ways of protecting data and systems from digital attacks. 

According to, “ACM FCA was created to foster the next generation of ACM leaders and help shape the future directions of ACM. As part of that leadership development, it defines and implements pilot projects that address challenging issues facing the organization, the field, and society in general.” The first class of FCA members were recruited in 2017 for a three-year term. This will be the second recruitment cycle for the FCA and new members will be responsible for contributing to existing initiatives or creating new ones.

The induction will take place on December 16-17 at the annual FCA meeting in New York City. As part of the honor, travel support will be provided to attend.