Peter J. Denning, Ph.D.

Peter Denning

Title: Computer Scientist, Engineer & Educator
Company: Naval Postgraduate School
Location: Monterey, California, United States

Peter J. Denning, Ph.D., Computer Scientist, Engineer and Educator at the Naval Postgraduate School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in computer science, engineering and higher education.

Dr. Denning is an acclaimed and venerated scientist, engineer and educator whose career has spanned five decades. A pioneer in his field, he has been serving as professor and chairman of the computer science department at the Naval Postgraduate School since 2002 and director of the Cebrowski Institute of Information Superiority and Innovation since 2003. Prior to starting at the Naval Postgraduate School, he served George Mason University in multiple capacities, including as chair of the technology council, special assistant to the vice president of information technology, vice provost for continuing professional education, associate dean and chair of the computer science department, and director of the Center for New Engineering. Likewise, he was involved with the NASA Ames Research Center as a research fellow and director of the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science, having previously held academic roles with Purdue University and Princeton University beginning in 1968.

Dr. Denning holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Manhattan College, Concordia University and Pace University. The author of more than 10 textbooks and 400 research papers, he is renowned for his development of a working set model for program behavior, an essential element of virtual memory, computer architecture and Internet caching, as well as the discovery of principle of locality for the use of digital objects. He has developed important extensions to operational analysis of network systems and discovered eight foundational practices for innovation, having also discovered the formula of great principles of computer, framework for computing, and framework for innovation leadership as a learnable practice.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to computer science, Dr. Denning has received more than 25 awards for his service and technical contributions. Due to his involvement with the Association for Computing Machinery, where he served as president, vice president, three board chairs, member-at-large and editor, he also received seven ACM awards for contributions and education, including a special award in June 2007 for 40 years of continuous service. Most recently, he was the recipient of the Menneken Lifetime Achievement in Research Award from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2017.

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