Issue No.09 - September (2006 vol.39)
Published by the IEEE Computer Society
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2006.310
Position statements and biographies of the IEEE Computer Society's candidates for president-elect, first and second vice presidents, and Board of Governors for terms of office beginning in January 2007.
Nominees for president-elect
Position statement. I appreciate your interest in the IEEE Computer Society and thank you for your participation in the elections. The Society is facing many challenges due to declining subscriptions to our periodicals, increasing IT costs for electronic delivery of our products, and changes in the revenue distribution formula from our parent organization. I believe, however, that in these challenges also lie many opportunities to enhance the value of membership and to continue as the leading provider of technical information to computer professionals. If elected president, I will work with you to exploit these opportunities and rebuild a stronger and more agile organization.
This year, as the Computer Society's first vice president, I have been leading an effort to simplify the application and approval process for conference organizers. For example, we have created an administrative fee structure based on actual expense data from prior years so that conference organizers do not have to budget a surplus. Similarly, during my tenure as vice president for publications (2001–2003), we committed to reducing the time between submission and publication of journal articles to nine months, and now rapidly post accepted articles in the digital library.
The Society offers members many products and services and provides opportunities for participation through technical committees, standards activities, editorial boards, and other volunteer groups. Our future depends on the ability to be innovative and to enhance those products and services that help our members professionally. In these difficult economic times, it is also necessary to consider discontinuing some of our products or services so that new initiatives can be funded without increasing the financial burden on our members. Your suggestions are, of course, always welcome.
There has been much concern from our members that public positions often taken by branches of our parent organization do not accurately reflect the views of computer professionals. I plan to work with leaders of the IEEE, as well as our sister organizations, to better present our members' views to the public.
I very much appreciate your support in this endeavor.
Biography. Rangachar Kasturi is the first vice president for conferences and tutorials of the IEEE Computer Society. He has served as its treasurer (2004–2005), vice president for publications (2001–2003), and editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (1995–1998).
Kasturi began his professional career as an engineer in the electrical power industry in 1968. He then worked as a communications engineer in the electronics industry from 1969 to 1978. After receiving his PhD from Texas Tech University in 1982, he served as a professor at Pennsylvania State University until 2003. He is now a professor and chair of computer science and engineering at the University of South Florida. He has been a strong supporter of close interaction between academia and industry. He is a coauthor of the popular textbook Machine Vision (McGraw-Hill, 1995).
Kasturi was president of the International Association for Pattern Recognition from 2002 to 2004. He was a general chair of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in 2001 and the general cochair for the technical program of the International Conference on Pattern Recognition in 2002. Kasturi was a Fulbright Scholar in 1999 and is a Fellow of both the IEEE and the IAPR.
Murali R. Varanasi
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society is the leading technical society, serving its members by providing products and services in the computer science and engineering discipline. The Society is always striving to meet the needs of computing professionals to stay technically current by providing up-to-date technical information. This objective requires us to be in continuous communication with our members and to provide them the highest value for their membership by offering state-of-the-art products and services.
The Computer Society faces many financial challenges due to the severe and ever-increasing financial burden imposed by our parent organization, the IEEE. However, the Society's volunteer leaders and staff have worked very hard to maintain the outstanding value our members expect from us. Despite these financial challenges, it is critical that we continue to maintain and invest in the high-quality products and services our members expect in publications, technical conferences, and educational and technical activities.
For almost three decades, it has been my privilege to serve the Society as a volunteer in chapters, conferences and tutorials, educational, and publication activities. I look forward to working with our volunteer leaders and staff to ensure that member services, up-to-date products and technical information for computer professionals continue to be of the highest quality. I always welcome your suggestions for the continual improvement of the value of your membership.
Recently, our discipline has lost some of its attractiveness, particularly to students at the precollege level. This trend must be reversed. The top priority for us is to promote programs aimed at attracting future members and retaining them as full members. In addition, we will develop new products designed for working professionals to update their knowledge through lifelong learning to give them a competitive edge. We plan to enhance our electronic products and services, educational products, and outreach programs for all our members. I will vigorously pursue these goals, and I would consider it a great honor to serve you as president.
Biography. Murali Varanasi, the Computer Society Educational Activities Board vice president, has served the Society since 1975. His service includes Chapter Activities vice president and volunteer positions with the Computer Society Press, Publications Board, Distinguished Visitors Program, Fellows Committee, Transactions Operations Committee, and Awards Committee. He is a Society representative to the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board and serves as its president.
Varanasi is professor and chair of the electrical engineering department at the University of North Texas. Varanasi received a BS in physics and in electronics engineering from Andhra University and Madras Institute of Technology, India, respectively. He received an MS and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. His research interests include digital communications and coding theory, fault-tolerant computing, sensor networks, and very large-scale system integration.
Nominees for first vice president
Position statement. The Computer Society is at a crossroads. It is imperative that we renew our commitment to our essential purposes. Publishing magazines, journals, and proceedings are important aspects of our work, but not everything. We must facilitate the technical interchange among members through seminars, conferences, workshops, chapters, educational programs, and other means as well as publications.
Computer engineering and science is practiced in an international environment. Hardware and important software systems are developed for worldwide use. As an international professional society, we can help our members understand the culture and approaches of those in other countries, enhancing their professional skill set in the era of globalization of science as well as business. Creation and promotion of international standards, brokering cooperative research, certain certification programs, and international standards for undergraduate curricula are opportunities that need our continued and renewed support.
The Society's Washington headquarters affords us a fantastic opportunity to organize international cooperation through the world's embassies also located there. Indeed, I have recently convened a meeting of scientific attachés representing 15 European countries to begin such a process.
Meanwhile the Society faces significant financial problems, many deriving from the overly centralized procedures of our parent IEEE. The robust budgeting tools in place when I was treasurer have been lost and not replaced. If elected, I will use my experience to help modernize our management, straighten out our relations with the IEEE, and extend our international presence and cooperation with national professional societies to make real our status as "The World's Computer Society."
Biography. Michel Israel, an IEEE senior member, has served the society for 24 years as VP for Technical Activities, Chair of the Central & Eastern European Initiative Committee, Treasurer, DATC chair, Secretary, Ombudsman, Chair of the European Activities Committee. He served on Nomination, Audit, Award and Membership committees and Conference and Tutorial boards.
Israel has been the coordinator for the French Association on Information Technology. He was a member of the Accreditation Board for CS of the French Ministry of Education.
An Outstanding Professor, Israel, now the Scientific Counsellor of the French Embassy in Washington after Tokyo, was Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and chair of the CNRS IT lab at the University of Evry. He was the EU chair of a FIPSE EU-US exchange program, a visiting professor at the University of Galatasaray, Turkey, at the University of Toronto and is developing a French-American doctoral college.
Israel, a PhD in computer sciences from Paris 6 University, received different awards: Distinguished Service award for VP TAB and CEEIC Chair; Meritorious service as DATC chair; Outstanding Contribution for the establishment of the first computer chapter in the former USSR.
He is a CS Golden Core member and received the IEEE Millennium Medal.
Susan K. (Kathy) Land
Position statement. I will strive to ensure that IEEE Computer Society products are relevant to the marketplace, are affordable, and provide a consistent view of the state of the practice. I will continue to support Society efforts to establish software engineering as a universally recognized professional engineering discipline. My personal goal is to help establish Society products and services as benchmarks of software engineering correctness. As volunteers, we should all look to find ways to help the Society provide its customers with total solution improvements and to facilitate the retention of the Society position as the recognized authority and source for defining how software is developed and maintained.
The diversity and breadth of our membership challenges us to provide value to each member. I aim to maintain a focus on what is required to establish and nurture mechanisms that help us understand, respond to, and serve our current and potential user base. I will work to ensure that all Society products provide true value to practitioners and their organizations. I will focus on the definition of initiatives and direction that support collaboration, interoperability, marketing, and expansion.
As first vice president of the IEEE Computer Society, I will enthusiastically bring out new services and products, bring an optimistic outlook to long-term planning, and support efforts in pursuit of financial responsibility. I will also work diligently to continue to provide Society products at their premier quality level and to increase our professional membership and prestige worldwide.
Biography. Kathy Land is a program manager and technical Fellow at Northrop Grumman Information Technology with more than 19 years work experience in information management systems programming and software engineering management. She is currently the production planner for America's Army, responsible for production of public games and government training applications.
Land currently serves as the IEEE Computer Society's second vice president for standards activities. During her tenure, the Standards Activities Board has focused on initiatives in support of the Computer Society Board of Governors Strategic Plan. She has served on numerous Society boards and committees. Currently, Land is chair of the IEEE Computer Society Software Engineering Portfolio Oversight Committee, a member of the IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition committee, and chair of the Computer Society Technical Achievement Award subcommittee.
Land is author of Jumpstart CMM/CMMI Software Process Improvement: Using IEEE Software Engineering Standards (John Wiley & Sons, 2005). She is coauthor of Practical Support for CMMISW Software Project Documentation: Using IEEE Software Engineering Standards (John Wiley & Sons, 2005), and Practical Support for ISO 9001 Software Project Documentation: Using IEEE Software Engineering Standards (John Wiley & Sons, 2006). She is also a contributor to the Computer Society's ReadyNotes program.
Nominees for second vice president
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society provides valuable services to the engineering community, but there is always room for improvement. In the past, I have served in a number of leadership roles in the Society that have allowed me to contribute to its operations. With broad experience in different aspects such as publishing, standards, and cooperation with other societies, I feel that it is time to use this experience in a more productive way. I would like to be elected vice president so that I can influence and help the Society move from merely being a valuable resource to being an essential part of an engineer's professional life. Engineers should think about the Computer Society as the first resource for all of their technology needs. Membership in the Computer Society should be something an engineer is proud of, a means of demonstrating professionalism, and a bond shared among all computer professionals.
I believe I can help the Computer Society move toward a better future. My emphasis would be on programs and changes that help to meet the needs of individual members. The more usable benefits the Society provides to its members, the more essential it will be for computer professionals to join. The Computer Society must focus on the community of computer professionals. We must find solutions to current financial problems, especially those due to overhead costs at the IEEE, so that the Society's essential services can continue and improve.
Biography. Rohit Kapur is a scientist at Synopsys, where he designs new technologies for the design and test of integrated circuits. At Synopsys, he has invented and pioneered new test methods that help reduce manufacturing test costs. Prior to joining Synopsys, he worked at IBM, where he received an Outstanding Innovation Award.
Kapur received a BS in engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and both an MS and PhD in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published more than 40 technical papers and has numerous inventions to his credit.
Kapur authored CTL for Test Information of Digital ICs (Kluwer 2002), a reference guide for core test language standard IEEE 1450.6-2005. He also chairs the committee that created CTL as an IEEE standard and guides the development of Synopsys design-for-testability solutions based on CTL and other open standards.
Kapur is a Fellow of the IEEE, and serves as the Computer Society representative on the IEEE Nanotechnology Council. He has served on Computer's editorial advisory panel for 10 years. He was elected to the Computer Society Board of Governors in 2005. Kapur also chairs the Test Technology Standards Committee that oversees standards related to testing.
Position statement. The Computer Society is facing economic and organizational challenges that may transform us from the leading IEEE society into just another partner sitting around the table. That this is happening is incredible—especially considering the role of Society members and technologies in today's global economy. If ever there was a time for change, it is now.
As vice president of the Electronic Products and Services Board, I have shrunk the board and refocused its mission on the kind of advanced product development that will result in expanded and innovative career-enhancing electronic products and services that will, as never before, engage and attract new volunteers, new members, and new customers.
If elected, I will capitalize on my industrial, academic, and volunteer experience, including my current position as managing director of the international higher education consortium, MERLOT.org, to improve our Society. I will work toward continued development of Computer Society global relationships and exploration of opportunities with innovative, high-technology countries and organizations, as we have in China, and more recently with MERLOT itself. I plan to pursue business and membership models as we in MERLOT have done, for example, with the Japanese National Institute of Multimedia Education, and are currently doing with the National Knowledge Commission of India.
I am asking for your vote so that I can use my experience to help the Society transform itself into the professional computer association that will meet the evolving needs of our 21st century international membership.
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Biography. Sorel Reisman is managing director of the international higher education digital library consortium, MERLOT.org, and professor of information systems in the College of Business at California State University, Fullerton. His 20-year academic career followed more than 15 years of senior management positions at IBM, Toshiba, and EMI. He is currently vice president of the Computer Society's Electronic Products and Services Board, which he helped found. He was chair of the eLearning Committee, having overseen the Society's launch of its highly successful distance learning courses and online book portfolio.
Reisman has served multiple terms as a member of the Publications Board and chair of the Magazine Operations Committee. He is an editorial board member and regular columnist for IEEE Software, a founding editorial board member of IEEE Multimedia, and is currently the academic industry interface editor and author of the popular "The Ivory Tower" column for IT Professional. Reisman has presented and published more than 50 articles, as well as the books Multimedia Computing: Preparing for the 21st Century, (Idea Group, 1994) and Electronic Learning Communities - Current Issues and Best Practices (Information Age, 2003). Reisman received his engineering undergraduate degree, MA, and PhD in computer applications from the University of Toronto.
Board of Governors nominees (14 nominees; vote for seven)
Paul R. Croll
Position statement. There's a curse that goes, "May you live in interesting times." For the Society, these are interesting times. To achieve our strategic goal of a "service-centric professional society," we must continue to move forward in establishing new mechanisms for serving the profession, including Web-based communities and new electronic products and services, while evaluating the efficacy of our current offerings. We must vigorously engage in the market-driven tactical planning necessary to meet our strategic goals and ensure the vitality of our Society.
I have demonstrated an ability to understand Computer Society-related markets, engage key leaders from communities of interest, and establish collaborative alliances with other IEEE and external organizations. I've worked hard to ensure that our offerings are relevant, affordable, and provide technical value. I will bring that same business-based, service-oriented, strategic focus to the Board of Governors for the benefit of our member researchers, educators, and practitioners, and for the profession.
Biography. Paul Croll has more than 35 years of experience in software and systems engineering. His experience spans industry, government, and academia as a practitioner, researcher, and university lecturer. He was a pioneer in computerized adaptive testing, developing the first (circa 1980) microcomputer-based implementation of the technology; has directed high-integrity systems programs, including verification, validation, and software safety assessment for military and commercial nuclear systems; and has worked extensively in software process engineering and risk management. He chairs the IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering and the Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee and was vice chair of the Software Engineering Portfolio Oversight Committee. He is a past convener of ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC7 Working Group 9 on System and Software Assurance; vice chair of SC7's US Technical Advisory Group, and is an associate editor of the American Society for Quality's Software Quality Professional journal.
Croll works as a manager of organizational processes for Computer Sciences Corporation and is responsible for system assurance, process engineering, deployment, and evaluation; as well as training, quality management, and tools development. A Computer Society Golden Core member, he received an MS in systems engineering from George Mason University's School of Information Technology and Engineering.
Position statement. As coeditor of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge since 1998, I have had the opportunity to have as colleagues a large number of persons work together toward a common goal. Twenty-one authors and more than 500 reviewers from 42 countries have been involved so far in the project. By applying that experience, I hope to increase the influence and representation of the Computer Society outside North America, including the French-speaking community. Having served as both a professor and consultant for more than 25 years, I support the development of more effective collaboration between the academic and practitioner communities.
Biography. Robert Dupuis has served as a professor at the University of Quebec in Montréal since 1982, where he has also been director of a number of graduate programs. In addition to serving as coeditor of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge project ( www.swebok.org), Dupuis has received two Outstanding Contribution awards from the Computer Society for his work on this project. He is currently a member of the Professional Practices Committee of the Society.
His main research interests include software engineering and the diffusion and evaluation of legal expert systems. He is currently working on the lessons to be exchanged between mainstream software engineering and the open source paradigm. He also works as a software R&D consultant for companies in Montréal. Dupuis earned recognition as a member of the Society's Golden Core in 2001.
Van L. Eden
Position statement. I'm a scientist by training and am very distressed to see that in many countries relatively little emphasis is placed on science and engineering by society in general and kids in particular. As a result, the next generation of scientists is growing up wanting to be lawyers and accountants. Computers are an integral part of the new generation's lifestyle—their brains are hardwired almost from birth to interact with the universe and each other through digital means. Because of this, I believe that the Computer Society holds a key responsibility to reach out to these kids. This is my personal passion, and it is why I work in the role I have at Microsoft.
If elected, I will direct my energy toward helping the Computer Society take a worldwide leadership role in bringing excitement back to science and engineering for kids, partnering with industry, government, teachers, schools, and parents.
Biography. Van Eden has a PhD in physics and worked for several years in research on surface microscopy and analysis at IBM Research and the University of Washington. His experiences led him to the realization that computing holds the key to the future of science, so he moved into software development for data acquisition and analysis.
After working for several scientific instrumentation companies, in 2000 he joined Microsoft Research in Cambridge, where he managed a team working with academics across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, to help them learn about MSR and the contribution it makes to advancing technology. Eden created several new programs to improve knowledge transfer from MSR to academia—for example, "Microsoft Academic Days," a series of conferences in which Microsoft scientists present the science behind Microsoft technologies.
In 2004, following his passion for education, Eden transferred to Redmond, Wash., where he manages programs that support students and educators at all levels in the US. In primary and secondary education, the focus is on making science, engineering, and math more interesting to students, especially girls and minorities. In higher education, the focus is on research and how Microsoft technologies can be used to teach principles and concepts.
Frank E. Ferrante
Position statement. Having served as an editor in chief, committee chair, and at-large board member across the IEEE and the Computer Society during my career, I now look forward to offering the experience I have gained from more than 44 years as a managerial executive, information technology applications specialist, systems engineer, and university faculty member to the real-time operational policy issues faced by our Computer Society. I feel fortunate to have gained insight into the matters being addressed by our Society through my volunteer service, and I truly appreciate the challenges faced by the Board of Governors in addressing Society policy matters that will affect our finances and membership.
We must also take decisive steps to maintain our leadership as an internationally recognized and honored source of computer technology information and means for information dissemination. I will work to improve the benefits gained by members and will continue to support our membership in their ever-expanding needs.
Biography. Frank Ferrante is a Life Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society and a member of the Communications Society since 1960. He served as editor in chief of the Computer Society's IT Professional magazine from 2002 to 2005 and has served as a member of both the Society's Publications Board and the Electronic Products and Services Board. Ferrante chairs the EPSB's Communities Development Committee and represents the Society at numerous high-profile conferences and workshops. He served two terms as chair of the IEEE-USA's Medical Technology Policy Committee. An associate faculty practitioner within the Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, Ferrante is also an executive partner at the College of William & Mary's Mason School of Business. He frequently lectures on wireless technology, security, public safety telecommunications, and information technology topics.
Ferrante is founder and president of FEF group and cofounder of ComCert. In 2000, he retired from Mitretek Systems as a senior principal and fellow. A recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Practitioners Faculty Award for Excellence in 2003, Ferrante worked for MITRE Corporation, Northrop/Page Communications, and Atlantic Research. Ferrante received degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, and Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a MITRE Fellow.
Roger U. Fujii
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society serves as one of the world's preeminent societies for computing professionals and represents the academic community and computer science engineers in industry. The Society provides its professionals with services and products through journals, magazines, conferences, seminars, special topic workshops, books, and publication of papers and articles. Internet technology has provided access to computer and computer science literature at low cost, often bypassing the Society. This change has affected the cost model and revenue intake of the IEEE Computer Society, requiring the Society to be more agile and responsive in channeling traditional services and products to our members.
As a member of the Board of Governors, I would support the IEEE Computer Society in its challenge to sustain its cost/revenue viability by providing the services and products that today's computer science professionals seek. We must focus on our financial and technical challenges and continue to support new initiatives.
Biography. Roger Fujii is vice president of communications and systems technology at Northrop Grumman. He is responsible for three business units with annual sales in excess of $300 million. Fujii has financial, technical, and managerial responsibilities for major communications and network planning, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, acquisition and systems engineering, and satellite/tactical data link systems. He has been responsible for the software certification of major Air Force and Navy nuclear weapons systems. Fujii has been an active volunteer in IEEE Computer Society standards activities since 1985, including development of the IEEE 1012 Standard on Software Verification and Validation.
Fujii received a BS in engineering mathematics and an MS in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He also graduated from the John Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He studied executive management at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Management and at Harvard Business School.
A member of the Computer Society's System and Software Engineering Standards Committee, Fujii is an IEEE Senior Member, a Computer Society Golden Core Member, and recipient of both the Computer Society Meritorious Service Award and the Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Award.
Ann Quiroz Gates
Position statement. Professionals, academicians, and the public in general rely on the Computer Society to provide quality publications and standards, as well as to offer conferences, continuing education opportunities, and guidance in curriculum development. To maintain its reputation as the leading provider of technical information and services, the Society must aggressively involve a larger cross-section of the computing community to anticipate changes in the needs of its constituencies both in industry and academia and to ensure that a broader spectrum of opinions is included in the decision-making process. Indeed, the efforts to extend the international membership in the Society have become even more relevant. I will work to build a diverse volunteer base and to foster collaborations with other organizations, thereby ensuring that the Society remains the preeminent source of expertise for a rapidly evolving profession.
Biography. Ann Quiroz Gates is a professor and chair of computer science at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her areas of expertise are in runtime verification, software property elicitation, grid computing with applications to geoinformatics, and the involvement of undergraduates in research. Gates is a member of the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure, and she has been an active member of the IEEE Computer Society, where she serves on the Board of Governors Executive Committee (2004–2006), and the Educational Activities Board (1996-present), and chairs the Society's Awards Committee (2005–2007). Gates has served on the National Academy of Engineering's Committee on Engineering Education (2002–2004) and on the steering committee for the Frontiers in Education Conference (2000–2006). She is a program evaluator for the Computing Accreditation Committee of ABET and is certified through the Computer Society's Certified Software Development Professional program. Gates is a founding member of the Academic Alliance for the National Center for Women and Information Technology and the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions, an NSF-funded consortium that is focused on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of Hispanics in computing. In 2003, she received the University of Texas's Chancellor's Council Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Position statement. I believe that the Computer Society's mission, as an international organization, is to provide technical information and services to advance the theory, practice, and application of information processing science and technology. Through its volunteers, it can continue as the leading society serving the computing field. However, I also recognize that technological developments such as electronic publishing and vastly improved communications have placed the Computer Society at a crossroads and will present opportunities as well as challenges. I intend to use my experience to continue devising new approaches to maintaining the flow of data and improving the speed of its delivery, while guaranteeing the traditionally high quality of the information that the scientific community has come to rely and build upon. The task of maintaining that quality falls to us. I would be honored to be elected to the Board of Governors and thank you in advance for your vote.
Biography. Jean-Luc Gaudiot received an engineering diploma from the École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique, Paris, France in 1976, and MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977 and 1982, respectively. Prior to taking his current post at the University of California, Irvine, as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science in 2002, he was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California. His industrial experience includes software engineering at Teledyne Controls and design of innovative processor architectures at TRW. His research focuses on computer architecture, a field in which he has authored or co-authored more than 150 refereed publications.
Gaudiot recently became the first editor in chief of IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, a publication that he helped found. The periodical focuses on facilitating the rapid turnaround and publication of fundamental ideas. From 1999 to 2002, he was editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers and he served as chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Architecture for two terms (2001–2005).
Gaudiot has served as chair of a number of major conferences including SPDP 93, PACT 95, HPCA-5, and IPDPS 05. He has been an IEEE Fellow since 1999.
Juan E. Gilbert
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society's vision is to be the "leading provider of technical information, community services, and personalized services to the world's computing professionals." My background in human-centered computing will be an asset to the Board of Governors. As a human-centered computing researcher, I investigate people just as much as technology; therefore, I can bring different perspectives to the board based on my research. For example, I have been very active in the effort to broaden participation in computing. As an active researcher in BPC and in the information technology workforce, I have an understanding of the computing community that will add to the IEEE Computer Society's vision. My technical background in human-computer interaction, advanced learning technologies, and databases will also allow me to contribute to personalized services for the Society's members.
Biography. Juan Gilbert is an associate professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at Auburn University where he directs the Human-Centered Computing Lab. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of Cincinnati. Gilbert is an IEEE Senior Member, the editor for the Broadening Participation in Computing series that appears in Computer, and chair of the conversational interface subcommittee of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Learning Technology virtual instructors pilot research group.
Gilbert is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ACM, American Society of Engineering Education, American Education Research Association, Coalition to Diversify Computing, and others. He is chair of the National Academy of Sciences 2006 Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium. In 2005, Gilbert was the recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education Minorities in Engineering Award, the Auburn University Alumni Outstanding Minority Achievement Award, Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award, and an invited participant in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. More recently, he served as the Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Chair at Marquette University, and is a recipient of support from the Microsoft Research External Research Fund.
Michael G. Hinchey
Position statement. We call ourselves "The World's Computer Society" and offer a large selection of useful materials for the profession. However, increasing costs and competition from other publishers are consuming a larger portion of the Society's budget. I support current efforts to examine new means of generating income and, if elected, will seek out these new avenues of support. Working with the president, Board of Governors, and staff, I will strive to provide other services for members and provide better services for members in developing economies so that we remain "The World's Computer Society" not only in name, but also in support of citizens around the world. I will do this by examining what services and other resources we can provide to members, (such as training, continuing education, online tutorials, podcasting, resumé hosting, bodies of knowledge, or similar products) and how we can make membership more attractive and more affordable to all.
Biography. Mike Hinchey is director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory and an affiliate full professor at Loyola College in Maryland. Prior to joining the US Government, Hinchey held positions at the level of full professor in the US, UK, Ireland, Sweden, and Australia. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of Cambridge, an MS in computation (mathematics) from the University of Oxford, and a BS in computer science from the University of Limerick. A senior member of the IEEE and an active Computer Society volunteer for more than 15 years, Hinchey is currently vice chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Activities Board, chair of the Technical Committee on Complexity in Computing, and vice chair of the Task Force on Autonomous and Autonomic Systems. Hinchey serves on the Conference Publications Operations Committee and is the Society's representative to IFIP Technical Committee 1, which he chairs. He is also a speaker in the Distinguished Visitor Program and a column editor for Computer.
J. Fernando Naveda
Position statement. I am committed to active involvement in efforts linked to increasing Computer Society membership and volunteer contributions around the world. As a member of the Board of Governors, I will maintain my participation in leadership roles on Computer Society committees and boards and will continue promoting the Society as the leading organization for professional software engineers. I am particularly interested in communities of practice, which I see as an opportunity to increase membership, volunteerism, and product offerings worldwide, especially in Spanish-speaking countries where the Society's presence could be strengthened. Communities of practice are vital to the Society's continuing success as the preeminent organization for computer professionals. As a participant in the Distinguished Visitor program, I will continue promoting the Computer Society and its products at academic institutions and business organizations with a keen interest in increasing student membership and the formation of student chapters, emphasizing continuous improvement through participation.
Biography. Fernando Naveda is a professor, cofounder, and chair of the department of software engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he has been since 1993. Previously, he founded and directed the MS in software engineering program at the University of Scranton and was an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Kansas. He received a BS in computer systems engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México, in 1975 and a PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 1986. In 1990, he was a visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute. Currently editor in chief of SE Online, he is, or has served as, a member of the Computer Society's Educational Activities Board, Professional Practices Committee, Communities of Practice Committee, and Certified Software Development Professional Training Committee. Between 2002 and 2004, he led a multinational team that produced CSDP training exam items. Naveda coedited IEEE Computer Society Real-World Software Engineering Problems - A Self-Study Guide for Today's Software Professional. A Distinguished Visitors Program volunteer, Naveda has spoken on subjects that include software engineering education, the CSDP program, professional issues in software engineering, and the evolution of software engineering education.
Jon G. Rokne
Position statement. It is my belief that we are in a period of discontinuity. Technological advances are devaluing previous ways of conducting business while simultaneously opening up new opportunities. The Computer Society must therefore be more agile than in the past. Membership numbers are slipping, subscriptions to publications are declining, and revenues are shrinking. Doing business in the same manner as we have for the past 40 years will steer the Society toward a fiscally untenable situation.
I would argue for change based on ideas generated by the Society's volunteers and staff. One of the first action items that I propose is to establish a forum for exchanging innovative ideas. I would encourage experimentation based on these ideas with the expectation that some of the experiments would lead to transformations that would enable to the Society to move with the times.
Biography. Jon Rokne, currently vice president of publications for the IEEE Computer Society, is a professor in the computer science department at the University of Calgary. He received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Calgary, where he also chaired the computer science department from 1989 to 1996.
He has published extensively in mathematics, including three jointly authored books. In addition, he is the coauthor of Light Interaction with Plants (Horwood, 2004). His main applied mathematics interest is interval analysis and global optimization. In computer science, Rokne focuses on computer graphics and physically and biologically based computer simulations with publications on leaves, auroras, and ball lightning. In 2003, Rokne organized the Pacific Graphics conference and later coedited the proceedings and two special issues of notable computer graphics journals.
As department chair, he installed and supervised a major high-performance computing facility at the University of Calgary. Rokne also spearheaded the introduction of Internet service to the university.
Within the Computer Society, Rokne has served as a member of the Publications Board, chaired the Transactions Operations Committee, and chaired the ad hoc committee for establishing ReadyNotes. Rokne is a member of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board and its Technical Activities Periodicals Committee.
Donald F. Shafer
Position statement. Our strategic plan in 2004 stated "Vision, Interoperability, Strategy, and Action" as the winning formula for the Society. Two years later, this cannot be more important. As an IEEE society, we face the challenges of trying to evolve the overall environment from within, while changing ourselves. As an engineer with an MBA, I have not only looked at the "gee whiz" aspects of technology, but also at the hard financial realities of their implementation. We need to be the premier technical society for our members while continuing to provide the products they need. We need to grow our membership through partnering with other technical organizations—private and public. As a member of the Board of Governors, I would not simply be an advising meeting attendee, but would work actively to increase membership and assist our parent organization, the IEEE, in recognizing and enhancing our mutual vitality—vision, interoperability, strategy, and action.
Biography. Don Shafer is serving his second term as editor in chief of the Computer Society Press. He is an IEEE Senior Member, Chief Technology Officer of Athens Group, and author of a software engineering book series for the Computer Society. During his editor in chief term, he guided the growth of a single software engineering book program to six series that cover the depth and breadth of computer science publishing. In more than 30 years leading international hardware and software engineering groups, he managed profitable, worldwide $120 million-a-year product groups developing award-winning multimedia components. He led engineers in the analysis, design, and development of pure Java, .NET, and embedded, machine-specific products. He holds multiple patents in state-based machine control and high-velocity price optimization.
With a BS from the US Air Force Academy and an MBA from the University of Denver, Shafer's work experience includes positions at Boeing, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Motorola, and AMD. An adjunct professor in graduate software engineering at the University of Texas and Texas State, he was the instructor-in-chief of the University of Texas software quality project management program. Shafer cowrote Quality Software Project Management (Prentice Hall, 2002), now used in both industry and academia, and was the 2005 Austin Ethics in Business Award chair.
John W. Walz
Position statement. To secure the IEEE Computer Society's position as the world's leading organization of computer professionals, I will ensure that Society products and services are relevant to the marketplace, are affordable, and provide a consistent view of the state of the practice.
The diversity and breadth of our membership challenge us to provide value to each member. I will focus on establishing and nurturing the Society's ability to understand, respond to, and serve our user base. I will work to ensure that Society products and services provide true value to practitioners and their organizations. I will focus on initiatives that support interoperability, marketing, and expansion.
I will work diligently to increase our professional membership and prestige worldwide. This includes helping the Society retain its position as the recognized authority and source for defining computer engineering and product standards and assisting members in defining and preserving their own and their organization's intellectual property.
Biography. John Walz is a senior consultant with the Sutton Group after retiring from Lucent Technologies as a senior manager of quality strategy. He has more than 30 years of information technology experience. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has served as a Computer Society volunteer since 1980. Walz has served as secretary of the Computer Society Standards Activities Board since 1985. He is also a member of the Computer Society Awards Committee and chairs the Hans Karlsson Award committee. He also serves as planning chair and quality management study group chair for the Society's Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee. Walz lectures with the Computer Society Distinguished Visitor Program and has been honored with Computer Society Golden Core, Distinguished Service, and Meritorious Service awards.
Walz contributed the "TL 9000 Quality Management Standard for Telecommunications" chapter to the ISO 9000 Handbook, 4th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2002). He is coauthor with Susan K. Land of Practical Support for CMMI Software Process Documentation: Using IEEE Software Engineering Standards (2005) and Implementing ISO 9001: Using IEEE Software Engineering Standards (2006). He is also a contributor to the Society's ReadyNotes program. Walz earned a BS and MS in electrical engineering from Ohio State University.
F. Donald Wright
Position statement. For the Computer Society to remain a vibrant part of the IEEE, we must continually improve our financial situation and our relationships with other parts of the IEEE. As demonstrated by my leadership within the Standards Association and service on the IEEE Technical Activities Board and IEEE New Initiatives Committee, I am uniquely able to bring that Institute wide perspective to the Board of Governors as well as work to improve the relationship between the Society and other units of the IEEE.
As the leading society for computer engineering and software professionals, the IEEE Computer Society is well positioned to provide the best support for practitioners. If elected, I would work to broaden the content of our publications, conferences, and other products to better address the needs of computer practitioners. While we must maintain the important, leading-edge content of our transactions and journals, our publications need more content focused on emerging computer technologies.
Biography. Don Wright has 27 years of experience in engineering, marketing, software, and standards development. He is director of standards for Lexmark International, a leading developer of printing technology and products. A graduate of the University of Louisville with an MS in electrical engineering, he has worked on developing and marketing office printing products for IBM and Lexmark.
Wright is a Computer Society Golden Core member and serves on its Standards Activities Board, the IEEE Standards Activities Board of Governors, and the IEEE Technical Activities Board. He chairs the Computer Society's P2600 standards working group and previously was chair of the Microprocessor Standards Committee. Wright served as 2003–2004 chair of the IEEE Standards Board and is currently patent committee chair. He was founder and chair of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization printer working group. Wright is a member of the Board of Directors of the IEEE-ISTO and vice chair of the International Committee for Information Technology Standards executive board. He serves on the ANSI IPC, IPRPC, and Patent Committees.
Wright is an author of IEEE Standards 1284, 1284.1 and P2600, IETF RFC1759 and RFC2567, printer standards 5102.1 and 5102.2, and the Web services initiative "Devices Profile for Web Services."