1. increase CS membership by reaching out to university students, practitioners in our corporate world, and new professionals in Asia (Japan, China), the Middle East, Europe, Eastern Europe, India, and South America;
2. develop new distribution channels to get Computer Society services and products (such as ReadyNotes, book series, and seminars) to our members rapidly and at low cost;
3. provide new services and products to meet social engineering challenges in smart grid, social networking, and green IT issues;
4. manage with strong fiscal discipline and support workflow-efficiency initiatives to provide agile and quality service to our members; and
5. encourage new initiatives focused on the emerging needs and interests of Society members such as gaming technology, cloud computing, and learning technology.
• Membership. Developing new membership benefits is a high priority in view of declining membership. This might include further incentives to attract new student members. Retaining student members as full members should be a priority.
• Accreditation. I will work toward acceptance and recognition of these accreditation efforts and enlist the help of IEEE-USA in gaining government support for accreditation within the USA.
• Conferences. Conferences provide the main forum for in-person member contacts and in-person exchange of technical information. They are vital Computer Society activities. Maintaining the viability of the conference program is therefore a priority.
• Internationalization. I consider it a priority to engage the international membership of the Computer Society more effectively in Society activities. One way of doing this would be to create online communities to discuss issues of interest to Computer Society members.
• Publications. One of the main incentives for joining the Computer Society has been its publishing program. Members typically can subscribe to IEEE and Society publications at a significantly reduced cost. The CSDL and IEL electronic libraries have made individual subscription incentives of less value to many members due to institutional subscriptions. I would support development of new publishing initiatives that lead to member retention.
• Open access has clear benefits for Computer Society members and the community in general since it results in more freely available information. The challenge is to make open access economically viable.
1. better align the Computer Society with technology evolution by introducing social networks, cloud computing, and mobile access to the Computer Society. As a part of Computing Now, I am already leading efforts that enable content delivery through FaceBook, LinkedIn, iPhone, Kindle, etc.
2. continue to strengthen membership through improved educational, professional, and personal services. I will drive community-based development of services and emphasize collaboration across sister societies. Given scarce IT resources, services development is not easy and as a result, members cannot fully utilize Computer Society intellectual property.
3. help evolve the Computer Society Special Interest Group. Computer Society members can benefit from a dynamic technical engagement that SIGs can offer. The ability to form a focused team of experts with selective access to CS digital library, collaboration tools, and newsletters will increase the value CS can offer to its members.