Varanasi and Jones Named CSAB Fellows

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 16 October, 2009 — Murali R. Varanasi and Lawrence G. Jones have been named CSAB Fellows for their outstanding contributions to the computing profession and computing education.

Varanasi, an electrical engineering professor and chair at University of North Texas, Denton, has been active within CSAB since 1992. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors, representing the IEEE-Computer Society, and as the Secretary-Treasurer, President, and Past President, and was instrumental in expanding computing accreditation to the information systems and information technology disciplines.

His prior academic service includes faculty positions at Old Dominion University and the University of South Florida, where he is Professor Emeritus.

Jones began his accreditation activities as a CSAB program evaluator in 1989. Since then, he has served as a member of the CSAB board, representing the Association of Computing Machinery, and as Secretary-Treasurer. Within ABET, Jones served as a member-at-large, Vice Chair of Operations, Chair-Elect, and Chair of the Computing Accreditation Commission.

Most recently, he served as Chair of ABET’s Accreditation Council, where he led the efforts to improve intercommission cooperation leading to harmonization of accreditation criteria and improved training of evaluators.

Jones was also named a Fellow of ABET this month. He is currently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.

CSAB, a federation of the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society, serves as a participating body of ABET, with three members on the ABET Board of Directors. CSAB is the lead society within ABET for accreditation of programs in computer science, information systems, software engineering, and information technology, and is a cooperating society for accreditation of computer engineering, biological engineering, and information engineering technology. In this capacity, CSAB has responsibility for the development of accreditation criteria and for the selection and training of program evaluators.

About the Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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