Sorel Reisman Voted 2010 President-Elect
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 12 October, 2009 — Vice President of Publications Sorel Reisman was voted 2010 president-elect, Roger Fujii first vice president, and Jeffrey Voas second vice president in this year’s IEEE Computer Society election, which saw increased turnout and higher popularity of online ballots.
Susan K. (Kathy) Land, 2009 Computer Society president, thanked candidates for their continued support and members for the participation in the elections process. A total of 8,653 votes were cast for a 13.43 percent turnout, up from 2008’s 12.06 percent turnout. Web ballots accounted for 73 percent of the votes cast.
Reisman, managing director of MERLOT and professor of information systems at California State University, Fullerton, campaigned on his ability to lead the Computer Society through a period of change. In his position statement, he vowed to provide “the vision, experience, and discipline necessary to lead us through these troubled times into the uncharted future.”
Formerly vice president of the Electronic Products and Services Board, Reisman won a 2009 Outstanding Contribution Award for his efforts to improve the Computer Society website. Reisman, who will serve as the Computer Society’s 2011 president, recently presented a white paper proposing that the website be used as a platform for topic-focused, professional, social networking portals.
Reisman garnered 4,579 votes, or 54 percent, to the 3,874, or 45.7 percent, received by Rokne, a Board of Governors member and professor of computer science at the University of Calgary.
In the contest for 2010 first vice president, Fujii, a Board of Governors member and vice president and business unit general manager for Northrop Grumman Information Systems, received 4,412 votes (52.4 percent). Don Shafer, Computer Society Treasurer and CTO for the Athens Group, received 3,974 votes (47.2 percent).
Running for second vice president, Jeffrey Voas, Board of Governors member and director of systems assurance at SAIC, won 4,702 votes (56 percent), compared with the 3,679 votes (43.8 percent) garnered by Sattupatha Sankaran, Vice President of Chapter Activities and an IT consultant for SAP Labs.
The top seven vote-getters in the Board of Governors race were:
• Elizabeth Burd, senior lecturer in the department of computer science at Durham University, who won 6,796 votes (80.2 percent)
• James W. Moore, senior principal engineer at MITRE Corp., who won 5,095 votes (60.1 percent)
• Thomas M. Conte, professor of computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology, who won 5,095 votes (60.1 percent)
• Jean-Luc Gaudiot, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of California-Irvine, who won 4,518 votes (53.3 percent)
• Frank E. Ferrante, adjunct faculty/executive partner, Mason School of Business, College of William & Mary, who won 4,463 votes (52.7 percent)
• John W. Walz, Lucent Technologies/AT&T, retired, who won 4,454 votes (52.5 percent)
• Luis Kun, senior research professor of Homeland Security at the Information Resources Management College, National Defense University, who won 4,340 votes (51.2 percent)
The remaining Board of Governors candidates were:
• Gargi Keeni, vice president of Quality Consulting Practice, Tata Consultancy Services, who won 4,111 votes (48.5 percent)
• Pierre Bourque, associate professor and director of the masters in software engineering program at Ecole de technologie superieure, who won 4,107 votes (48.5 percent);
• Jose I. Castillo-Velazquez, 2009 head of the Autonomous University of Mexico City’s Campus-SLT Engineering Academy, who won 3,948 votes (46.6 percent)
• Pablo F. Sanchez, CEO of Expértika, who won 3,911 votes (46.1 percent)
Election results will be announced in the December issue of Computer. Each year, Computer Society members vote for the next year’s president-elect, first and second vice presidents, and seven members of the Board of Governors. The president and vice presidents each serve a one-year active term, while the 21 Board of Governors members serve three-year terms, rotating in groups of seven. The three presidents—incoming, active, and outgoing—work together in setting policy and making operational decisions. The active president is responsible for heading the annual Board of Governors meetings and for addressing major issues affecting the organization during the year.
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