Kathy Land Wraps Up Term as President

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 24 December, 2009 – IEEE Computer Society President Susan K. (Kathy) Land lists improving member value and repositioning the Society for the future as among the accomplishments that took place during her year-long term.

“Throughout the year, our efforts have remained strategically focused, and this has resulted in a very productive year,” stated Land in her year-end message in Computer magazine.

Land noted that the Chapters Activities Board (CAB), led by vice president S.V. Sankaran, is operating with renewed vigor and in 2009 worked closely with IEEE’s Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) board. The collaboration produced a strong student membership offer for 2010. Students can join both the Computer Society and the IEEE, with access to the entire Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL), for only US $40. The year 2009 also saw launch of the Member Visit Program, which aims to leverage visits of the Society’s more than 5,500 Fellow and Senior members to other regions or countries.

Land included upgrades to the Computer Society website—including a redesigned e-Learning Campus, the Build Your Career site, and the Media Center as among the year’s accomplishments.

The charter of the Educational Activities Board was expanded in 2009 to include professional development and training. This year, the Board of Governors created a Professional Activities Board (PAB) to provide for volunteer governance supporting the Society’s practitioner-oriented programs.

“As an organization, we have spent much effort this year evaluating where we are and where we want to be,” Land wrote. “It’s impossible to express how impressed I have been with the volunteers and staff this year as we have pursued specific goals, working together to move the Society forward. I have great confidence in our staff under the leadership of Angela Burgess, our executive director, and affirm the quality of the volunteers we have to draw from in 2010, to be led by incoming president Jim Isaak.”

Land said she is enthusiastic about the organization’s future. “The success of our Society is due to the continued efforts of the many dedicated volunteers and staff,” she said.” This volunteer-staff partnership provides the foundation for all our efforts within this organization. I thank all of the volunteers and staff who have worked so tirelessly to make 2009 a great year for the IEEE-CS, and we look forward together to an even better year in 2010.”

For the full text, read the December issue of Computer magazine.

About the IEEE 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. The Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, certifications, and online courses.

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