Sorel Reisman Takes Helm as 2011 President

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 7 January, 2011 — IEEE Computer Society 2011 President Sorel Reisman is beginning his term by launching a video blog and Twitter feed to increase member engagement, establishing an advisory board to better meet the academic audience’s needs, and helping implement social-networking-based communities to serve specific technical interests.

His monthly President’s Discussion Corner video blog will feature an issue, announcement, or topic of interest, and will invite comments to generate discussion. The first installment can be viewed at The videos and their related discussions will be archived and available for revisiting throughout the year.

Reisman, managing director of the higher-education consortium MERLOT and a professor of information systems at California State University Fullerton, can also be followed on Twitter @ieeeCSPresident. He will use Twitter throughout the year to share his ideas, insights, and observations as he represents IEEE Computer Society members at conferences, chapter meetings, and other events.

Reisman plans to create an ad hoc Academic Advisory Board to guide the Computer Society’s direction to serve this audience in the same way the Industry Advisory Board was created in 2008 to ensure that the Society meets industry practitioners’ needs.

“While we begin to plan for our inevitable future, we have to be practical and develop plans and activities that will continue to be the foundation of our current vision and goals,” he stated in his President’s Message in the January issue of Computer. “Although it’s unlikely that the debate over whether we’re academic or practitioner oriented will cease, another thing that won’t cease will be our efforts to serve both kinds of members.”

Extending the Instant Communities that his predecessor Jim Isaak championed, Reisman has proposed and will help launch Special Technical Communities based on social networking technologies to serve cloud computing, gaming, education, software engineering, and green computing fields.

In concert with IEEE’s Globalization Initiative and eMembership option for emerging countries, Reisman intends to reach out to chapters in Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) and either visit or organize electronic meetings with chapters outside North America.

Among additional initiatives planned are working with other IEEE societies to develop career-retraining workshops; releasing an all-electronic bundle of software engineering products that include IEEE Software and IT Professional magazines, selected ReadyNotes, Essential Sets, and software engineering webinars; and expanding the Build Your Career and Job Finder website to serve students.

This year, the Computer Society will mark its 65th anniversary. Reisman said he looks forward to working with 2011 Board of Governors members and the Executive Committee to help further transform the Society to meet current and future members’ needs.

The 2011 Executive Committee members are: David Alan Grier, first vice president (and VP of publications); Jon Rokne, second vice president (and BoG secretary); Jim Moore, treasurer; Roger Fujii, VP of standards; Liz Burd, VP of educational activities; Paul Croll, VP of technical and conferences activities; Paul Joanneau, VP of professional activities; and Phil Laplante, Electronic Products and Services Committee chair.

Reisman thanked Isaak and departing board members Stephen L. Diamond, Itaru Mimura, Christina M. Schober, Sattupathu V. Sankaran, Ann E.K. Sobel, and Jeffrey M. Voas for their contributions in 2010.

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 38 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. For more information, go to

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