Seidman Takes Helm at CSAB
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 1 December, 2010 — Longtime IEEE Computer Society volunteer Stephen B. Seidman has been re-elected president of CSAB Inc., the lead society within ABET Inc., for accreditation of programs in computer science, information systems, software engineering, and information technology.
Seidman, an IEEE Computer Society representative director to CSAB, is a member of the Computer Society Board of Governors and Executive Committee and previously served as secretary, treasurer, and vice president for educational activities.
He is currently dean of the College of Science at Texas State University. Before joining Texas State last year, he was dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Central Arkansas, founding dean of the College of Computing Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology, chair of the Department of Computer Science at Colorado State University, and head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Auburn University. In July 2010, Seidman was appointed a member of ABET’s Computing Accreditation Commission.
Gayle J. Yaverbaum, an ACM representative director, was elected vice president of CSAB. A professor emerita of Pennsylvania State University, Yaverbaum was director of information technology programs at Penn State Harrisburg and an IT teacher for more than 25 years. She is a past chair of ABET’s Computing Accreditation Commission and has also served on the ABET Accreditation Council, which coordinates cross-commission activities. Yaverbaum has chaired the CSAB/CAC criteria committee, consulted with programs on assessment and computing accreditation, participated in training for both ABET team chairs and CSAB program evaluators, and has presented accreditation workshops at professional society meetings.
Curtis A. Carver Jr., also a Computer Society representative director to CSAB, was re-elected secretary-treasurer. Carver is vice chancellor and chief information officer of the University System of Georgia. Formerly vice dean for education and a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the US Military Academy at West Point, Carver recently retired as army colonel after 27 years of service.
Carver is currently a member of the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission. His academic awards include American Council of Education Fellow, Evanta Outstanding National Leadership Award, FISSEA Educator of the Year, ACM Senior Member, and IEEE Senior Member.
Patrick J. Walsh will serve as 2011 past president. He retired from IBM in spring 2010 following 40 years in information systems and telecommunications, including 10 years as the senior information systems manager at IBM manufacturing and development sites, eight years as a project executive for major outsourcing contracts, and two years as a project executive in the United Kingdom. Walsh has been involved in accreditation activities since 1986. He is CSAB’s current past president and has served as the chair of the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission.
He has also been an adjunct professor with an emphasis on management information systems, databases, and software reliability.
CSAB, a federation of the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society, serves as a participating body of ABET. 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.
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