David Alan Grier Voted 2012 President-Elect

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 10 October 2011 – David Alan Grier, first vice president for Publications and an associate professor of international science and technology policy at George Washington University, has been voted IEEE Computer Society 2012 president-elect.

Grier, who will serve as 2013 president, garnered 4,344 votes (61.2 percent), compared with 2,721 (38.4 percent) cast for Jon Rokne, second vice president/secretary and University of Calgary computer science professor. The president oversees IEEE-CS programs and operations and is a nonvoting member of most IEEE-CS program boards and committees.

Of the 7,292 ballots cast with an 11.62 percent turnout, 7,049 were submitted online and 243 by mail. This year, the IEEE-CS mailed paper ballots only to voting members without email addresses in their member records, or opted out of IEEE email communications. Web ballots accounted for 96.7 percent of the votes cast, compared with 78.4 percent in 2010.

In balloting for first vice president, Thomas M. Conte, chair of the IEEE-CS Awards Committee and a professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, garnered 4,297 votes (61.1 percent), compared with 2,714 (38.6 percent) cast for Jean-Luc Gaudiot, chair of the IEEE-CS Transactions Operating Committee and a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of California.

Andre Ivanov, an at-large Technical and Conference Activities Board member and head of the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering at the University of British Columbia, was elected second vice president, with 3,728 votes (53.5 percent), compared with 3,213 (46.1 percent) cast for Paul Croll, IEEE-CS vice president for Technical and Conference Activities and a Fellow at CSC.

The seven highest vote-getters for the 2012-2014 terms on the Board of Governors were:
• Hironori Kasahara, professor of computer science at Waseda University, current Board of Governors member, and former chair of the IEEE-CS Japan chapter (4,235 votes, 60.7 percent);
• David S. Ebert, the Silicon Valley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, current Board of Governors member, and a member of the IEEE-CS Publications Board (3,730 votes, 53.5 percent);
• Arnold N. Pears, an associate professor and program director for the Masters Program in Embedded Systems at Uppsala University, member of the IEEE-CS Educational Activities Board, and chair of its STC Education Committee (3,605 votes, 51.7 percent);
• Hakan Erdogmus, founder of Kalemun Research, member of the IEEE-CS Publications Board, and former editor in chief of IEEE Software (3,512 votes, 50.4 percent);
• Fabrizio Lombardi, ITC Endowed Professor at Northeastern University, former editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers, and former department editor of IEEE Design & Test (3,510 votes, 50.3 percent);
• Jose-Ignacio Castillo-Velazquez, tenured professor for telecommunications engineering at Universidad Autonoma de la Ciudad de Mexico, current Board of Governors member, and editor in chief of IEEE NoticIEEEro for Region 9 (3,359 votes, 48.2 percent); and
• Gargi Keeni, vice president of quality consulting at Tata Consulting Services, and a member of the IEEE-CS Industry Advisory Board (3,312 votes, 47.5 percent).
Results for other Board of Governors candidates were:
• David J. Schultz, retired Computer Sciences Corp. business process analyst, vice chair of the IEEE-CS Member and Geographic Activities Board’s Awards and Recognition Committee, and chair of the Systems and Software Engineering Standards Committee (S2ESC) Management Board (3,275 votes, 47.0 percent);
• William (Bill) Pitts, who is retired from Toshiba, a member of the IEEE-CS Technical Activities Board and chair of its Technical Meeting Request Committee (3,234 votes, 46.4 percent);
• Fred Douglis, consultant engineer at EMC, former editor in chief of IEEE Internet Computing, and former chair of the IEEE-CS Technical Committee on the Internet (3,177 votes, 45.5 percent);
• Paolo Montuschi, a computer engineering professor and chair of the Control and Computer Engineering Department at Politecnico di Torino, member of the IEEE-CS Publications Board, and chair of its Digital Library Operations Committee (3,080 votes, 44.2 percent);
• Sattupathu V. Sankaran, an IT consultant with SAP Labs and past vice president of the IEEE-CS Member and Geographic Activities Board; and current chair of the Member Visitor Program (2,727 votes, 39.1 percent).

The seven candidates who received the most votes will assume seats on the board starting in January 2012. The 21 members serve rotating three-year terms in groups of seven.

Candidates on the ballot are selected by the IEEE-CS Nominations Committee or by petition. The Nominations Committee accepts nominations from members until April of the current year and presents their nominations to the Board of Governors for final slate approval.

Results will also be published in the December issue of Computer.

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 http://www.computer.org.

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