Candidates Approved for 2012 IEEE Computer Society Election

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 19 June, 2012 -- The Board of Governors has approved the slate of candidates for the IEEE Computer Society 2012 election.

Dejan S. Milojicic and Donald F. Shafer will be on the ballot for 2013 President-elect and 2014 President. The President oversees the Society's programs and operations and is a nonvoting member of most Society program boards and committees.

Milojicic, senior researcher and manager at HP Labs, is the founding editor in chief of IEEE Computing Now and founding chair of Special Technical Communities. As a member of the Board of Governors, he participated in developing the IEEE-CS 2011 strategic plan. He has worked in the areas of distributed systems for more than 25 years. He is an IEEE Fellow, ACM Distinguished Engineer, and USENIX member.

Shafer, cofounder and chief technology officer of Athens Group, was a member of the 2011 Strategic Planning Subcommittee. Shafer was twice treasurer of the Board of Governors and past editor in chief and chair of IEEE Computer Society Press. He was also a contributor to the 2011 edition of the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering and is a Certified Software Development Professional.

The board also approved Thomas M. Conte and Paul R. Croll as candidates for first vice president. Conte, a professor of computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology, is Vice President of Publications and served as the 2009-2011 Awards Committee chair. Croll, a Fellow in CSC's Defense Group, is Vice President of Technical and Conference Activities, former chair of the Technical Council on Software Engineering and current chair of the IEEE Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee.

Candidates for second vice president are Elizabeth Burd and Paul Joannou. Burd, dean at Durham University, is Vice President of Educational Activities and a member of the Board of Governors.  Joannou, with more than 30 years of experience in software, system and enterprise engineering at Ontario Power Generation, is Vice President of the Professional Activities Board and a Board of Governors member.

The 13 candidates for 2013-2015 terms on the Board of Governors are:

  • Ann DeMarle, associate professor and director of Champlain College's Emergent Media Center and MFA program, and member at large of the Technical and Conference Activities Board
  •  Jean-Luc Gaudiot, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of California, Irvine, and Board of Governors member;
  • Harold Javid, director of Microsoft's Americas/Australia/New Zealand Regional Program, and chair of the Computer Society Industry Advisory Board;
  • Ronald G. Jensen, 2011 President of IEEE-USA and IBM chief engineering manager (retired);
  • Phillip Laplante, professor of software engineering at Penn State University, and former Board of Governors member;
  • Simon Liu, director of the US National Agriculture Laboratory and editor in chief of IT Professional;
  • Xun Luo, a senior research engineer at Qualcomm, and vice chair of the Member and Geographic Activities Board;
  • Cecilia Metra, a professor at Università di Bologna and associate editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers;
  • Nita Patel, systems and software engineering manager at L-3 Warrior Systems, Insight Technology, and secretary/finance vice chair of the Member and Geographic Activities Board;
  • William (Bill) Pitts, a Board of Governors member, and vice chair of the Technical and Conference Activities Board;
  • Sattupathu V. Sankaran, Vice President of Member and Geographic Activities and a consultant with SAP Labs;
  • Diomidis Spinellis, a professor at Athens University of Economics and Business and IEEE Software Tools of the Trade author; and
  • Stefano Zanero, assistant professor at Politecnico di Milano University in Italy, director of the Information Systems Security Association, and Region 8 coordinator for the Member Development Committee.

The seven candidates who receive the most votes will assume seats on the board starting in January 2013.

The election area of the Society's webpage and Computer's August issue will provide biographical sketches and candidate position statements for each nominee.

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