Computing Now Launches Volunteer Recognition Program

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 24 October, 2011 – Computing Now, the IEEE Computer Society’s online source for technical articles, news, and multimedia, has launched a program to recognize the contributions of volunteers working to raise the level of content on the site.

The IEEE Computing Now  Volunteer of the Month award honors volunteers making substantial innovations in content creation and delivery, particularly using multimedia or social networking.

The first Volunteer of the Month Award in September went to Paolo Montuschi, chair of the control and computer engineering department at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Montuschi received the award for his work on bringing multimedia-enhanced new articles from IEEE Transactions on Computers to Computing Now.

Within the IEEE Computer Society, Paolo serves as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers, chair of the Digital Library Operations Committee, and as a member of the Advisory Board of Computing Now, of the Publications Board, and of the Electronic Publishing Services Committee. Currently, Paolo is actively involved in opening the door to new publication frameworks geared toward e-reading, mobile devices, and multimedia-enhancing of scientific articles.

October’s award went to Ricardo Valea for his work on developing the Computing Now iPhone application. Valea is a mobile software engineer at TASC Inc. and a graduate student in the computer science and information systems program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). His research interests are mobile application development, user interface design, and agile software development.

At TASC, Valea hopes to gain insight into the government software industry. He credits his work developing the iPhone application for Computing Now with providing direction towards his career in mobile software development. Valea takes an active role in the mobile community, helping others understand the benefits of the software and where it may lead technology as a whole in the near future.

To nominate a volunteer, email cnawards@computer.org with a one-paragraph describing the volunteer's contributions and how they benefited the IEEE Computer Society. The CN awards committee will select and announce the winner each month.

Computing Now is a one-stop source for free, limited-time access to tech articles from the IEEE Computer Society’s peer-reviewed magazines, journals, and conference proceedings. Each month, the site highlights cross-publication coverage of hot topics such as green computing and social networking. CN also offers tech news, book reviews, calls for papers from Computer Society magazines and journals, podcasts, and videos. To receive regular updates on Computing Now, sign up for the biweekly newsletter.

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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