Charlene ("Chuck") Walrad has more than 30 years of experience in the software and IT industries, leading the development of more than two dozen commercial software products across a variety of applications, ranging from the widely used Systran natural language translation systems to CA's Ingres RDBMS system. In 1987, she founded Davenport Consulting (www.daven.com), whose clients include companies like Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, AAA, and Ford. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences and written several publications in the field.
Walrad is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of the Board of Governors, VP of the Standards Activities Board, and chairs the IT Committee of Professional Activities Board. She is a past member of the Computer Society's Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Nomination Committee, Digital Library Operations Committee, the Executive Committees of IEEE's Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee (S2ESC) and of the Technical and Conference Activities Board, and was the working group chair for the development of a new software configuration management standard, IEEE Std 828-2012.
Walrad received her first two degrees from Arizona State University and the third from the University of California, San Diego.