Nominees for 2016 Second Vice President
Gregory T. Byrd
Position statement. This is an exciting time for the Computer Society. The pace of change in the industry continues, even accelerates, and the importance of computing is increasingly apparent to the public at large. The CS offers a diverse portfolio of services and products for members, and we must continue to innovate and evolve to remain the premier organization for computing professionals, researchers, and students. We can also be a leading source of information for those outside the profession and can inspire future generations of computer engineers and scientists.
Biography. Gregory T. Byrd is professor and associate head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. He is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society, a member of the CS Board of Governors (2015–2017), and a member-at-large of the Publications Board. He has served on the Audit Committee and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and was Plagiarism Chair for the Publications Board in 2012–2013. He is a member of the Computer editorial board, first as Associate Editor (2013–2014) and currently as editor of the Student Design Showcase column (2015).
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society is a leader in computing technology and has a well-earned and highly-respected reputation for trusted standards, quality publications, innovative conferences, and dedicated volunteers. However, we are facing complex challenges within the Computer Society: challenges of budget constraints, slowing revenue, and fewer actively engaged members. I do not have all the solutions, answers, or ideas. However, we, the members, do. I believe strongly that we have the resources and talents within the Computer Society to solve these challenges and to continue to be the premier professional organization for computing technologists.
- Embracing innovative publication ideas such as interactive and individually curated content
- Advancing innovative conference formats to better engage industry and young professionals
- Enabling technical and professional engagement to strengthen membership within the Computer Society
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Biography. Nita Patel, PE, serves on the Computer Society Board of Governors, chairing the engagement ad-hoc, Women in Computing Summit, and CS MGA outreach committee. She is on the Eta Kappa Nu Board of Governors. Patel chairs the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, which she launched in 2014 during her tenure as WIE chair. She served as 2010–12 IEEE-USA VP of Communications & Public Awareness and launched the digital IEEE-USA in Action newsletter.