LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 12 March, 2012 – John Swan, chair emeritus of the Santa Clara Valley IEEE Computer Society chapter, has received a Meritorious Service Award for his role in revitalizing the chapter using social networking and high-caliber speakers at monthly events.
John Swan received a service award for his work revitalizing the IEEE Computer Society Santa Clara Valley chapter.Swan, right, received the Meritorious Service Award from Brian Berg, left, Santa Clara Valley 2012 Section Chair. He also received a Certificate of Appreciation in 2010 from then-SCV Section Chair Allen Earman for his revitalization efforts. Under Swan's leadership, attendance at monthly meetings soared to as high as 200, from its previous average of 42.
"For John Swan, the recognition involves noteworthy leadership on his part as chapter chair," said Vi Doan, IEEE Computer Society membership director. "He not only revitalized a chapter, but made it stand out as exemplary, giving all CS chapters worldwide a best practices model. Achieving this is not trivial but requires a local, passionate champion and motivational leader, which John has clearly demonstrated in the success and reach of this Silicon Valley Chapter."
The SCV chapter organizes monthly Technical Meetings that provide opportunities for professional networking, and where invited speakers from the industry share their vision on the computing domain. The chapter also organizes the low-cost, high value New Frontiers In Technology (NFIC) conference each summer. Under John's leadership the chapter also took on sponsorship of the Electronic Design Process Symposium (EDPS) starting in 2011.
Social networking tools are used extensively to publicize events and boost interaction among members. The chapter has a website and an e-newsletter, in addition to a Twitterfeed with more than 6,000 followers, a Facebook group with 460 members, and a LinkedIn group with 300 members. Swan credits volunteers like Char Deloche, who led the initial social publicity charge, and Hans Spanjaart, who is now Chapter Chair and continuing the success.
Community interaction is fostered by speakers submitting questions on LinkedIn two weeks in advance of the technical talk. The meetings are publicized on social networking sites and through the IEEE Grid, which is emailed to 25,000 IEEE and Computer Society members in the Bay area.