LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 11 October 2012 – Dejan Milojicic, a member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors, founding editor in chief of Computing Now, and founding chair of Special Technical Communities, has been voted IEEE Computer Society 2013 president-elect.
Milojicic, a senior researcher and manager at HP Labs, will serve as 2014 president. The president oversees IEEE Computer Society programs and operations and is a nonvoting member of most program boards and committees.
Milojicic garnered 3,831 votes (57.3 percent), compared with 2,830 votes (42.3 percent) cast for Don Shafer, cofounder and chief technology officer of Athens Group, former Board of Governors treasurer, and past editor in chief of IEEE Computer Society Press. Of the 6,844 ballots cast with an 11.65 percent turnout, 6,615 were submitted online, and 229 by mail.
This year's ballot also included eight amendments to the IEEE Computer Society constitution. All amendments were approved by more than 92 percent of voters. An important revision to the constitution involved expanding the Society's scope to include support of lifelong professional education and certification, development of standards, and provision of technical and professional products and services. Another allowed the Board of Governors to determine its own size, and if necessary, adjust the size in accordance with membership needs and growth. These amendments represent the first change in the Society's constitution since 1992.
In balloting for first vice president, Thomas M. Conte, vice president for Publications and a professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, garnered 4,597 votes (69.5 percent), compared with 1,997 (30.2 percent) cast for Paul R. Croll, vice president for Technical and Conference Activities and a Fellow in CSC's Defense Group.
Elizabeth (Liz) Burd, vice president for Educational Activities, member of the Board of Governors, and dean for undergraduate education at Durham University, was elected second vice president, with 5,089 votes (76.9 percent), compared with 1,517 (22.9 percent) cast for Paul K. Joannou, vice president for Professional Activities, Board of Governors member, and engineer with more than 30 years of experience in software, system and enterprise engineering at Ontario Power Generation.
The seven highest vote-getters for the 2013-2015 terms on the Board of Governors were:
• 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 (4,623 votes, 69.9 percent);
• Cecilia Metra, a professor at Università di Bologna and associate editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers; (4,315 votes, 65.2 percent);
• 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; (3,377 votes, 51.0 percent);
• Diomidis Spinellis, a professor at Athens University of Economics and Business and IEEE Software Tools of the Trade author (3,250 votes, 49.1 percent);
• Phillip Laplante, professor of software engineering at Penn State University, and former Board of Governors member (3,156 votes, 47.7 percent);
• Jean-Luc Gaudiot, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of California, Irvine, and Board of Governors member (3,093 votes,46.7 percent); 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 (3,074 votes, 46.4 percent).
Results for other Board of Governors candidates were:
• Xun Luo, a senior research engineer at Qualcomm, and vice chair of the Member and Geographic Activities Board (2,767 votes, 41.8 percent);
• Harold Javid, director of Microsoft's Americas/Australia/New Zealand Regional Program, and chair of the Computer Society Industry Advisory Board (2,752 or 41.6 percent);
• William (Bill) Pitts, who is retired from Toshiba, a Board of Governors member, member of the Technical and Conference Activities Board and chair of its Technical Meeting Request Committee (2,564 votes, 38.7 percent);
• Ronald Jensen, 2011 President of IEEE-USA and IBM chief engineering manager (retired) (2,444 votes, 36.9 percent);
• Simon Y. Liu, director of the US National Agriculture Laboratory and editor in chief of IT Professional (2,344 votes, 35.4 percent); and
• Sattupathu V. Sankaran, Vice President of Member and Geographic Activities and a consultant with SAP Labs (2,037 votes, 30.8 percent);
The seven candidates who received the most votes will assume seats on the board starting in January 2013. The 21 members serve rotating three-year terms in groups of seven.
Candidates on the ballot are selected by the IEEE Computer Society Nominations Committee or by petition. The Nominations Committee accepts nominations from members until April of the current year and presents their nominations to the Board of Governors for final slate approval.
Results will also be published in the December issue of Computer.