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IEEE Computer Society members recently selected Michael R. Williams, head curator of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, to serve as the Society's president-elect for 2006.
Over the years, Williams has served the Computer Society in a variety of roles. He began as an editorial board member for IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, then was assistant editor in chief for several years, and finally served two terms as editor in chief of Annals. Additionally, Williams chaired the History Committee and the Pioneer Awards Committee and also served a term as editor in chief of the Computer Society Press.
Candidates elected to the Computer Society presidency serve a three-year term in a leadership role. After serving a year as president-elect under 2006 president Deborah Cooper, Williams will assume the duties of Society president in 2007. Following his term as president, Williams will continue to be an active Society leader in 2008 as past president.
Rangachar Kasturi topped the balloting for 2006 first vice president, while Susan (Kathy) Land was elected 2006 second vice president. Each will serve as chair of one of the several Computer Society boards. The sitting president also appoints vice presidents to complement the two elected VPs as leaders of individual Society activities boards: Publications, Educational Activities, Conferences and Tutorials, Standards Activities, Technical Activities, Chapter Activities, and Student Activities.
All appointed Society vice presidents also serve as nonvoting members of the Board of Governors. Holding voting positions on the Board of Governors are the president, past president, president-elect, and the first and second vice presidents. Additional nonvoting members of the Board are the Society's staff executive director, the editor in chief of Computer, and the IEEE directors for divisions V and VIII—the Computer Society's elected representatives on the IEEE Board of Governors.
In the 2005 Society election, which closed in early October, voters also cast ballots to fill seven openings on the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. The full Board consists of 21 members. Each year, seven new or returning members are elected to serve three-year terms. Members chosen for 2006-2008 terms are Richard H. Eckhouse, James D. Isaak, Gary McGraw, James W. Moore, Robert H. Sloan, Makoto Takizawa, and Stephanie M. White. Many of the successful candidates have had recent Board of Governors experience.
Figure 2006 President-Elect Michael R. Williams sees the Society as a leader in providing service to the entire computing community.
Figure 2006 President Deborah M. Cooper is working to strengthen relationships with other organizations both within and outside the IEEE.
Elected officers volunteer their time and talents in an effort to further the goals of the Society and to elevate the profile of the computing profession in general. Society officers take a lead role in promoting new publications, educational efforts, technical focus groups, and international standards that help Computer Society members attain career goals.
The Computer Society mailed 79,895 ballots to members in the 2005 election. Of the 7,272 ballots cast—a return rate of 9.1 percent—3,102 were sent in by mail, and 4,134 were submitted via the Web. Table 1 shows the breakdown of votes cast for each officer. The full ballot for the 2005 election also included the candidates listed in Table 2.
Each year, Society members vote for the next year's president-elect, first and second vice presidents, and the seven members of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. The Society president and vice presidents each serve a one-year active term, while the 21 Board of Governors members serve three-year terms, rotating in three groups of seven.
The three presidents—incoming, active, and outgoing—work together in setting policy and making operational decisions. The active Society president is responsible for heading three annual Board of Governors meetings and for addressing major issues that affect the Computer Society during the year.
Any Computer Society member can nominate candidates for Society offices. Most members are also eligible to run for a seat on the Board of Governors. Candidates for other offices must be full members of the IEEE and must have been members of the Computer Society for at least the preceding three years.
IEEE members recently selected Leah H. Jamieson as their president-elect for 2006. A 30-year IEEE member, Jamieson serves on the IEEE Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. She was president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 1998 and 1999 and was IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities in 2003.Leah H. Jamieson
Jamieson will serve one year as IEEE president-elect, participating in Board of Directors activities. She will then assume the role of president in the following year. After her term in 2007, Jamieson will serve as past president in 2008.
IEEE members also chose Thomas W. Williams as division VIII director-elect for 2006. Williams is a chief scientist at Synopsys in Boulder, Colorado. In 1989, he was named corecipient of the IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace McDowell Award.
Division directors represent IEEE societies on the IEEE Board of Directors and Technical Activities Board. Division directors V and VIII are elected to represent the Computer Society membership. Williams will act as director-elect in 2006 and as division director for 2007-2008. The division directors also serve as ex officio members of the Computer Society's Board of Governors.