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Computer Society Honors Oklahoma Teen at Intel Science Fair

Daniel Jonathan Parrott, 18, of Oklahoma's Bartlesville High School, recently received a $700 IEEE Computer Society prize at the 2006 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Indianapolis, Indiana for his project, "Creating an Online Study Session Network."



Founded by nonprofit educational organization Science Service in 1950, Intel ISEF is the world's largest precollege science fair. Held each May, ISEF brings together more than 1,400 students from around the globe to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips, and the grand prize—a $50,000 college scholarship.

Students compete in 15 categories that represent all branches of the sciences, with projects that represent their own original works. Professional associations and companies active in the ISEF categories send judges to select winners in their specialty areas. In addition, the Intel Foundation bestows three grand-prize Young Scientist Awards upon the individuals whose projects the judges deem best overall. The Young Scientist Award winners each receive a $50,000 scholarship paid in eight installments.

Nine competitors at Intel ISEF received cash awards from the IEEE Computer Society. Five were first- through third-place individual winners, and the remaining four shared first- and second-place team awards.

Computer Society Awards

IEEE Computer Society Chapters Activities Board chair Chris Schober and Chapters Activities Board awards chair Lowell Johnson served as volunteer judges at ISEF 2006. Winners of IEEE Computer Society Awards presented at ISEF 2006 were:

Award winners also receive a gift certificate for any Computer Society publication and a one-year subscription to a Society magazine of their choice.

Other Awards

Every year at ISEF, three Intel Young Scientist Award winners each receive a $50,000 individual scholarship. The Young Scientist Award winners at this year's ISEF were Hannah Louise Wolf, 16, of Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania for "Sleuthing Epicenter Direction from Seismites, Cretaceous Wahweap Formation, Cockscomb Area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah;" Madhavi Pulakat Gavini, 16, of the Mississippi School for Mathematics & Science at Columbus, Mississippi, for "Engineering of a Novel Inhibitor of Biofilm-Encapsulated Pathogens;" and Meredith Ann MacGregor, 17, of Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado, for "Cracking the Brazil Nut Effect."

With the exception of Intel-sponsored prizes, the largest award presented at ISEF is the $10,000 IEEE President's Scholarship, which went this year to Brandon Lee Reavis of Wyoming's Cody High School. (See the " Laser Scanning System Wins Wyoming Student $10,000" sidebar.)

In 2007, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair moves to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Further information about ISEF is available at

IEEE Computer Society Launches 2006 Elections

Each year, all members of the IEEE Computer Society have an opportunity to vote for the officers who will plan new activities and direct the Society's operations in the coming year. Volunteer posts include leadership roles for the Publications, Educational Activities, and Electronic Products & Services Boards and membership on the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. The volunteers selected this year will serve under 2007 President Michael Williams, who was voted president-elect in last year's election.

Candidates for office reach the ballot in one of two ways: by Nominations Committee recommendation or by petition. The Nominations Committee accepts nominations from members until April. At a June meeting, the current Board of Governors approves the slate of candidates brought forward by the Nominations Committee.

President-Elect and Vice President Candidates

The 2006 IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors has approved Rangachar Kasturi and Murali Varanasi as candidates for 2006 president-elect/2007 president. The president oversees the Society's programs and operations and is a nonvoting member on most Society program boards and committees.

The board also approved Michel Israel and Susan (Kathy) Land as candidates for first vice president. Candidates for second vice president are Rohit Kapur and Sorel Reisman.

After the elections, 2007 President Michael Williams will appoint the two elected vice presidents to oversee two Society boards. At his discretion, Williams will select appointees to head up the Society's other governing boards.

Board of Governors Candidates

The 21 members of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors serve rotating three-year terms. The 14 candidates for 2007 to 2009 terms on the Board of Governors are Paul Croll, Robert Dupuis, Van Eden, Frank Ferrante, Roger Fujii, Ann Gates, Jean-Luc Gaudiot, Juan Gilbert, Michael Hinchey, Fernando Naveda, Jon Rokne, Don Shafer, John Walz, and Don Wright.

The seven candidates who receive the most votes will assume seats on the Board starting in January 2007. The IEEE Computer Society elections begin on 7 August, when paper ballots will be mailed to all Society members, and end on 2 October. All members will have the opportunity to vote via paper mail or online.

The paper ballots, the election area of the Society's Web page, and the September issue of Computer will provide biographical sketches and candidate position statements for each nominee. The biographical sketches will detail the candidates' Computer Society and other professional activities, current employment, professional experience and accomplishments, degrees and majors, awards, and other honors. We encourage all members to take part in electing the leaders of the Computer Society.

Visit for complete 2006 election details.

Elisa Bertino Receives Kanai Award


Figure    Elisa Bertino

Noted Purdue University security expert Elisa Bertino recently received the 2005 IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award. Bertino's citation reads, "For pioneering and innovative research contributions to secure distributed systems."

Bertino is research director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue and also serves on the faculty of the University of Milan. Her research interests include data mining and privacy, security for grid computing, geographical information systems, and secure publishing and broadcast techniques.

Author of several texts on access control and peer-to-peer frameworks, Bertino serves on the editorial and advisory boards of a number of security-related publications, including IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Security and Privacy, and the ACM's Transactions on Information and System Security. She is coeditor in chief of the quarterly Very Large Database Journal.

Bertino is currently at work on several NSF-funded security and privacy initiatives. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM and in 2002 received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to database systems and security.

The Tsutomu Kanai award, named for the longtime head of Hitachi, recognizes major contributions to state-of-the-art distributed computing systems and their applications. A crystal memento and a $10,000 honorarium accompany the award, which is presented each year at the International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems.

Laser Scanning System Wins Wyoming Student $10,000

Brandon Lee Reavis of Wyoming's Cody High School recently won the 2006 IEEE Presidents' Scholarship for his Intel International Science and Engineering Fair project, "3D Silhouette Laser Scanning: The Digital Reconstruction of Real-World Objects into Point Clouds," which employs a device that scans an object and transforms it into a 3D digital image. This low-cost (under $400) system outperformed several existing commercial scanners costing thousands of dollars.

A team of IEEE judges selected his project from a field of more than 1,400 projects. The $10,000 scholarship, which recognizes an outstanding achievement in information technology or electrical engineering, is the largest award given by a professional association at ISEF. Earlier this year, Reavis won $1,250 in the Wyoming State Science Fair. Through 2009, the IEEE Foundation general fund will match, dollar for dollar, all donations of up to $100,000 to the IEEE Presidents' Scholarship Fund. To learn more, visit

CSIDC 2006 Names Top 10 Finalist Teams

An international panel of judges has selected the following 10 teams to present finished versions of their systems at the 2006 IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition World Finals, which take place from 30 June–2 July in Washington, DC CSIDC competitors work cooperatively in small teams to create their entries. This year's competition theme is "Preserving, Protecting, and Enhancing the Environment."

  • Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (China), "Coal Mine Enhancing System"
  • Boston University (USA), "SmarTrash"
  • California State University Long Beach (USA), "Swarm-Cast"
  • ICFAI Institute of Science and Technology (India), "Tsunami Tracking System"
  • Nanjing University (China), "AntiHunter"
  • North Carolina State University (USA), "SunRay"
  • Politehnica University of Bucharest (Romania), "Synairgy"
  • Poznan University of Technology (Poland), "BirdWatch"
  • Poznan University of Technology (Poland), "IntelliForest"
  • University of Jordan (Jordan), "AviTrack"

The top 10 teams share a large pool of prize money. CSIDC prizes in 2006 total $20,000 for first place, $12,000 for second place, $8,000 for third place, and $4,000 for honorable mention awards to the remaining seven teams. Teams also compete for two $2,000 special prizes: the Microsoft Award for Software Engineering and the Microsoft Multimedia Award.

CSIDC has been chaired since 2000 by Alan Clements of the UK's University of Teesside. Microsoft provides the primary financial support for CSIDC 2006. Future sponsorship opportunities remain available at several levels. Contact for details.

Fall 2006 CSDP Testing Begins 1 September

The explosion of technology advancements in the 1990s created a simultaneous explosion in certification programs—many aimed at computer professionals, but more at millions of technicians. In many cases, these certification efforts were (and are) program-, application-, or environment-specific. Missing was any comprehensive certification of general software engineering mastery. After more than three years of extensive research in the field among professionals, employers and their customers, the volunteer leadership of the IEEE Computer Society realized that the time had come to develop and offer the Certified Software Development Professional testing protocol. More than 550 software engineers have passed the certification exam.

The three critical components of the IEEE Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional program include exam-based testing that demonstrates mastery of a body of knowledge, an extensive experience base in the software engineering profession, and required continuing professional education.

Each year, the Computer Society offers two opportunities for members to take the CSDP exam: April through June, and September through November. Software engineers who hold a bachelor's degree and have a minimum of 9,000 hours of experience in the field are eligible to apply. In addition, candidates for certification must have had at least two years of software engineering experience within the preceding four-year period. Professional software engineers can use the IEEE Computer Society CSDP credential to verify their skills to current or potential employers.

Beginning in 2006, the CSDP examination will be offered at all Prometric Testing Centers worldwide. For IEEE or Computer Society members, 2006 CSDP exam fees total $450, including a $100 application fee and a $350 test administration fee. Nonmember fees total $550. In 2004, the GI Bill Education Benefits Program approved CSDP credentialing fees as a reimbursable expense.

Potential examinees can prepare by joining the CSDP online study group at the Yahoo forum that is linked from the CSDP Web site. Resource materials and an online test preparation class are also available.

Applications for the 1 September through 30 November testing window must be postmarked by 15 August. The application form is available online at For general information on the IEEE Computer Society CSDP program, including a list of sample test questions and a compilation of software engineering terms, visit

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