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To recognize and reward active student volunteer leaders with academic and professional potential, the IEEE Computer Society is again offering $40,000 in scholarships through the Richard E. Merwin Student Leadership Scholarship program.

More than a dozen scholarships of $1,000 and up are available for one academic year (approximately nine months). Graduate students and those in the final two years of an undergraduate program in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer-related field of engineering who are active members of a student branch or chapter are eligible. Award winners will also have the opportunity to serve as IEEE Computer Society Student Ambassadors for their IEEE region. The deadline to apply is 30 September.

“The IEEE Computer Society has helped me tremendously in keeping up with the fast-paced world of ever-changing technology,” said C.V. Farish, a 2012 Richard E. Merwin Scholar. “The organization has inspired me to challenge my limits and raise the bar to achieve significantly and contribute to the community, both in terms of technical expertise and volunteering. The opportunities I have received to network with like-minded peers and ace professionals were invaluable and have played a big role in shaping my career interests.”

For information on the Merwin scholarship, visit


The IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors confirmed the appointments of new editors in chief for three magazines and five transactions for terms beginning in 2014.

San Murugesan, director of BRITE Professional Services and an adjunct professor at the University of Western Sydney in Australia, will assume the role of editor in chief for IT Professional magazine. Murugesan, currently associate editor in chief of IT Professional and column editor for Computer, is a corporate trainer, a consultant and author, and a former Senior Research Fellow of the US National Research Council at NASA Ames Research Center.

IEEE Pervasive magazine will be led by Maria Ebling, a research staff member and senior manager at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, where she has worked since 1998. Her research interests are in distributed systems supporting mobile and pervasive computing, privacy, and human-computer interaction.

Miguel Encarnação, a professor of computer engineering and computer science at the University of Louisville, will serve as editor in chief of IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications magazine. His research interests are in intelligent and adaptive user interfaces; 3D, mobile, and multimodal interaction; affective computing; scientific and information visualization; eLearning; and virtual and augmented reality.

Elisa Bertino, a professor of computer science at Purdue University and acting research director for the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security, was named editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Secure and Dependable Computing. Bertino received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award in 2002 for outstanding contributions to database systems and database security and advanced data management systems, and the 2005 Tsutomu Kanai Award for pioneering and innovative research contributions to secure distributed systems.

David A. Bader, a professor and executive director of high- performance computing in Georgia Tech’s College of Computing, will serve as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. Bader was director of the first Sony Toshiba IBM Center of Competence for the Cell Processor at Georgia Tech.

Matthew Dwyer, Henson Professor and Acting Department Chair in the University of Nebraska’s Computer Science & Engineering Department, is the new editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.

Lynette A. Jones, senior research scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named the new editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Haptics. Currently associate editor in chief of ToH, Jones has served as program co-chair for the IEEE World Haptics Conference.

Prasant Mohapatra, the Tim Bucher Family Endowed Chair in the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Davis, has been named the new editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. Mohapatra has been on the faculty at Iowa State University and Michigan State University and held visiting scientist positions at Intel, Panasonic Technologies, Institute of Infocomm Research, and National ICT Australia.


The IEEE Computer Society’s new personalized information tool provides technology readers the ability to customize their experience and easily stay up to date on specific technology interests.

Users can select three subject areas—such as big data, Internet of Things, mobile, high-performance computing, and others—and myComputer delivers the top peer-reviewed articles and papers from those areas directly to users’ inboxes. myComputer lets users download 24 papers per year, with options to purchase more.

“The IEEE Computer Society recognizes that technology professionals have specialized interests, and limited time, and they want more control over what they choose to read,” said Evan Butterfield, IEEE Computer Society Director of Products and Services. “They’ve been telling us what they want, and we listened. myComputer represents a major advance in digital publishing and personalization from an organization with a worldwide reputation for producing high-quality content to serve the computing community.” To find out more, visit

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