Candidates Approved for 2018 IEEE Computer Society Election

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 29 June 2018 – The IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) Board of Governors has approved the new slate of candidates for the IEEE-CS 2018 election. Voting for IEEE-CS president-elect, first and second vice presidents and Board of Governors members will begin on 6 August 2018.

Only IEEE-CS members without an email address in their member record, or those who have opted out of IEEE email communications, will receive a paper ballot package. Those who receive paper ballots should return them by mail using the business reply envelope provided, or to IEEE Technical Activities, Attn: SGA, 445 Hoes Lane, PO Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331, USA.

All other members will receive a broadcast email message with voting instructions to access their web ballot package information. Members in all regions can vote online at the IEEE-CS election site. For replacement ballots or to request a paper ballot, call +1-732-562-3904 or email

Officers are elected to one-year terms and Board members to three-year terms, each beginning 1 January 2019. Candidate bios and position statements will be published in the August issue of Computer magazine, which is distributed to all IEEE-CS members.

Candidates for president-elect:

Leila De Floriani and William Gropp will be on the ballot for 2019 president-elect and 2020 president. The president serves as the chief elected officer of the IEEE-CS, representing the entire membership. The president, under the direction of the Board of Governors, provides direction for IEEE-CS officers and Society programs, and is responsible for the general supervision of the Society. The president serves one year as president-elect, one year as president, and one year as past president.

Floriani, a full professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, is a Fellow of IEEE and the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), and a Pioneer of the Solid Modeling Association. She is a member of the IEEE-CS Board of Governors, chair of the 2018 Audit Committee, vice chair of the Fellow Nomination Committee, and serves as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVGC).

Gropp is director and chief scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and holds the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Gropp has served as general chair of the SC13 conference, chair of the SC Steering Committee, and is currently serving as a member of the ACM/IEEE Kennedy Award committee.  A Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and SIAM, Gropp is a member of the IEEE-CS Board of Governors and the National Academy of Engineering.

Candidates for first and second vice presidents:

Candidates for 2019 first vice president are Dennis J. Frailey and Forrest Shull. Frailey is a retired principal fellow from Raytheon Corporation and is a Senior Member of IEEE. He currently serves on the IEEE-CS Board of Governors as the second vice president and secretary, and has previously served on the IEEE-CS Professional Activities Board and as vice chair of the IEEE-CS Educational Activities Board. Shull is associate director for empirical research at Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), and is the associate editor of IEEE Transactions of Software Engineering (TSE). He is an IEEE Senior Member. Shull currently serves on the IEEE-CS Board of Governors, vice president for Membership and Geographic Activities, and finance chair for the Publications Board.

The 2019 second vice president candidates are Avi Mendelson and Jon Rosdahl. Mendelson is a visiting professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and head of the Hardware Security Lab at Technion, Israel, and is a visiting professor in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IEEE-CS Board of Governors, and chair of the IEEE-CS Transactions Operations Committee. Rosdahl, Senior Member of IEEE, is a senior staff engineer at Qualcomm Technologies and currently serves as the IEEE-CS vice president of Standards Activities, the IEEE 802 Executive Committee’s executive secretary, and the IEEE 802.11 first vice chair and treasurer.

The first and second vice presidents serve as franchised members of the Executive Committee, Board of Governors, and Planning Committee. The vice presidents may execute a portfolio as assigned by the president, and provide counsel and assistance to the president and other volunteer leaders. In the event that the president and president-elect cannot serve, the line of succession falls to the first vice president, then to the second vice president.

Candidates for 2019–2021 terms for the IEEE-CS Board of Governors:

  • M. Brian Blake, Drexel University
  • Gregory Byrd, North Carolina State University
  • Fred Douglis, Vencore Labs
  • Vladimir Getov, University of Westminster
  • Erik Jan Marinissen, IMEC
  • Carlos E. Jimenez-Gomez, international consultant
  • Fabrizio Lombardi, Northeastern University
  • Ramalatha Marimuthu, Kumaraguru College of Technology
  • Hausi A. Müller, University of Victoria
  • San Murugesan, Western Sydney University
  • Kunio Uchiyama, Hitachi, Ltd

Please note that the IEEE-CS Board of Governors recently approved the first reading of amendments to the Society’s bylaws. Changes to Article II, Section 2 and Section 5, which cover the nominations and elections of IEEE-CS Board of Governors members, will reduce the number of annually elected Board member positions from 7 to 6.

All professional and graduate student IEEE-CS members are eligible to vote in IEEE-CS elections. (Undergraduate student members do not hold voting rights.)

Ballots must be returned no later than 12:00 noon EDT USA/16:00 UTC on Monday, 24 September 2018. Results will be announced in Computer’s December issue and online.