Ron Vetter

Award Recipient
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Dr. Ron Vetter received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from North Dakota State University, Fargo, and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. His research interests include mobile computing, computer and network security, digital forensics, and parallel and distributed systems. The USWEST Foundation, National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and others have supported his research activities.

Dr. Vetter is the founding Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and a full professor in the computer science department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).  He has held numerous leadership and academic positions at UNCW, including department chair, chief research officer, and dean of the graduate school.  Dr. Vetter has a long professional history of service to the computing profession at large. He has served on numerous national and international computer science conference program committees and editorial boards.

Dr. Vetter has served on the editorial board for Computer, the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS), since 1995.  During that time, he served in a variety of capacities, including reviewer, department editor, advisory panel member, and as editor-in-chief from 2011-2014.  Dr. Vetter has also served on numerous IEEE-CS committees, including the eLearning committee, digital library committee, the conference and tutorials board, and the electronic products and services board.

Dr. Vetter received academic recognition for outstanding faculty contributions at UNCW and has received several national awards for innovations in the development of mobile phone applications.  The Association for Computing Machinery chose him as the 2001-2002 outstanding ACM Distinguished Lecturer.  He is a member of the ACM and a Senior Member of the IEEE.  Dr. Vetter is a frequent consultant to business and industry on technology commercialization and other computer science related topics.


2023 Richard E. Merwin Award for Distinguished Service
“For exceptional contributions to the computing profession and sustained impactful service to the IEEE Computer Society.”
Learn more about the Richard E. Merwin Award