Message from IEEE Computer Society

75th Anniversary Message

Exciting activities and contests took place all year long
IEEE Computer Society Team
Published 12/31/2020
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We’ve enjoyed each month in 2021 as we celebrated our special anniversary year with our members, marking the 75th Anniversary of the Computer Society.

Commemorating this momentous milestone, a slate of exciting and interactive activities took place throughout 2021.  These activities integrated the rich history of the Computer Society and highlighted the accomplishments of its members and the innovations they help to create, with the vision and resources that will inspire the future.

Student members from around the world gathered during IEEE Day to wish the Computer Society a Happy Anniversary!


Highlights of the CS Celebrations included:

IEEE Computer Society Trivia Contest

A community test of Computer Society knowledge! The Computer Society’s year-long trivia contest spotlighted interesting facts and trivia of the Computer Society and the computing field.

Congratulations to our grand prize Trivia Contest Winner, Nayza Thasneem!  

  • December Contest Winner: Nayza Thasneem
  • November Contest Winner: Joel John Kandathil
  • October Contest Winner: Saman Sargolzaei
  • September Contest Winner: Neha Jasmin
  • August Contest Winner: Hüseyin Yapici
  • July Contest Winner: Mateo Escalante
  • June Contest Winner: Cynthia Burham
  • May Contest Winner: Nayza Thasneem
  • April Contest Winner: Keerthana AJ
  • March Contest Winner: Alna Maria Ben
  • February Contest Winner: Rishna CP
  • January Contest Winner: Sra Ku


IEEE Computer Society Member Essay Contest

Congratulations to Martin Greenstein for his Winning Entry, “It Is Who We Are” 

In honor of the IEEE Computer Society’s 75th Anniversary, members were challenged to submit a short essay that delves into the impact technology has had on society by answering the following questions: In what direction are these technologies leading? What does the future have in store for us?

We are pleased to announce Martin Greenstein is the winner of the IEEE Computer Society Essay Contest for his entry, “It Is Who We Are.” As the winner of the essay content, Martin will receive a cash prize of $1,000 in addition to having his essay shared with IEEE Computer Society members on social media and newsletter.

We thank all of our members who put their thought to pen and submitted essays on what the future and technology have in store for society.

History of Computing Webinars

In 2021, November’s webinars were dedicated to celebrating history at the Computer Society. As part of our distinguished lecturer webinar series, we scheduled numerous webinars to give us the historical context of today’s hot topics. Take advantage of these webinars to ask questions, interact with thought leaders in the industry, and learn about the rich history of computing.  On-demand access will be available for each webinar for a limited time only.

  • Moore’s Law, 1965-2016 – Thomas Misa, 2 Nov 1pm ET
  • Five Historical Lessons About Gender in Computing – Janet Abbate, 3 Nov 1pm ET
  • Armenia: Echoing to World Community and Building a New Heritage in Computer Science and Engineering – Samvel Shoukourian, 5 Nov 7am ET
  • Telling Our Stories: How the IEEE Computer Society develops professionals – David Alan Grier, 9 Nov 11am ET
  • Making Up Minds: Computing and Proof in the Postwar United States – Stephanie Dick, 10 Nov 1pm ET
  • Mesh Shaders and the History of Computer Graphics – Jon Peddie, 11 Nov 11am ET

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IEEE CS Global Student Challenge (IEEE CS GSC)

Winners announced! The Global Student Challenge provided a platform for students from all over the world to create innovative solutions to big data problems.  For this year’s competition, each student OR team (max three students) was required to present a solution to a pre-determined problem/issue statement. This year two challenge problems were posed, both on topics of relevance today — one on analyzing sentiments in tweets related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the second on analyzing computer system usage and failure data from a university’s central computing system.

Congratulations to the Global Student Challenge Winners! 

The Champ: Taicheng Guo (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)
First Runner Up: Allan Henrique Kamimura (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
Second Runner Up: Chi Zhang, Zihao He, Yue Li (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China)
Special Computer Society Award Winner: Fahmi Noor Fiqri (Universitas Pakuan, Indonesia)
Audience Choice Winner: Bohao Liu, Zhenfei Luo, Lulin Liu (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China)


Student Branch Chapters Video Competition 

Congratulations to the IEEE Dokuz Eylul Univ. Student Branch Chapter!

The IEEE student branch chapters were challenged with creating videos that highlight the past, present, and future of technology. These videos demonstrate how technology has or will change society, change civilization, improve lives, solve problems, and impact the future.

The IEEE Dokuz Eylul Univ. Student Branch Chapter is the winner, earning the most likes, shares, and comments on YouTube!  Check out the winning video. 


Anniversary Programs Through 2021

Some of the anniversary programs have included IEEE CS Volunteers Week, an essay contest for members, special articles in CS publications, and featured panels at select CS events and conferences.


In Appreciation of IEEE CS Valuable Supporters

We’d like to extend our thanks for the support from our 75th Anniversary Corporate Partners – OPPO, Hitachi, and Alibaba – their important participation is very much appreciated.


Stay Informed

Be sure to read the Insider Membership Newsletter to keep informed of all new IEEE Computer Society updates and activities taking place.


Thank you for your continued support!

IEEE Computer Society Team