Meet the Candidates for 2023 President-Elect (2024 President)
The opinions expressed in the statements are those of the individual candidates and do not necessarily reflect Computer Society positions or policies.

Athavale - 2023 President Elect Candidate


Position statement

The world is currently at the brink of an extraordinary technological revolution. With the role of computing being foundational to emerging technological initiatives, the IEEE Computer Society is strategically positioned to lead the new compute continuum. It promises to spearhead the way by serving as the bridge between academic institutions focused on research initiatives and industry and government organizations. My goal is to persevere to do the following:

Promote collaborative research between industry and academia to enable exploration, innovation, and development of commercial solutions to key technology challenges. I look forward to engaging with members to help mold the computer society at this challenging time when technological advancements are happening rapidly, and to serve the needs of a world that has been transformed by the pandemic. To thrive amidst these changes, we will need to embrace the transformation, innovate, and adapt. By doing so, we will be able to foster rapid growth and progress.

Nurture emerging technology initiatives: standards, publications, workshops, and conferences. With the ever-increasing pace of nascent technological advancements, we will need to proactively focus on driving initiatives for the inclusion of these technologies to enable the community with innovative technical content. My goal is to bring new ideas to fruition and launch new standardization initiatives that will foster innovation. We will proactively partner with other professional societies and government agencies to expeditiously introduce programs for the development and application of cutting-edge computing technologies.

Empower our volunteer base. By focusing on providing mentorship, training and development for students and young professionals, we can provide immense value to the future of our field along with a pathway to a lifetime affiliation to the society. Together, we can work on strategic initiatives and programs to help students as they transition into early career professionals, and for all stages of their career there on. My goal is to strive to deliver to the promise of our value proposition, and to grow our volunteers such that the computer society continues to be inclusive to engage the community more holistically.

I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to serve you as President-elect of the Computer Society. And I am confident that with all our collective efforts, we will continue to grow the society and humbly serve our computer science and engineering community. Please visit for more information.




Jyotika Athavale is a Senior IEEE Member and experienced leader and influencer in emerging technologies and international standardization initiatives. She was awarded the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award in 2022. Currently an elected member of the Computer Society Board of Governors and Executive Committee, Jyotika also serves as the 2022 Secretary and Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE Computer Society. She chairs the IEEE P2851 Standard on Functional Safety interoperability.

With over 25 years of industry experience, Jyotika is currently a senior technical leader in automotive functional safety at NVIDIA, and is driving capability development, safety architectures and methodologies, system safety engineering activities and pathfinding for safety critical markets such as autonomous driving and avionics. Prior to NVIDIA, she was Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation where she led functional safety platform architecture for Automotive and Avionics use cases and drove Corporate-wide methodologies for radiation effects modeling and product qualification across market segments.

Jyotika is an active member of the IEEE Computer Society Functional Safety Standards Committee, Design Automation Standards Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In addition, she represents the Computer Society at the IEEE USA AI Policy Committee, IEEE SA Industry Connection Group on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) related standardization activities, the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee and the IEEE Systems Council. Last year she also served on the IEEE Computer Society Industry Engagement Committee and Audit Committee.

Outside of IEEE, Jyotika is actively influencing several international standardization initiatives on functional safety with ISO, SAE and UL. She also serves on various technical conference committees, has authored patents and many technical publications in IEEE conferences and journals. She received her MS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996 from Iowa State University. Please visit for more information.

David Ebert - 2023 President Elect Candidate


Position statement 

Now, more than ever, the Computer Society must be a leader who connects and provides opportunities. continuing education, and valuable resources to our members, as well as providing innovative technology solutions to global challenges. We need to harness our membership’s world-class expertise and innovation to provide international IT leadership, guidance, and direction. We need this expertise to help deploy and deliver new technology driven solutions to these challenges by partnering with other professional societies, companies, and government agencies across the globe. Through these partnerships and coalitions, we can drive innovation, deliver impact, and help solve international problems and mitigate crises.

We must maintain our core values and highest quality of our products and services, while innovating to provide leading education, products, standards, services, and opportunities to our worldwide membership: students, working professionals, researchers, and educators. While I have been on the Board of Governors, we started this process by introducing new products, improving member engagement, and strategically focusing our products and services, while streamlining our operations. We need to now target strategic growth to increase diversity and inclusivity, and continue innovation and member service based on our experiences in new models for publication, conferences, communication, and community building. New hybrid conference models have increased the diversity, inclusivity, and participation in our conferences and we have to harness this experience in revising our services to continue this growth. We have financial solvency to enable us to be more proactive in engaging a larger core of our membership and being flexible, responsive, and innovative in our offerings.

If elected, I will champion the development of new models for hybrid conferences, publications, member engagement and leadership, and on-line communities, while continuing to actively engage young professionals world-wide as active Society volunteers to provide creative and responsive ideas, products, and services for our membership. These innovative models also enable us to be more inclusive and foster diversity. Our goal must be to provide innovation, service, inclusivity, and value to our diverse membership throughout their careers.

Our members and volunteers are our greatest assets and we must strategically engage them in our society transformation and empower a team of volunteers to passionately share our mission and vision to make the Computer Society an innovation and change leader within IEEE and our world.

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David Ebert is an Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships, the Gallogly Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Data Institute for Societal Challenges at the University of Oklahoma. He is an IEEE Fellow, an adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and Director of the Visual Analytics for Command Control and Interoperability Center (VACCINE), the Visualization Science team of the Department of Homeland Security’s Visual Analytics and Data Analytics Emeritus Center of Excellence. Previously, he was the Silicon Valley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, Director of the Purdue Integrated Data Science Initiative, and Director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). Dr. Ebert received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University and performs research in visual analytics, novel visualization techniques, interactive machine learning and explainable AI, human-computer teaming, advanced predictive analytics, and procedural abstraction of complex, massive data. He is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Computer Society vgTC Technical Achievement Award for seminal contributions in and helping define the field of visual analytics, and was elected to the IEEE vgTC Visualization Academy in 2019.

Ebert has been a very active volunteer and leader in the computer science field. He has held leadership positions within the IEEE Computer Society, including Vice President and Treasurer, has served on IEEE, ACM, and CRA boards, chaired conferences and program committees, led international initiatives, and engaged in initiatives to modernize professional activities by combining conference and journal publications, exploring the impact of and intersection of data science, ML/AI on computer science education and computer architectures, and integrating research, education, and engagement to create deployed solutions with real-world impact. He is also currently a General Chair of IEEE VIS 2022.