2021 IEEE Computer Society Election Results
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Nita Patel Selected 2022 President-Elect (2023 President)

Nita Patel 2021 Presidential candidate

Nita Patel, P.E., is Senior Director, Engineering Lead Design Center – Farmington at Otis leading a critical part of the global engineering development, providing a wide range of new product capabilities in connected, smart, IoT-based platforms. She was previously with L3Harris where she was Senior Director, Engineering and led multi-disciplinary, embedded-software design teams in innovative research and new product development, for which she was recognized for significant technical contributions as 2014 L3 Engineer of the Year and 2011 New Hampshire Engineer of the Year.

Nita is a Director of the IEEE Foundation and is active with multiple Computer Society committees, the IEEE Industry Engagement Committee, several IEEE WIE Committees and the IEEE New Hampshire executive committee. Nita has served as 1st Vice President Computer Society, served a three-year term on the Computer Society Board of Governors, founded and led the first five years of the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC), served as Women in Engineering International Chair for which she received the 2014 Larry K Wilson Transnational Award for distinguished contributions to IEEE global activities, served on the Eta Kappa Nu Board of Governors and was IEEE-USA VP of Communications & Public Awareness.

Outside of IEEE, Nita is an active leader within Toastmasters International and the United States Chess Federation. Nita received her MS Computer Engineering, BS Electrical Engineering and BS Mathematics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Riccardo Mariani Selected 2022 First Vice President

riccardo mariani - first vice president candidate

Riccardo Mariani is IEEE Senior Member, awarded by CS Golden Core Member in 2020. He served as 2019 VP for Standardization and First VP for 2020 and 2021, chairing the CS Standards Activities Board. In that role, he promoted the standardization projects P2851 and P2846. He is chairing the Functional Safety Standards Committee (FSSC) of the CS and co-chairing the IEEE STC on “Reliable, Safe, Secure and Time Deterministic Intelligent Systems”. He is also the chair of the IEEE CS D&I subcommittee on Discriminatory Language in Computing (DLC). He is active in IEEE Standards Association (SA) as well, within the Corporate Advisory Group. He chairs an IEEE SA Industry Connection activity on the Assessment of standardization gaps for safe automated driving.

He works at NVIDIA as VP of Industry Safety, responsible for developing safety strategies and cross-segment safety processes, architecture, and products that can leveraged across NVIDIA’s AI-based hardware and software platforms. Prior to NVIDIA, he was Fellow and chief functional safety technologist at Intel Corporation.

Previously to Intel, he was co-founder and CTO of Yogitech, “the one stop shop for functional safety”, acquired by Intel in 2016. In that role, Mariani led Yogitech to pioneer the certification of semiconductor IP for highest safety integrity levels, and to introduce electronic design automation tools specific to functional safety (“Design-for-Safety” paradigm).

He is a known leader in international standards as ISO 26262, IEC 61508, ISO 21448. It is involved in several standardization initiatives on safety for AI.

He received his PhD in 1996 from Pisa University, Italy. Author of 150+ papers in conferences and journals. He is author of more than 60 patents related to functional safety methodologies, technologies, architectures and tools. He received the SGS-Thomson Award and the Enrico Denoth Best Engineering Award.

David Ebert Selected 2022 Second Vice President

David Ebert - Second Vice President Candidate

David Ebert is an Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships, the Gallogly Chair 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, a U.S. DHS 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). He 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. He is currently a member of the IEEE Ethics and Membership Conduct Committee and the IEEE-USA Research and Development Policy Committee.

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, 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 and intersection of data science, ML/AI on computer science education and architecture, and integrating research, education, and engagement to create deployed solutions with real-world impact.

Elected Board of Governors Members for Terms 2022-2024


saurabh-bagchi - bog candidateSaurabh Bagchi, Purdue University
2022-2024 Board of Governors

Saurabh Bagchi is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Computer Science (CS) and Founding Director of the ECE Corporate Partners Program at Purdue University in Indiana, USA.  Read Saurabh Bagchi’s position statement and bio




chuck_hansenCharles (Chuck) Hansen, University of Utah
2022-2024 Board of Governors

Charles (Chuck) Hansen is an IEEE Fellow and a Distinguished Professor, Emeritus in the School of Computing and has been an Associate Director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah. Read Charles Hansen’s position statement and bio





Carlos Jimenez Gomez

Carlos Jimenez-Gomez, International Consultant
2022-2024 Board of Governors

His consulting and research interests include digital government, interoperability, open justice, or smart cities and artificial intelligence in government.  Read Carlos Jimenez’s position statement and bio





daniel-katzDaniel S. Katz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2022-2024 Board of Governors

Daniel S. Katz is Chief Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Research Associate Professor in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Read Daniel Katz’s position statement and bio





shixia-liuShixia Liu, Tsinghua University
2022-2024 Board of Governors

Shixia Liu is a tenured associate professor at Tsinghua University and an adjunct professor of Dalian University of Technology (China).  Read Shixia Liu’s position statement and bio





cyril-onwubikoCyril Onwubiko, Pearson Plc
2022-2024 Board of Governors

Dr. Cyril Onwubiko is a Senior Member IEEE, Distinguished Speaker (DVP), IEEE Computer Society, Past Secretary, IEEE United Kingdom and Ireland, Past Founding Chair, IEEE United Kingdom and Ireland Blockchain Group.  Read Cyril Onwubiko’s position statement and bio


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