DENNIS J. FRAILEY
Position statement. Why should someone join the Computer Society today? What is the value proposition? Our own technology has changed the answers to these questions as traditional forms of publication and communication are being transformed. No longer does the young student, faculty member, researcher, or working professional turn to printed journals as a primary source of knowledge. They look online and expect things to be free (or at least low in cost). Those who publish research results seek to publish quickly—a capability that our technology has made possible. Professionals, researchers, faculty members, and students have always been the vital components of Society membership, both as volunteers and as consumers of Society products and services. To remain viable, the Society must remain valuable to them. Our publications have gone electronic and our website is being enriched. Webinars and other educational programs are growing. But what else should we be doing?
Biography. Frailey is a retired Principal Fellow from Raytheon Corporation with over 50 years of professional service in IEEE, ACM and other computing technical societies. He’s an IEEE Senior Member and ACM Fellow and has served in many capacities for both societies, notably the Board of Governors of the Computer Society (2011-16), 2nd VP and Secretary of the Computer Society (2018), and Vice President of ACM (1986-88). As a speaker for the ACM’s DSP and the Computer Society’s DVP, Frailey has spoken to over 200 chapters on such topics as careers in computing, cycle time reduction, and techniques used by software engineering professionals. He’s also served throughout his career as an adjunct professor at several universities, where his recent courses focus on software quality, software metrics, and software project management. Earlier in his career he had publications and taught courses in operating systems, compiler design, and computer architecture.
Position statement. The Computer Society is going through a transformative time. There are very different expectations about what membership should mean, what products and services consumers find valuable, and how users find and consume our content.