First Vice President

Nominees for 2017 First Vice President

David Lomet

David Lomet

Position statement.  The Computer Society (CS) serves our field well, supporting conferences, periodicals, education, standards, and more. But it must adapt to a world enabled by prior successes, while sustaining technical leadership and financial strength. This requires fast entry into new areas, additional high-quality conferences, open access, online communities, and more. The Society must exploit technologies it helped create—big data, cloud, mobility, and online learning. We are well-positioned to succeed, but success requires adapting our financial model.  And we must reach out to members, encouraging and empowering them to expand their engagements.

While on the Board of Governors (BoG), I initiated and helped lead the effort of empowering TCs to do more with ongoing budget balances earned from conferences they support. I have advocated for further empowering TCs and conference organizers, increasing their governance visibility and impact, urged simplification of the CS organization, and enhanced digital library indexing capability. My focus is on empowering and encouraging active members, whether they are involved with conferences, publications, chapters, or elsewhere. This is the key to both technical success and financial viability.
Society challenges require the careful thinking, planning, and involvement of many people—members, TC chairs, CS leaders, and staff. My prior service at the TC level and at the BoG has helped move the Society in the right direction. I want to continue being involved, and ask for your vote for first vice president, and to engage with me afterward. Together we can ensure the CS’s success in the 21st century.

Biography. David Lomet founded the Database Group at Microsoft Research Redmond, and has worked at DEC, Wang Institute, and IBM. His career spans industrial research, academia, and product development. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Lomet has worked in architecture, languages, and systems. His primary focus is database systems. He is an inventor of transactions while on sabbatical at Newcastle-on-Tyne. He has authored more than 120 papers (http://dblp with two SIGMOD best papers, and holds 58 patents. His recent Microsoft product impact includes the Bw-tree, used in both DocumentDB ( and SQL Server’s Hekaton main memory DBMS (

Lomet is on the CS Board of Governors and the T&C Board, served as ICDE PC and conference co-chairs, was chair of the TC on Data Engineering, and was an ICDE Steering Committee member. He received Computer Society Outstanding Contribution and SIGMOD Contributions Awards for serving as editor in chief of the IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin for 25 years ( He served as VLDB PC co-chair, on the VLDB board, and as an editor of ACM TODS and VLDB Journal. He is a CS Golden Core member and a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and AAAS.


Forrest Shull

Forrest Shull

Position statement.  Two years ago I ran for the Board of Governors, promising to provide more “hard metrics for data-driven decisions.” On the Board, I’ve worked with many volunteers and staff to put the required data collection in place. I am asking for your support for first vice president to continue this work and better institutionalize the process across our many products and services.

Such data is proving instrumental in better managing the sheer breadth of our Society’s offerings. It is a central part of the portfolio review process I am helping to define and pilot this year, which will provide our leadership with better insight into problem areas to be addressed, and will help call more attention to our successes. I am very proud that every year our conferences are attended by tens of thousands and our periodicals see millions of content downloads. It is likewise exciting to see the growth in new areas, such as the tens of thousands of podcast downloads and the crowds at Rock Star events, and to understand how they are helping make our content more accessible.
Today, it is even more important to understand how well our current offerings meet the needs of the community and to make strategic decisions about new initiatives informed by data. I hope to have the opportunity to continue working with stakeholders from across all parts of the Society to better understand how we serve the computing community and expand our influence.
Biography.  Forrest Shull is the assistant director for Empirical Research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI). In this role, he leads work with the Department of Defense, other government agencies, industry, national labs, and academic institutions to advance the use of empirically grounded information in software engineering, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies. He has been a lead researcher on projects for NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, winning multiple awards from the Agency, as well as for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation, and commercial companies.
He has volunteered at the Computer Society since 2007. From 2011–2014, he served as editor in chief of IEEE Software, one of the Society’s largest magazines as measured by subscriptions and content downloads. The initiatives he put in place with members of the editorial and advisory boards increased subscriptions, brought in multimedia content, attracted important thought leaders and energetic volunteers, and maintained a healthy impact factor. In 2015 and 2016, he has served as the Society’s Magazines Operations Committee chair, and in 2016 as the Society’s treasurer.
Shull is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and co-editor of a handbook on empirical software engineering.


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