Second Vice President
Nominees for 2017 Second Vice President
Gregory T. Byrd
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society (CS) is the premier organization for computing professionals, students, and researchers. We offer numerous avenues for best practices, education, and leading-edge research to be shared around the world. We are also a trusted source of information for those outside the profession, and we aim to inspire future generations of computer engineers and scientists. The CS is volunteer-driven; we thrive because of the leadership and contributions of technical committees, editorial boards, conference committees, standards committees, and local chapters. We are strengthened by our relationships with other IEEE societies and councils. CS volunteers have been leaders in exciting new IEEE initiatives: Rebooting Computing, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Internet of Things.
Biography. Gregory T. Byrd is a professor and associate head in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society, a member of the CS Board of Governors (2015–2017), and a member-at-large of the Publications Board (2012–2016). As 2016 CS secretary, he serves on the Executive Committee and also is involved with coordination of CS participation in IEEE new initiatives. He is a member of the Computer editorial board, as an area editor (2013–present) and column editor of the Student Design Showcase column (since 2015).
Position statement. The IEEE Computer Society (CS) continues to enhance its global membership diversity while facing several important challenges that require the introduction of new initiatives and approaches. First, because technological innovation keeps accelerating, we need to match better the unprecedented dynamics of the field by offering our members new organizational models based on modern communication platforms, such as social networking. Second, the future of our profession belongs to the younger generation of computer practitioners, and the CS must develop more technology and career development-related training programs for recent graduates. Third, both new organizational approaches and continuous career development can only be successful as part of a truly global collaboration reaching from California, Brazil, and India to Japan, China, and Europe.
Biography. An active CS volunteer since the mid-1990s, Vladimir Getov has served as general and program chair of several IEEE conferences, is a member of the CS Board of Governors, and is Computer’s area editor for high-performance computing. He is also a standing committee member of COMPSAC and co-chair of the ad hoc committee “Evolution of the Publication Space.”
Getov is recognized by his peers for his commitment to service, leadership skills, and dedication to research and related professional activities. He has received several prestigious awards, including Honorary Professor at TU-Sofia, IBM Faculty Award, Bulgarian “Pythagoras” Science Award, and Outstanding Executive Committee Contribution Award. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and ACM, a BCS Fellow, and was Governor of ICCC.