Position statement. As the number of IEEE Computer Society members is shrinking and the overall financial situation is not significantly improving, a major change in the “mode of operation” of the Computer Society must be considered. For the past few years, the Board of Governors (BoG) was mainly focused on improving the financial situation of the Society, but now that the financial situation is stabilizing and it seems we are on the right track for recovering, we must start focusing on improving the services we are proposing, on becoming more relevant to our members and be attractive to many other colleagues so that they will join us. In order to achieve all these goals, I established an “Ad Hoc Committee on Growth” that already proposed several specific actions such as: (1) be more sensitive to the needs of emerging countries (e.g., translate titles, abstracts, and maybe even selected papers to other languages), to work with local technological leaders in order to understand their needs; (2) improve education and training programs for technology; (3) encourage innovation and be more relevant to younger generations of researchers and developers; and (4) expand the industrial involvement and to combine it with our educational and academic activities.
Biography. Avi Mendelson is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors (BoG). He is an IEEE Fellow and visiting Professor at the Technion and at NTU Singapore. Mendelson has a blend of industrial and academic experience in several different areas such as Computer Architecture, Hardware Security, Hardware Accelerators, Power Management, Reliability and HPC.
Position statement. The Computer Society is in a trying time. The financial realities require strict adherence to principles of frugality while entertaining methods of expanding our fiscal stability. I believe that identifying ways to be a better steward of the Computer Society resources while finding new ways to reach out to meet the needs of the membership is required. Reducing expenses cannot be the only solution, however, we should maintain a budget, avoid new debt, and save against a time of shortfall. We need to articulate the value proposition of the Computer Society to its members to engage them in not only contributing to Conferences or Publications, but realizing the support of the members’ career paths.
Biography. Jon Rosdahl joined the Computer Society in 1989. He has worked on IEEE 802 standards for 25 years. He has served as the Computer Society’s Vice President of Standards Activities for the past 2 years (2017-2018). A Senior Member of the IEEE (2002), Rosdahl currently serves as the IEEE 802 Executive Committee’s Executive Secretary (2010-2018). He is also serving as the IEEE 802.11 1st Vice-Chair (1994-1996; 2008-2018), and the IEEE 802.11 Treasurer (2008-2018). He has been a member of the IEEE-SA Standards board or subcommittees for over 11 years (2006-2015; 2017-2018), including serving as the 2014-2015 IEEE-SA Standards