LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 17 April, 2012 – Former Computer Editor in Chief Carl K. Chang has been named the 2012 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Award for Distinguished Service.
Carl K. ChangChang, professor and chair of the Iowa State University Department of Computer Science, was cited "for outstanding contributions and exemplary leadership and service to the IEEE Computer Society and the computing profession."
He served as IEEE Computer Society president in 2004, Computer's editor in chief from 2007-2010, and chairs many conferences, including the IEEE International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMSPAC).
Credited with helping create the Computer Society Industry Advisory Board during his tenure as Computer's EIC, Chang also previously served as IEEE Software editor in chief (1991-94), Magazine Operations Committee chair, Board of Governors member, vice president for Press Activities, vice president and first vice president for Educational Activities, and chair of the IEEE Meetings and Services Committee.
Chang received a PhD in computer science from Northwestern University in 1982, and worked for GTE Automatic Electric and Bell Laboratories before joining the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984 and Iowa State University in 2002. He has published extensively about software engineering, net-centric computing and successful aging.
Chang, an IEEE and AAAS Fellow, is the recipient of the Computer Society's Meritorious Service Award, Outstanding Contribution Award, and Golden Core Award; and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. In 2006, he received the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences' Marin Drinov Medal, and the IBM Faculty Award in 2006, 2007, and 2009.
The Merwin Award is given to individuals for outstanding volunteer service to the profession, including significant service to the Computer Society. The Society's highest award for volunteer service, the award consists of a bronze medal and a $5,000 honorarium. The award will be presented at the Computer Society's annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, 13 June in Seattle, Washington.