IEEE Computer Society Election Open August 6

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 06 August 2018 – Voting for IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) candidates for president-elect, first and second vice presidents, and Board of Governors members will begin today, Monday, 06 August 2018.

Only IEEE-CS members without an email address in their member record, or those who have opted out of IEEE email communications, will receive a paper ballot package. Those who receive paper ballots should return them by mail using the business reply envelope provided, or to IEEE Technical Activities, Attn: SGA, 445 Hoes Lane, PO Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331, USA.

All other members will receive a broadcast email message with voting instructions to access their web ballot package information. Members in all regions can vote online at the IEEE-CS election site. For replacement ballots or to request a paper ballot, call +1-732-562-3904 or email

Officers are elected to one-year terms and Board members to three-year terms, each beginning 1 January 2019. Candidate bios and position statements will be published in the August issue of Computer magazine, which is distributed to all IEEE-CS members.

Leila De Floriani and William Gropp will be on the ballot for 2019 president-elect and 2020 president. The president serves as the chief elected officer of the IEEE-CS, representing the entire membership. The president, under the direction of the Board of Governors, provides direction for IEEE-CS officers and Society programs and is responsible for the general supervision of the Society. The president serves one year as president-elect, one year as president, and one year as past president.

Floriani, a full professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, is a Fellow of IEEE and the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), a Pioneer of the Solid Modeling Association, and a member of the IEEE-CS Board of Governors. She serves as editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG).

Gropp is director and chief scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and holds the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and SIAM and a member of the IEEE-CS Board of Governors.

Candidates for 2019 first vice president are Dennis J. Frailey and Forrest Shull. Frailey is a retired principal fellow from Raytheon Corporation and a Senior Member of IEEE, and serves on the IEEE-CS Board of Governors as the second vice president and secretary. Shull is associate director for empirical research at Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), is an IEEE Senior Member, serves on the IEEE-CS Board of Governors and as vice president for membership and geographic activities.

The 2019 second vice president candidates are Avi Mendelson and Jon Rosdahl. Mendelson is a visiting professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering  at Technion, Israel, and is a visiting professor in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IEEE-CS Board of Governors, and chair of the IEEE-CS Transactions Operations Committee. Rosdahl, Senior IEEE Member, is a senior staff engineer at Qualcomm Technologies and currently serves as the IEEE-CS vice president of Standards Activities and Executive Secretary of IEEE 802 Executive Committee.

The first and second vice presidents serve as franchised members of the Executive Committee, Board of Governors, and Planning Committee.  The vice presidents may execute a portfolio as assigned by the president, and provide counsel and assistance to the president and other volunteer leaders. In the event that the president and president-elect cannot serve, the line of succession falls to the first vice president, then to the second vice president.

The 11 candidates for 2019–2021 terms for the IEEE-CS Board of Governors are:

  • M. Brian Blake, Drexel University
  • Gregory T. Byrd, North Carolina State University
  • Fred Douglis, Perspecta Labs
  • Vladimir Getov, University of Westminster
  • Erik Jan Marinissen, IMEC
  • Carlos E. Jimenez-Gomez, international consultant
  • Fabrizio Lombardi, Northeastern University
  • Ramalatha Marimuthu, Kumaraguru College of Technology
  • Hausi A. Müller, University of Victoria
  • San Murugesan, Western Sydney University
  • Kunio Uchiyama, Hitachi, Ltd

Note that the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors recently approved amendments to Bylaws Article II Nominations and Elections. The amendments reduced the number of annually elected Board member positions from 7 to 6, and the total number of elected Board members changing from 21 to 18 members.

All professional and graduate student IEEE-CS members are eligible to vote in IEEE-CS elections. (Undergraduate student members do not hold voting rights.)

Ballots must be returned no later than 12:00 noon EDT USA/16:00 UTC Time on Monday, 24 September 2018. Results will be announced in Computer’s December issue and online.