I joined the Computer Society because I am proud to be counted among the ranks of computing professionals. I am proud of what our profession has given the world.
Serving on the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee and four of the six Boards that manage the Society is how I give back to our community and to the profession that has given me so much: job satisfaction, intellectual enjoyment, and unforgettable camaraderie.
One of the reasons that participating in Computer Society activities is so rewarding is the opportunity to work with academics, practitioners and researchers in both academia and industry who are at the bleeding edges of new technology. For an example of future thinking, here’s a preview of the IEEE CS 2022 Report.
We also have to deal with today’s realities, though. As you may know, and as l know as Treasurer of the Society, we have focused considerable attention in the past few years on steering our finances into safer waters in the face of the triple threat of the Great Recession, the impact of Open Access on our dependence on revenues from publications, and rising costs of supporting the larger IEEE itself.
We’ve made serious operational changes that have mostly been invisible, cutting our costs by about 1/3, but putting a heavier burden on our hard-working staff, even as volunteers have tried to absorb some of that work.
Those first 2 threats, though, have had silver linings. They’ve made us embrace the idea of Open Access as a tenet of inquiring minds. They’ve made us examine every one of our products and services. For each, we’ve asked “How does this serve our members? Our mission?” As a result, you will be seeing important changes in what we do and how we do it.
Our third challenge is to work on the rising costs of supporting the larger IEEE itself. My goal is to share our successful strategies with IEEE corporate and all of its technical societies, to help them accomplish what we have, for all of our benefit.