Benjamin W. Wah
Nominee for IEEE-CS 1999 First Vice President
Extended Position Statement

Benjamin W. Wah

The mission of the Computer Society is to advance the theory, practice, and application of computer and information processing science and technology. To achieve this mission and to better serve our members, we must address the rapid growth of the computer industry. Moreover, we must be responsive to the diverse needs of its worldwide membership and the computing profession. If elected, I will emphasize the following items:

I will achieve these goals through increased (regular and student) membership, reduced dues, and cost reduction. I will be honored to serve you as first vice president and lead the Computer Society into the next century. Please vote.


Wah has actively served the Computer Society since 1985. Currently the second vice president of publications, he defines the scope of its 18 journals and magazines to provide readers with up-to-date information for training, learning, and research. Within the first six months of his tenure, he has led the selection of 12 high-quality editors-in-chiefs for its journals.

An IEEE fellow, Wah served previously as treasurer, chair of the Fellow Evaluation Committee, AdComm member of the IEEE Neural Network Council, and member of the Board of Governors (1996-1997; 1989-1993). Earlier, he was the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, which he co-founded in 1988. He also served on the IEEE-CS Publications Board and Press Activities Board. Wah chaired 18 conferences (11 with IEEE-CS), and served as guest editor for 10 special issues (seven with IEEE-CS).

Wah is the Robert T. Chien Distinguished Professor of Engineering and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Previously, he was with Purdue University and the National Science Foundation. He held the Fujitsu Visiting Chair Professorship at the University of Tokyo, Japan (1992), and the McKay Visiting Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley (1994). He has published more than 220 articles and has written or edited five books. He received the IEEE-CS Technical Achievement Award in 1997. Wah received BSEE and MSEE degrees from Columbia University, and MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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