Nominee for President Elect

Photo of Benjamin W. WahBenjamin W. Wah

Position Statement. In my vision, the Computer Society should provide our members easy access to current and concise technical information, facilitate personal interactions among our members through conferences and chapter activities, and bring new technologies to our members steps ahead of other sources, using means like distance learning, lifelong education, and self-advancement. My goal as president is to carry out this vision and help our members maintain a competitive edge. The Society, as the major provider of technical information in the computer profession, is in a pivotal position to lead this effort. With your help, I will emphasize

I will achieve these goals through increased regular and student membership, reduced fees, and cost reduction. I will be honored to serve you as president and lead the Society into the next century. Please feel free to suggest to the Society how we can serve you better.

Biography. Wah has actively served the Computer Society since 1985. Currently the first vice president for publications, he oversees the activities of 22 journals and magazines. In the past two years, he has helped launch new journals in information technology and multimedia and started Curriculum 2001, a major educational activity.

An IEEE Fellow, Wah served previously as second vice president for publications, treasurer, chair of the Fellow Evaluation Committee, and three terms as a Board of Governors member. Previously, he was the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, which he cofounded in 1988. Wah has chaired 18 conferences and guest edited 10 special issues.

Wah is the first Robert T. Chien Chair 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 200 articles and six books in areas including parallel processing, computer networks, algorithms, software design, and artificial intelligence. He received the Society’s Technical Achievement Award in 1997. Wah received his university education from Columbia University (BSEE and MSEE) and the University of California, Berkeley (MS and PhD in computer science).

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