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<< Back to May 2003 CRN Table of Contents

[Published originally in the May 2003 edition of Computing Research News, Vol. 15/No. 3, p. 4.]

CRA Board Elections


Randal E. Bryant, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in computer science, is President's Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Member of NAE, a Fellow of both ACM and IEEE, and has received the ACM Kanellakis Award, the IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize, and the Semiconductor Research Corp.'s Technical Excellence Award. Bryant was a member of the Executive Committee of the ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference (1994-2000, including technical program co-chair, 1998-99). He was Editor and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of integrated Circuits and Systems.

Elected to the board in 2000, he has chaired the Taulbee Survey committee; currently chairs the surveys committee; and is a member of the service awards and the Grand Challenges Conference steering committees.

Janice Cuny, a board member since 2000, is Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon. She won an IBM Faculty Development Award and National Science Foundation Faculty Award for Women, and has been an IEEE Distinguished Visitor. Cuny has been a member of CRA's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) since 1993 and was co-chair from 1996-99. She has organized five faculty-mentoring workshops for CRA-W, chaired the selection committee for CRA's Undergraduate Awards, and served as a mentor in CRA-W's Distributed Mentoring Program and as a moderator of a Snowbird workshop.

Cuny is currently Vice Chair of the board, heads a CRA study on Graduate Student Retention and Recruitment, and chairs the communications committee. She has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan.

Jeffrey S. Vitter, who received a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University, is Dean of Science and Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. He received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, and was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. Vitter is a Fellow of IEEE and ACM. He was vice chair (1991-97) and chair (1997-2001) of the Executive Committee, ACM SIGACT. He won the ACM Recognition of Service Award twice (1997, 2001), and was a Fulbright Scholar in 1998.

Vitter currently serves on several review boards, panels, and editorial boards. Elected to the board in 2000, Vitter currently co-chairs the government affairs committee, where he plays an active role in advocating for the funding of basic research. He also has chaired workshops at Snowbird conferences in 2000 and 2002.

Elaine J. Weyuker, an AT&T Fellow at AT&T Labs - Research, is a Member of NAE and a Fellow of both ACM and IEEE. She served as liaison between the original CRA-W committee and ACM's committee on women and minorities. Weyuker was Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of NYU; and Director of Graduate Studies and Head of the Graduate Fellowship Selection Committee for the Computer Science Department, NYU. She currently serves on several editorial boards, publishes widely in software engineering, and has authored two books on the theory of computation.

Elected in 2000, Weyuker was a member of the steering committee on CRA's study of faculty recruitment and retention, and currently serves on the industry committee. She received a Ph.D. in computer science from Rutgers University.

Newly Elected

William Aspray, a Professor in the School of Informatics at Indiana University, was CRA's executive director from 1996-2002. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D. in the history of science, he has held faculty positions at Williams College, Harvard, Rutgers, University of Pennsylvania, and Virginia Tech. Aspray also held senior positions at the Charles Babbage Institute and the IEEE History Center at Rutgers University. He has published or edited approximately 10 books, 60 articles, and more than 200 oral history interviews.

Aspray is currently involved in research on a variety of topics central to CRA's mission-IT workforce, underrepresentation of women and minorities in computing, research funding, the organization of computing research in academic and industrial organizations, industry-academic relations, IT policy, and the demographics of the CS community.

Carla Ellis, Professor of Computer Science at Duke University, currently co-chairs CRA's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). She was a member of CRA's Committee on Recruitment and Retention, and has frequently served as a mentor in CRA-W's Distributed Mentoring Program. A principal activity has been to encourage more undergraduates, especially women, to pursue graduate degrees in CS&CE. She organized CRA-W's Distinguished Lectures and Graduate Recruiting panels.

Ellis chaired ACM SIGOPS (1995-99) and SIG Governing Board (1998-2000); she served on the ACM Executive Committee and was a Council Member (1998-2000). Ellis was technical chair of the USENIX Annual Technical Conference (2002), and is currently Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions of Computer Systems. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in computer science.

John Leslie King is Professor and Dean in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on improving strategies for the development of high-level requirements for the design of information infrastructure for usability in complex organizational and institutional domains such as freight logistics, common carrier communications, and health care delivery. He serves on the NSF-CISE Advisory Committee, the executive board of the Institute for Social Research, and numerous advisory committees for emerging programs in information and computing in universities in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan, King was on the faculty at the University of California at Irvine, and Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He was Editor-in-Chief of the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research from 1992-98. He holds a Ph.D. in administration from UCI.

Marc Snir is Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, and winner of the IBM Corporate award and the IBM Outstanding award (twice). He has had a varied career spanning industry, academia, significant theoretical and applied research, leading contributions to successful standards and products, and significant public service.

Snir co-chaired a CSTB study on the Future of Supercomputing (2003-04). He was a panel member of the National Research Council review of NASA Pioneering Research Technologies program (2002-03); the Congress Mandated Study on "High Performance Computing for the National Security" (2002); and the External Advisory Committee, NIH Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics (1999-2001). Snir received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Alfred Spector is Vice President, Services and Software Research, IBM Corp. He currently serves on the National Science Foundation's CISE Advisory Board. Spector was a presenter at CRA's Conference on Grand Research Challenges in June 2002. He has received the IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award for outstanding contributions in distributed computing systems; and a Department of the Army Certificate of Appreciation for Civilian Patriotic Service.

From 1989-1996 he was Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Transarc Corp., for which he was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992. Prior to assuming his current position, he was General Manager, IBM Software Group. Spector has been an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University; and Associate Professor of Computer Science with tenure, at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a Ph.D. in computer science.

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