Meet the IEEE Computer Society 2018 Board Members

POSTED BY on 01.25.2018

Below are the new officers elected to the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. For a full list of officers click here.



Cecilia MetraCecilia Metra

2018 President-Elect (2019 President)

Cecilia Metra is a full professor at the University of Bologna, Italy, where she has worked since 1991, and from which she received a PhD in electronic engineering and computer science. In 2002, she was visiting faculty consultant for Intel Corporation.

She has been a member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors since 2013, and of the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation Board of Governors since 2015. She was the 2017 Vice President of the Computer Society Member and Geographic Activities Board, and served as Computer Society Secretary in 2015 and Vice President for Technical and Conference Activities in 2014.

She was editor in chief of Computing Now and associate editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers. She is on the IEEE The Institute Advisory Board as well as on editorial boards of several journals, including IEEE Design&TestJournal of Electronic Testing, and Design Automation for Embedded Systems.

She served as first vice chair of the Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC), chair of the TTTC Educational Program, and chair of the TTTC Communication Group. She contributed to numerous IEEE international conferences/symposia/workshops as general/program chair/co-chair (14 times), vice-general/program chair/co-chair (6 times), topic/track chair (34 times), and technical program committee member (91 times).

She has published extensively (185+ papers) on design for test and reliability of integrated circuits and systems. Her research has received public and private funding (from companies such as Intel Corporation, STMicroelectronics, etc.) at national and international levels. Her involvement with industry was also recognized by a joint patent with Philips Research.

She has received two Meritorious Service Awards and five Certificates of Appreciation from the IEEE Computer Society. She is an IEEE Fellow, IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member, and a member of the IEEE Honor Society IEEE-HKN.


Gregory T. ByrdGregory T. Byrd

2018 1st Vice President, Publications

Gregory T. Byrd is professor and associate head in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and was the IEEE Computer Society 2017 Second Vice President and Vice President of the Publications Board. Previously, Byrd was a member of the Computer Society Board of Governors (2015–2017), and a member-at-large of the Publications Board (2012–2016). In 2016, he served as Computer Society Secretary. He is a member of the Computer magazine editorial board, as computer architectures area editor (2013–14, 2017) and as creator and editor of the Student Design Showcase column (2015–16).

Byrd’s research is primarily in the area of parallel computer architecture. He received a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Prior to joining NC State, he worked at Celotek, MCNC, NC Supercomputing Center, and Digital Equipment Corporation. He has been general chair and program chair of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, and has served on program committees of several IEEE conferences. He received an Outstanding Teacher Award at NC State (2011) and the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award (2016).


Dennis FraileyDennis J. Frailey

2018 2nd Vice President, Secretary

Dennis Frailey is a retired Principal Fellow from Raytheon Corporation with over 50 years of professional service in IEEE, ACM, and other computing technical societies. He is an IEEE Senior Member and ACM Fellow and has served in many capacities for both societies, notably, as member of Computer Society’s Board of Governors (2011–2016) and as ACM vice president (1986–1988). As a speaker for ACM’s DSP and Computer Society’s Distinguished Visitor Program, Frailey has spoken to over 200 IEEE Computer Society and ACM chapters on such topics as careers in computing, cycle-time reduction, and techniques used by software engineering professionals. He has also served throughout his career as an adjunct professor at several universities, where his recent courses focus on software quality, software metrics, and software project management. Earlier in his career he published and taught courses in operating systems, compiler design, and computer architecture.

Frailey has spent much of his professional life bridging gaps between industry and academia. He is active in groups defining curricula and bodies of knowledge in computing fields and helped with the formation of several computer science and software engineering programs. He was a member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Professional Activities Board and a vice chair on the Educational Activities Board before the two merged in 2013. He was an ABET accreditation program evaluator for over 25 years, and has won several awards for contributions to computer science and software engineering education. He served on five industry advisory boards for university computer science, computer engineering, and software engineering programs. Frailey has also been active throughout his career in support of conference activities including various committees, keynote addresses, papers, and as program chair for over a dozen conferences. He received an MS and PhD in computer science from Purdue University.


Liz BurdElizabeth “Liz” L. Burd

IEEE Division VIII Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2018

Liz is Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and previously Professor of IT and Dean at the University of Durham, UK. From 2005-2011, Liz was the Director of the UK’s Centre for Excellence in Computing.

Liz is globally recognized having received 5 University awards for enhancing computing education. She has held research collaborations with IBM, Microsoft, BT, BAE and Logica and received $12m in funding. Liz has produced over 80 articles and 40 keynotes.

She has represented the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors for 6 years taking roles of Vice President for the Education Activities Board and Membership & Geographic Activities Board, and from 2014-2015 as the Society’s 1st Vice President.

She has been a member of the IEEE EAB for the last 6 years, currently as EAB’s Editor in Chief of Education Products Editorial Board. Liz also sits on TAB’s Society and Council Review Committee and its Strategic Planning Committee. For additional details please visit




Andy ChenAndy Chen

Vice President, Professional and Education Activities

Andy Chen has been an active IEEE Computer Society member for over 25 years. He has served as vice president of the IEEE Computer Society Professional and Educational Activities Board for the past two years and as a volunteer member on several committees over the past decade. He currently serves as a director on the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) Board, a member of the Digital Africa Global Advisory Board, and a member of the Technical Advisory Council for Financial Roundtable Services’s FinTech Ideas Festival. He was the chair of ABB’s International User Board of Directors and a member of the SAP Utility Advisory Board.

Andy is internationally recognized for his expertise in information technology and nuclear facility network security systems. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Systems Council. He has recently been the keynote speaker for the AI for Good Global Summit organized by Xprize and the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva. He has also been selected as a distinguished moderator at the 2017 FinTech Ideas Festival and a keynote presenter at the 2016 Digital Africa Conference, the 2015 World Computer Congress, and the 2014 World CIO Forum.

Previously, he was chief technology officer for a state-owned power utility. As a professional engineer, he has also been involved in the design of real-time control and monitoring systems for generating stations and successfully led an advanced technical team to upgrade the digital control systems for a state of the art nuclear station. Andy has over 30 years of experience in enterprise asset management, power generation, and public utility information systems.

His consulting and research interests include advanced distributed digital control systems, cyber control room design, and enterprise asset lifecycle management.


John JohnsonJohn Johnson

John Johnson is an IEEE Senior Member and active IEEE volunteer who has served in many capacities including: IEEE Iowa-Illinois Computer Society Chapter chair/founder, Iowa-Illinois Section chair, and chair of committees for Region 4, MGA, and IEEE-USA. Johnson has led efforts to educate and raise awareness with the public and in K–12 through STEM activities and the development of education standards and computer science curricula.

Johnson received a PhD in nuclear physics from The University of Texas at Austin and has 22 years of direct experience as an information security practitioner in the public and private sectors. Johnson was network and security manager for the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos and then spent 17 years as a global security architect at John Deere. Johnson is currently CEO/founder of Aligned Security, through which he consults and advises on cybersecurity and risk management. He is also an adjunct professor at Excelsior College, where he develops and teaches graduate cybersecurity courses.

Johnson is proficient at building effective professional networks to share information security standards, establish best practices between information security professionals, and collectively raise the bar for the information security industry. He is a founding member of Security Advisor Alliance, and a Fellow at Ponemon Institute. He is a frequent speaker and has served on program boards for international cybersecurity conferences, such as Black Hat and RSA Conference, as well as serving on various advisory boards.


Sy-Yen KuoSy-Yen Kuo

Sy-Yen Kuo is starting his second consecutive term as a member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. He was the chair (2011–2012) and is on the Board of Directors (2003–2006 and 2009–present) of IEEE Taipei Section. He also served as a steering committee member of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Fault Tolerant Computing, a member of the IEEE Computer Society Fellow Committee and Education Awards Committee, an associate/guest editor of IEEE journals, and general/program chairs for IEEE conferences. An IEEE Computer Society member for 33 years, he was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2001 for his contributions in dependable computing.

He received a PhD (1987) in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He holds the Pegatron Chair Professor in National Taiwan University (NTU)’s Department of Electrical Engineering, and was chair of the same department (2001–2004). He served as dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at NTU (2012–2015). Under his leadership, NTU’s EECS programs rank in the top 20 to 40 by several world-ranking organizations. He was a faculty member in the University of Arizona’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1988–1991), and a software engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor and Silvar-Lisco, both in California (1982–1984).

His research interests include dependable systems, Internet of Things, and security. He has published 135 journal articles (73 in IEEE journals) and 281 conference articles, and he holds 21 US patents, 19 Taiwan patents, and 10 other patents. His research also has significant industry funding support. He received the highest Distinguished Research Award from the National Science Council, Taiwan, as well as the US National Science Foundation’s Research Initiation Award. Furthermore, he received best-paper awards from several top conferences, including the International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering and the IEEE/ ACM Design Automation Conference.


David LometDavid Lomet


David Lomet founded (1995) and managed the Database Group at Microsoft Research Redmond. He previously has worked at DEC (Cambridge Lab and Rdb database group), Wang Institute, and IBM (Yorktown Lab and Federal Systems). His career spans industrial research, academia, and product development. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lomet has worked in architecture, languages, and systems. His primary focus is database systems. He is an inventor of transactions while on sabbatical at Newcastle-on-Tyne. He has authored over 120 papers (http://dblp with two SIGMOD best papers, and he holds 60 patents. His technical focus is on indexing, concurrency control, and recovery. His recent Deuteronomy project technology includes the Bw-tree, used in SQL Server’s Hekaton main memory DBMS (www and both Bw-tree and the LLAMA log structured store used in DocumentDB ( [now Azure Cosmos DB]. Deuteronomy won Microsoft Redmond Lab’s 2017 Outstanding Research Project Award.

In 2017, Lomet was 1st Vice President, Treasurer, and he served on the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors (2015–2016). Other Computer Society service includes the T&C Board, where he initiated and helped lead the effort to share conference surpluses among TCs, conferences, and Computer Society. He served as program committee co-chair for IEEE ICDE and VLDB, and as ICDE conference co-chair. He was chair of the Technical Committee on Data Engineering and a member of the ICDE steering committee. He received the Computer Society’s Outstanding Contribution Award and SIGMOD’s Contributions Award for his service as editor in chief of the IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin ( for 25 years. He has served as VLDB program committee co-chair, member of the VLDB board, and an editor of ACM TODS, VLDB Journal, and DAPD Journal. He is an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member and a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and AAAS.


Dimitrios SerpanosDimitrios Serpanos

Dimitrios Serpanos is professor of ECE, University of Patras, and director of the Industrial Systems Institute/ATHENA-RC, Patras, Greece. He received a PhD in computer science from Princeton University (1990) and an Engineering Diploma in computer engineering and informatics, University of Patras (1985). His research focuses on embedded and industrial control systems architecture and security.

He has served as president of the University of Western Greece (2010–2013) and as director of the Industrial Systems Institute (2008–2013). He was a research staff member at IBM (T.J. Watson, 1990–1996), faculty at the Universities of Crete (1996–2000) and Patras (2000–), and principal scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (2013–2016).

He has published widely in journals and conferences and holds two US patents. His research has been funded by the European Commission, the Greek Government, and the private sector in Europe and the US.

He has received several awards and honors: the first IBM Faculty Award in Greece (2005), IEEE Computer Society Certificate of Appreciation Awards (1998 and 2009), two awards from IBM (First Plateau Invention Achievement Award and a First Patent Application Invention Achievement Award, 1993) and a University Merit Prize from Princeton University (1985–1986).

Professor Serpanos in 2018 will begin his second consecutive term as a member of the Society’s Board of Governors. He is involved in publications activities and professional and educational activities.

He is a founding member of the organizing committee of WESS (Workshop on Embedded Systems Security)/ESWEEK (2006–2015). He served as general or TPC chair at several IEEE conferences, and as TPC member at more than 100 events. He is associate editor of IEEE TII and served as associate editor of ACM TECS (2003–2016) and other journals. He has guest edited 10 special issues.

He is an IEEE Senior Member, and member of ACM, NYAS, and AAAS.


Forrest Shull

Forrest Shull

Vice President, Membership and Geographic Activities

Forrest Shull is assistant director for empirical research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI). His role is to lead work with US government agencies, national labs, industry, and academic institutions to advance the use of empirically grounded information in software engineering and cybersecurity. Prior to SEI, Shull was at the Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering, where he founded and served as director of the Measurement and Knowledge Management Division.

He has been a lead researcher on projects for the US Department of Defense, NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, DARPA, NSF, and commercial companies.

While editor in chief of IEEE Software (2011–2014), he launched the digital edition of the magazine, leading to new subscribers. He created the annual Software Experts Summit, which forged connections with local software industry in cities worldwide. He incorporated the free Software Engineering Radio podcast into IEEE Software, and maintained the high quality which helps each episode reach 40-50,000 downloads.

He currently serves as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. He has served in leadership roles on IEEE conferences including ICSE, ESEM, and STC.

Shull first served as a member of the Computer Society Board of Governors in 2015 and will begin a second consecutive term this year. Also, for 2018 he was appointed Vice President of the Membership & Geographic Activities Board replacing Cecilia Metra as she was elected President-Elect. He has twice served on the Executive Committee, where he helped institute a metrics-based Portfolio Review initiative, which reviews all of the Society’s member offerings for vitality and ongoing relevance to membership. He served as Society treasurer in 2016 and currently is the finance chair of the Publications Board. He is an IEEE Senior Member and a Computer Society Golden Core Member.

He received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Maryland College Park. He is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed publications and co-editor of a handbook on empirical software engineering.


Hayato YamanaHayato Yamana

Hayato Yamana received a Dr. Eng. degree at Waseda University in Japan in 1993. He began his career at the Electrotechnical Laboratory of the former Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), and was seconded to MITI’s Machinery and Information Industries Bureau for a year in 1996. He was subsequently appointed associate professor of Computer Science at Waseda University in 2000, and has been a professor since 2005. From 2003 to 2004, he was IEEE Computer Society’s Japan Chapter chair and director of the IEEE Tokyo Section. From 2003 to 2010, he was also vice chair, secretary, and treasurer of the IEEE Computer Society Japan Chapter.

Since 2010, he has been director of DBSJ (Database Society of Japan). He was director of IPSJ (Information Processing Society of Japan) and vice chair of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE)’s Information and Communication Society. At Waseda University, he has been Deputy Chief Information Officer and WasedaX project director since 2015. His research interests include big data analysis and computer architecture.

Since 2015, he has been principal investigator of the Japanese government–funded project, “Secure Data Sharing and Distribution Platform for Integrated Big Data Utilization—Handling All Data with Encryption,” in collaboration with the NSF-founded Missouri Science and Technology project. He chaired the program committees of many IEEE conferences, including the IEEE Conference on Big Data and Analysis (ICBDA), in addition to delivering the keynote at the 2nd IEEE ICBDA. He received the 2008 DBSJ best-paper award, 2009 IBM faculty award, and IEICE best-paper award.


Sven DietrichSven Dietrich

Elected by the Board of Governors to fill Cecilia Metra’s remaining year on the Board (2018)

Sven Dietrich is an associate professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and on the doctoral faculty in the Computer Science Department at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Prior to joining CUNY, Dietrich was Computer Science faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology, a senior member of the technical staff at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute and CERT, on the CMU CyLab/Information Networking Institute faculty, a member of the Center for Usable Security & Privacy (TCSP), and a Senior Security Architect at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research area is cybersecurity, including network and computer security, privacy, botnets and DDoS. He has co-written a textbook on DDoS attacks and defenses and provided leadership and guidance to academic cybersecurity conferences, workshops, and seminars inside and
outside of the Computer Society.

Within the IEEE Computer Society, he is on the Steering Committee for the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative, a member of the Conference Activities Committee, and formerly was Technical Activities Chair, Technical Committee on Security & Privacy (TCSP) Chair, and member of the Emerging Products and Services Committee. He is the Associate Editor for the IEEE Computer Society Cipher Newsletter, bringing conference news and book reviews to the TCSP community over the years. He was on an Ad Hoc Committee on Conferences to co-develop a new conference surplus model. He is the recipient of the TCSP Outstanding Community Service Award.

He has a Doctor of Arts in mathematics, an MS in mathematics, and a BS in computer science and mathematics from Adelphi University. Dietrich is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of ACM and the New York Academy of Sciences.

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