Support William Gropp for IEEE Computer
Society President-Elect for 2019!
Why you should vote in the Computer Society Elections
The elections select the leadership of your society. This includes the
Board of Governors as well as the leadership (two vice presidents and a
The IEEE-CS Board of Governors represents the membership of the
IEEE Computer Society. It is important that this board represent all
of the membership of the Computer Society and that it be not just
knowlegable about the technical issues in computing but about the
strategic issues facing professional societies today in their
publications, support for conferences, and other services to
members. The role of the Board of Governors is described in Article III
of the Computer Society Bylaws.
The role of the executive committee membership (including the
president, president-elect, and vice presidents) is described in Article V
of the Computer Society Bylaws.
The president has a 3 year term—1 year each as president-elect,
president, and past-president.
How to Vote
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Polls close at 16:00 UTC (12 Noon EDT) on Monday, September 24, 2018.
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Why you should vote for me
The Computer Society is a great organization with tremendous
potential, but it is also struggling with the challenges of a rapidly
changing field, especially in terms of how we network and share with
In my service with the Computer Society, both as general chair of the
largest conference and as a member of the board of governors, I have
seen both the potential and the missed opportunities.
Using those strengths to address the challenges is the plan that I
have set out in my position statement
If you believe with me that
building on the “society” in our name, along with the innovative,
adaptable, and nimble people that make up our profession is the right
way to move forward, then please entrust me with your vote.
Some Ideas for Improving the IEEE Computer Society
I think that the best ideas will come from the membership, in collaboration
with the IEEE-CS leadership (including the Board of Governors) and the IEEE-CS
However, to show that there are both opportunities and a few challenges, here
are some ideas that I will explore. And should I not be elected, I will
offer these in my role as a member of the board of governors.
Click on each topic to see more text.
- Diversity and Inclusion
More about me
Some recent work on behalf of the community
IEEE CS Activities
IEEE Conference Leadership
- I have contributed to the technical and financial success of the largest conference sponsored by IEEE-CS, the SC conference (supercomputing.org), particularly as technical papers and program chair, and as finance chair in 2011 and general chair in 2013.
- I was the chair of the IEEE-CS Ad Hoc to improve SC conference relations. As such, I was involved with establishing the Technical Council on HPC inside the CS.
- I organized IEEE Cluster 2002 in Chicago, including the bid, local arrangements, and served as technical program chair.
Technical program committee member for IEEE Conferences
- IEEE/ACM SC06 Technical papers co-chair
- IEEE/ACM SC09 Technical program chair
- IEEE/ACM SC11 Finance chair
- IEEE/ACM SC13 General chair
- IEEE/ACM SC17 Vice chair
- IEEE/ACM SC Steering committee (2011-2015; chair-2014)
- IEEE Cluster conference 2002 Technical program chair
- IEEE Cluster conference 2006 Technical program chair
- IEEE/ACM CCGrid 2012 Technical program Area chair
Other IEEE Activities
- IEEE/ACM SC 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2018
- IEEE/ACM CCGrid 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- IEEE Cluster 2003, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2016
- IEEE IPDPS 2004, 2008, 2014, 2015
- IEEE IWIA 2003, 2007
- IEEE/ACM PACT 2015, 2016
- IEEE BDSE 2014
- IEEE-CS Board of Governors since 2017
- Chair, 2016 Ad Hoc to improve IEEE-CS / SC conference relations
- IEEE-CS Seymour Cray Award committee (2004,2009)
- IEEE-CS Sidney Fernbach Award Committee (2009)
- ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award Committee (2017-)
Not only work
- I am lucky to have a great family. My wife, Patty, has been an
unflagging source of support and love. My son, Chris, is a graduate
student in Computer
Science at Clemson University, where he is working on topic
modeling and recently ran on over 1,100,000 cores currently
- I'm a fan of science fiction. Among movies and videos, Serenity is a favorite; I saw it before seeing Firefly. Babylon 5 is another favorite; it was one of the first TV series with a multi-year arc.
Though I don't normally read or watch horror, Annihilation, both the
by Jeff Vanderkamp, and the movie
(best described as inspired by the novel), are both evocative and
horrifying because of the setting and events, not because of any
For books, some recent favorites include the Laundry stories of Charles Stross and the Craft sequence of Max Gladstone; both are takes on modern bureaucracies meet the occult (though very different) and are good light reading. Another, darker entry in this genre is The Rook, by Daniel O'Malley. C.J. Cherryh is another favorite; both the early stories such as the Morgaine Stories and the on-going Foreigner novels.
- I also read a lot of history ("those who don't know history are
doomed to repeat it"). Two recent reads include The
First Congress, about the first congress after the US constitution
was ratified (and the statecraft and otherwise that defined the
mechanisms for the US government that in many cases are still with
us), and Neptune's
Inferno, about the US Navy at Guadalcanal, with an interesting
emphasis on missed opportunities for American dominance by failing to
properly exploit the American's lead in Radar.
- The intersection of the arts and technology interest me. 19th century painters celebrated the progress of technology; Monet painted bridges and railway stations, and Turner's The Last Voyage of the Fighting Temeraire reminds us that major changes in technology (and the relegation of the previous technology to the scrap heap) didn't start in the 20th century.
Space Child's Mother Goose has the nursery rhymes updated to the
1950's. "The Theory that Jack Built" is a classic. I can still recite
"Little Miss Muffet".
The opinions on this page are mine and are not necessarily those of the IEEE Computer Society or the IEEE.