Position statement

As a nominee with prior not-for-profit board experience, including current experience with a music organization based in my hometown of Chicago and in New York City, I know the crucial importance of specialized board expertise to help organizations stay true to their voice while not missing key opportunities. In addition, having board members with diverse background is critical to navigating the challenges of the 21st Century. I have unique experience in multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary computing contexts. If elected to the Board of Governors, I would like to focus my energy on the dimensions of interdisciplinary thinking and broadening participation. My service record in the Computer Society has been intensely focused on both. On interdisciplinary thinking, I served as department editor, associate editor in chief, and editor in chief of CISE Magazine over 15 years; CISE is an interdisciplinary publication within the IEEE Computer Society that reaches science and engineering audiences not always associated with our society. In my work on broadening participation, I was the lead architect and co-founder of the STC in Broadening Participation, which led to the first peer-reviewed conference (RESPECT) where researchers can convene and publish on matters of diversity/equity/inclusion in the computing and related fields.

Biography

George K. Thiruvathukal is Full Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Computer Science at Loyola University Chicago and Visiting Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory.

Dr. Thiruvathukal’s research interests are both disciplinary and interdisciplinary in nature. His disciplinary work is in high-performance and distributed systems, software engineering, and computer vision with an emphasis on its applications in low-power/energy-efficient environments. His interdisciplinary interests are in computational/data science, digital humanities, and music.

Dr. Thiruvathukal’s work with IEEE CS began his work with Computing in Science and Engineering (CISE) Magazine in 2004, where he was co-Department Editor for the Scientific Programming. CISE Magazine is one of the Computer Society’s key interdisciplinary offerings as it reaches an audience comprising computational/data scientists and applied mathematics/computer scientists. Dr. Thiruvathukal was AEIC of CISE from 2008-2012 and and EIC from 2013-2016, where he oversaw the publication’s transition to digital and helped to raise the impact factor of the publication and its visibility within the Computer Society and science/engineering community Dr. Thiruvathukal also served as AEIC for IEEE Computer from 2016-2020 and remains active within Computer on its advisory board. After completing his two terms as EIC of CISE, he chaired the Magazine Operations Committee (2017-2019) and served on the Publications Board (also as at-large member in 2009).

Apart from editorial board service, Dr. Thiruvathukal was co-founder and co-chair of the IEEE Special Technical Committee on Broadening Participation (STCBP). STCBP created the first conference series dedicated to Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), which has been running successfully since inception and continues to operate successfully with RESPECT 2022.

Dr. Thiruvathukal holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Physics from Lewis University.

For more information

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