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Daniel S. Katz Elected to IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors

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NCSA Chief Scientist Daniel S. Katz was elected to the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2022. The BOG drives the Computer Society’s vision forward, provides policy guidance to program boards and committees, and reviews the performance of the organization to ensure compliance with its policy directions.

I’m pleased to have been elected. My main goal as a Board of Governors member will be to develop ties between the Computer Society and international efforts around promoting the role of research software in research and recognizing the efforts of those who develop and maintain it, whether in academia, laboratories, or industry. This is my passion, and an area in which the Computer Society should be leading. Many research software community members are now or could become Computer Society members, and this work is increasingly essential to the Computer Society’s role in research. I believe this can 1) grow the Computer Society’s membership and increase its diversity by supporting research software developers and maintainers who today may not feel that the Computer Society is for them, and 2) produce better computing solutions and positive impacts on society by making better and more sustainable research software.

Daniel S. Katz, NCSA Chief Scientist

Katz brings a distinguished background to his new role on the BOG. In addition to being NCSA’s Chief Scientist, he is a research associate professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and School of Information Sciences. He is also a Better Scientific Software Fellow. He co-founded and chairs the steering committee of the Research Software Alliance (ReSA), is a co-founder and steering committee member of the US Research Software Engineer (US-RSE) Association, and co-founded the Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS), where he is associate editor-in-chief. He was previously a senior fellow in the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, a program director in the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation, director for Cyberinfrastructure Development at the Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University, a principal staff member and group supervisor at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and a computational scientist at Cray Research.

Read the press release from the IEEE Computer Society:

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 28 September 2021 – The IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) announces that Nita Patel, P.E.—who is Senior Director, Engineering Lead Design Center-Farmington at Otis; an IEEE Foundation director; and a mentor for several IEEE Women in Engineering summits—has been voted IEEE CS 2022 president-elect (2023 president).


The six elected members of the Board of Governors for the term beginning 1 January 2022 are:

  • Saurabh Bagchi, Purdue University (1,970 votes)
  • Charles (Chuck) Hansen, University of Utah (2,540 votes)
  • Carlos Jimenez-Gomez, international consultant (1,993 votes)
  • Daniel S. Katz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2,374 votes)
  • Shixia Liu, Tsinghua University (2,122 votes)
  • Cyril Onwubiko, Pearson Plc (1,981 votes)

Read the full press release.


The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation’s science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students and collaborators from around the globe use these resources to address research challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing many of the world’s industry giants for over 35 years by bringing industry, researchers and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

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