Candidates for 2018 IEEE Division VIII Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect. 

Division VIII Society:

  • IEEE Computer Society
Elizabeth "Liz" L. Burd

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(Nominated by IEEE Division VIII)  
Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor
University of Newcastle, Australia
Newcastle, Australia

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 Computer Society BoG for 6 years taking roles of VP for EAB and MGA, and from 2014-2015 as the Society’s 1st VP.

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


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



  • Educational Products Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief 2017-
  • Society and Council Review Committee (Member) 2016-
  • TAB Strategic Planning Committee (Member) 2017-
  • IEEE Awards Board (Member) 2016
  • VP CS EAB 2010-2012
  • VP CS MGA 2013-2015
  • CS 1st VP 2014-2015
  • CS 2nd VP 2013
  • IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors 2011-2012
  • Pre-University Education Committee (Chair) 2011-2013
  • EAB Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) (Member) 2011-2012
  • Education Portals Committee (Chair) 2014-2016
  • IEEE EAB Awards Board (Member) 2013-2014
  • IEEE EAB Nominations Committee (Member) 2015


  • Region 8 and 10


  • Currently: Sydney Branch


  • Active member (reviewer, steering Committee and program chair) of many IEEE conferences for over 20 years

Liz has demonstrated vision in bringing many major initiatives to fruition, including:

Education initiatives

  • TryComputing –
    • Creator and editor
    • Sought money from NIC for setup (2011) and Foundation for enhancements in 2015
    • Currently working with consultants to add new approved lesson plans
    • Currently has over 23 million hits; receives around 30K unique visitors per month
  • Spark –
    • Lead editor of magazine explaining new technology innovation for kids aged 12+
    • Sought money from NIC for setup
    • Has over 64k unique visitors

Membership initiatives

  • Membership competitions
    • Animation competition - creating clips of new technology innovations. Very, successful using innovative social media campaign.
    • Lesson planning competition for IEEE Young Professionals
    • Smarter Planet Competition – with Arthur Winston, initiated competition’s first round between UK and Boston
  • Membership training sessions – China, Germany, Australia, UK  


 The role of professional associations is being disrupted; there is no longer limited access to learned information; it’s so plentiful it’s difficult to assess its quality and reliability. The "open" community, including MOOCs and new publishing models pose challenges and opportunities. The IEEE has been slow to respond but if elected I will get the IEEE to think more strategically for its members, societies and generally for its own advancement.

Societies are the strength of the IEEE. I believe shaping personalized membership and strong collaboration between societies and between the IEEE ‘mothership’ are crucial.

My extensive regional interaction has demonstrated Regional needs differ. If elected, I will promote more effective ways to support localized professional development, seek more effective ways for members to engage with the IEEE worldwide, and enable more networking opportunities to support industry, academic and interdisciplinary engagement with local and international community building.

Thus, I intend to demonstrate the value of societies and help the IEEE capitalize on its strengths so that the value of membership is better realized.
Sorel Reisman

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(Nominated by IEEE Division VIII)

Managing Director MERLOT
California State University Office of the Chancellor
Long Beach, California, USA; and
Professor of IS, California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, California, USA

Sorel Reisman is Managing Director of the international, higher education consortium MERLOT at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, and Professor of IS at CSU Fullerton. He has held senior management positions at IBM (Canada & US), Toshiba (US), and EMI (UK). He has presented/published 90+ articles including the books Multimedia Computing: Preparing for the 21st Century, and Electronic Learning Communities – Current Issues and Best Practices. He is president emeritus of the Computer Society, a Senior IEEE member, Computer Society Golden Core member, member of Eta Kappa Nu, served on 3 different IEEE boards, and recently completed a second elected term on the board of the Open Education Consortium (formerly OCWC). He serves on a number of IEEE and non-IEEE journal editorial boards. Reisman received his EE degree, and MA, and PhD in Computer Applications from the University of Toronto.  Appointed a Fulbright Specialist in December, 2014.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • Computer Society President (2011)
  • Appointed many CS committee chairs and VPs – including VP of EAB
  • Member of TAB (2011), EAB (2014-Present), PSPB (2014-Present)
  • Standing Committee (CEO) of Computer Society signature conference, COMPSAC (2016-Present)
  • Decades-long Computer Society volunteer; chaired/served on many CS committees, including VP Electronic Products and Services, VP Publications, 2010 President-Elect, 2011 President, 2012 Past President
  • Created/negotiated innovative/proactive intersociety activities/programs/MOUs with ACM, Computer Society of India, Information Processing Society of Japan, Brazilian Computer Society, Chinese Computer Federation, and Italian Computer Society, bringing them closer to IEEE. Met IEEE sections/chapters around the world, promoting IEEE membership programs/activities.
  • “Invented” CS Special Technical Communities (STCs), online, collaborative special interest group structure – now a major CS initiative.
  • Member-at-Large - CS Publications Board for many years; Chair of Magazines Operations Committee for 2, two-year terms. Chaired many EIC searches and served on editorial boards of Software, Multimedia, and IT Pro. Instrumental in launching latter two; currently chair of IT Pro Advisory Board. As CS Publications VP (2008, 2009) oversaw planning/launching of Transaction on Affective Computing. Initiated CS’s anti-plagiarism committee/policies/practices adopted/incorporated by IEEE. Initiated CS’s exploration/incorporation of CSDL into Xplore. Oversaw evolution of CS’s print products to mobile and digital-only.
  • EAB (2012-2016) – Continuing Education Committee, TAB representative, member-at-large; EIC of IEEE eLearning Library Board.
  • Member-at-Large, IEEE PSPB (2016-Present); member of Strategic Planning Committee, developing new IEEE Publications Board Strategic Plan (2014-2016); PSPB Nominations Committee (2017)
  • Member xPlore Requirements Ad Hoc Committee (2016-Present)
  • Member Computer Society 40th Anniversary Planning Ad Hoc (2016)
  • Member Computer Society Future of Education Ad Hoc (2017)
  • Member IEEE Conference Publishing Committee (2017)
  • Education Society member – co-creator/co-chair of CS-sponsored Computing Education track - TALE Conference (2015-Present)
  • Created IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Education Society-endorsed CSAB-aligned, MERLOT Open Education Resource digital repositories in Computer Science and Information Technology/Systems.


It’s just not working anymore!  The professional society model that IEEE’s been following for decades is becoming increasingly irrelevant to the international community of young computer professionals.  We can’t keep offering the same kinds of programs, offsetting our colleagues’ declining interest by tinkering at the edges of those programs, incrementally increasing annual dues.

We must get serious about: challenges of social networking; political implications of a global economy; groundbreaking changes taking place in academia; and the real implications of the “exciting” technologies that we, as individuals and as a profession develop, promote, and sponsor.

Getting serious means re-engineering who we are and what we do.  And that’s not reorganizing, as we tried to do last year.  It means getting creative about what to do to survive and serve the needs of young and future technologists.  It means electing experienced and knowledgeable people – like me – who have demonstrated that we can critically examine organizational entities, policies, practices, products, and services, and work with volunteers and staff, to develop solutions to meet 21st Century challenges.