(7/1/12 – 6/30/14)
BARBARA G. RYDER
J. byron Maupin Professor of engineering
head, department of computer Science
blacksburg, Va, USa
A.B. in Applied Math, Brown Uni-
versity (1969); M.S. in Computer
Science (CS), Stanford University
(1971); Ph. D. in CS, Rutgers Univer-
sity (1982). Assoc. Member of Prof.
Staff at AT&T Bell Labs, Murray
Hill (1971–1976). Asst. Prof. (1982–
1988), Assoc. Prof. (1988–1994),
Prof. (1994–2001), Prof. II (2001–
2008), Rutgers University, Head,
Dept. of CS, Virginia Tech (2008–),
ACM Vice President (2010–2012),
Secretary/ Treasurer (2008–2010),
Council Member-at-Large (2000–
2008). Chair, Federated Comput-
ing Research Conf (FCRC 2003).
SIGPLAN Chair (1995–1997), Vice
Chair for Confs (1993–1995), Exec
Comm. (1989–1999). General Chair
of: SIGSOFT Int’l Symp. on Soft-
ware Testing and Analysis (ISSTA,
2008), SIGPLAN Conf on History
of Programming Languages III
(HOPL-III, 2007), SIGPLAN Conf
on Programming Language Design
and Implementation (PLDI, 1999,
1994). Program Chair of: HOPL-III
(2007), PLDI (1991). Recent PCs:
PLDI (2012), ISSTA (2010,) ICSE
(2009). Member, Outstanding Con-
tribution to ACM Award Comm.
and ACM- W Athena Award Comm.
ACM Nat’l Lecturer (1985–1988).
Member, Ed Bd: Sci. of Comp.
Programming (2009–), ACM Trans
on Programming Languages and
Systems (TOPLAS, 2001–2007), and
IEEE Trans on Software Engineering (2003-2008). Member, Comm.
for CRA Snowbird Workshop for
New Dept. Chairs (2010). Panelist: CRA Workshops on Academic
Careers for Women in CS (1993,
1994, 1996, 1999, 2003), SIGSOFT
New SE Faculty Symp. (2003, 2005,
2008). Exec. Champion of CS@
VT in NC WIT Pacesetters (2009–).
Organizer of NC WIT VA/DC Aspirations in Computing Awards (2011–).
Chair, VT College of Engineering
HPC Comm. (2009–). Member,
VT HPC Infrastructure Investment Comm. (2009–). Member,
ADVANCE V T Faculty Advisory
Member: SIGPLAN, SIGSOFT,
SIGCSE, ACM, IEEE Computer Society, AWIS, AAU W, EAPLS.
As a candidate for President, I ask
your help in strengthening ACM,
the largest independent international computing society in the
world. We face major opportunities:
in the internationalization of our
membership, in computing education (K– 12, college, postgraduate),
in providing services for computing
practitioners and researchers, and
in ensuring diversity in the computing profession. My extensive
experience as a SIG leader, General
Chair of FCRC 2003, 8 years as ACM
Council member and 4 years on the
ACM Executive Committee as Secretary/ Treasurer and Vice President
have prepared me well to lead ACM
The ACM Councils in Europe,
China and India are established;
new members from these regions
must be recruited into SIG/ACM
leadership. Student chapters in
these regions need support. The
commitment to hold ACM meetings outside of North America must
be continued. We should be actively
recruiting contacts from Southeast
Asia/Australia and South America
for future growth.
We need to continue the efforts
of the ACM Education Board and
Council on computing curricula
and building bridges to K– 12 educators (e.g., in the U.S., CS Teachers
Association). By collaborating with
members of each international
ACM Council, we can leverage our
experience to support computing
education. The specific problems
may vary by region, but the need to
ensure a quality education in computing is worldwide.
ACM is a membership organization of computing practitioners,
managers, and researchers; we
need to offer benefits to all of our
members. ACM serves as the ‘gold
standard’ of computing research
through our sponsored conferences, publications and the Digital
Library. We must continue to
enhance our support for scholars
and students worldwide. We need
to find new ways of making our
conferences available to a wider
audience, synchronously and asynchronously. We should continue to
provide new services to researchers
(e.g., author pages, Author-Izer).
Equally important are new products
for practitioners and students such
as Tech Packs and Learning Paths.
This support must be augmented
by new services for life-long learning in the computing profession.
ACM must be a leader in actively
supporting diversity in computing.
ACM can offer a framework to support continuing and new diversity
activities, in collaboration with
sister organizations (e.g., CRA,
The SIGs must remain a strong,
integral part of ACM, developing
volunteer leaders, providing valuable computing research content
for the Digital Library and recruiting students to ACM membership.
Without volunteers, ACM cannot
thrive. We need to support existing
SIGs and continue to look for new
areas in computing which can benefit from organization as a SIG.
In closing, I ask for your vote so
that my 10 years of SIG leadership,
12 years of ACM leadership, and 37
years of active ACM membership
can be put to work on these goals.