2023 CRA Board of Directors Election Results; CRA Board Officers Also Elected
CRA members have elected five new members to its Board of Directors: Sandhya Dwarkadas, Kinnis Gosha, Samir Khuller, Ming Lin, and Lydia Tapia. Details on these five new members are below. In addition, Alex Aiken (Stanford University), Mary Hall (University of Utah), Kim Hazelwood (Meta AI), and Raquel Hill (Spelman College) were re-elected to serve another term on the CRA Board. All of their terms run from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2026. CRA would like to thank everyone who agreed to run for a position on the board this year.
Carla Brodley (Northeastern University), Dan Grossman (University of Washington), Fatma Ozcan (Google), and Timothy Pinkston (University of Southern California) are retiring from the Board on June 30, 2023. CRA thanks them for their contributions during their service on the CRA Board.
CRA Board Officers Elected
During the Winter 2023 Board Meeting, the CRA Board of Directors held elections for Board Officers to serve two-year terms beginning July 1, 2023. Nancy Amato (University of Illinois) was re-elected Chair; Ran Libeskind-Hadas (Claremont McKenna College) was elected Vice Chair; Katie Siek (Indiana University) was elected Secretary; and James Allan (UMass Amherst) was re-elected Treasurer. All four of the CRA Board Officers also serve on the CRA Executive Committee, which usually meets online monthly to handle any matters that need to be addressed before the next Board meeting.
Sandhya Dwarkadas is the Walter N. Munster Professor and Chair of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. Previously, she was the Albert Arendt Hopeman Professor of Engineering at the University of Rochester, where she was professor of computer science with a secondary appointment in electrical and computer engineering and also served as department chair for six years. She received the 2020 Edmund A. Hajim Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Rochester. Dwarkadas received her Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Rice University. She is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE. Dwarkadas has been on the CRA-WP Board since 2010. She served as co-chair from 2019-2022. She continues to serve on CRA-WP’s steering committee.
Her areas of research interest include parallel and distributed computing, computer architecture, and the interaction and interface between the compiler, runtime/operating system, and underlying architecture. She has made fundamental contributions to the design and implementation of shared memory both in hardware and in software, and to hardware and software energy- and resource-aware configurability.
Kinnis Gosha (pronounced Go-Shay) is the Hortinius I. Chenault Endowed Professor of Computer Science and Executive Director of the Morehouse Center for Broadening Participation in Computing. Gosha’s research interests include conversational agents, social media data analytics, computer science education, broadening participation in computing, and culturally relevant computing. Gosha also leads Morehouse’s Software Engineering degree program, where he builds collaborations with industry partners to provide his students with a variety of experiential learning experiences. In October of 2022, Gosha took over as the Principal Investigator of the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (IAAMCS), a Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance funded by the National Science Foundation.
To date, 20 undergraduate researchers in his lab have gone on to pursue a doctoral degree in computing. Gosha currently has over 60 peer-reviewed publications in the area of Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC). Since arriving at Morehouse (2011), he has included undergraduate student researchers as co-authors in 26 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Gosha is very active in the BPC community serving as a regular paper and poster reviewer for the Tapia, SIGCSE, and RESPECT conferences. In 2022, Gosha served as the conference Co-General Chair for the Conference on Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT) and the Minority Serving Institution Engagement Chair for the 2022 Conference at Snowbird hosted by the Computing Research Association.
Samir Khuller received his M.S and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1989 and 1990, respectively, under the supervision of Vijay Vazirani. He spent two years as a Research Associate at the University of Maryland, before joining the Computer Science Department in 1992, where he was a Professor for 27 years. From 2003 to 2008, he was the Associate Chair for Graduate Education, and he was the first Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair for CS. As chair, he led the development of the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation, a project completed in March 2019. In March 2019, Khuller joined Northwestern University as the Peter and Adrienne Barris Chair for CS.
His research interests are in graph algorithms, discrete optimization, and computational geometry. Khuller has published approximately 200 journal and conference papers, and several book chapters on these topics. He served on the ESA Steering Committee from 2012-2016 and chaired the 2019 MAPSP Scheduling Workshop. From 2018-2021, Khuller served as the Chair of SIGACT. In 2020, he received the CRA-E Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award and is a Fellow of the ACM and EATCS.
Ming Lin is a Distinguished University Professor as well as the Barry Mersky and Capital One Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, where she was formerly the Stevinson-Iribe Computer Science Chair. She is a Parker Distinguished Professor Emerita at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a part-time Amazon Scholar. Lin received her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, ACM, IEEE, and Eurographics, as well as a member of ACM SIGGRAPH Academy and IEEE Virtual Reality Academy. Her research has been recognized by several honors and awards, including NSF Faculty Career Award, IEEE-VGTC VR Technical Achievement Award, Washington Academy of Sciences Distinguished Career Award, and several best paper awards. She is a member of CRA-WP Board of Directors and Asian American Scholar Forum. Lin is a former Chair of IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) Computer Pioneer Awards Committee, IEEE-CS Fellows Committee, and IEEE-CS Transactions Operating Committee, Founding Chair of SIGGRAPH Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and a former IEEE-CS Board of Governors member.
Lydia Tapia is a Professor and the Department Chair of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico. Her research contributions are focused on the development of computationally efficient algorithms for the simulation and analysis of high-dimensional motions for robots and molecules. Specifically, she explores problems in computational structural biology, motion under stochastic uncertainty, and reinforcement learning. Lydia is the recipient of the 2016 Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award from the Anita Borg Institute, a 2016 NSF CAREER Award for her work on simulating molecular assembly, and the 2017 Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) Borg Early Career Award.