This article is published in the February 2014 issue.

CCC Calls for Council Member Nominations

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) invites nominations for members to serve on its 20-person Council. We are looking for individuals who have ideas, energy, initiative, and time to work with the community and on its behalf towards fulfilling the mission of the CCC. The CCC is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field.   For example,

  • How can computing accelerate progress in health care?
  • How can computing advance the next decade of scientific research?
  • How can we make the best of the abundance of data available in digital form and our increasing ability to analyze it?
  • How can the security, reliability, and availability of computing be strengthened?
  • What could the next generation of national computing infrastructure look like?
  • How can the computing community improve sustainability, education, manufacturing, or commerce?

The CCC supports the research community to explore these and other questions through visioning activities such as workshops or white papers, by arranging plenary talks at major venues, through discussions with Federal agencies, and through other community-building activities.

As one recent example, CCC has sponsored 2 visioning activities in Health IT (2009 and 2012). Both the workshops and the resulting reports helped to develop a program in Smart Health and Wellbeing (2010), which then became a multi-agency program for Smart and Connected Health (2013).

For more information about the CCC, please visit and

The CCC is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under a cooperative agreement with the Computing Research Association (CRA). The work of the CCC is carried out by an active and engaged Council, currently led by Susan Graham (University of California- Berkeley) as chair and Greg Hager (Johns Hopkins University) as vice-chair. The members of the Council are appointed by CRA in consultation with NSF, with staggered three-year terms. In the aggregate, the Council must reflect the full breadth of the computing research community — research area, institutional character, geographic diversity, etc. The CCC is staffed by a full-time director, Ann Drobnis.

The CCC’s Nominating Subcommittee invites nominations (including self-nominations) for members to serve on the CCC Council for the next three years, beginning July 1, 2014.

Please send nominations, together with the information below, to by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, March 6, 2014. The subcommittee’s recommendations will serve as input to CRA and NSF, who will make the final selection.

  1. Name, affiliation, and email address of the nominee.
  2. Areas of research expertise.
  3. Previous significant service to the research community and other relevant experience, with years it occurred (no more than *five* items).
  4. A brief biography or curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  5. A statement from the nominee of less than one page, supporting his or her nomination by describing his or her ideas for, and commitment to, advancing the work of the CCC in engaging broader communities, finding wider funding sources, and encouraging new research directions.

The CCC needs truly visionary leaders — people with lots of great ideas, sound judgment, and the willingness to work hard to see things to completion. Please help the computing community by nominating such people for the Council.

CCC Calls for Council Member Nominations