Published: June 2019, Issue: Vol. 31/No.6, Download as PDF

Archive of articles published in the June 2019, Vol. 31/No.6 issue.


“Second Place America?” Major Report Detailing the Nation’s Declining Leadership in Research and Technology Released at Capitol Hill Event

On Tuesday May 14th, the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), an alliance of leading American companies and business associations, research university associations, and scientific societies, released a major report assessing the United States’ investment in science and engineering research. The report, titled “Benchmarks 2019: Second Place America? Increasing Challenges to U.S. Scientific Leadership,” is the fourth such “benchmarking” report that TFAI has released since it’s founding in 2004. The report found that the trends found in the original Benchmarks report in 2005, and the two subsequent follow-up reports, persist and the U.S. continues to lose ground to other nations in investments in science, technology, and talent.

Ellen ZeguraEllen Zegura

Message from the Incoming Board Chair

On July 1, Ellen Zegura will become chair of the CRA Board of Directors. Zegura is the Fleming Professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. 

I am delighted to take the mantle from Susan Davidson as the next chair of the CRA Board. Under Sue’s leadership CRA strengthened its position in leadership and service to the computing community in North America and beyond. Over the next year CRA and the Board are embarking on a strategic planning effort to think broadly and ambitiously about the future of the organization. I welcome your thoughts on this or any other CRA issue at any time. I can be reached at

Mark HillMark Hill

CRA Board Member Mark D. Hill Receives Top Computer Architecture Award

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE Computer Society recently announced that CRA Board Member and CCC Chair Mark D. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the recipient of the 2019 Eckert-Mauchly Award. Hill was cited for contributions to the design and evaluation of memory systems and parallel computers. The Eckert-Mauchly Award is known as the computer architecture community’s most prestigious award.

Application Open for Rising Stars Workshop Academic Career Workshop for Women

This fall, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host Rising Stars, an academic career workshop for women in EECS. At this workshop, female graduate students and postdocs who are interested in faculty careers will learn how to navigate academic life while meeting new mentors and peers. This year’s event, to be held in Urbana, IL during Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2019, will bring together more than 60 top young women in EECS for two days of research presentations, poster sessions, and candid discussions about navigating academic life.

Please encourage your best and brightest to apply by June 15, 2019. For more information, please visit the Rising Stars in EECS 2019 website or email the Rising Stars in EECS 2019 team at


Call for Nominations! — 2019 CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute

As part of its mission to develop the next generation of leaders in the computing research community, the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) announces the fifth offering of the CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI). The workshop is intended to educate computing researchers on how science policy in the U.S. is formulated and how our government works. We seek nominations for participants. LiSPI will be centered around a two day workshop to be held November 21 – 22, 2019, in Washington, DC. Full details of LiSPI are available here. The nomination deadline is June 14.