2019-2021 Executive Committee
In February, the CRA board of directors elected new board officers to serve two-year terms beginning July 1, 2019. Ellen Zegura is chair; Nancy Amato is vice-chair; Ran Libeskind-Hadas is secretary; and James Allan is treasurer. The previous executive officers (Susan Davidson, chair, Susanne Hambrusch, vice-chair, Greg Morrisett, secretary, and Ron Brachman, treasurer) ended their terms on June 30, 2019. CRA thanks them all for their outstanding service on the executive board.
In a message to members, CRA Board Chair Ellen Zegura shared that 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.
New Board Members
Today, CRA welcomes three new members to its board of directors: Lorrie Cranor, Divesh Srivastava and Marvin Theimer. Their terms run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022. Retiring from the board as of June 30, 2019 are Ron Brachman, Chris Johnson, Josep Torrellas, and Min Wang. CRA would like to thank all retiring board members for contributions during their service on the board.
Lorrie Faith Cranor is the director and Bosch Distinguished Professor in Security and Privacy Technologies of CyLab and FORE Systems Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She also directs the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) and co-directs the MSIT-Privacy Engineering Master’s program. In 2016, she served as chief technologist at the US Federal Trade Commission. She is also a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, Inc, a security awareness training company. She is a fellow of the ACM and IEEE and a member of the ACM CHI Academy.
Divesh Srivastava is the head of Database Research at AT&T Labs-Research. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the vice president of the VLDB Endowment, on the ACM Publications Board and an associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Data Science (TDS). He has served as the managing editor of the Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment (PVLDB), as associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS), as associate editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), as the co-chair of the program committees of many international conferences including ICDE 2019, CIKM 2018 and AMW 2017, and as general co-chair of SIGMOD 2013. His research interests and publications span a variety of topics in data management. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.
Marvin Theimer is a distinguished engineer at Amazon. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University in 1986. Theimer then spent seventeen years as a researcher working at IBM’s Almaden Research Center, Xerox PARC, and Microsoft Research on topics including distributed operating systems, ubiquitous computing, weakly-consistent replicated systems, peer-to-peer file systems, and global-scale peer-to-peer event notification systems. He left research in 2003 to work on Microsoft’s Advanced Web Services and High Performance Computing products. Theimer joined Amazon in 2006 and has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from EC2’s Virtual Private Cloud, to various distributed coordination services, to the Kinesis streaming data processing platform. He currently spends most of his time working with AWS’s Commerce Platform and Identity-and-Access-Management teams.