Kasturi Named Computer Society President

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2008) –Being named president of the largest professional organization for computer scientists and engineers is more than an honor to University of South Florida computer science and engineering professor Rangachar Kasturi.

In his capacity as IEEE Computer Society president, Kasturi said he would draw international recognition to USF’s academic excellence.

“It brings extraordinary visibility to USF because everywhere I go, I will be introduced as a professor from USF,” Kasturi said. “Next month, I have been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Information Processing Society of Japan’s 70th National Congress. I know I will be introduced as a professor from USF.”

With more than 370,000 members in about 160 countries, the IEEE is the world’s largest professional organization for electrical engineers and computer scientists. The IEEE’s Computer Society is the largest of the 39 societies within the IEEE with more than 85,000 members.

The IEEE originally stood for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. However, with the organization’s growth, it has expanded into many related fields. Today, it is simply referred to as IEEE or I-triple-E. 

Kasturi never campaigned for the position. Instead, he was elected by the membership based on his years of service to the IEEE, which include 25 years as an author, speaker, editor of a journal, vice president of publications.

“It was an honor to be nominated for president,” he said of his election. “But in the end, you have a competitive election process with the members making the final selection.”

Kasturi was elected to office more than a year ago, but his term began in January. All IEEE Computer Society presidents must serve for a year as president-elect, learning the ropes from the current president.

“One of the goals we’re trying to do is reach more of the practicing professionals,” for the coming year, Kasturi said. “We have created a new certification program for entry level software professionals. And we have some 200 conferences world-wide every year.”