Michael Lightner is Professor and Chair of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He received his PhD from Carnegie-Mellon, and BS (highest honors), MS, University of Florida, all in Electrical Engineering. He is Co-Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Cognitive Technologies at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Technology Director of Boulder Digital Works an innovative postgraduate digital media program. For many years his research was in electronic design automation including simulation, synthesis, test, verification and optimization, as well as signal processing, but more recently has focused on assistive technology for people with cognitive disabilities. Additional positions at Colorado have included Associate Executive Director of the Colorado Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He was made a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to computer-aided design. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has also received the College of Engineering Max Peters Award for Outstanding Service, the inaugural John and Mercedes Peebles Innovation in Teaching Award, and the College of Engineering Hutchinson Award for Outstanding Teaching in the College. He has served in numerous leadership positions within the IEEE include 2012 Vice President of Educational Activities, 2012 Chair of the IEEE Committee on Earth Observations, 2010-12 Education lead for the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative. 2009-2011 Chair of the IEEE Publishing Conduct Committee, 2006 IEEE President, 2003-4 Vice President IEEE Publications, Services and Products Board, 2001 Vice President for Technical Activities, 1998-99 IEEE Division Director. He has received the CAS Society Golden Jubilee Medal, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and the Distinguished Service Award from IEEE for Serving as Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computer-aided Design.
Dr. Rob Reilly received a Doctoral degree and Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA), as well as a Master's degree from Springfield College (Massachusetts USA).
He has been a computer science teacher at various institutions for over 25 years. Some highlights of his career include: serving in the Office of Information Technologies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where his research dealt with the formulation of university wide policy for the integration and application of educational technology; serving as a researcher at the Institute of Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis (Tennessee USA); and service as a researcher in the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In the IEEE Education Society, Dr. Reilly serves as its President; he is, oddly-enough, also its Vice President for Chapters Activity.
He has received the IEEE-MGA Leadership Award, the IEEE Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award, the IEEE Education Societys Edwin Jones Jr. Meritorious Service Award, the IEEE Computer Society's Contributions in a Pre-University Environment Award, and the Massachusetts Department of Educations Technology Pathfinder Award.
Dr. Sorel Reisman, 2011 President of the IEEE Computer Society, is Managing Director of the international, higher education consortium MERLOT.ORG at the California State University Office of the Chancellor, and Professor of Information Systems at California State University Fullerton. As CS Past President, Reisman chairs the Intersociety Cooperation Committee, responsible for the relationships with sister computer societies around the world. Dr. Reisman has held senior management positions at IBM (Canada and US), Toshiba (US), and EMI (UK). He is a Senior IEEE member, was Vice President of the Computer Society Publications Board, and Vice President of the Electronic Products and Services Board where he developed and initiated the Computer Society's eLearning and online books programs. He is a currently a member of the IEEE Education Activities Board and liaison to the IEEE Technical Activities Board.
Dr. Reisman was editorial board member/columnist on IEEE Software, founding board member of IEEE Multimedia and IEEE ITPro, author of the column, The Ivory Tower, and reviewer for IEEE Transactions in Education. Reisman has presented/published 50+ articles and the books Multimedia Computing: Preparing for the 21st Century, and Electronic Learning Communities – Current Issues and Best Practices. Reisman received his electrical engineering degree, and MA and PhD in Computer Applications from the University of Toronto.