Endorsed by over 50 Computer Society volunteers – Leaders in Society publications, conferences, education, standards, technical communities, chapter activities, industry advisory boards, podcasting, and Young Professional initiatives. See the endorsements.

Candidate for
IEEE Computer Society 2020 President-Elect

Assistant director for empirical research
Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute

In over a decade of volunteering with the IEEE Computer Society (CS), I have found it immensely rewarding to work with volunteers and staff to make our offerings better suited to the needs of our fast-moving field. I aim to continue this work during what is a critical, transformative time for the CS.

We rely on our Society to keep ourselves competitive, regardless of whether we are researchers or practitioners. There are many opportunities for us to improve how we engage with members and explore new channels for getting our content out. It hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve been pleased to have done this for some of our best publications, working with other energized volunteers. Going forward, we need more bridges to industry and practitioners to help keep our content relevant.

Many of my endorsements talk to successes in getting volunteers energized, and the impact we have together as a result. I hope to have the chance to bring this focus to the wider Society as president-elect.

Position Statement

Our field is dynamic, and our society has to be as well. In over a decade with the Society, in numerous roles, I’ve formulated a plan of where the Society needs to focus. This link has more detail on how we can build a Computer Society that serves all members better.

My Experience

As Editor in Chief of IEEE Software, member of the Board of Governors, and part of the Executive Committee, I have a proven track record of adapting the Society to the evolving needs of members. This link has a summary (and better yet, some pictures) of some of my key roles in the Computer Society.


The Computer Society is in a period of significant change and will need someone with Forrest’s leadership skills to navigate the society through some important decisions….Forrest is a thoughtful, honest and inclusive leader – characteristics essential for the Computer Society President... He is a great supporter of the Young Professionals program and encourages and supports younger engineers and volunteers to take up various leadership roles within the Society. 

About Me

Forrest Shull is assistant director for empirical research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI). His role is to lead work with US government agencies, national labs, industry, and academic institutions to advance the use of empirically grounded information in software engineering and cybersecurity. Currently he is providing technical leadership on Congressionally-mandated studies and pilots for improving software acquisition within the US government.

Prior to SEI, he was at the Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering, where he founded and served as director of the Measurement and Knowledge Management Division.

He has been a lead researcher on projects for the US Department of Defense, NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, DARPA, NSF, and commercial companies. He has a strong record of well-cited, peer-reviewed publications (over 8,000 citations, h-index of 45, according to Google Scholar).

The opinions on this page are mine and are not necessarily those of the IEEE Computer Society or the IEEE.

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