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Jim Isaak
Professional Activities

•2010 President of the IEEE Computer Society
•2003-2004 Division VIII Director, IEEE Board of Directors
•Society for the Social Implications of Technology Board of Governors (off & on since 2002)
•Chair: IEEE POSIX (UNIX) and ISO POSIX standards development 1984-1994
  - Overall industry impact on the order of magnitude of 100 billion dollars
•Chair web site engineering best practices standards committee though 2001 (IEEE Std. 2001, ISO Std. 23026)
•Member IEEE Communications Society
•Member IEEE Women in Engineering
•Member IEEE-USA Committee on Communications & Information Policy and its successors
•Chair IEEE New Hampshire Computer Society Chapter 2005-2008

Industry (30 years)

•Digital Equipment - Director of Information Infrastructure Standards and prior to that, Director of POSIX Standards
•Charles River Data Systems - Director, Strategic Planning, Director Marketing
•Data General Corp - various roles: Product Manager, District Manager of Systems Engineering, Systems Engineer
•Intel - supervisor in test automation group
•CALMA - operating systems development, CAD/CAM applications
•IBM - operating systems development, laboratory automation (Palo Alto Scientific Center)

Academia (6 years)

•Teaching Information Technology at Southern New Hampshire University (full time)
•Part time teaching at Daniel Webster College, Nashua Community College


•1994 Recipient of the IEEE Computer Society "Hans Karlsson Award" for "Outstanding leadership and achievement though cooperation"
•2000 Recipient of IEEE Third Millennium Medal
•IEEE Computer Society "Golden Core" recipient, 1997
•Outstanding Contribution Award; IEEE Computer Society,
•July 1989 "For outstanding technical achievement in the development of the POSIX Standard (P1003)"
•IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Operating Systems, POSIX Pioneer recognition (1988), "For contribution to the formation, growth, and adoption of the IEEE P1003.1 Standard."
•Stanford Computing Pioneer, 1987


•Graduate of Leadership New Hampshire class of 2002
•MSEE-Computer Engineering and BS-Computer Studies, Stanford University (a while ago)
•US Patent: "Method for certifying the authenticity of digital objects"
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