David Alan Grier gives a presentation at the Eta Kappa Nu 2013 student leadership conference discussing the direction in which the field of computer science is headed.
Eta Kappa Nu is the IEEE's student honor society formed to recognize outstanding students in science, mathematical, and engineering fields designated by the IEEE. Students, alumni, and even professors who have shown consistent excellence in their field are recognized by this society. The IEEE provides ample opportunity for involvement in the society through award programs, conferences, and volunteer opportunities for members. The 2013 Eta Kappa Nu conference, hosted by Arizona State University, offered discussions about several aspects of engineering careers and how to secure them and what the future of some fields of engineering holds. The presentation given by David Alan Grier focused on computer science. He discussed the modern definition of computer science and how this definition has changed over the years, gave some examples of recent experiments that shed light on the flexibility of the term "computer science", and further illustrated the change in the field by describing past examples of computer science that are no longer considered a part of the field. He explained the rise of mobile technology in the field of smartphones and how the development of applications for wireless phones has changed the language of programming.
David Alan Grier is the 2013 President of the IEEE's Computer Science Society. He worked extensively in the computer science industry, as a programmer, systems designer, and consultant for many years. Grier has spent several of the past years serving the society by assisting in electronic product development and by contributing to its periodicals and magazines. He served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Annals of The History of Computing, chair of the Magazine Operations Committee, and editorial board member of Computer. He also previously wrote the monthly column "The Known World" for Computer. Outside of the IEEE, he is an associate professor of science and technology policy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
The 2013 President of the IEEE's Computer Science Society David Alan Grier gives a presentation at the Eta Kappa Nu 2013 student conference discussing the direction in which the field of computer science is headed.