The Australian Computer Society (ACS) elected a new president on Friday, as well as appointing a vice president of membership boards, a national treasurer and three national congressional representatives at an ACS congress meeting in Hobart.
Dr Nick Tate was elected as president for 2012 and 2013. He joined the ACS in 2004, and had been the ACS national treasurer. Outside of the society, he is the director for the Australian Government's $50 million Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project based at the University of Queensland. The aim of the project is to establish a multi-petabyte federated storage service for research data.
"I am delighted to be elected president of the ACS. I look forward to working with members of the ACS to advance ICT and the profession," Tate said in a statement.
"As ICT becomes ever more entrenched in our modern lifestyle, enabling every aspect of commerce, government, education, communications and entertainment, we need to address issues related to ICT skills development to ensure quality supply of ICT skills for our economic development. We also need to recognise the contribution of ICT professionals to the economy appropriately."
Tate replaces the outgoing ACS president Anthony Wong, who will complete his two-year term on 1 January.
Doug Grant was appointed as vice president of membership boards, while Yohan Ramasundara has been appointed as national treasurer, and Mike Driver, Peter Palmer and Ian Wells have been appointed as national congressional representatives.