Founded in , the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world's largest scientific and educational computing society, with over 100,000 professional members worldwide. The Poughkeepsie (New York) Chapter of the ACM, chartered in , meets seven times a year for technical talks. Newcomers, including non-members of the ACM and/or of the Chapter, are always welcome to attend meetings, and even to take a leadership role. The Chapter is always seeking speakers who can give informative talks to a technical audience, as explained in more detail here.
Chapter meetings are generally held on the third Monday of January, March, April, May, September, October, and November. However, the exact dates may vary somewhat in a given year, so check our schedule to be sure. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM, and generally end around 9:00 PM, but many members stay longer for discussion and networking, which often last past 9:30 PM. All our meetings are free and open to the public.
Since the pandemic, we are no longer meeting in person at Marist College. However, Marist has generously allowed us to use their contracted Zoom account so we can meet in cyberspace. To obtain the Zoom URL for our meeting, you must register to attend through the Meetup.com announcement. Once you've done so, your Zoom link will appear on Meetup's page for this event.
Members are encouraged to join the ACM Poughkeepsie ® group to receive automatic notification of meetings, and to register their attendence. We also email meeting notices to over 500 technology-oriented individuals and organizations in the Hudson Valley.
Election of officers is normally held annually at the start of the May meeting. Unfortunately, in 2020 our May meeting was canceled by Marist College because of the pandemic. We plan to hold an election as soon as possible. Meanwhile, all officers have agreed to serve until that time. Elected officers for the — season:
- Chair: Wes Peterson
- Vice-Chair: Peter Capek
- Secretary: Rasit Topaloglu
- Treasurer: Joel Kelson
- Program Chair: Bob Cotton
- Webmaster: Bill Rubin