IEEE Qualifications

I have experience with most facets of the Institute and feel I am well qualified for the position of IEEE President. A member of IEEE for over 30 years, I have worked in positions of increased responsibility for IEEE over the last two decades. I am well prepared for the IEEE Presidency given my extensive knowledge of IEEE publications, services, products, and technical and geographical activities. In addition to being an accomplished researcher with approximately 12,000 citations, I bring a variety of perspectives and unique professional experiences as former Editor-in-Chief, academic department chair, Society President, TAB Chair, PSPB V-Chair and as a member or chair of several high-profile IEEE and TAB committees.

The IEEE is a multi-faceted and global association. My background gives me the insights and skills needed to share and expand the IEEE on a global scale. Between my education (MS/PhD in Poland/Switzerland) and my professional career in the US, I have experience with various cultures. I’ve also spent several sabbatical years at leading universities in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, and have twice served overseas in Bulgaria and Italy as a Fulbright Specialist. Notably, in addition to English and my native Polish I speak German (idiomatic) and am fluent in French and Russian.

I bring to the position of IEEE President a unique combination of management, leadership, technical and people skills. This includes my recent experience from the TAB floor in leading a large and diverse group of high-level volunteers. I also work well with teams of people towards achieving goals. Through leading by example, collegiality, and openness I have been able to build effective teams and inspire many volunteers.

I have held several IEEE leadership positions in Technical Activities (including the 2014 TAB Chair as the most prominent), and in Publications, Products and Services and Technical Activities Boards. I was Chair of the Periodicals Committee (2010-11) and of the TAB Periodical Review and Advisory Committee (2012-13). I was active in the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society as its President (2004-05) and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (1998-03). I also served as an Associate Editor of three different IEEE Transactions, was a Member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE, and chair or member of about 150 conference committees.

I strongly believe in the unique value of the Institute and am committed to it as a proud and global organization. As members and volunteers are IEEE’s core strength, I am committed to work with them and IEEE staff to help deliver strategic solutions while advancing member services. I have the knowledge, experience, and energy to lead the Institute.