The election results are in: Fellow J. Roberto Boisson de Marca has been elected IEEE’s 2013 president-elect. The results were made official when the Teller’s Committee report was accepted by the IEEE Board of Directors on 11 and 12 November.* De Marca will begin serving as IEEE president on 1 January 2014.
He received 23 229 votes in this year’s election. The runner-up, Fellow Tariq S. Durrani, garnered 22 194 votes.
De Marca has been a faculty member since 1978 at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, where he has held several leadership positions, including associate academic vice president. He also held visiting appointments at universities and industrial laboratories in Europe, Asia, and North America. Twice he served as scientific consultant with AT&T Bell Laboratories.
De Marca was also scientific director of the Brazilian National Research Council and served on the advisory committee of Finep, the largest Brazilian funding agency for R&D and innovation. He was the founding president of the Brazilian Telecommunications Society and is a member of both the Brazilian National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He has received several awards, including the IEEE Communications Society’s Donald W. McLellan Award, its Harold Sobol Award, and the IEEE Communications Society/Korea Information and Communications Society Globalization Award.
De Marca has served IEEE in several capacities, including vice president of Technical Activities in 2008, president of the Communications Society in 2000 and 2001, Division III director from 2004 to 2005, IEEE secretary in 2006, and chair of the Humanitarian Technology Challenge Committee from 2008 to 2010. He is now chair of the Future Directions Committee.
To find out who was elected as IEEE-USA president-elect, IEEE Technical Activities vice president-elect, and more, read the full IEEE annual election results.