Senior Member Howard E. Michel has been elected as 2014 IEEE president-elect. He received 23 745 votes in this year’s election. The runner-up, Fellow Tariq S. Durrani, garnered 20 407 votes. The results were made official when the Teller's Committee report was accepted by IEEE Board of Directors on 24 and 25 November.* Michel will begin serving as IEEE president on 1 January 2015.
He is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts, in North Dartmouth. Michel’s research interests include artificial neural networks and distributed-intelligence sensor networks. He is an embedded-instrumentation and system-architecture consultant to the U.S. Navy.
Michel retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1994 as an engineering manager. During his 18-year Air Force career, he was a pilot and a research engineer, helping to launch seven satellites and directing launch-base tests involving booster, satellite, and range hardware. Michel also helped develop engineering processes for mission-critical Defense Department computer systems.
He was vice president, IEEE Member and Geographic Activities, in 2011 and 2012, and Region 1 director in 2008 and 2009. Michel was the 2010 chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee. He was also on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors in 2008 and 2009.
To find out who was elected as IEEE-USA president-elect, IEEE Standards Association president-elect, and more, read the full IEEE annual election results.
*This article has been updated