Members: Your Chance to Question the IEEE President-Elect Candidates

Share with us what IEEE issues you’d like them to address

8 January 2014

Photos, left: Francis P. Giordano; right: J. Pellino

Fred Mintzer (left) and Barry Shoop are running for 2015 President-Elect.

Every June, we publish a Q&A with the candidates running to be IEEE president-elect. These questions are based on members’ concerns and interests, and the only way to know what those are is to have you—the member—tell us.

That’s why as your member publication, The Institute is inviting you to submit your questions to ensure we get the answers you are looking for on the issues that matter to you most.

As we gear up for our election coverage, here’s a sneak peek at the candidates, IEEE Life Fellow Fred Mintzer and IEEE Fellow Barry Shoop. Scroll to the bottom to find out how to submit your question to them.


Mintzer had been the program director for IBM’s Blue Gene Watson supercomputing facility since 2005 and the associate director of the Deep Computing Institute. He retired in December.

Early in his career, he conducted research on digital signal processing algorithms, applications, and architectures. He later led a team at IBM’s Watson Research Center that developed the image technologies necessary to support image database systems, ultimately producing some of the best image collections on the web. Its work garnered numerous awards, including the Best of the Web award, presented by the Center for Digital Government.

He went on to develop new technologies for printing that focused on image quality and security, as well as new applications for document watermarking. He became senior manager of the Visual Technologies Department, developing 3D graphics and a distributed visualization system for the web.

Mintzer is coauthor of more than 50 technical papers and holds more than 25 patents.

He was a member of the IEEE Board of Directors and director of IEEE Division IX in 2008 to 2009. He also served as vice president of IEEE Technical Activities in 2012, and was a member of the IEEE Investment, Employee Benefits and Compensation, and Audit committees, among other leadership positions in the organization. Mintzer received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000 and the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Meritorious Service Award in 2009.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J. and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton.


Shoop’s is professor and deputy head of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in New York. He has helped establish U.S. military academies across Asia and in Afghanistan. He became a department head at West Point in 2008.

Shoop earned eight military and engineering awards and served as a science advisor for the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.

Shoop served on the IEEE Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009. He was the Region 1 Director in 2006 to 2007, IEEE secretary in 2008 to 2009, and vice president of Member and Geographic Activities in 2010. He was chair of several committees including the IEEE Governance, Business Ad Hoc, and Audit committees, as well as a member of the Publication Services and Products and the Education Activities boards.

Shoop received the 1999 IEEE-USA Regional Professional Leadership Award, 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and the 2005 IEEE Regional Activities Board Achievement Award.

He attended Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, on a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship, where he discovered a passion for electrical engineering. There, he joined IEEE as a student member. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Shoop joined the U.S. Army. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, Calif., and a Ph.D. from Stanford University—both in electrical engineering.


The person elected can influence many changes throughout IEEE, but first it’s important to know what the candidates think are the important issues of the day. Take a look at a few sample questions from our June 2013 interview with the 2014 candidates, IEEE Fellow Tariq S. Durrani and IEEE Senior Member Howard E. Michel, who won the election.

Submit your questions below or on Twitter @IEEEInstitute and be on the lookout for the responses to some of them in the June 2014 print issue.

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