Meet the 2015 Candidates

Mintzer and Shoop vie for 2015 IEEE president-elect

7 March 2014

The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated Life Fellow Frederick Mintzer [left] and Fellow Barry Shoop [right] as candidates for 2015 IEEE president-elect. The two men are set to face off in the annual election later this year. The winner will serve as 2016 IEEE president.

Mintzer retired on 1 January after 35 years with IBM. From 2005 to 2013 he was program director for IBM’s Blue Gene Watson supercomputer facility and associate director of its Deep Computing Institute, both in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., at the company’s T.J. Watson Research Center.

He joined IBM in 1978 and spent the early part of his career there researching signal and image processing. He later managed projects that developed image-based digital library technologies and applied them to projects with a number of museums and libraries worldwide, including the Vatican Library, in Vatican City, Rome, and the Egyptian Museum, in Cairo. From 2001 to 2005 he was senior manager of IBM’s visual technologies department, which worked on computer graphics, data visualization, and digital imaging.

Mintzer was vice president of IEEE Technical Activities in 2012 and director of Division IX in 2008 and 2009. He was 2009 chair of the IEEE Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee and has been on several other committees, including the IEEE Nominations and Appointments, Governance, and Investment committees.

In 2009 he served as Region 1 liaison to the IEEE Technical Activities Board. He was also president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2004 and 2005. As president, he helped launch the society’s IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security.

Shoop is professor of electrical engineering and deputy head of the department of electrical engineering and computer science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He is responsible for a department serving 2300 students annually. Shoop joined West Point in 1993 and has held a number of leadership positions, including serving as director of its electrical engineering program and Photonics Research Center. While on sabbatical in 2006 and 2007, he served as chief scientist for the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, a US $4.5 billion program that addresses the IED problem worldwide.

A Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), he received OSA’s 2008 Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award, SPIE’s 2013 Educator Award, and the 2013 IEEE Haraden Pratt Award.

Shoop served on the IEEE Board of Directors from 2006 to 2010. He was 2010 vice president of IEEE Member and Geographic Activities, IEEE secretary in 2008 and 2009, and Region 1 director in 2006 and 2007. As leader of IEEE’s Enterprise Engineering team in 2006 and 2007, he led the transformation of the IEEE Regional Activities Board into the Member and Geographic Activities Board. He has served on the IEEE Executive, Strategic Planning, New Initiatives, Audit, and Fellow committees.

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