Meet the Candidates for 2016 IEEE President-Elect

Karen Bartleson and Fred Mintzer campaign to lead the organization in 2017

20 March 2015

The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated Senior Member Karen Bartleson and Life Fellow Frederick “Fred” Mintzer as candidates for 2016 IEEE president-elect. They are set to face off in the annual election later this year. The winner will serve as IEEE president in 2017.

Bartleson is senior director of corporate programs and initiatives at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company in Mountain View, Calif. Her responsibilities include creating programs for technical standards development and software tool interoperability, building relationships with universities and research institutions worldwide, and engaging customers with social media. She joined Synopsys in 1995 as manager of its standards group and was director of quality from 2000 to 2002.

She received the 2003 Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award. Bartleson also authored a book, The Ten Commandments for Effective Standards: Practical Insights for Creating Technical Standards, published by Synopsys Press in 2010.

She was president of the IEEE Standards Association in 2013 and 2014. As president, she led the development of a new strategic plan; furthered OpenStand, a set of principles for developing global standards; and finalized IEEE’s membership in the Global Standards Collaboration, a volunteer organization that promotes cooperation and collaboration in communications standards development.

As a member of the IEEE Board of Directors in 2013 and 2014, Bartleson chaired and led the development of the strategic plan for the IEEE Internet Initiative Committee, which aims to boost IEEE’s influence in the areas of Internet governance, cybersecurity, and policy development. She was also a member of the IEEE Strategy Committee, overseeing the development of IEEE’s role in global public policy.

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

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 at the company’s T.J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. He retired on 1 January 2014.

Mintzer has received more than 25 patents and written more than 50 technical papers. He was twice named an IBM Research Master Inventor.

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 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.