Meet the Candidates for 2017 IEEE President-Elect

Jim Jefferies and Wanda Reder campaign to lead the organization

9 March 2016

The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated Life Senior Member Jim Jefferies and Fellow Wanda Reder as candidates for 2017 IEEE president-elect. The winner in this year’s annual election will serve as IEEE president in 2018.

Jefferies is a retired AT&T and Lucent Technologies executive who in 33 years rose from manufacturing engineer to vice president. He was responsible for the teams that transferred glass technology from Bell Telephone Laboratories and developed fiber-optic cables at AT&T. He also served as logistics vice president, responsible for international distribution, quality assurance, and export planning. After he retired in 2000, he teamed with fellow Stanford graduates and served as chief operating officer of, a company in San Francisco that worked on nationwide supply chain solutions for homebuilders.

Jefferies has been an active IEEE volunteer for years. As 2015 IEEE-USA president, he led the organization to expand its focus on young professionals and public policy and visibility.

He was on the IEEE-USA board of directors from 2009 to 2015 and served as vice president of government relations and of professional activities. He has provided valuable expertise to the IEEE Audit and Employee Benefits committees, and he is currently chair of the IEEE-USA Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy Committee. He served as 2012–2013 director of Region 5 and was 2008 chair of the IEEE Denver Section.

Jefferies is a registered professional engineer and a member of IEEE–Eta Kappa Nu, the organization’s honor society.

Reder is the chief strategy officer at S&C Electric Co., a provider of switching, protection, and control systems for electric power systems, in Chicago. Prior to S&C, she served as vice president at Exelon, overseeing asset management, engineering, and standards.

Throughout her 29-year career, Reder has led efforts in the development and deployment of smart-grid technologies. She also serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, chairing the smart grid subcommittee.

She was a member of the IEEE Board of Directors in 2014 and 2015, serving as director of Division VII. She also led the IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Industry Engagement and served on the IEEE Public Visibility Committee and the IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Holistic IT Development. Reder now serves on the IEEE Foundation board and leads the Audit Committee.

She was the first female president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) in 2008 and 2009 and has served on its governing board since 2002. As president, she initiated strategies to rebrand the society, effectively growing a more diversified membership worldwide and improving overall financial results.

Reder helped launch the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative in 2011, a scholarship and internship program that encourages electrical engineering undergrads to pursue careers in power engineering, in partnership with the IEEE Foundation.

In 2010 she helped launch the IEEE Smart Grid initiative and was involved in the global development of several smart-grid resources including the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and the Innovative Smart Grid Technologies conference series.

She was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2012 “for leadership in power engineering implementation and workforce development.” Reder also received the 2014 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award “for leadership in the IEEE Smart Grid program and in the continued growth of the Power & Energy Society, including the creation of its scholarship fund.”

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