IEEE Life Senior Member Jim Jefferies has been chosen as 2017 IEEE president-elect. He will begin serving as IEEE president on 1 January 2018. Meanwhile, the proposed amendment to the IEEE Constitution did not receive the number of votes it needed to pass.
Jefferies garnered 23,865 votes in the election. The runner-up, IEEE Fellow Wanda Reder, received 23,327 votes. The results are unofficial until the IEEE Tellers Committee report is accepted by the IEEE Board of Directors on 20 and 21 November.
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 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 retiring in 2000, he teamed with fellow Stanford graduates and served as chief operating officer at USBuild, a company that developed supply-chain solutions for homebuilders.
He has been an IEEE volunteer for years. As 2015 IEEE-USA president, he helped the organization expand its focus on young professionals, public policy, and visibility.
On the IEEE-USA board of directors from 2009 to this year, Jeffries 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 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. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of IEEE–Eta Kappa Nu, the organization’s honor society.
To find out who was chosen IEEE-USA president-elect, IEEE Technical Activities vice president–elect, and more, read the full annual election results.