The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated IEEE Fellows J. Roberto Boisson de Marca and Tariq S. Durrani as candidates for 2013 IEEE president-elect. The two men, chosen by the board in November, are set to face off in the annual election this year.
The winner of the election will serve as 2014 IEEE president.
De Marca has been a faculty member since 1978 at Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, where he has held several leadership positions, including associate academic vice president. He is the founding president of the Brazilian Telecommunications Society and a member of both the Brazilian National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
De Marca is chair of the IEEE Future Directions Committee. From 2008 to 2010 he was chair of IEEE’s Humanitarian Technology Challenge program committee. De Marca was the 2008 vice president of IEEE Technical Activities, the 2006 IEEE secretary, and the 2000 president of the IEEE Communications Society. He was also a candidate for IEEE president-elect in the 2009 election.
Durrani is a research professor in the electronic and electrical engineering department at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow. He joined the university as a lecturer in 1976, and from 1990 to 1994 he headed its electronic and electrical engineering department. He was also deputy principal of the university from 2000 to 2006. Durrani is a Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
In 2010 and 2011 he was vice president of IEEE Educational Activities. Durrani served as president of the IEEE Engineering Management Society in 2006 and 2007 and was vice chair of IEEE Technical Activities for Region 8 in 2003 and 2004. He was president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 1994 to 1995. Durrani was founding chair of the IEEE Periodicals Review Committee in 1998 and 1999.