The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated Gordon W. Day and Joseph V. Lillie as candidates for 2011 IEEE president-elect. The two men, chosen by the board in November, will face off in the annual election later this year. The winner serves as 2012 IEEE president.
Day, a Life Fellow and the 2009 IEEE-USA president, is retired. He was a researcher and manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Boulder, Colo., for 33 years, until 2003. While there, his research focused on optoelectronics, including fundamental physical measurements, standards for optical fiber, and the development of new concepts in instrumentation. In 1994 he founded and became the first chief of the NIST Optoelectronics Division. After leaving NIST, he served as a science adviser to Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) on an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowship and later as the director of government relations for the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association. He also worked as a consultant, specializing in optoelectronics technology and science policy. Day has held various IEEE positions, including president of the IEEE Photonics Society (2000).
Lillie, a senior member, has 37 years of experience in telecommunications engineering and management. He held several positions at BellSouth Telecommunications facilities in Louisiana from 1973 to 2002, including design engineer, planner, district support manager, engineering manager, and planning manager. When he retired in 2002 from BellSouth, he was a member of the Louisiana BellSouth state staff, providing engineering and construction support. In 2003 he joined NorthStar Communications Group, in Birmingham, Ala., as director of corporate quality, and in 2005 he returned to BellSouth (now AT&T) to work on restoration projects following Hurricane Katrina. He continues to provide engineering support to AT&T in Louisiana on a part-time basis. He has held various IEEE positions, including 2008 and 2009 vice president, Member and Geographic Activities, and director of the IEEE Foundation. Lillie was the runner-up in the election for 2010 IEEE president-elect.