The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated Roger D. Pollard and Peter W. Staecker as candidates for 2012 IEEE president-elect. The two men, chosen by the Board in November, will face off in the annual election this year. The winner will serve as 2013 IEEE president.
Roger D. Pollard Photo: Tony Glossop/The University of Leeds
Pollard, an IEEE Fellow and the 2011 IEEE secretary, recently retired as dean of engineering at the University of Leeds, in England. He had been a faculty member there for 35 years and also headed the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Pollard continues as a consulting engineer for Agilent Technologies, in Santa Rosa, Calif., a position he has held since 1981.
Pollard has held numerous IEEE positions, including vice president for Technical Activities last year and vice president and president of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in 1997 and 1998, respectively. He was chair of the strategic planning committee of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board from 2002 to 2004 and again from 2007 to 2008, and he previously chaired the committee that led the creation of the IEEE Xplore digital library.
Peter W. Staecker Photo: Robert Bachrach
Staecker, a Life Fellow, is retired and has 26 years of experience in microwave design. He joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory, in Lexington, Mass., in 1972, where he designed microwave devices and circuits and developed measurement techniques for their application to satellite communications. He left in 1986 to join M/A-COM in Burlington, Mass., to develop microwave and millimeter-wave technology, retiring as director of R&D in 1998.
Like Pollard, Staecker was vice president of Technical Activities, in 2007. He was director of IEEE Division IV from 2001 to 2002, as well as vice president and president of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, in 1992 and 1993. He also was IEEE treasurer from 2009 to 2010 and a member of several IEEE committees, including Governance and Investment. He currently chairs the Individual Benefits and Services Committee.