The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated IEEE Fellow Tariq S. Durrani [left] and Senior Member Howard E. Michel as candidates for 2014 IEEE president-elect. The two men are set to face off in the annual election later this year. The winner will serve as 2015 IEEE president. Durrani ran for 2013 IEEE president-elect and lost to Fellow J. Roberto Boisson de Marca.
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 headed its electronic and electrical engineering department from 1990 to 1994. He was deputy principal of the university from 2000 to 2006.
He is a Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II “for services to electronics research and higher education.”
In 2010 and 2011 Durrani was vice president, IEEE Educational Activities, and in 2003 and 2004 he was vice chair of technical activities for Region 8. He served as president of the IEEE Engineering Management Society in 2006 and 2007 and president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 1994 and 1995. He was also the IEEE Communications Society region director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa from 2009 to 2011.*
Michel is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts, in North Dartmouth. His research interests include artificial neural networks and distributed-intelligence sensor networks. Michel is an embedded-instrumentation and system-architecture consultant to the U.S. Navy.
He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1994 as an engineering manager. During his 18-year Air Force career, he was a pilot and a research engineer, helping to launch seven satellites and directing launch-base tests involving booster, satellite, and range hardware. He also helped develop engineering processes for mission-critical Defense Department computer systems.
Michel was also vice president, IEEE Member and Geographic Activities, in 2011 and 2012, and Region 1 director in 2008 and 2009. He was the 2010 chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee. He was also on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors in 2008 and 2009.
Election ballots for president-elect and other IEEE positions are scheduled to be mailed out on 15 August.
*This article was corrected from the version that ran in print.