Who Should Lead IEEE in 2017 and 2018?

Volunteers are needed to serve as corporate officers and committee chairs

13 January 2016

IEEE is governed by volunteer members and depends on them for its operation. For example, they edit IEEE publications, organize conferences, coordinate regional and local activities, write standards, lead educational activities, and identify individuals for IEEE recognitions and awards.

The Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is responsible for developing recommendations for staffing many volunteer positions, including candidates for president-elect and corporate officers. Its recommendations are sent to the Board of Directors and the IEEE Assembly. Accordingly, the N&A Committee is seeking nominees for the following positions:

2018 IEEE President-Elect (who will serve as President in 2019)

2017 IEEE Corporate Officers

  • Vice president, Educational Activities
  • Vice president, Publication Services and Products
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

2017 IEEE Committees (chairs and members)

  • Awards Board
  • Election Oversight Committee
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Ethics and Member Conduct
  • Fellow
  • Global Public Policy
  • Governance
  • History
  • Humanitarian Activities Committee
  • New Initiatives Committee
  • Nominations and Appointments
  • Public Visibility
  • Tellers


15 March 2016


Anyone may nominate someone—nominators need not be IEEE members—but nominees must meet certain qualifications. Self-nominations are encouraged. An IEEE organizational unit may submit recommendations endorsed by its governing body or the body’s designee.

A person may be nominated for more than one position. Nominators need not contact their nominees before submitting them. The N&A Committee will contact all eligible nominees for the documentation that’s required, and inquire if they’re willing to be considered for the position.


For information about the positions, including qualifications and estimates of the time required by each position during the term of office, check the Guidelines for Nominating Candidates. To nominate a person for a position, complete the online form.


Each year many ineligible candidates are nominated. Make sure to check eligibility requirements at the N&A Committee website before submitting a nomination.

The positions for which the N&A Committee makes recommendations represent the uppermost governance levels in IEEE. The committee recommends volunteers with relevant prior experience in lower-level IEEE committees and units more often than volunteers having no such experience. For example, nominees for the Awards Board have a greater likelihood of being recommended if they already served on an awards committee of a society, section, or region or on another IEEE board.

Individuals recommended for president-elect and corporate officer positions are more likely to be recommended if they show a strong track record of leadership and relevant accomplishments within and outside IEEE. Recommended candidates often have significant prior experience as members of IEEE boards and committees.

More information about the duties associated with the different positions, qualifications, and eligibility requisites (such as prior service in certain positions or IEEE grade) can be found in the Guidelines for Nominating Candidates.

J. Roberto Boisson de Marca is chair of the 2016 IEEE N&A Committee.

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