Senior Member Karen Bartleson has been chosen as 2016 IEEE president-elect. She will begin serving as IEEE president on 1 January 2017. Bartleson is the organization’s third female president-elect.
She received 22,367 votes in this year’s election. The runner-up, Life Fellow Frederick “Fred” Mintzer, garnered 17,887 votes. These results will be unofficial until the IEEE Teller's Committee report is accepted by the IEEE Board of Directors on 22 and 23 November.
Bartleson is senior director of corporate programs and initiatives at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company in Mountain View, Calif. Her responsibilities include creating programs for technical standards development and software tool interoperability, building relationships with universities and research institutions worldwide, and engaging customers with social media. She joined Synopsys in 1995 as manager of its standards group and was director of quality from 2000 to 2002.
She received the 2003 Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award. Bartleson has also authored a book, The Ten Commandments for Effective Standards: Practical Insights for Creating Technical Standards, published by Synopsys Press in 2010.
Bartleson was president of the IEEE Standards Association in 2013 and 2014. In that role, she led the development of a new strategic plan; furthered OpenStand, a set of principles for developing global standards; and finalized IEEE’s membership in the Global Standards Collaboration, a volunteer organization that promotes cooperation and collaboration in communications standards development.
As a member of the IEEE Board of Directors in 2013 and 2014, Bartleson chaired and led the development of a strategic plan for the IEEE Internet Initiative Committee, which aims to boost IEEE’s influence in the areas of Internet governance, cybersecurity, and policy development. She was also a member of the IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Planning, overseeing the development of IEEE’s role in global public policy. She is currently a member of the IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Global Public Policy and the Public Visibility Committee.
To find out who was chosen IEEE Standards Association president-elect, IEEE-USA president-elect, and more, read the full annual election results.