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Candidates for 2020 IEEE President-Elect Issue Their Position Statements

The two candidates share their plans for increasing diversity, expanding services, and attracting more members from industry

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The annual IEEE election process begins in August, so be sure to check your mailbox then for your ballot. To help you choose the 2020 IEEE president-elect, The Institute is publishing the official biographies and position statements of the two candidates, as approved by the IEEE Board of Directors. The candidates are Fellows Susan K. “Kathy” Land and Dejan Milojicic.

Fellow Susan K. “Kathy” Land

Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors

Land is an acknowledged expert and author in the field of software engineering standardization, software process improvement, and engineering project management. As 2018 Vice President of IEEE Technical Activities, Ms. Land expanded the focus on diversity, entrepreneurship, future directions, young professionals, and standards. Ms. Land has demonstrated senior executive leadership experience in a career spanning industry and government systems and software product acquisition and development.

Ms. Land is an IEEE Fellow receiving numerous awards for performance and service, which include the Northrop Grumman/TASC President’s Coin, Huntsville Professional of the Year, Huntsville Association of Technical Societies Moquin Award, IEEE Computer Society (CS) Richard E. Merwin Award and the IEEE Standards Association Standards Medallion. She served as the 2009 president of the IEEE CS, three terms on the IEEE Board of Directors, and two terms as a member of the IEEE-USA Board of Directors.



One of the great choices that I made over 20 years ago was to become involved in IEEE. This decision defines who I am both personally and technically. I saw how effective each person could be, how you could empower other volunteers and together collectively make positive changes to our profession, and I was hooked.  This is what I want to share with every individual working in technology.  

IEEE is a large and complex organization and individuals are motivated to come to us for our products and services, or to volunteer.  My objectives are to make practical improvements that inspire people to call IEEE their technical home. If elected, I commit to:

  • Improve the IEEE organization by increasing diversity and awareness of global issues, encouraging communication and engagement across all units of IEEE.
  • Promote and empower the next generation of technical experts by supporting STEM engagement, student chapters, and our YP and WIE affinity groups.
  • Expand our current portfolio of products and services for industry and entrepreneurs.
  • Improve the IEEE business process framework and continue my efforts to clarify financial reporting and promote fiscal responsibility.

I thank you for your support of the IEEE and for helping to make IEEE the technical professional’s lifelong network of choice. Let’s work together to make IEEE the first place people go to for the highest quality technical information. 

"Leadership is not about the next election, it's about the next generation." Simeon Sinek

Fellow Dejan Milojicic

Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors

Milojicic is a distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs, Palo Alto, CA (1998-) leading system software teams over 4 continents and projects with budgets of hundreds US$M. He worked at the OSF Research Institute in Cambridge, MA and at the Mihajlo Pupin Institute in Belgrade, Serbia. Milojicic received his PhD from Kaiserslautern University, Germany; and his MSc/BSc from Belgrade University, Serbia. He was a technical director of the Open Cirrus Cloud Computing Testbed, with academic, industrial and government sites in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has published 2 books and 180 papers; he has 37 granted patents. He is an IEEE Fellow (2010) and ACM Distinguished Engineer (2008). Milojicic was on 8 PhD thesis committees and taught Cloud management course at SJSU. As president of the IEEE Computer Society (2014), he started Technology Predictions, the top viewed CS news. As the industry engagement chair, he started IEEE Infrastructure’18 conference.



IEEE is at inflection points of the changing engineering profession, global society, and membership models. The organization has a great opportunity to influence technology and benefit humanity. My three main goals are to:

  • Increase IEEE’s relevance to existing and new industry members, and connect them better with members from academia and government. Inform members of short and long-term trends affecting their profession. Help members make informed career decisions and increase their professional recognition. Broaden IEEE corporate partnership with startups. Strengthen industry events.
  • Create innovative IEEE products and services. Modernize events to be of higher practical value, for example introduce a meetup model. Offer high-end services to enterprises, governments, and non-government organizations, such as a Cyber Grand Challenge. Create light-weight, right-timed standards, for example interoperable AI.
  • Reinvigorate global membership models, from traditional pay-based (400K), to engagement (~4M authors, readers, attendees) and broader reach (18.2M software developers). Reverse growing dues trend, subsidize $10 membership fee reduction annually. Grow IEEE-USA into IEEE Global Policy and introduce IEEE-Europe and IEEE-Asia. Expand into growing regions, such as Asia, Africa, and South America while revitalizing Americas/Europe membership. Focus on globalization while honoring localization.

As an innovator from industry with strong ties to academia and government and with a global background, I have a proven track record as a catalyst of change and of getting things done in a timely manner. The changes I have introduced were inclusive in execution and embraced by those impacted. I believe that I am well suited to lead these changes as the president of IEEE.

To learn more about the candidates, read “Land and Milojicic Run for President-Elect.”

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