The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated Fellows Susan K. “Kathy” Land and Dejan Milojicic as candidates for IEEE president-elect. The candidate elected in this year’s annual election will serve as IEEE president in 2021.
Land is a program manager for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville, Ala. She is responsible for advancing Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications program objectives. She has more than 30 years of industry experience in the application of software engineering methodologies and the management of information systems, as well as leadership of software and systems product development teams.
She wrote or cowrote four books about software engineering principles.
She was elevated to IEEE Fellow last year “for leadership in software product development.”
Susan K. 'Kathy' Land Program Manager U.S. Missile Defense Agency Photo: Kathy Land
Land was the 2018 vice president, IEEE Technical Activities. She served two additional terms on the IEEE Board of Directors as Division VIII director/delegate in 2011 and 2012 and as Division V director/delegate in 2014 and 2015.
Land has been an active member of the IEEE Standards Association for more than 20 years and served as the Computer Society vice president for Standards in 2004. She was the recipient of the 2007 IEEE Standards Medallion.
In 2008 and 2010, she was a member of the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee.
Land is the recipient of several awards including the 2011 IEEE Huntsville Section Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award, the IEEE Computer Society 2017 Richard E. Merwin Award, and the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies 2018 Moquin Award.
Dejan Milojicic Distinguished Technologist Hewlett Packard Labs Photo: Dejan Milojicic
Milojicic is a distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs in Palo Alto, Calif., leading software-stack development for deep learning accelerators. Previously, he worked as a research engineer at the Open Group Research Institute in Cambridge, Mass. Milojicic was technical director of the Open Cirrus cloud computing testbed, which had 16 academic, industry, and government sites in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He has authored two books and 180 papers, and has been granted 31 patents. He has led multimillion-dollar projects with teams in Brazil, India, and the United States collaborating closely with many universities around the world.
Milojicic was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2010 “for contributions to distributed systems software and mobile programming abstractions.”
He served as the 2014 president of the IEEE Computer Society (CS) and most recently the Division VIII director and member of the IEEE Board of Directors. He has held key leadership positions to drive IEEE industry engagement, chairing the IEEE Industry Engagement Ad Hoc Committee from 2015 to 2017. He also established the first IEEE Industry Advisory Board and formalized the IEEE Industry Engagement Committee, a standing committee of the IEEE Board. In addition, he helped found the industry-focused IEEE Infrastructure Conference.
He was the first editor in chief of IEEE Computing Now, an online CS magazine. He further initiated CS Tech Trends, which predicts technologies that will have broad impact, and Scorecards, which grade those predictions. He helped establish the Special Technical Communities, a CS organization of professionals with common technical interests.
He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Belgrade University, Serbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kaiserslautern, in Germany.