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Below are the candidates for the 2016 IEEE President-Elect. The 2016 President-Elect will become President in 2017.

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.


Karen Bartleson

Karen Bartleson (Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Senior Director of Corporate Programs and Initiatives
Mountain View, California, USA


Karen Bartleson is a Senior Director at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company. Her responsibilities include technical standards development, software tool interoperability, relationships with universities and research institutions worldwide, and customer engagement through social media.

Karen was 2013-2014 President of the IEEE Standards Association. As President, she led their new strategic plan, furthered the OpenStand™ market-driven standardization paradigm, and finalized IEEE’s membership in the Global Standards Collaboration. She chaired the IEEE Internet Initiative, whose charter is to raise IEEE’s influence in Internet governance, cyber-security, and cyber-privacy policy. She was also a member of IEEE’s strategy committee, overseeing the role of IEEE in global public policy. 

She received the 2003 Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award and authored The Ten Commandments for Effective Standards: Practical Insights for Creating Technical Standards. She holds a BS in engineering science with an electronic engineering concentration from California Polytechnic State University.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



My significant, recent contributions include: 

  • Chairing the IEEE Internet Initiative and driving the development of its mission, vision, and strategic plan to bring IEEE’s technical expertise to bear on Internet governance.
  • Participating on the IEEE Strategic Planning Committee and leading the subteam for investigating the role that IEEE can play in global public policy.
  • Leading the IEEE Standards Association in its creation of a new five-year strategic plan. This was accomplished in less than six months, following a highly-effective process demonstrating strong collaboration between volunteers and staff.
  • Overseeing efforts under my administration as IEEE-SA President to successfully obtain full membership status for IEEE in the Global Standards Collaboration, which had been attempted for many years.
  • Promoting the “OpenStand” initiative for global, market-driven standards – a partnership between IEEE and four organizations which develop standards that make the Internet work.

Additionally, I contributed to numerous activities including:

  • Global Public Policy Committee 2015
  • Public Visibility Committee 2015
  • IEEE-SA Strategic Planning Committee 2015
  • Internet Governance Chair 2014
  • Strategic Planning Committee 2014
  • Open Access Summit 2014
  • IEEE-SA Strategic Planning Advisory Group 2014
  • IEEE-SA Ad Hoc Council 2013-2015
  • IEEE Board of Directors 2013-2014
  • President, IEEE Standards Association 2013-2014
  • IEEE Branding Committee 2013-2014
  • IEEE Foundation Signature Program Review Committee 2013-2014
  • IEEE-SA Finance Committee 2013-2014
  • IEEE-SA Appeals Committee Chair 2013-2014
  • IEEE-SA Standards Education Committee 2013-2014, 2007
  • IEEE-SA President-elect, Past President 2012, 2015
  • IEEE-SA Board of Governors 2011-2015
  • IEEE Board of Directors-elect 2011-2012
  • Women in Engineering 2011-2012, 2014-2015
  • Publication Services and Products Board 2011-2012
  • TAB/PSPB Products & Services Committee 2011-2012
  • IEEE-SA Nominations & Appointments Committee 2011
  • Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award Committee 2010-2012
  • IEEE-SA Audit Committee 2010
  • IEEE-SA Awards and Recognition Committee 2010
  • IEEE-SA Standards Board 2009-2010
  • IEEE-SA Procedures Committee 2009-2010
  • IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group 2008-2011
  • IEEE-SA New Standards Committee 2008-2009
  • Computer Society Design Automation Standards Committee 1995-2014



As President of IEEE, I will work constantly to:

Bring greater visibility to our profession

We are responsible for the greatest technological advancements of the human race. I will increase our visibility so we are well-known and highly valued throughout the world. I am involved in three globally-visible initiatives in which IEEE is already making progress. The Internet Initiative’s goal is to help restore trust in the Internet, given spying, hacking, identity theft, and other misuses that threaten our way of life. We are becoming involved in global public policy, bringing our expertise to policy makers. Our global standards are enabling technologies and industries such as Smart Cities, the Smart Grid, and the Internet of Things.

Bring you greater value from your membership

The needs of our practitioners today are equally as important as those of our students and young professionals, our future technologists. I will direct my attention to both, ensuring you are aware of the breadth of member benefits available, encouraging you to take full advantage, and enhancing benefits globally wherever possible.

Bring IEEE to more global and local communities

IEEE is growing in regions all over the world, and I believe this is key to our future. There is a difference between IEEE being global – everywhere with uniform goals – and globalizing IEEE – addressing diverse needs at local levels. I will lead IEEE in enabling technologies that span multiple societies, providing technology-related insights into public policy, and using powerful communication tools, so we are both global and globalized.



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Frederick C. Mintzer

Fred Mintzer

(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)
IBM (Retired)
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Yorktown Heights, New York, USA
Fred Mintzer received a BSEE from Rutgers University and a PhD in EECS from Princeton University. He joined IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in 1978. Beginning in the middle 1980s, he managed a team that developed new technologies for image database applications and validated them in projects with cultural institutions that included the Vatican Library, Russia’s Hermitage Museum, and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. From 2001 until 2005, he managed the Visual Technologies Department which developed new technologies for digital imaging, computer graphics and data visualization. From 2005 until retirement in 2013, he was the Program Director for IBM’s Blue Gene Watson facility, which once included the world’s second fastest supercomputer.

He produced over fifty publications, twenty-five patents, and key features of several IBM offerings. His honors include recognition as an IEEE Fellow, membership in the IBM Academy of Technology and twice being named an IBM Research Master Inventor.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


COMMITTEES/BOARDS: IEEE Board of Directors, 2012, 2008-09. Technical Activities Board (TAB): Member, 2011-13, 2008-09, 2004-05; TAB Strategic Planning, Chair, 2013; VP Technical Activities and Chair, TAB and TAB Management Committee, 2012; IEEE New Initiatives Committee, 2013; TAB Ad Hoc on a New Level of TAB Recognition, Chair, 2012; TAB Nominations and Appointments, Chair, 2011. IEEE Nominations and Appointments, 2011. IEEE Governance, 2010. Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee, Chair, 2009. IEEE Audit Committee, 2008-09. Membership Development Committee, 2007.

SOCIETY: Signal Processing Society (SPS): Past-President and Nominations and Appointments Committee Chair, 2006-07; President, 2004-05; President-Elect and Chair of SPS Technical Directions Committee and Long Range Planning Committee, 2002-03; Board of Governors, Member-at-Large, 2000-01; Vice President - Finance, 1996-99.

PUBLICATIONS: Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Technical Community Spotlight, 2013-14.

CONFERENCES: 1995 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, Finance Chair.  1984 IEEE Digital Signal Processing Workshop, Technical Co-Chair.

AWARDS: IEEE Fellow, 1999. IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000. IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Meritorious Service Award, 2009.


I joined with leaders of MGA (Member and Geographic Activities) and PSPB (Publication Services and Products) to successfully advocate a new collaboration platform to enable IEEE members to better network, collaborate and create - all within a centralized hub.

I championed the three-pronged Open Access strategy that was endorsed by the IEEE Board of Directors and helped IEEE move forward in this space. We are now seeing Open Access successes.

Under my leadership, Technical Activities:

  • Ÿincreased its efforts in emerging technologies.
  • Ÿcreated on-line communities, free to all, that are centered on its emerging technology activities. They now have over 30,000 members.
  • Ÿcreated an e-magazine, IEEE Technical Community Spotlight, free to all members, that republishes Magazine articles on emerging technologies and tells readers how to participate in emerging technology activities. I also served as its first editor-in-chief.


The needs and expectations of today’s technology professionals are changing. Today’s tech professionals – especially young professionals - expect more and higher quality interactions within the IEEE and its communities. They also expect greater opportunities to engage with emerging technologies, which are homes of tomorrow’s jobs.

We need to create and provide more value for today’s members. Let me share some ways we might do this.

  • Evolve our collaboration platform to support new types of communities – including volunteers, practitioners, and entrepreneurs.
  • Create and strengthen offerings that target members employed in the private sector.    
  • Expand our emerging technology efforts and more broadly share their results.
  • Increase our humanitarian efforts. Many members take great pride in their membership because of them – and they demonstrate our commitment to our mission.
  • Develop crisper value propositions for key member audiences. Four of special importance are: industrial employees, young professionals, author/researchers, and tech professionals in emerging economies. They are our membership base and our membership growth opportunities.

If elected, I will support these and other ideas that create more value for members.


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