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.
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.
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.
My significant, recent contributions include:
Additionally, I contributed to numerous activities including:
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.
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:
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.
If elected, I will support these and other ideas that create more value for members.