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Below are the candidates for 2017 IEEE Technical Activities Vice President-Elect.

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


Susan K. “Kathy” Land

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(Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities Board)

Program Manager
US Department of Defense
Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Ms. Land is a program manager supporting the US Department of Defense. Ms. Land has served two terms on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Board of Directors. She has also served on the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) Board of Governors and in a variety of volunteer positions having previously served as the 2009 president of the IEEE-CS.  She served as a member of the IEEE-USA Board of Directors (2013, 2016) and in 2007, she was the recipient of the IEEE Standards Association Standards Medallion.  She has more than 25 years of industry experience in the application of software engineering methodologies, the management of information systems, and leadership of software development teams. Ms. Land is the author or co-author of a number of texts, papers, podcasts, webinars all supporting sound software engineering principles and practical application of software process methodologies. For additional information please visit:

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

My recent contributions:

Served as Technical Activities Board representative to the IEEE Internet Governance Initiative ad hoc, working with Standards Association to develop a strategic plan for IEEE’s long-term involvement in internet governance.

As a member of the Women in Engineering Committee (WIE), I analyzed and was primary author of recommendations for an effective Committee reporting and operational structure that included the proposal to move WIE’s reporting from the Board to MGA.  The subsequent approval of the proposal has had significant positive impact on WIE and other IEEE stakeholders.

As President of the IEEE Computer Society, I led efforts for financial recovery and future growth. I am directly responsible for the generation of a balanced budget and elimination of US$3.7M deficit.  As the primary author of the 2008 Computer Society strategic plan, we changed the process, incorporating measurable organizational and governance goals.

IEEE leadership roles and activities:

  • IEEE Board of Directors: Division V, 2014-2015; Division XIII, 2011-2012
  • IEEE-USA Board Member 2013, 2016
  • IEEE 2030 Ad Hoc, 2015-2016
  • New Initiatives, 2016
  • Awards Board N&A, 2013-2015
  • Women in Engineering: TAB Representative, 2010-2012; IEEE-CS Liaison, 2008
  • Ethics and Member Conduct Committee (EMCC), 2010, 2016
  • Infrastructure Ad Hoc, 2014
  • Internet Governance Ad Hoc, 2014


  • Technical Activities Board (TAB) Committees:
    • Strategic Planning, 2015-2016
    • Finance, 2013-2014
    • Technical Management, 2012-2014
    • Society Review, Member 2012-2014
    • Ethics and Conflict Resolution: Chair 2010; Member 2008-2011
    • Industrial Ad Hoc, 2012
    • Structure Ad Hoc, 2011
  • Computer Society (IEEE-CS):
    • President, 2009
    • 1st Vice President 2007-2008
    • 2nd Vice President, 2006-2007
    • Board of Governors, 2005-2008
    • Conferences and Tutorials Vice President, 2007-2008
    • Standards Activities: Vice President, 2004-2006: Standards Activities Board (SAB), 2002-2008
    • Software and Systems Engineering Standards: Management Board (S2ESC), 2001-2005; Executive Committee (S2ESC), 2001-2008
  • Region 3 Awards Chair, 2016
  • Standards Association, Member, 2000-present
  • P1490 Standards Working Group, Chair, 2002-2004


If elected to serve as the Vice President for Technical Activities I will:

  • Work to provide value to each member by leveraging the diversity and breadth of the IEEE technical community. I believe strongly that our diversity requires a flexible framework not a ‘one-size fits all’ solution. I will work diligently to ensure that we continue to provide products at their premier quality level and to increase our professional membership and prestige worldwide. 
  • Encourage interaction and communication among the IEEE operating units and within the Technical Activity community. There is still much work to be accomplished to support IEEE as a whole and to sponsor technical activities that support collaboration, interoperability, marketing, and expansion.  I will enthusiastically support the development of new services and products, bringing an optimistic outlook to long-term planning.
  • Continue to support efforts to clarify financial reporting and promote fiscal responsibility. It is crucial that we work with others within IEEE so that the efforts within Technical Activities are prioritized within the IEEE goals and vision, while providing the most benefit to our membership. The IEEE and TAB are working to deliver increasing value to our members and I will continue to support those efforts.

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Sergio Benedetto

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(Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities Board)

Politecnico di Torino
Torino, Italy

Sergio Benedetto is a professor at Politecnico di Torino. Active for over 30 years in the field of digital communications, he coauthored 4 books and over 250 papers. He received the "Premio Siemens per le Telecomunicazioni" in 1973, the "Premio Bianchi" of AEI in 1974, the "Premio Bonavera" in 1976, the "Gold Medal Award of Siemens Telecomunicazioni" in 1993 and 1995, the "Italgas International Prize for Research and Technological Innovation" in 1998, the “Cristoforo Colombo International Award for Communications” in 2006, the “IEEE Communications Society Edwin Howard Armstrong Award” in 2008 and the “2015 Communication Theory Outstanding Service Award”. He has been Chair of the Communication Theory Technical Committee, was TP Chair of the Communication Theory Symposium at ICC 2000 and ICC 2006, and General Chair of the 2004 Communication Theory Workshop. An IEEE Fellow, Sergio has been Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications and a Distinguished Lecturer of ComSoc.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE ACTIVITIES: IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB): 2014-2015, IEEE TAB Periodicals Committee; 2008-2011, PSPB Strategic Planning Committee; 2014-2016, IEEE Ad Hoc on the Future of Information and Convening; 2015, IEEE Ad Hoc on Infrastructure; 2014, PSPB Member-at-Large: 2016-2018.

SOCIETY ACTIVITIES: Sergio has been Vice President of Technical Activities of IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) in 2006-2007, Vice-President for Publications in 2008-2009, Vice President for Member Relations in 2010-2011, President of the IEEE Communications Society in 2014-2015.

As a member of the Periodicals Committee of IEEE TAB I worked with society presidents in making the process of launching new periodicals more transparent and easier to follow, through an internal Sub-Committee of the Planning Committee aimed at tutoring the proposers of new periodicals during the submission of Phase 1 and 2 proposals. Within the IEEE PSPB Strategic Planning Committee, I contributed to the issue of IEEE positioning in the Open Access arena. Some of my major accomplishments have been within the IEEE Communications Society, for which I have served in 3 Vice President positions and as President. In the latter position, I have been able in 2015 to bring the society to break even from a previous year (2014) deficit of about US$1,000,000.  Also, as President, I enhanced the collaboration with IEEE Standards Association introducing new standard groups and adding a Standard Supplement to Communications Magazine. I revamped the whole Society strategy to increase industry participation in ComSoc by inviting industry members to Publication and Conference Boards. In TAB as President of the Communications Society, I have been one of the leaders of the societies Presidents movement advocating a better financial transparency in IEEE budget. The result has been so far very effective, bringing benefits to Organizational Units in the identification of weaknesses and strengths in their business, and also to IEEE as a whole.


Technical Activities are at the very core of IEEE activities. They provide the “products” that generate most of the IEEE’s revenues, thanks to the dedication, competence, and hard work of thousands of volunteers. It is within TAB that the volunteers are engaged in the various Organizational Units (societies in particular), interact between them and the IEEE leadership, and it is crucial that this interaction be constructive, fair to all parties involved and endowed with mutual respect. If elected, one of my goals will be to improve the relationships between TAB and societies, to further enhance the process of making transparent the IEEE budget in general (and TAB in particular)  that I started successfully with some society Presidents already in the past years.

In the archival publishing and conference organization arena dotted with more agile, rapidly reacting and sometimes less impartial competitors, IEEE has an invaluable asset: the best scientists in the IEEE fields of interest willing to serve their community as volunteers. If elected, I will engage in those goals with the positive and factual attitude that characterizes engineering work: never rely on hearsay or impressions, but on facts, and take decisions based on experiments and trials and never on ideologies.


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