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The biographies of the IEEE Presidents and IEEE Executive Director are listed below.

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2014 IEEE President and CEO

J. Roberto de Marca

J. Roberto de Marca

J. Roberto de Marca was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. He has been in the faculty of the Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro (PUC/Rio), since 1978 where he has held several leadership and administrative positions including Associate Academic Vice President for Sponsored Research. Twice on leave, Dr. de Marca served as Scientific Consultant with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Torino and more recently he was a Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and a Guest Scientist at the NEC Europe Research Labs, Heidelberg, Germany. 
He was founding President of the Brazilian Telecommunications Society and in 1990, Prof. de Marca was appointed Scientific Director of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) where he approved the initial funding of the national research network that opened the way for the widespread use of Internet in Brazil. He was a delegate to several ITU-R TG8/1 meetings, also chair of a working group on QoS, where the wireless 3G technology specifications were developed. From 2009 to 2011 he was a member of FINEP’s (the largest Brazilian R&D and Innovation funding agency) Presidential Advisory Board. 

He is an IEEE Fellow and a full member of both the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and Brazilian National Academy of Engineering. Dr. de Marca was the 2000-2001 President of the IEEE Communications Society. In 2008 he held the office of IEEE Vice President of Technical Activities. He will serve as 2014 IEEE President and CEO.

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2014 IEEE President-Elect

Howard E. Michael

Howard E. Michel

Consultant, HEM Consulting
Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA

Since joining IEEE more than four decades ago, Howard has held a variety of leadership positions, including Vice President of Member and Geographic Activities (MGA), where he led efforts to enhance IEEE’s member and volunteer communities. In addition to his efforts within MGA, Howard also chaired the Public Visibility Committee that created IEEE’s “Advancing Technology for Humanity” tagline.
An IEEE Senior Member, Howard has been a member of the faculty of the University of Dayton and is currently at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where he has graduated 3 Ph.D. and 35 MS students. In addition, Howard is a consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense and private industry, specializing in the area of embedded systems, avionics, instrumentation and systems engineering. He has authored and published dozens of papers on intelligent systems, artificial neural networks and optical computing. Howard also holds patents for a distributed seismic and acoustic sensor system for detecting low flying aircraft, and an advanced artificial neural network based on high frequency analog signals.
Prior to his efforts as a consultant, Howard had a long and distinguished career as a U.S. Air Force pilot, satellite launch director, and engineer. While with the U.S. Air Force, he served as a senior U.S. Government technical representative enforcing technology-transfer control plans and procedures during two satellite launches, working with key technology leaders in the People’s Republic of China. Other achievements include successfully launching seven U.S. satellites by directing launch-base test and integration involving booster, satellite, and telemetry-range hardware; and developing U.S. Department of Defense engineering processes for mission-critical computer systems.

2014 IEEE Past President

Peter Staecker

Peter W. Staecker

Peter Staecker holds B.S. and E.E. degrees from MIT, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Polytechnic University. His professional career started in 1972 at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he developed microwave design and test techniques for satellite communications. In 1986 he joined M/A-COM, where he led program, product, and process development, then helped the company’s transition from defense to commercial markets. During this period he also established strong ties with US and European universities and with research organizations. He retired from M/A-COM as Director of Research & Development.
Dr. Staecker served industry and government on manufacturing and advisory panels and is Consulting Editor to Microwave Journal. 
He is Past President and Honorary Life Member of the MTT Society and is an IEEE Life Fellow. His 28-year service to IEEE includes leadership roles in Finance, Strategic Planning, Publications, and Membership. He has served on the IEEE Board of Directors for five years.

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IEEE Executive Director

E. James (Jim) Prendergast

E. James (Jim) Prendergast

Prior to joining IEEE, Jim served as Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for DuPont Electronic & Communication Technologies, a $4-billion global enterprise. His broad technical background leveraged DuPont's strong materials and technology base to accelerate growth in the "high-tech" markets of electronics and communications. In this capacity, he led the research and development functions, coordinating long-term applied research efforts in corporate R&D centers and searching out new opportunities for growth. New business ventures emerging from this work, in flat-panel displays, PV, fuel cells, and photonics, were incubated under Jim’s guidance. In February 2003, he was elected to the DuPont Photomasks (DPMI) Board of Directors and remained through the successful acquisition of DPMI by Toppan in April 2005.
Previously, Jim was Vice President and Director of Motorola’s Physical Sciences Research Laboratories. During his tenure he directed long-range research in future integrated systems (memory, semiconductor materials, nanostructures, quantum devices, etc.), energy (thermoelectrics, fuel cells, etc.), lab-on-a-chip (microfluidics, DNA analyses, etc.), and various speculative "reach-out" initiatives. Other assignments at Motorola included directing the Wireless Research & Development Laboratory, leading the Microcontroller and Mixed-Mode Technology Center, and serving as Chief Technologist and Director of Strategy, all within Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector (now Freescale Semiconductor).
Jim’s first role following his doctorate was leading the development, importation, installation, and support of process and device modeling tools for silicon and GaAs technologies for AT&T Bell Laboratories.
An IEEE Senior member, Jim earned a bachelor's degree in Science and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Sydney University in Australia. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University.

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