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Below are the candidates for IEEE Division V Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2015; Delegate/Director, 2016-2017.

Division V:

  • Computer Society

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


Paolo A. Montuschi

Paolo Montuschi

(Nominated by IEEE Division V)

Professor of Computer Engineering and Deputy Chair
Department of Control and Computer Engineering
Polytechnic University of Turin
Turin, Italy

Paolo Montuschi is full Professor of Computer Engineering and Deputy Department Chair at the Polytechnic University of Turin. Previously, he was Chair of Department (2003-2011), Chair of the Financial External Affairs Board, Deputy Chair of the IT Department and Member of the Board of Governors, Spinoff and Patents Board, Department Chairs Council, PhD Programs Advisory Board.

Since 1995 Montuschi has been serving as Chair or Member of several scientific and management national and international Boards. He has a PhD in computer engineering; his research interests cover computer arithmetic, graphics, architectures, and electronic publications. He scientifically collaborates worldwide with universities and industries.

Montuschi is an IEEE Fellow and a Computer Society Golden Core Member. He was recently inducted into the International Academy of Sciences of Turin. His paper “Augmented Reading: The Present and Future of Electronic Scientific Publications” (IEEE Computer, Jan. 2014) outlines his vision about the publications’ future.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


Montuschi extensively contributed to the activities of the Computer Society by proposing several new products and services, inclusive of innovative models for knowledge dissemination. Currently, he is actively involved in the IEEE and the Computer Society championing new publication frameworks, fostering the engagement also of the Young Generations of engineers and practitioners, and reinforcing International Collaboration and Geographical Diversity. In June 2014 Montuschi was selected as the next Editor in Chief of the Transactions on Computers.

  • IEEE Fellow elevation (2014)
  • Associate Editor in Chief of the Transactions on Computers (2013-2014);
  • Member of the Steering Committee and Associate Editor of the Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (2013-2014);
  • Member of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (2014);
  • Member of the IEEE Products and Services Committee (2014);
  • Member of the IEEE TAB Awards and Recognition Committee (2014);
  • Associate Editor of the Transactions on Computers (2009-2012, 2000-2004);
  • Chair of the Magazine Operations Committee of the Computer Society (2013-2014);
  • Recipient of the Golden Core Award of the Computer Society (2012);
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the Computer Society (2012-2013);
  • Member of the Computer Society Fellows Committee (2014);
  • Member of the Computer Society Publications Board (2013-2014, 2011, 2008-2009);
  • Member and Representative of The Institute Editorial Advisory Board (2014);
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Computing Now (2011-2014);
  • Chair of the Electronic Products and Services Committee of the Computer Society (2012);
  • Chair of the Digital Library Operations Committee of the Computer Society (2011);
  • Member of the IEEE Ad Hoc Committee for Quality of Conference Articles in IEEE Xplore (2009);
  • Member of Computer Society Boards and Committees, including: Audit Committee, Digital Library Operations Committee, Internal Review Ad-Hoc Committee, Conference Publication Operations Committee, Electronic Products & Services Committee (2006-2014);
  • Program Co-Chair, Member of Program and Steering Committees of the IEEE Symposium on Computer Arithmetic (1997-2014).


A Division Director must face important issues with leadership. The long-standing tradition-and-brand paradigm has been bypassed; moreover, the global economic picture clearly shows that external forces have changed the traditional outlook and they are bringing even more changes. Professional Organizations must redesign themselves and enter a competitive arena with new scenarios and rules. We need a Leadership that cuts the loop of planning the future under paradigms that were viable in an economy and geography more than 10 years ago. The future also passes through the Young Generations, International Collaboration and Geographical Diversity.

I have experience and achievements in research and management with diverse technical and strategic visions, and I consider innovation as an opportunity and not another product to sell. What I am bringing to the table are myself and my different perspectives. So, if you like to take an opportunity to depart from tradition, I am committed to continue serving the IEEE with the same enthusiasm and dedication as I had in my previous services.

Thank you in advance for your vote.


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Harold Javid

Harold Javid

(Nominated by IEEE Division V)

Director, Microsoft Research Connections
Americas/Australia/New Zealand Regional Program
Microsoft Corporation
Redmond, Washington, USA

Harold Javid has enjoyed a career at the intersection of industry and academia. After completing a PhD in EE from UIUC, Harold worked for small companies as electronics division manager and general manager and in large companies including GE and Boeing as researcher and team manager. In 1998, after turning around a small company and then supporting its sale, he followed his heart back to his technical love—by joining Microsoft. In his present role at Microsoft, he is responsible for regional connections and creating focused collaborations between Microsoft Research and universities in North America, Latin America, and Australia. Harold loves the academic interactions and opportunities to gain understanding of the global academic ecosystem.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Conferences and journals  

  • Active participant in IEEE conferences, both as attendee and presenter
  • Published in IEEE journals
  • Active participant in the background organization of IEEE International Conference on eScience as an industry partner (Chair of Microsoft eScience Workshop which is held concurrently with the IEEE conference)
  • Related experience, I have served as the General Chair of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit since 2006 – which provides broad experience with budget management, creation of strong technical programs, and logistics management.

IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors 

  • Member 2013
  • Assistant Treasurer 2014

Computer Society Strategic planning  

  • During 2011, I served on the Computer Society Strategic Planning Committee sponsored by President Sorel Reisman

IEEE Computer Society Industry Advisory Board  

  • Member April 2010 to March 2011
  • Chair April 2011 to December 2012
  • Resigned December 2012 when elected to serve on Computer Society Board of Governors
  • 2014 Once again a member of IAB

Chapter Activities Board  

  • R6 Coordinator January 2009 to December 2009

Member and Geographic Activities Board  

  • Secretary January 2010 – December 2010
  • Vice Chair Member Development Committee January 2011 to December 2011  


Two broad challenges face us:

  • The way we engage with each other in society, gather information and learn are undergoing a transformation. These are changing the view of new generations of electrical engineers and computer scientists as to membership value and professional societies participation.
  • These new realities are placing pressure within the IEEE that has the potential to negatively impact the society through internal resistance to change based on processes and technologies on one hand and financial pressures on the other.

I will energetically strive to understand the impact of these challenges on our society through consultation with society leadership, defend our needs, and inform the broader IEEE of areas where we are leading, as a means to support our society and the IEEE more broadly. We all need to continue to work together to understand what programs should remain unchanged and where a new approach is needed to adapt to the future. I do not view day-to-day activities participation as the measure of success. Rather I believe we have to keep in view our desired outcomes.


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