Below are the candidates for 2021 IEEE-USA President-Elect.

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

Deborah M. Cooper

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Deborah M. Cooper, PE
(Nominated by IEEE-USA)

DC Associates, LLC
Reston, Virginia, USA

Deborah M. Cooper is president and founder of an independent consulting firm specializing in Cybersecurity and has served on many industry and government advisory boards. Past positions include: Director, INFOSEC Business Development and Program Planning, Director of Advanced Technology, Director of Formal Methods at Unisys and System Development Corporation; and Principal, Cyber Technology at Booz Allen Hamilton. Cooper graduated with honors from UCLA.  While studying for her doctorate, Cooper created a database management system adopted for use at all University of California campuses and was awarded a University of California Administrative Fellowship. In 1989, she received the Unisys President’s Award for Technical Excellence.

Cooper is past IEEE Computer Society president, Division Director V, MGA Treasurer, and past board member of IEEE-USA, MGA, Technical Activities, Publication Services and Products and past guest editor for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and IEEE Software, and editorial board member for IEEE Security & Privacy.  

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Cooper has been an active IEEE volunteer for over 35 years. She is known for her commitment to our members and dedicated volunteers, her collegial and innovative leadership, and producing results.


  • IEEE Awards Board Policy & Portfolio Review Committee, 2020
  • TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee (PSC), 2020
  • IEEE-USA Non-Member Dues Revenue Opportunities Committee, 2019-2020
  • IEEE NextGen Implementation Oversight Committee, 2019-2020
  • Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Operations Committee, 2017-2020
  • IEEE-USA Committee on Communications Policy (CCP), 2013-2020
  • IEEE Investment Committee, 2014, 2020
  • MGA Board, 2011-2012, 2017-2019
  • IEEE Committee on Contracting, 2019
  • IEEE Subcommittee on Membership Price, Member Value and Base Dues, 2019
  • MGA Treasurer and IEEE Finance Committee (FinCom), 2017-2019
  • IEEE FinCom Financial Operations Manual (FOM) Rewrite Committee, 2018
  • Chair, Funding IEEE and OU Projects/Initiatives (FIOP) Committee, 2017-2018
  • IEEE FinCom Expense Committee, 2016-2017
  • IEEE-USA Board, 2015
  • Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee, 2007-2008, 2014-2015
  • Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB), 2010
  • IEEE IT Transition Committee, 2008-2010
  • IEEE Strategic Planning Committee, 2009
  • IEEE Public Visibility Committee, 2009
  • IEEE Board of Directors, Division Director V, 2008-2009
  • Technical Activities Board (TAB), 2006, 2008-2009
  • IEEE Alternative Membership Models Committee, 2006-2009
  • IEEE Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee, 2005


  • Region 2 YP/WIE RISE Advisor, 2017
  • Region 2 Technical Policy Issues Coordinator, Executive Committee (ExCom), 2010
  • Region 9 Computer Society Chapters Summit Coordinator, 2006


  • TAB Nominations & Appointments Committee, 2013-2014
  • TAB Finance Committee, 2009-2011
  • TAB Strategic Planning Committee, 2008-2010
  • TAB Committee on Technical Co-Sponsorship, 2009
  • TAB/MGA New Initiative on Marketing for Societies, 2008-2009
  • Task Force on Vulnerable Societies and Councils, 2008
  • TAB Business Model Task Force, 2008
  • IEEE Computer Society President, 2006
  • TAB Life Sciences Committee, 2006
  • Conference Revenue Opportunities (CRO) Committee, 2020
  • Conferences Financial Management (CFM) Committee, 2019
  • Technical Co-Sponsorship Committee, 2009
  • IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy Conference Committee, 1986-1994


Embracing Challenges and Innovating Opportunities

IEEE-USA is facing many challenges in the immediate future, with potentially significant financial impact. The current IEEE-USA Strategic Plan directs a sharper focus, which I support. We need to ensure that our career and professional products and services address all our members throughout their careers. We need to ensure that our public policy advocacy truly benefits our members, the profession and the public at large. We need to broaden our outreach beyond our traditional base to address a more diverse and inclusive IT workforce and membership, including women, young professionals, entrepreneurs, independent contractors, educators and practitioners in all IEEE fields of interest.

Challenges disrupt but also inspire innovation. As 2006 Computer Society president, I created an outreach initiative focusing on underserved and underrepresented IT communities worldwide, while also focusing on financial improvements. That experience made me aware that there are opportunities for IEEE-USA to build strategic partnerships across IEEE and with external organizations, and to innovate new revenue sources working in collaboration. We are significantly more successful when we work together.

Leaders serve for the good of those they represent. I look forward to working together with you to create an even better IEEE-USA.


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Keith A. Moore

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Keith A. Moore, PE
(Nominated by IEEE-USA)

Senior Engineer
US Army Information Systems Engineering Command
Fort Huachuca, Arizona, USA

Keith Moore currently works for the US Army Information Systems Engineering Command as a senior engineer at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Keith’s career has taken him all over the world to establish and maintain computer and communications systems. Keith holds a bachelor degree in electrical engineering and a master in business administration and management information systems. Keith maintains professional engineer status with the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration.

Keith has served in a number of volunteer and other organizations to work with others for the good of all stakeholders.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Activities

COMMITTEES/BOARDS: IEEE Board of Directors, Region 6 Director, 2019-2020; IEEE MGA Board of Directors, 2019-2020; IEEE-USA Board of Directors, 2019-2020; IEEE-USA PACE (Professional Activities Committees for Engineers) Board, Member, 2014-2015.

REGION: Region 6 PACE Chair 2014-2015; Region 6 Southwest Area Chair 2012-2013.

SECTION/CHAPTERS:  Fort Huachuca Treasurer 2002; Webmaster 2003; Secretary 2001; Vice-Chair 2006, 2015; PACE Chair 2008 and 2009.  

STUDENT BRANCH: University of Arizona in Sierra Vista Student Chapter Founding counselor 2015.

SOCIETIES:  AZ Reliability Society Chapter Founding Chair 2014-2015; Consumer Electronics Society Industry Relations Officer 2008.

CONFERENCES:  IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Technical Program Chair 2011, Vice-Chair 2012, Chair 2013.

OTHERS:  Fort Huachuca Women in Engineering Affinity Group Founding Chair 2011; Humanitarian Student Design Competition Judge 2011; Future City Competition Mentor 2002-2010.

Major Accomplishments

  • Established the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference’s (GHTC) technical program as the first Technical Program Chair and continued to lead the conference as Vice Chair and Chair for the conference to successfully manage budget and conference goals, and hand off to volunteers who continued to grow the conference.

  • As local Section Chair, the Chair of a Region sponsored conference (GHTC), the Area Chair, the Region PACE Chair, Region Director, and member of the Board of Directors I have had close interaction, planning, and work with the local Sections, Regions and staff to complete successful tasks and initiatives for IEEE-USA.  As IEEE-USA President, I will continue to work with the local, region, national, and international staff and members to advance IEEE and IEEE-USA goals in the U.S. and throughout the world to the betterment of IEEE, its members, and humanity.
  • Introduced expedited PACE Project approvals and tracking for more efficient and expedient project funding.
  • Founding Chair of the IEEE Arizona Reliability Society Chapter.
  • Founding Chair of the Fort Huachuca Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group.
  • Managed and judged the Global Humanitarian Student competition.


If elected I will work to create more collaboration opportunities across the local sections, societies, regions, IEEE-USA, and internationally.  I will use the staff, systems, policies, and procedures in place as well as augment with new ones that will enable the vision of IEEE-USA to come to fruition.  I will budget to reward members, student branches, local sections, and society chapters to fulfill the goals of IEEE-USA. I will work to eliminate tedious overhead and bureaucracy that stifles initiative, and empower those who have a spirit of industrious energy who will strive to better the members, the organization, and all of humanity.


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