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Below are the candidates for the 2020 IEEE President-Elect. The 2020 President-Elect will become President in 2021.

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

Susan K. "Kathy" Land

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(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Program Manager
US Department of Defense
Huntsville, Alabama, USA


Ms. Susan K. (Kathy) Land is an acknowledged expert and author in the field of software engineering standardization, software process improvement, and engineering project management.  As 2018 Vice President of IEEE Technical Activities, Ms. Land expanded the focus on diversity, entreprenuership, future directions, young professionals, and standards.  Ms. Land demonstrated senior executive leadership experience in a career spanning industry and government systems and software product acquisition and development.

Ms. Land is an IEEE Fellow receiving numerous awards for performance and service, which include the Northrop Grumman/TASC President’s Coin, Huntsville Professional of the Year, Huntsville Association of Technical Societies Moquin Award, IEEE Computer Society (CS) Richard E. Merwin Award and the IEEE Standards Association Standards Medallion.  She served as the 2009 president of the IEEE CS, three terms on the IEEE Board of Directors, and two terms as a member of the IEEE-USA Board of Directors. More at


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


IEEE Accomplishments: Ms. Land served in a wide range of leadership roles. Her efforts supported practical improvements, membership engagement and operational efficiencies to reduce IEEE costs and volunteer workloads while improving IEEE diversity, worldwide reach, and products and services:

  • Championed IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) and IEEE-Wide Diversity and Inclusion initiatives across IEEE (2016-2018).
  • Improved TAB IEEE Young Professionals (YP) program, developing key engagement strategies and creating new development action plans (2017-2018).
  • Supported the creation of the IEEE Entrepreneurship committee, critical to continuation and success in this area (2016-2018).
  • Improved clarity with IEEE and TAB Nominations & Appointments, providing transparency for both TAB and the IEEE nominations & appointments processes (2018-2019).
  • Improved TAB Future Directions initiatives. Allocated permanent $150K budget transfer to support transition funding (2018).
  • Created TAB Committee on Standards to promote standards development within TAB Societies and Councils (2017-2018).
  • Proposed IEEE financial transparency and simplification, and actively participated in TAB-wide Financial Transparency Initiative (2005-present).
  • Created an Ad Hoc to support improvements related to IEEE Contracts to include decision authority, workflow transparency, risk management, efficiency of execution, and change management (2017). 

IEEE Activities (only select lead positions): 

  • IEEE Board of Directors, Director Division V (2014-15)
  • IEEE Board of Directors, Director Division XIII (2011-2012)
  • Vice President Technical Activities (TAB Chair and IEEE Director, Elect-2017, Past-2019) 
  • Chair, TAB Strategic Planning Committee (2019)
  • IEEE-USA Board of Directors (2013, 2016)
  • TAB Representative to IEEE WIE (2010-2012)
  • TAB Ethics and Conflict Resolution Committee (Chair 2010) 
  • Region 3 Executive Committee (2016, 2017)
  • MGA Region 3 Awards Chair (2016)
  • IEEE Computer Society (CS) President (2009)
  • IEEE CS Vice President of Conferences and Tutorials (2007, 2008) 
  • IEEE CS Vice President of Standards Activities, (2004-2006)
  • IEEE CS Board of Governors (2005-2008) 
  • Chair, P1490 Standards Working Group, (2002-2004)



One of the great choices that I made over 20+ years ago was to become involved in IEEE. This decision define who I am both personally and technically.  I saw how effective each person could be – how you could empower other volunteers and together collectively make positive changes to our profession - I was hooked!  This is what I want to share with every individual working in technology.  

IEEE is a large and complex organization and individuals are motivated to come to us for our products and services, or to volunteer.  My objectives are to make practical improvements that inspire people to call IEEE their technical home.  If elected, I commit to:

  • Improve the IEEE organization by increasing diversity and awareness of global issues, encouraging communication and engagement across all units of IEEE.
  • Promote and empower the next generation of technical experts by supporting STEM engagement, Student Chapters, and our YP and WIE Affinity groups.
  • Expand our current portfolio of products and services for industry and entrepreneurs.
  • Improve the IEEE business process framework and continue my efforts to clarify financial reporting and promote fiscal responsibility.

I thank you for your support of the IEEE and for helping to make IEEE the technical professional’s lifelong network of choice. Let’s work together to make IEEE the first place people go to for the highest quality technical information. 

"Leadership is not about the next election, it's about the next generation." Simeon Sinek



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Dejan S. Milojicic

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(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Distinguished Technologist
Hewlett Packard Labs
Palo Alto, California, USA


Dejan is a distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs, Palo Alto, CA (1998-) leading system software teams over 4 continents and projects with budgets of hundreds US$M. He worked at the OSF Research Institute in Cambridge, MA and at the Mihajlo Pupin Institute in Belgrade, Serbia. Milojicic received his PhD from Kaiserslautern University, Germany; and his MSc/BSc from Belgrade University, Serbia. He was a technical director of the Open Cirrus Cloud Computing Testbed, with academic, industrial and government sites in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has published 2 books and 180 papers; he has 37 granted patents. He is an IEEE Fellow (2010) and ACM Distinguished Engineer (2008). Milojicic was on 8 PhD thesis committees and taught Cloud management course at SJSU. As president of the IEEE Computer Society (2014), he started Technology Predictions, the top viewed CS news. As the industry engagement chair, he started IEEE Infrastructure’18 conference. 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Recent Leadership Roles:

  • Board of Directors (2017-2018)
  • Audit Chair (2018)
  • Industry Engagement (Ad-hoc) Chair (2015-2017), elevating it to standing committee in 2018
  • Computer Society President (2014)

Major IEEE Committees and Boards:

  • New Initiatives (2017-2018)
  • Audit (2017-2019)
  • Industry Engagement (2018-2019)
  • Awards (2018)
  • Fellows (2016)

As Industry Engagement Chair:

  • started a new conference IEEE Infrastructure’18 by industry and for industry 
  • started Confluence events which resulted in report on AI/ML applied to cybersecurity and preparing Grand Challenge
  • surveyed industry requirements by organizing board outreaches to Silicon Valley, China, Japan, Germany, Taiwan (leader), Israel
  • created a portfolio of products and services: industry summit, technology trend papers, Xplore I/F testing 

As Audit Committee Chair:

  • led the committee in monitoring and assessing financial, reputation, IT and other risks for the IEEE 
  • drove portfolio and line of business financial analyses 
  • contributed to the cross-organizational improvements for the process of auditing conferences 
  • on behalf of IEEE Board, oversaw financials of IEEE GlobalSpec by working with IEEE GlobalSpec Board 

As IEEE Computer Society President (2014) and Division Director (2017-2018):

  • reduced the financial deficit by 37% and identified new revenue sources
  • founding editor of IEEE Computing Now, a mashup-based society-wide content delivery model
  • principal editor of IEEE CS 2022 Technical Report, a technical underpinning for 2 CS strategic plans
  • the first chair of the IEEE Special Technical Communities, introduced practices and established this new approach which served as a model to IEEE Communities
  • instituted the Spirit of Computer Society Award (2014), awarded annually to one volunteer and one staff member who best reflect the spirit of this organization
  • initiated and led Technology Predictions (2015-2019), the highest CS news releases (picked up by 294 media outlets, 84.6M audience for 2018), second on both Google and Bing search
  • organized the IEEE Computing Society Fellows event and mailing list, increasing Fellows awareness


IEEE is at inflection points of the changing engineering profession, global society, and membership models. IEEE has a great opportunity to influence technology and benefit humanity. My three main goals are to:

  • Increase IEEE’s relevance to existing and new industry members, and connect them better with members from academia and government. Inform members of short-, and long-term trends affecting their profession. Help members make informed career decisions and increase their professional recognition. Broaden IEEE corporate partnership with startups. Strengthen industry events.
  • Create innovative IEEE products and services. Modernize events to be of higher practical value, e.g. introduce meetup model. Offer high end services to enterprises, governments, and non-government organizations, e.g. cyber Grand Challenge. Create light-weight, right-timed standards, e.g. interoperable AI.
  • Reinvigorate global membership models, from traditional pay-based (400K), to engagement (~4M authors, readers, attendees) and broader reach (18.2M software developers). Reverse growing dues trend, subsidize $10 membership fee reduction annually. Grow IEEE-USA into IEEE Global Policy and introduce IEEE-Europe and IEEE-Asia. Expand into growing regions, such as Asia, Africa, and South America while revitalizing Americas/Europe membership. Focus on globalization while honoring localization. 

As an innovator from industry with strong ties to academia and government and with a global background, I have a proven track record as a catalyst of change and of getting things done in a timely manner. The changes I have introduced were inclusive in execution and embraced by those impacted. I believe that I am well suited to lead these changes as the president of IEEE.



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The balloting period runs from 15 August 2019 until 12pm ET USA (16:00 UTC) on 1 October 2019.

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