Below are the candidates for the 2021 IEEE President-Elect. The 2021 President-Elect will become President in 2022.

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

2020 IEEE Annual Election

Balloting for the 2020 IEEE Annual Election has now ended. Results will be available following the certification of results by the IEEE Tellers Committee on 12 October. 

Saifur Rahman

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(Nominated by Petition)

Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Virginia Tech

Arlington, Virginia, USA

Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering.  He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He was the President of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019.  He was the chair of IEEE Publications Board and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors in 2006. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrifications Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE PES, and has lectured on smart grid, energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, demand response and distributed generation topics in over 30 countries on all six continents.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


IEEE Accomplishments - Under my leadership, the Power & Energy Society started the IEEE PES Corporate Engagement Program, designed for the employer to pay the employee’s IEEE membership dues, and in return getting some benefits from PES. This engages the organization more closely with IEEE. Additionally, this program allows the employer to recognize higher performing engineers or faculty members. I signed the first Corporate Membership MoU under this program in November 2017. PES has so far signed 10 such MoUs with power companies and universities in China, India and the US. Simultaneously I worked on engaging with members at the grassroots level. In order to provide a direct link between our chapter leaders, who represent us locally, and the society governing board, I have set up PES Chapters’ Councils in China, India, Africa and Latin America with chapter chairs as the core members. These councils have empowered local leaders to initiate local programs.  Furthermore, in order to provide lifelong learning opportunities for IEEE members, I led the efforts to set up the PES University. This “university” offers tutorials, webinars, plain-talk courses – some online, some face-to-face – in the field of interest of PES.


IEEE Activities – President, IEEE Power & Energy Society (2018-2019); President-elect, IEEE PES (2016-2017); EIC, IEEE Electrification Magazine (2014-2015); Division VII Representative, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (2014-2019); Vice President, PES Publications (2012-2013); EIC, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy (2011-2012); Chair, TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee (2007-2010); Chair, IEEE PSPB N&A Committee (2009); Vice President, IEEE PSPB and Member, IEEE Board of Directors (2006); Chair, TAB Periodicals Committee and Vice Chair, IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (2004-2005); Member, Editorial Board, Proceedings of the IEEE (2004-2009); Vice President, PES Publications (2001-2003); Member, Educational Activities Board (2002); Member, Sensors Council (2000); Member, IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee (1998-2020).




As IEEE President my focus will be to make IEEE more global and more relevant to technology professionals all over the world, by the following actions:


  • Demonstration of relevance. Through proactive outreach and demonstrating benefits of IEEE membership, with unparalleled networking opportunities at over 2000 international IEEE conferences (face-to-face or virtual), access to the finest technological literature, massive resources for up-skilling, innovative collaboration facilities with like-minded colleagues worldwide, we can powerfully demonstrate IEEE’s relevance to current and prospective members.
  • Deeper engagement with technologists at grassroots level.  To provide direct links between the chapter leadership (who represent us locally) and society governing board, I set up highly effective IEEE Power & Energy Society Chapters’ Councils in China, India, Africa and Latin America that organize enormously successful local events and meaningful outreach to local industry. I shall mirror these pioneering developments throughout IEEE.
  • Enhanced lifelong learning opportunities. I helped establish the immensely popular online PES University. This “university” offers invaluable tutorials, webinars, plain-talk courses in Power & Energy Society’s Field of Interest. I propose to launch an IEEE University encompassing all IEEE’s fields of interest to support career development of practicing engineers.
  • Giving life to our motto, Advancing Technology for Humanity. The global events of recent months have shown that technologists play a critical role for humanity. Let us employ the matchless facilities IEEE offers, to address the post-COVID ‘new normal’ supporting remote working, international collaboration, continuing professional development, ambitious technology development, promote renewable energy, expedite Sustainability, and build a resilient future.
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S.K. Ramesh

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(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Director AIMS2 Program,
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
California State University (CSU), Northridge
Northridge, California, USA


S. K. Ramesh is a renowned engineering educator with over three decades of leadership experience as a dean, department chair, and faculty member. The programs he established serve industry practitioners in high wage, high demand fields, including renewable energy, assistive technology, and advanced manufacturing. As 2016-17 Vice President of Educational Activities, he championed collaboration, diversity, and inclusive excellence, through innovative programs like IEEE Learning Network (ILN).

Ramesh is an IEEE Fellow recognized for “contributions to entrepreneurship in engineering education”, and founding Director of CSU Northridge’s internationally recognized AIMS2 program that mentors and supports underrepresented minorities in engineering. His many recognitions include the John Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year, William Johnson International award for “leadership and contributions to the profession”, and Region 6 Community Service award. Ramesh has served on the Boards of IEEE and ABET, leading volunteers and staff with shared strategic goals, measurable outcomes, and transparent fiscal leadership.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Ramesh has served IEEE in several leadership roles for over 38 years. His efforts have strengthened collaboration and member engagement, resulting in innovative programs that span the gamut from continuing education to pre-university education, and products and services that support members across the continuum of their careers:

  • Restructured IEEE Educational Activities to attract a diverse pool of volunteer leaders, emphasize accountability, and the pursuit of shared goals with measurable outcomes (2016-17)
  • Co-championed the IEEE Learning Network (ILN) in collaboration with all OU’s as a one-stop shop for all IEEE continuing education products and services (launched 2019)
  • Championed and implemented the Try Engineering Summer Camps and Try Engineering Together e-mentoring program (2017)
  • Enhanced EPICS in IEEE program with an MOU with Purdue University and launched the EPICS in IEEE India Pilot to promote project based learning and faculty professional development (2016-18)
  • Expanded IEEE-HKN globally to serve all 10 Regions in IEEE, and increased industry support (2016)
  • Promoted and Improved the quality of technical education worldwide through leadership on the ABET Board of Directors

IEEE Activities (select leadership positions)

IEEE Board of Directors (2016-17)

Vice-President Educational Activities, (EAB Chair – 2016-17, Past – 2018-19)

President, IEEE-HKN, 2016 (Elect – 2015, Past – 2017)

Chair, IEEE-HKN Development Committee (2018-present)

Fellows Committee (2018)

Publication Services and Products Board (2020)

Treasurer and Trustee, IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, (2012-14)

IEEE Awards Board, (2010-13)

ABET Board of Directors, (2013-15, 2019-present), and Director Engineering Area Delegation, (2019-present)

ABET Board of Delegates, (2015-19)

Associate Editor-in-Chief IEEE e-Learning Library Editorial Board, (2012-13)

IEEE Educational Activities Board, (Pre-University Education, Chair, 2014-15, Awards and Recognition, Chair, 2010-13)

IEEE Exhibits Program Strategic Summit, Chair (2015)

Region 6 Central Area, Chair, (2001-04), Student Activities, Chair, (1994-95, 1998-2000)

Sacramento Section, Chair (1992-93)

Photonics Society, Sacramento Chapter, Chair, (1989-93, 2004-07)

Student Branch Counselor, CSU Sacramento (1990-2006).


IEEE’s mission of “Advancing Technology for Humanity” has never been more relevant. Today, we are witnessing an extraordinary test of the human spirit as we combat the global COVID-19 pandemic. The entire world is turning to virtual modalities to protect lives. Everything that we know in the world of today will be different when we emerge from this crisis.

How do we serve our members in these uncertain times, and adapt our structures to support IEEE’s mission aligned priorities in the future? Personally speaking, my IEEE experiences of almost four decades have taught me some timeless values: To be Inclusive, Collaborative, Accountable, Resilient, and Ethical. Simply put, “I CARE”.

If elected, you can count on me to:

Grow IEEE globally and empower volunteers to improve their local communities by promoting a culture of transparency, and inclusion

Offer members customized access to continuing education programs, and industry relevant workshops

Increase the value of products and services with prudent fiscal leadership

Engage members and support their ongoing professional and career needs

Empower and strengthen our Student Chapters, YP, WIE, and Entrepreneurship affinity groups

Energize IEEE members working at the forefront of grand challenges for engineering facing humanity

Our members are the heart and soul of IEEE. They create enormous value for IEEE through their contributions. IEEE has the power to hold our profession together and support engineers worldwide. I humbly request your vote and support to work together, to create an IEEE “Of the Members”, “By the Members” and “For the Members”.


Recorded candidate video message is available on at and in the electronic ballot during balloting period at

K. J. Ray Liu

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(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Distinguished University Professor and

Christine Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology

University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland, USA

I received Ph.D. from UCLA in 1990. My research contributions encompass broad areas of information and communications technology with recent focus on wireless AI for indoor positioning and wireless sensing. I have trained over sixty-eight doctoral/postdoctoral students, of which ten have become IEEE Fellow.

I am the recipient of two IEEE Technical Field Awards: 2021 IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing and 2016 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society 2009 Technical Achievement Award, 2014 Society Award (highest award bestowed by SPS) for “influential technical contributions and profound leadership impact”, and over a dozen best paper/invention awards. Recognized by Web of Science as a Highly Cited Researcher, I am a Fellow of IEEE, AAAS, and U.S. National Academy of Inventors.

As the founder of Origin Wireless, my invention won 2017 CEATEC Grand Prix Award and CES 2020 Innovation Award, with products available over 150 countries worldwide.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Board/Committees

  • IEEE Vice President – Technical Activities, 2019 (Elect 2018; Past 2020)
  • Co-Chair, New Engagement Model and Opportunities, 2019
  • IEEE Board of Directors as Division IX Director, 2016-17 (Elect 2015)
  • Chair, TAB New Business Models and Services Ad Hoc Committee, 2016
  • Fellow Committee, 2015-16
  • Founder of FinTrans Group, 2013-16
  • Lead, IEEE DataPort, 2013-16
  • TAB Finance Committee Member, 2014-16
  • Periodical Committee, 2009
  • Transactions Committee, 2006-08
  • Magazine Committee, 2003-05


Signal Processing Society

  • Past President, 2014
  • President, 2012-13
  • President-Elect, 2010-11
  • Vice President – Publications, 2006-08
  • Board of Governors, 2004-05
  • Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, 2003-05
  • Chair, Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee, 1999-2001
  • Transactions on Mobile Computing Steering, 2007-08
  • Transactions on Multimedia Steering, 2007-08
  • General Chair, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) (2007)


I start the financial transparency movement in 2013 with the support of over 100+ society/council presidents to demand transparency in finance and decision making so that one can understand the real financial impact to make informed decisions. It is now fully recognized by many that it is critically important to IEEE.

I proposed and created the IEEE DataPort to offer data repository services as a new benefit and value proposition for our members. It supports open science and reproducible research by hosting data that are citable and useful for our community. The number of users and data have grown exponentially to over 400,000+ users in just over one year.

I also proposed and co-led the development of the IEEE app as IEEE’s mobile strategy and infrastructure. The IEEE app is now available as “Your Global Gateway to IEEE”. It is for you to discover IEEE and its quality assets. The app can be personalized allowing you to see, read, and choose how you want to engage and connect with all things in IEEE, as well as network globally.


Over the last 35 years I have volunteered time to make IEEE a better place.  I understand the issues you are facing in your professional lives, whether getting started after graduation, excelling/struggling in academia or industry, or prospering in the “Gig economy” as an entrepreneur. I am running to represent YOU to make IEEE more relevant and useful for all of us!

As a non-profit organization, our key thrusts are promotion of technical excellence, thought leadership, and facilitation of collaboration and networking, rather than amassing profits.  I pledge to:

​​Provide greater value to you through new products and services

  • As the creator of IEEE DataPort, pursue more opportunities in data and analytics for open science and reproducible research
  • Develop more continuing education/training on practical content relevant to your work, especially for industry members and young professionals 
  • Devise mobile strategy and infrastructure to engage members and other users with a simple click, to offer persistent availability and value

​​Improve Readiness for Crisis Management and Reduce Overhead

  • Develop rapid global crisis response mechanism/readiness and strengthen virtual conferencing services/capability as a new emerging trend
  • Lower IEEE overhead in its business model to relieve burden for members
  • Ensure transparency in all decision making processes

Build our strength in diversity, for all of us worldwide

  • Develop global strategies to offset political and geographic walls against equal participation
  • Provide personalization of services to accommodate different needs of our diverse constituents
  • Strive for fair participation and leadership from diverse groups and regions, especially those under-represented and women

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