The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated three candidates for 2023 IEEE President-Elect (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Thomas M. Coughlin
  • Kathleen A. Kramer
  • Maike Luiken

At this time, the following member is seeking nomination by petition for 2023 IEEE President-Elect:

Collection of petition signatures for the office of 2023 IEEE President-Elect on the 2022 IEEE Annual Election ballot will end at 12:00 noon ET/17:00 UTC on 8 April 2022.

IEEE members who want to run for an office and have not been nominated need to submit their petition intention to the IEEE Board of Directors. Petitions should be sent to

Thomas M. Coughlin

Headshot of Tom Coughlin

(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Thomas M. Coughlin (S’79-M’80-SM’95-F’18-LF’21) has over 40 years of experience in the digital storage industry as an engineer, engineering manager, and senior executive. He is President of Coughlin Associates, Inc. which creates reports on digital storage and memory and their applications and provides industry consulting services. He founded and organized major storage and memory industry events and is a frequent invited speaker. He writes about storage and memory for Tom published >500 articles, book chapters, reports, and a book. He is an inventor in 6 patents. He has a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering (from UMN) with a minor in Materials Science as well as a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Shinshu University, Japan). 

Tom is an IEEE Life Fellow and is a member of HKN. He has a long history of IEEE leadership including as Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Section, General Chair of the 2011 Sections Congress in San Francisco, Director of IEEE Region 6, and President of IEEE-USA. He has also been active in IEEE Technical Activities as a Distinguished Lecturer and Vice President of Operations and Planning for the Consumer Technology Society (he is a member of 6 Societies and several Councils) and has also been involved in Standards. Tom successfully nominated two IEEE medalists and two IEEE engineering milestones. He received an MGA Leadership Award in 2020. He is also active in other professional organizations including SNIA and SMPTE.  

Kathleen A. Kramer

Headshot of Kathleen KramerKATHLEEN A. KRAMER
(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Kathleen A. Kramer (S88–M90–SM01) is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA. She worked to develop new engineering programs as a founding member of the faculty, eventually became the chair of electrical engineering, and then serving as Director of Engineering (2004-2013), providing academic leadership for all of the university’s engineering programs. She has also been a Member of Technical Staff at several companies, including ViaSat, Hewlett Packard, and Bell Communications Research. Author or co-author of over 100 publications, she maintains an active research agenda in the areas of multisensor data fusion, intelligent systems, navigation, and cyber security in aerospace systems. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society and chairs their technical operations panel on Cyber Security. Her teaching interests are in signal processing and wireless communications. She is a leader in engineering accreditation activities for IEEE and ABET, and has contributed to several advances in the criteria. She has twice been recognized by the San Diego Engineering Council as the Engineering Educator of the Year as part of the celebration for National Engineers Week. She received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering magna cum laude with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.


Maike Luiken

Headshot of Maike LuikenMAIKE LUIKEN
(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Maike Luiken, PhD, SMIEEE, IEEE-HKN, is a co-owner and Managing Director, Research and Development, at Carbovate Development Corp., Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, and Adjunct Research Professor at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.

Prior, she was the founding Director of the Bluewater Technology Access Centre (renamed “Lambton Manufacturing Innovation Centre”), 2013-16, following eight years as Dean at Lambton College with a number of portfolios: Technology, Business Development, Sustainable Development, Applied Research & Innovation, and the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative.

Her strategic leadership in developing the applied research & innovation capacity and portfolio led to Lambton College attracting more than ten million CAD in public research funding. As a result, today, Lambton College is one of the three top research colleges in Canada.

Before joining Lambton College in 2005, she was Vice-President Research Alliances at the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT) in Ottawa, a 40 million dollar project to advance telecommunications in research and industry, primarily in the greater Ottawa area. She was responsible for a wide area test network and its upgrades and founding two research alliance networks across industry, business, government and academia - in wireless and photonics.

Maike Luiken has more than 30 years of professional experience in teaching, applied research and educational administration, leadership and community building; especially in linking industry partners, government agencies and researchers in advanced technology initiatives.

Her areas of interest and expertise span diverse technical areas as well as policy associated with their implementation. She has a particular interest in how progress in one area, e.g. ICT, enables advances in other disciplines and sectors, such as the energy sector, and in how the deployment of various technologies contributes – or not - to achieve development that is more sustainable.

She is currently serving/has been serving on numerous Boards of Directors and Committees, including IEEE, IEEE Canada, IEEE Canadian Foundation, Canadian Standards Council Steering Committee for the Canadian Data Governance Standardization Collaborative, Tech-Access Canada (founding member), Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), Unmanned Systems Canada, Nano Ontario, Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Advanced Manufacturing Sector Advisory Board, Sarnia/Lambton Workforce Development Board, Sarnia/Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Sarnia.

Maike has experience in the public and private sectors in Canada, USA and Germany. She has enjoyed a 30-year career in academia and has been engaged in the private sector for more than 20 years.

Maike Luiken obtained her Staatsexamen in Mathematics and Physics from the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina in Braunschweig, Germany, and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Maike is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.


Kazuhiro Kosuge

Headshot of Kazuhiro Kosuge KAZUHIRO KOSUGE
(Seeking Nomination by Petition)

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Kazuhiro Kosuge received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in control engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1978, 1980, and 1988 respectively. From 1980 through 1982, he was a Research Staff in the Production Engineering Department, DENSO Co., Ltd. From 1982 through 1990, he was a Research Associate in the Department of Control Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. From 1989 to 1990, he was a visiting research scientist, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1990 to 1995, He was an Associate Professor at Nagoya University.

In 1995, he joined Tohoku University, where he served as a Professor, Department of Machine Intelligence and Systems Engineering from 1995 to 2003, a Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Robotics from 2003 to 2016, and a Professor, Department of Robotics from 2016 to 2021. From 2018 to 2021, he was a Tohoku University Distinguished Professor. He is now serving as the Director of the Center for Transformative AI & Robotics, Specially Appointed Professor of Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University. He has joined the University of Hong Kong as a Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, June 2021. For more than 35 years, he has been conducting research on robotics and its applications in the real world. He has published over 390 technical papers. Over 70 of his patents have been transferred to industry.

He served as Science Advisor, Research Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (2010-2014), Senior Program Officer, Japan Society of Promotion of Science (2007-2010), Selected Fellow, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency (2005-2012). He was 2020 IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities. He served as IEEE Division X Director for 2015-2016, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society President for 2010-2011.

He is an IEEE Fellow, JSME Fellow (Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers), SICE Fellow (Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, Japan), RSJ Fellow (Robotics Society of Japan), JSAE Fellow (Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan), a member of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, and a member of Engineering of Academy, Japan. He was a 2018 recipient of Medal of Honor, Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Government of Japan, a national honor in recognition of his prominent contributions to academic and industrial advancements. He received JSME Medal for Distinguished Engineers and IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation for his exceptional vision of innovative research and outstanding leadership in the robotics and automation community through technical activity management in 2021.