The biographies of the IEEE Presidents are listed below.

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2018 IEEE President and CEO

2017 IEEE President-Elect James JefferiesJames A. Jefferies

Jim Jefferies retired from AT&T and Lucent Technologies following 33 years in engineering and executive positions including fiber optic cable development and manufacturing, quality assurance, and supply chain management. He managed the engineering teams that delivered the first commercial fiber optic cables for AT&T. He served as logistics vice president, responsible for worldwide supply chain and export planning. He has led teams in major technology transfers, transitions of information technology, and organizational change. He has also worked in the entrepreneurial sector as Chief Operating Officer for in San Francisco, CA, USA.
Jim served two separate terms on the IEEE Board of Directors and was 2015 IEEE-USA President. As President of IEEE-USA, Jim supported the expanded focus on public visibility, young professionals, and humanitarian outreach.
He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and an M.S. in Engineering Science from Clarkson University. He attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business as a Sloan Fellow and earned an M.S. in Management.
Jim is a member of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu honorary society and a licensed professional engineer (Emeritus).


2018 Past IEEE President

2017 IEEE President and CEO Karen BartlesonKaren Bartleson

Karen Bartleson has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, specifically in electronic design automation. Karen retired as Senior Director of Corporate Programs and Initiatives at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company, where her responsibilities included creating programs for technical standards development, software tool interoperability, and creating and maintaining strong relationships with universities and research institutions worldwide. Prior to Synopsys, Karen brought her exceptional professional and leadership skills to bear at United Technologies Microelectronics Center and Texas Instruments.
Karen was President of the IEEE Standards Association in 2013 and 2014. During her tenure, she led the development of a new strategic plan, furthered the principles of the OpenStand market-driven standardization paradigm, and finalized IEEE’s membership in the Global Standards Collaboration.
As a member of and leader within the IEEE Board of Directors in 2013 and 2014, she chaired and led the development of the strategic plan for the IEEE Internet Initiative Committee, whose charter is to raise IEEE’s influence and profile in the areas of Internet governance, cyber-security, and cyber-privacy policy development. She was also a member of the IEEE Strategy Committee, overseeing the development of the role of IEEE in global public policy.
Karen has published numerous articles about standards and universities and has authored the book “The Ten Commandments for Effective Standards: Practical Insights for Creating Technical Standards” (Synopsys Press, 2010). In 2003, she received the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award. She earned a B.S. in Engineering Science with a concentration in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in 1980.
2018 IEEE President-Elect

José M. F. Moura

José M. F. Moura is the Philip L. and Marsha Dowd University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the U.S. National Academies Navy Study Board, corresponding member of Portugal Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of U.S. National Academy of Inventors, IEEE, and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He holds a doctorate from MIT and an EE from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa (IST), Portugal.
José holds 14 patents, including two used in over 3 billion disk drive chips in 60% of all computers sold in the last decade and the subject of a 2016 US$750-million dollar settlement between Carnegie Mellon and a semiconductor manufacturer. He is President and cofounded Spiralgen, a company that specializes in super-fast software components for cutting-edge parallel platforms. This includes technology licensed by Intel (10 million lines of code in Intel’s IPP) and licensed and used by several other companies.
He received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Award for outstanding technical contributions and leadership in signal processing and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award for fundamental contributions to statistical signal processing.
José will strive for a transparent, lean, open IEEE that runs a balanced operations budget and focuses its capital investments on building IEEE’s future by creating new sustainable businesses that serve members and IEEE’s technical communities. A second related priority is to significantly increase its membership by making IEEE relevant to professionals from all walks of life, young and seasoned, from any country in the world or industry.
José has served as the Technical Activities Vice-President and has been a member of the IEEE Board of Directors where he served as Division IX Director. He was also a member of the Technical Activities Board, IEEE Awards Board, Educational Activities Board, Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB), and PSPB Strategic Planning Committee. He is also a founding member of the IEEE Portugal Section.
Executive Director and COO

Stephen Welby

Prior to joining IEEE, Stephen was nominated by the U.S. President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. In this role, he served as the chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Defense, leading one of the largest and most complex research, development, and engineering organizations in the world. Prior to this position, Stephen served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, providing engineering oversight of the department’s programs, establishing technical policy, and managing its technical workforce. 

Stephen has more than 28 years of government and industrial experience in technology and product development, including senior leadership positions at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). His technical experience includes development of leading edge aeronautical and space systems, robotics, machine learning, high-performance software, and sensor systems.

Stephen holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a master’s degree in business administration from the Texas A&M University, and master’s degrees in computer science and applied mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a fellow of IEEE.