The biographies of the IEEE Presidents are listed below.

The Presidents can be reached by sending an email to presidents@ieee.org.
To reach the IEEE Executive Director, send an email to executivedirector@ieee.org.

2022 IEEE President & CEO

2021 IEEE President-Elect K. J. Ray LiuK. J. Ray Liu

K. J. Ray Liu is the founder and CEO of Origin AI that pioneers AI for wireless sensing and indoor tracking. The invention of wireless AI won three prestigious CES Innovation Awards, including CES Best of Innovation in 2021.

He was Distinguished University Professor and Christine Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology of the University of Maryland, College Park, from where he retired after a career of more than three decades in education. His research contributions encompass broad aspects of signal processing and communications. He has trained over 70 doctoral/postdoctoral students, of which 10 are now IEEE Fellows.

Dr. Liu is the recipient of the 2021 IEEE Fourier Technical Field Award for Signal Processing, the 2016 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society 2014 Society Award, and IEEE Signal Processing Society 2009 Technical Achievement Award. Recognized as a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, he is a Fellow of IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the US National Academy of Inventors. 

Dr. Liu was the 2019 IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors as Division IX Director in 2016–2017. He has also served as 2012–2013 President of IEEE Signal Processing Society, where he was Vice President for Publications and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.

Dr. Liu received the B.S. degree from the National Taiwan University in 1983 and the Ph.D. degree from UCLA in 1990, both in electrical engineering.

2022 IEEE Past President

2021 IEEE President and CEO Susan K. (Kathy) LandSusan K. (Kathy) Land

Susan K. (Kathy) Land is a Program Manager for the US Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency. She has more than 30 years of industry experience in the application of software engineering methodologies, the management of information systems, and leadership of software development teams.

Kathy served as the 2018 Vice President, IEEE Technical Activities. She also served two additional terms on the IEEE Board of Directors as Division VIII Director/Delegate in 2011 and 2012 and as Division V Director/Delegate in 2014 and 2015. She was President of the IEEE Computer Society in 2009. Kathy was a member of the IEEE-USA Board of Directors in 2013 and 2016.

Kathy has been an active member of the IEEE Standards Association for more than 20 years and served as the Computer Society Vice President for Standards in 2004. She was the recipient of the 2007 IEEE Standards Medallion.

An IEEE Fellow, Kathy is the author and co-author of a number of texts and publications supporting software engineering principles and the practical application of software process methodologies. She is an IEEE-HKN member and IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Award recipient. 

2022 IEEE President-Elect

2022 IEEE President-Elect Saifur RahmanSaifur Rahman

Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, USA, where he is the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment at the university.

He is a Life Fellow of IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He was the President of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published more than 160 journal papers and has made more than 500 conference and invited presentations. His h-index is 56 with close to 17,000 citations.

In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the Vice President for Publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for IEEE PES and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, energy internet, blockchain, IoT sensor integration, etc., in over 30 countries. 

He is the founder of BEM Controls, LLC, a Virginia (USA)–based software company providing building energy management solutions. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. His research at Virginia Tech has been funded by Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy, and the State of Virginia. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.

Executive Director and COO

Executive Director and COO Stephen WelbyStephen 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.