Posted by Karen B on 27/08/2015
You might have heard that I have been on a new adventure. I am a candidate for President of the IEEE! Yes, the entire IEEE. I was truly honored to have been encouraged by the IEEE and Synopsys to apply for possible candidacy. After four rounds of vetting, the IEEE Board of Directors selected me, and the adventure began. Since the beginning of this year, I have been on the campaign trail. My opponent and I have traveled all over the world and WebEx for debates at meetings of IEEE Regions, Societies, and major operating units. Regardless of the outcome of the election, it has been a life-changing experience.
The IEEE annual election is underway now, and the ballot closes on October 1st at noon Eastern time. All IEEE members, graduate student level and higher, are eligible to vote (except Associate Members). If you are an IEEE member, I encourage you to submit your ballot for the candidate of your choice. Your online ballot can be accessed at www.ieee.org/elections and you might receive a paper ballot in the mail also.
Did you know that the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) is the world’s largest professional society, with approximately 400,000 members worldwide? I think I have only met about 1,000 of them in person. And I have also “met” a few hundred more on LinkedIn and Facebook. I continue to be impressed with IEEE members everywhere. Their diversity is quite broad, but they all share a passion for bringing technology to bear on challenges that face the human race everywhere.
The final election results will be available in mid-October. Until then, I am anxiously awaiting the fate that approximately 50,000 strangers will decide for me.
More information about my candidacy can be found at the links below. If you watch the video Q&A, I did get a little silly in the answer to “What is one thing that might surprise people about you?”. When you click on a question, the video answer appears in the window at the top of the page. On my Facebook page, you can see a few pictures from my adventure. (Always remember that I am a terrible photographer.)
Finally, I am starting a new blog to talk about things related to the IEEE. Feel free to ask questions and make comments on it. My best wishes to all of you!