James Jefferies, IEEE President, 2018, Held engineering and executive positions including fiber optic cable development and manufacturing for 33 years at AT&T
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 USBuild.com 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).