List of Presidents of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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IEEE Presidents, 1963-present

Ernst Weber, 1963, organized a research group in order to conduct microwave research, where its members developed the precision microwave attenuator.

Clarence H. Linder, 1964, was vice president of engineering at the General Electric Company from 1953 to 1959.

Bernard M. Oliver, 1965, served as the director of research for Hewlett-Packard, and he supervised the production of the first hand-held calculators at Hewlett-Packard in the early 1970s.

William G. Shepherd, 1966, invented the Pierce-Shepherd tube, which improved radar capabilities during World War II, with his colleague John Pierce.

Walter K. MacAdam, 1967, earned his S.M. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Seymour W. Herwald, 1968, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1944.

F. Karl Willenbrock, 1969, worked for the National Bureau of Standards, and served as the head of the Institute of Applied Technology.

John V. N. Granger, 1970, founded the Airbone Systems Laboratory, which researched and developed antennas, microwave components and systems, and aircraft navigation among other things.

James H. Mulligan, Jr., 1971, was a member of the Combined Research Group of the Naval Research Laboratory, which developed the Mark V radar IFF system.

Robert H. Tanner, 1972, was a pioneer in the development of the world’s first high-definition television station while he worked at the British Broadcasting Company (BBC).

Harold Chestnut, 1973, worked in the control field at the General Electric Company, and he helped to form the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).

John J. Guarrera, 1974, owned his own business, which manufactured microwave components. He also taught at California State University – Northridge.

Arthur P. Stern, 1975, pioneered color television while he worked at General Electric. He later became vice chairman of Magnavox, and he served as the president of Magnavox’s Advanced Products and Systems Company.

Joseph K. Dillard, 1976, received a BSEE from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and he earned a MSEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert M. Saunders, 1977, researched the development and application of electromechanical devices.

Ivan A. Getting, 1978, served as the director of the Division on Fire Control and Army Radar at the MIT Radiation Laboratory.

Jerome J. Suran, 1979, worked for the General Electric Company for over 30 years. He also taught in the Graduate School of Management and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of California – Davis.

Leo Young, 1980, was an expert on microwave technology, and he held 20 patents.

Richard W. Damon, 1981, directed the Applied Physics Laboratory at the Sperry Rand Research Center.

Robert E. Larson, 1982, was the co-founder, president, and CEO of Systems Control before the company’s sale to British Petroleum.

James B. Owens, 1983, worked as a military radar components designer during World War II for Westinghouse. He later became president of Gould-Brown Boveri, which designed and manufactured electrical transmission and distribution equipment.

Richard Gowen, 1984, directed the joint NASA-Air Force space medical instrumentation program, and he supervised the design of medical experiments in the Apollo and Skylab space programs.

Charles A. Eldon, 1985, worked for nearly forty years at Hewlett Packard Company, where he managed various operations for the company.

Bruno O. Weinschel, 1986, founded Weinschel Engineering, which became an industry leader in precision measurement hardware and techniques.

Henry L. Bachman, 1987, served in a number of technical and managerial positions at Wheeler Laboratories and Hazeltine Corporation.

Russell C. Drew, 1988, co-founded and was president of Viking Instruments Company. He later supervised the development of an advanced spacecraft tandem mass spectrometer.

Emerson W. Pugh, 1989, worked for IBM for twenty-five years in the following positions: research scientist, product development manager, and corporate executive.

Carleton A. Bayless, 1990, studied communications systems engineering, and worked for Bell Systems.

Eric E. Sumner, 1991, was a member of an organization that worked to develop the first electronic switching system. He later supervised a group that worked to develop a pulse code modulation (PCM) transmission system for exchange trunks.

Merrill W. Buckley, Jr., 1992, worked at RCA/GE, where he specialized in project management for complex electronic systems.

Martha Sloan, 1993, worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. She is currently an electrical and computer engineering professor at Michigan Technological University.

H. Troy Nagle, 1994, is a professor of biomedical engineering at North Carolina State University, and he also serves as the head of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the university.

J. Thomas Cain, 1995, worked with many different companies such as GE, Westinghouse, and Bell Telephone Company. He later became a professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Wallace S. Read, 1996, was president of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), and he also worked in the pulp and paper and hydro-electric power industries in Newfoundland, Canada.

Charles K. Alexander, 1997, is an electrical & computer engineering professor at Cleveland State University, and he also serves as the managing director of the Wright Center for Sensor Systems (WCSSE).

Joseph Bordogna, 1998, served as the deputy director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Science Foundation from 1999 to 2005.

Kenneth R. Laker, 1999, co-founded and was president and CEO of DFT MicroSystems. His research on microelectronic filters earned him six patents.

Bruce A. Eisenstein, 2000, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is currently a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Joel B. Snyder, 2001, has worked on a number of projects including removable media disk memories, voice-over-data modems, and nonlinear sampling techniques. He also has a patent for his research regarding video piracy prevention techniques.

Raymond D. Findlay, 2002, is a professor at McMaster University, and he also serves as vice president of JDRF Electromag Engineering Research, Inc.

Michael S. Adler, 2003, contributed to the invention and development of new power seminconductors (the IGBT, the power MOSFET, and the power IC) when he worked at GE.

Arthur W. Winston, 2004, was one of the founders of the Tufts Gordon Institute, and he is a professor at Tufts University.

W. Cleon Anderson, 2005, has worked in the electronic industry for a number of companies including Lockheed Martin, L-3 Communications, and Sperry. He also holds three patents.

Michael R. Lightner, 2006, is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado – Boulder. His research interests center around the development and application of technology in order to improve learning.

Leah H. Jamieson, 2007, is the Ransburg Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the associate dean of engineering for undergraduate education at Purdue University. She also co-founded and directs Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS), which links engineering students and local community service programs in order to improve the community.

Lewis M. Terman, 2008, worked for IBM for forty-five years, and retired from the company’s research division in 2006. His research interests included solid-state circuits, semiconductor technology, and memory design and technology among other topics.

John R. Vig, led research and development programs focused on developing precision clocks, sensors, and low-noise oscillators in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

Pedro A. Ray, 2010, was chief examiner for the revising of the Puerto Rico Electricity Pricing Structure in 2000. He also is the president of Ray Engineers.

Moshe Kam, 2011, directs the Data Fusion Laboratory, which investigates radar target classification. His research interests include wireless communications, robotics and navigation, detection and estimation, and engineering education.

Gordon Day 2012,spent most of his career in research and management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he founded and led the NIST Optoelectronics Division.

Further Reading

See also Presidents of the AIEE and Presidents of the IRE.