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Candidates for IEEE 2020 Elections

Candidates have been selected for the 2020 IEEE Elections.

The IEEE Elections is where all R6 members vote for: IEEE President-elect, IEEE-USA President-elect and Region 6 Director-elect. Plus, if you are in one or more IEEE Technical Societies, you vote for the VP Technical Activities and Division Directors-elect.

IEEE President-elect

The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated Fellows Ray Liu and S.K. Ramesh as candidates for IEEE president-elect. The candidate elected in this year’s election will serve as IEEE president in 2022. See IEEE Spectrum article here.

Ray Liu is an engineering professor at the University of Maryland in College Park. He leads the university’s Signal and Information Group, which researches signal processing and communications.

Liu has held many volunteer positions. He was the 2019 vice president of IEEE Technical Activities. As 2012–2013 president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, he established a new membership board to offer more benefits to society members—which resulted in increased membership. In 2005 he co-founded the IEEE Signal Processing chapter in Washington, D.C. From 2003 to 2005, he was editor-in-chief of IEEE Signal Processing magazine.

He was also the 2016–2017 Division IX director.

Liu was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2003 “for contributions to algorithms, architectures, and implementations for signal processing.”

He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008 and of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors last year.

He has received numerous IEEE honors and recognitions including the 2009 IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award, the 2014 IEEE Signal Processing Society Award, and the 2016 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award.


S.K. Ramesh is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at California State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science in Northridge, where he served as dean from 2006 to 2017. While dean, he created an interdisciplinary master’s degree program in assistive technology engineering to meet emerging workforce needs.

He has served on the IEEE Board of Directors, Awards Board, and Fellows Committee. As the 2016–2017 vice president of IEEE Educational Activities, he championed several successful programs including the IEEE Learning Network and the IEEE TryEngineering Summer Institute.

He expanded chapters globally to serve all 10 regions and increased industry support as the 2016 president of IEEE’s honor society, IEEE-HKN.

Ramesh was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2015 for “contributions to entrepreneurship in engineering education.”

He serves on the ABET Board of Directors, the global accrediting organization for academic programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, and is an experienced program evaluator.

Ramesh has served Region 6 at the section, chapter, and area levels. His many recognitions include the 2004 Region 6 Community Service award, and the 2012 John Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year award from the Engineers Council.

See www.rameshsk.com

IEEE-USA President-elect

The IEEE-USA Board of Directors has nominated Deb Cooper and Keith Moore as candidates for IEEE-USA president-elect. The candidate elected in this year’s election will serve as IEEE-USA president in 2022.

Candidates Deb Cooper and Keith Moore.

R6 Director-elect

The Region 6 OpCom has nominated Scott Tamashiro, Chris Gunning and Kathy Herring Hayashi as candidates for R6 Director-elect. The candidate elected in this year’s election will serve as Director-elect from 2021-22 and as Region 6 Director in 2023-24.


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