Endorsements (alphabetically)

The list of endorsements below represent a spectrum of people from industry, academia, and government. People I have closely collaborated with in the past in many capacities: at IEEE boards and committees, organziing conferences, on editorial boards. It also has a number of people I worked with in my daily life in my current company and many others. I tried to create a 360 degrees view of myself, by including endorsements from managers, peers, and those who I mentored. 

One important missing list is anybody currently on the IEEE Board. I consider these implied Conflcit of Interest (IEEE President presides over IEEE Board) and I have not included anyone from the current IEEE Board for this reason.

Glaucimar da Silva Aguiar, Master Technologist at R&D Center-Brazil (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise)

I am delighted to support Dejan Milojicic for the position of IEEE president. I have known Dejan for several years and have had the opportunity to work together on various projects. And based on these experiences, I believe Dejan holds not only the technical depth and strategic knowledge needed for the role but also the interpersonal skills that are essential to leading the community in the coming period. Dejan is an inspiring leader with a strong focus on delivery but not forgetting that teams are made up of people who have their culture and their needs and priorities. There were several opportunities where Dejan demonstrated commitment to respecting cultural differences, valued different perspectives, and encouraged and supported less experienced team members by acting as a true mentor. For all that, I have no doubt that Dejan can do much for the community by guiding it in the coming years and promoting the changes the world and the community demand.

Hossam Ali, Industry Engagement Committee Member

I had the pleasure of volunteering with Dejan for 2 years as part of IEEE Industry Engagement Committee. Dejan is a great leader, inspiring mentor and exceptional IEEE volunteer. His engineering and strategic management skills allowed him to develop productive programs/initiatives oriented to industry. I really enjoyed working with Dejan and hope to work with him again and again!

Gustavo Alonso, Professor, ETH Zurich, IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow

I have known Dejan for many years, first through his research work and publications and later through direct collaborations and interactions on a wide range of research venues. Dejan is the ideal candidate for the Presidency of IEEE, combining scholarly excellence with ample experience in industrial know-how and management skills. He has the drive and the stamina to move IEEE to the next level, turning it into a truly international organization instrumental to articulate the much needed intelligent discourse on technology and technological changes. His contributions as President of the IEEE Computer Society demonstrate his commitment and dedication, his ability to work with people from different background and different interests, and his abilities as a leader of people and organizations. There is nobody else I would endorse more strongly for the IEEE presidency than Dejan Milojicic.

Mohamed Amin, Account Manager, Nokia, Industry Ambassador, IEEE Region 8

Dejan is a true role model of Industry professional and IEEE active volunteer. We do share common goal of getting the IEEE closer & more relevant to industry professionals. I knew Dejan since 3 years thanks to his contributions in the IEEE Industry Engagement committee. I had the honour to meet him personally earlier this year where I get to know more about his personality and how he is experienced, persistent, focused, active listener, kind-hearted and a global thinker.  And that's what I am looking for in an IEEE President!"

Rodrigo Antunes, Senior Software Engineer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Porto Alegre, Brasil

I had the pleasure of knowing Dejan since 2018,  when we started working together on a project at Hewlett Packard Labs. He has a great ability to lead people from different areas, from different cultures and drive these people to achieve success. He is a natural leader with a strong management skill with the ability to listen to people. We are working together on a few research projects and I can atest how easy it is for Dejan to create bridges between research and the industry trends. Dejan has a clear view of the strengths of academia and industry and because of that, he inspires people on both sides to give their best which results in great achievements. Because of  his industry background, his great contributions to academic research and especially his great experience working with people from different geographies and multicultural teams I don’t hesitate to endorse Dejan as President of IEEE!

Martin Arlitt, Principal Research Scientist and Manager, Micro Focus

Dejan and I have known each other for two decades, both as colleagues at HP Labs and as collaborators on IEEE projects. I enthusiastically endorse Dejan for the position of IEEE President. Dejan exhibits so many qualities of an ideal candidate that it is difficult for me to concisely summarize them. His long list of accomplishments illustrates his leadership abilities, his tireless work ethic, and his tenacity. His long list of endorsements is a testament to his personable nature, his willingness to listen to others and his recognition that working as a team rather than a group of individuals results in better, more timely solutions.  Lastly, he is the biggest fan of the IEEE that I have ever met; but rather than dwell on past successes, he wants to lead the IEEE to even greater heights. If elected IEEE President, I know Dejan will accomplish this.

Arutyun I. Avetisyan, Director of the Institute for System Programming of the Russian academy of sciences (RAS); Doctor of Sciences (Physics and Mathematics), Corresponding member of RAS, Professor of RAS, Member of IEEE, IEEE-CS

I sincerely support Dejan Milojicic as a candidate for IEEE president. I know him for about 10 years. He has pioneer works in the sphere of cloud computing on the basis of federated data centers. In 2009 we both took part in the international project Open Cirrus supported by community of more than 50 research organizations and universities from different countries and also by such companies as HP, Intel and Yahoo. The project aim was to create an open ecosystem of cloud computing. At that moment Dejan was working in HP Labs and invited our Institute (as HP partner) to join the project. That was how our partnership began. Several years we worked together in scientific and organizational fields: we wrote an article, conducted several conferences (including Open Cirrus summit in Moscow in 2011). Dejan is a responsible organizer, an inspiring leader and an excellent scientist. He is able not only to introduce new ideas, but also to show ways to achieve the goals. I am absolutely sure that Dejan Milojicic will lead the IEEE to a great future.

Ozalp Babaoglu, Professor, University of Bologna, Italy – ACM Fellow

I have known Dejan for many years and have interacted with him both personally and professionally on numerous occasions.  First and foremost, Dejan is an accomplished scientist with firm industrial roots who has made significant contributions to computer systems in the areas of cloud computing, peer-to-peer systems and HPC.  Equally importantly, Dejan is a natural leader, motivator and consensus builder with excellent managerial and organizational skills.  His approach to problem solving is direct, pragmatic and efficient.  I am convinced that Dejan has the experience, technical depth, the required breadth and the long-term vision that is necessary to propel the IEEE into the future.

Jean Bacon, Emeritus Professor of Distributed Systems, University of Cambridge, UK

I have known and worked with Dejan for over twenty years. When I was EIC of IEEE Concurrency during the late 1990s then EIC of the IEEE's first online-only magazine, Distributed Systems Online from 2000 to 2008, Dejan's technically innovative and research-aware contributions were crucial.  Later, Dejan created and was EIC of Computing Now which broadened the scope of DS Online. We work in similar research areas and have shared steering committee membership, and other management roles, for various conferences, including IEEE IC2E (Cloud Engineering). I was a member of the IEEE-CS Governing Body from 2000 to 2008 and was aware of many governance and financial issues. I was delighted when Dejan became IEEE-CS president in 2014 and saw the impact he had in that year and in his subsequent roles in IEEE. I believe that IEEE President is a natural development for his skills and focus and endorse him most strongly.

Mary Baker, HP, Senior Technologist

I am delighted to endorse Dejan for IEEE President. I have interacted with him for many years, both professionally and personally and know him to have a marvellous combination of skills that make him ideal for this position. He is a tremendously talented and productive scientist with a depth and breadth of expertise that draw collaborators from diverse disciplines across academia, industry, and government. Personally he is engaging, encouraging, organized, thoughtful, quietly humorous, and truly kind. As a leader he is inspirational and has a unique ability to motivate others to contribute. He brings out the best in all those who work with him, ensuring that goals are actually accomplished and that everyone involved is valued and empowered regardless of background or experience.

Cullen Bash, Director System Architecture Lab and VP Hewlett Packard Labs

I have known Dejan for over 20 years from our time together at Hewlett Packard Laboratories and have worked closely with him for the past 10 years.  It’s my pleasure to endorse him wholeheartedly for President of IEEE.  Dejan has the unique quality of being technically deep in his area of expertise while actively seeking opportunities for cross-disciplinary research.  Throughout his career Dejan has sought to increase value by bringing people with different ideas and areas of expertise together, rather than keeping them separated.  He exhibits this attitude in his research and in his volunteering.  As President of IEEE, I expect him to bring this philosophy of inclusivity to the Society.   Given the challenges professional societies are facing today with declining membership and with demonstrating their relevance to the evolving communities within which they serve, I believe this characteristic is critical to setting IEEE up for continued success.  Dejan is the leader that can take our Society into its next chapter.  He has a vision for IEEE’s future and, just as important, he has the ability to execute that vision. 

Ray Beausoleil, Senior Fellow and SVP, Hewlett Packard Labs

I have known Dejan for more than a decade, and I enthusiastically and strongly endorse his candidacy for IEEE president. I note with admiration the impact that he had on the IEEE Computer Society while he was its visionary President in 2014, and his continuing dedication to the IEEE as the principal professional organization for electrical and computer engineers is unmatched in this field. He has spoken and written eloquently about the current critical need to increase the IEEE's relevance to a rapidly-changing information technology industry, innovate in recruiting of software engineers and other underrepresented professions, and expand global recruiting efforts in Asia and Africa. He has the ability to engage and lead multidisciplinary teams that are remarkably successful at solving important problems well before they are commonly appreciated by other practitioners. I am very confident that these personal qualities (as well as his easygoing, supportive, and strategic leadership style) will help him become one of the outstanding IEEE presidents of our generation.

Sonia Ben Mokhtar, CNRS Senior Researcher (Directrice de Recherches), HDR Head of the Distributed Systems and Information Retrieval group (DRIM@LIRIS)

I had a pleasure to learn about Dejan while we were program co-chairs of ACM Middleware Conference in Trento, Italy, in 2016. Dejan is an outstanding, internationally recognized researcher at the heart of the distributed systems community. He has true leadership with a sharp and clear vision of open challenges in this very dynamic and rapidly evolving research field. Humanly speaking, Dejan is extremely reliable with strong management capabilities while being a very nice person to interact with. Leadership, Vision, and Reliability are the three words I would use to describe Dejan: I am convinced his election would bring IEEE a real added value!

Brian A. Berg, IEEE Region 6 History Chair and Milestone Coordinator, Flash Memory Summit Technical Chair, Berg Software Design President

I have known Dejan by way of his extensive involvement in IEEE activities as well as his distinguished work at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Labs. While he gave a recent IEEE talk that I organized, Dejan demonstrated his technical prowess in machine learning, neural networks and other areas.  I personally have been impressed by his forthrightness while discussing various other technical topics, as well as his volunteerism.  This combination is essential for an IEEE President since that person will need to both recognize important areas that deserve IEEE's focus, as well as be willing to put forth the necessary efforts to make things happen.  Perhaps most importantly, though, that person needs to be able to gain and keep the respect of the people with whom he works so that he can effectively lead the many areas in which IEEE is involved.  Dejan has these capabilities, and that is why I support his candidacy for IEEE President.

Elisa Bertino, Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA, IEEE Fellow

I have known Dejan for many years both through his research work and his activities in the IEEE Computer Society. His research work on system architectures has impacted industry and academia and is an excellent example of research that is academically very relevant and at the same time solves real problems. I have attended keynotes he gave at conferences and I have been impressed by his broad technical vision. As president of the IEEE Computer Society he did  an amazing job with new initiatives and with enhancing the society finances. He continues to be involved in many relevant initiatives of the IEEE Computer Society.  I strongly endorse Dejan’s candidacy for IEEE President.  His combination of broad view of research and applications, expanding well beyond the Computer Science discipline, and his business attitude makes him the ideal candidate to serve in the role of IEEE President.

Gordon Blair, Distinguished Professor of Distributed Systems, Lancaster University, UK

I have known Dejan for many years as a fellow researcher in distributed systems. He is a real thought leader in distributed systems, particularly in his work in cloud computing. He naturally sits at the interface between research and industrial application, and this is clear from his astonishing number of patents and more general impacts on industrial developments. He is also a real community player and has shown real leadership in the IEEE Computer Society for example. he has also contributed hugely to major conferences in his area including ICDCS and Middleware. For me, he is a natural leader and someone who injects energy and enthusiasm into anything he tackles. I strongly endorse him for his election to the position of IEEE President. I cannot think of anyone more suited to this position.

Dusanka Boskovic, Associate professor University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Region 8 Vice Chair Member Activities 2015-2016

I am more than happy to endorse Dejan Milojicic’s candidacy for IEEE President. I got to know Dejan thanks to his involvement in several IEEE events organized by Young Professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina section or in the Region 8. I was always impressed by his enthusiasm and positive energy he was spreading, not to mention his willingness to support young members and share his broad technical knowledge and experience. I am confident that Dejan is an ideal person to lead IEEE because of his leadership skills, well meaning and charismatic personality, and understanding of both technical and geographic dimensions of IEEE.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Ivona Brandić, Electronic Commerce Group, Institute of Information Systems Engineering, Vienna University of Technology

In 2018, I had the pleasure to co-chair with Dejan the IEEE IC2E conference. I experienced him as a dedicated, solution-oriented, and very charismatic computer scientist. He has excellent problem-solving abilities while always remaining calm and enthusiastic, even in critical situations. I am impressed by his dense network of collaborators and peers, and about his excellent reputation among his peers. He has the drive to motivate and engage people, which is one of the most important leadership characteristics nowadays. There is no doubt that he has the vision and the capacity to lead IEEE.

Kirk Bresniker, Hewlett Packard Labs Chief Architect, HPE Fellow and Vice President

It is my great pleasure to endorse Dejan Milojicic’s candidacy for IEEE President.   I met Dejan almost immediately upon joining Hewlett Packard Labs in 2014.  I had come to Labs after twenty five years leading technology teams in our global business units not to transition from engineering to research, but to try and sit in the challenge gap that had evolved between these two groups and work to bridge them.  How to get  business unit engineering teams across HPE with roadmaps measured in months and that needed to consume technology from a global supply chain  to connect to Labs teams working with academia on basic and applied research with five, ten, or twenty year horizons?  In this must-win effort I could have not hoped for a better collaborator than Dejan. He has a perspective that balances and connects academic and industrial mindsets.   He immediately connected me not only to the research community within Labs, he connected me to the full breadth of the IEEE community, a connection that frankly I had let lapse back in my undergraduate days and mentored me through the process of becoming a Senior Member.  In many ways, the challenge he is helping me tackle at Labs directly mirrors that of the IEEE at large, the need to adapt to the changing needs of academics and industrial practitioners and that is perhaps the most valuable asset he will bring to the IEEE as President.  Whether it is observing Dejan working side by side with one of his graduate student interns here at Labs, directly collaborating with me on patent applications,  or working at his invitation and under his direction in global forums like the IEEE Industrial Advisory Board, IEEE Cyber/AI Confluence or the IEEE Infrastructure Conference, what sets Dejan apart to me is his leadership by example and his almost unbelievable personal productivity.  Dejan Milojicic is my ideal candidate for a role like the IEEE President, someone who has a genuine desire to serve, who wants a position of leadership because they know they can contribute more and whose primary goal is helping others achieve their goals.

Greg Byrd, Professor of ECE, NC State University, IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors

Dejan is a skilled leader and innovator, and it has been my pleasure to work with him for several years as a Computer Society volunteer.  He has a low-key, engaging style that pulls you in immediately, but you soon learn how insightful and analytical he is.  He listens carefully, leads by example, and offers constructive and targeted feedback, often with a dash of humor.  Dejan sets clear goals and inspires others to work with him on achieving them.  His experience in both academic and industry settings is a strong asset for leading the IEEE.  He gives generously of his time and talents, to both individuals and to organizations, and he is fully invested in helping others to succeed. I have no doubt that he would be a effective and visionary President of the IEEE.

Jenifer Castillo, IEEE Region 9 IE Adhoc Committee Chair and IEEE Industry Engagement Committee Member

Working with Dejan has been a really good experience, he has opened doors, give feedback, and guide a team with a clear action plan which is really good when you are a volunteer and have to make the most with the time you are allocating to IEEE. I am very happy to be part of his network, and the way he has been working on the Industry Engagement Committee shows a good perspective for the future of IEEE with his guidance

Abhishek Chandra, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

Dejan has been a leading researcher in the systems community, and I have followed his work with great interest over the years. I also had the pleasure of interacting closely with him recently when he served as the Program Co-chair for IEEE IC2E 2019 conference, as I had served in the same role the previous year. I am confident that Dejan will bring the right leadership qualities needed for an organization like IEEE. His vast experience managing large projects and working with diverse stakeholders have positioned him to take on this mantle with ease. His vision of globalizing IEEE is particularly appealing and timely to reach diverse communities. Therefore, I am delighted to endorse Dejan's candidacy!

Carl Chang, Prof. Iowa State, IEEE Computer Society President 2004

I have known Dejan for over ten years, since I was still the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer. We decided to publish an article on Open Cirrus, which is a global cloud computing testbed and a perfect example to support my testimonial that Dejan has a knack for bridging the gap between industry, academia and government. Having listened to two keynotes by Dejan at IEEE COMPSAC, one was at Vasteras, Sweden in 2014, the other in Tokyo, Japan in 2018, I am certain that he is highly effective in achieving what his heart tells him to do. Please do review Dejan’s position statement for the election, and communicate with him to inform him what you see as necessary initiatives to improve the state of IEEE and wellbeing of its members.  Technology-wise, I must emphasize Dejan’s pioneering work on Multiple Virtual Address Spaces per Process in the area of rack scale systems, which appeared at APLOS 2016 and was selected as the HiPEAC best paper. I understand that it resulted in 7 patent applications. Speaking of OpenCirrus again, it’s is a very complex project where a group of 16 members from academia, industry, and government gathered to form a testbed with each site contributing 1,000 cores. Dejan is one of the key architects of OpenCirrus. During Dejan’s tenure as IEEE Computer Society President, he led the Computer Society to turn the financials around by reducing the deficit by 37% through tirelessly examining the entire portfolio of the Society’s products and services. I commend him for such outstanding leadership and achievements. Another very impressive accomplishment by Dejan is that he initiated and executed the 2022 Report, which was used as a basis for two of the Society’s Strategic Plans, as well as for two student competitions.In short, from my perspective as the 2004 President of the Computer Society, and my experience from active professional engagement for almost 40 years, I wholeheartedly  endorse Dejan’s candidacy for IEEE President.  It will be truly a blessing to this great community if he gets elected.

Rong N. Chang, Member of IBM Academy of Technology, Chair of IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Services Computing, Associated EIC of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing

I met Dejan for the first time about 14 years ago at 2005 IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC). Both of us presented our pioneer work on service quality management, whose importance for contractual enterprise services cannot be over-emphasized in the era of everything-as-a-service. We met many times since then at the leading service-oriented distributed computing conferences IEEE CLOUD (International Conference on Cloud Computing) and IEEE ICWS (International Conference on Web Services) articulating the rationale and accomplishments of our respective industrial R&D efforts. Most recently, we met at the 2019 World Congress on Services (SERVICES), where he led an inspiring and well-received plenary panel titled “2020 Tech Predictions” and joined the Steering Committee meeting providing constructive suggestions on future structure and marketing of the technical conferences affiliated with IEEE SERVICES. Over the years, I have also followed his R&D effort on Open Cirrus, a first-of-its-kind large cross-organization distributed computing project. His contributions to IEEE during his term as President of IEEE Computer Society impressed me as a doer with vision of growth, cross-disciplinary leadership skills, and dedication to teamwork. I endorse Dejan’s candidacy for IEEE President without reservations.

Soumitra Chatterjee. Technical Expert in Compilers & Languages at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Having worked with Dejan over the past couple of years, I have observed his exceptional leadership capability to rally people from diverse backgrounds, technical skills and knowledge on new projects. He seamlessly brings ideas and people together to successful fruition. He has commendable work ethics, and treats everyone with respect. Dejan has always demonstrated to be extremely approachable and a natural leader, both technical and managerial. He is an extremely hard worker and inspires everyone around him. My experience with Dejan throughout has been extremely positive and I would wholeheartedly endorse him for office of the President of the IEEE.

Peter Chen, Distinguished Career Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; IEEE/ACM Fellow; ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award Recipient

It is my great pleasure to endorse Dejan Milojicic’s candidacy for IEEE President. He is an international renowned researcher and industry leader. He was the IEEE Computer Society President in 2014.  Before and since then he played several key roles in IEEE and initiated several activities which benefit a lot of members.  For example, he was a founding editor of IEEE Computing Now, which has been distributed to more than 100,000 recipients.  He also initiated and led Tech Trends (2015-2019), and the 2018 Tech Trends was one of the CS’s most-read contents.  In his distinguished career, he has given quite a few keynote speeches and organized many plenary panel sessions.  As the General Chair of 2019 IEEE SERVICES Congress in Milan, Italy, July 2019, I had the honor to observe in a close range Dijan organizing and chairing a “2020 Technology Predictions” plenary panel, which went very well and generated a lot of interesting discussions and ideas.  In his position statement for his candidacy, he outlined his three major goals for IEEE: (1) increase relevancy to industry members, (2) create innovative products, and (3) reinvigorate global membership models. He also specified how he planned to achieve those goals. In summary, I believe Dijan has the right vision for the IEEE future and has a solid plan to achieve his goals. He would be a great IEEE president!

Yuan Chen, Principal Architect and Director, JD.com Silicon Valley R&D Center

I have known Dejan and had the honor of working very closely with him for about 15 years at Hewlett Packard Laboratories. I always found Dejan dependable, efficient, and passionate as both a world class technologist and a great technical leader. He loves technologies, people (and sportsJ) and always tries to lift the spirits of people around him.  In fact, I have never worked with a person who is so optimistic and willing to take on difficult projects and then work so hard towards the successful completion as him. Dejan is a great leader. I have seen him resolve many conflicts and handle difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable skills. He has repeatedly impressed me this way over the years. Dejan is my mentor and role model. He always stands by my side in times when I need guidance and is someone I have always looked up to. I firmly believe these characteristics represent all that are good for the IEEE community. Please vote for Dejan!

Andrew A. Chien, Former Intel Vice President of Research, William Eckhardt Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago, and IEEE Fellow

I worked with Dejan as an industry collaborator as Intel's VP of Research to launch the Cloud Computing Testbed, and an academic collaborator on a series of innovative research projects of the past two decades.  All of these efforts are ambitious and aggressive!  Throughout, Dejan demonstrated that he is a talented collaborator able to bring individuals and groups together with a shared focus and achieve great things!

Tom Conte, Professor of CS and ECE, Georgia Institute of Technology, IEEE Computer Society President 2015

I served as the president of IEEE Computer Society (CS) in 2015, the year following when Dejan served. As president-elect in 2014, I witnessed Dejan’s massive efforts to improve the financial position of the society.  This resulted in a remarkable 37% reduction in annual expenses. While financials were his focus during his 2014 CS presidency, he also produced a number of other lasting artifacts, such as the CS Report 2022, the “Spirit of CS” Award for a staff and a volunteer, “Technology Trends” that continue to capture attention of media, the innovative IEEE Computing Now publication, and many others. After our CS positions, Dejan and I continued to collaborate within the IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative.  In the Initiative, Dejan directs the systems software aspects.  He also instituted a very successful Confluence event at the annual IEEE Rebooting Computing Week. In sum, I support Dejan’s Presidential nomination in the strongest terms possible. Dejan has the right balance of technology, business, and management acumen as well as the vision needed to lead IEEE into the future.

Eddie Custovic, Director, La Trobe Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundry (LIEF)

I have known Dejan Milojicic for several years in a professional and personal capacity, and can whole heartedly testify to his incredible capability to deliver exceptional results no matter what he is involved in. What makes Dejan a stand out individual is his ability to empower & mentor others while being inclusive of all stakeholders. No matter how busy his life gets, he always finds time to help those around him and that is a reflection of his character. In my 10+ years of professional engineering work, I have never come across anyone who work’s as hard as Dejan. He is an outstanding leader, who is results driven yet always manages to ensure that everyone’s opinion is considered. His professional career results, especially those at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) where he currently works, speak for themselves. Combining his deep technical knowledge, long term involvement with IEEE and various operating units, and vision to transform IEEE to become more industry orientated make him ideal for the most senior IEEE leadership role.

George Cybenko, Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College, IEEE Fellow

I have known Dejan for over 20 years, first as a research collaborator and later through IEEE volunteer service.  Without reservation, I strongly endorse Dejan for IEEE President in the upcoming election.  Dejan has significant experience in three areas that are critical to IEEE members - research, management and understanding of the international engineering landscape.  On a more personal note, Dejan is an engineer of the highest character with a strong appreciation of IEEE's role in the profession and global society.

Chris Dalton, Distinguished Technologist, HP Labs, HP Inc.

I am more than happy to endorse Dejan for the position of IEEE president. Whilst in Hewlett-Packard Labs I had the great pleasure (and fun) of working fruitfully with Dejan on projects that pushed the boundaries of several areas ranging from memory-centric computer architectures, future operating system designs with novel security architectures through to innovative accelerators for ML/AI.  Without doubt Dejan has a deep grasp of a broad spectrum of technology and research. But I've also been witness to his skill at articulating vision and the higher-level consequences of technological & research innovation to broad government, industry and academic audiences. A rare but most valuable skill. Allied to this, Dejan has the personality and drive to just make things happen. I continue to be impressed at Dejan's ability as a leader to foster support for ideas, his ability to pull teams together and get the right collaborations in place both from industry and through his well-earned reputation in the academic world. We can all have ideas but delivering on those ideas to me is what is important, and you know that with Dejan he will do just that.

Ernesto Damiani, Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Center, Khalifa University, UAE - on leave from UNIMI

I have known Dejan for twenty years now, and yet he still manages to surprise me every time with his unique energy and taste for innovation.  Indeed, Dejan is a top-notch scientist who has made great contributions to cloud computing, peer-to-peer systems and high-performance computing; but he also knows very well the industrial perspective and fully appreciates the societal needs that will drive the evolution of IT worldwide in the coming years.  Finally, Dejan is a great leader, knows how to manage large organizations, and has a unique sense of humor that makes him fun to work with. His no-nonsense, pragmatic approach to problems never fails to grasp the complexities underlying them.  I am fully convinced that Dejan is the right person to lead our beloved IEEE into the future.

Al Davis – Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett Packard Labs

I am honored to endorse Dejan Milojicic’s candidacy for IEEE President.  I have worked with Dejan for over a decade on a number of projects at HPE.  Dejan has a number of qualities that make him an ideal candidate to lead the IEEE in a world where change is the only constant.  As his endorsements illustrate, he is well respected and connected globally, both in industry and academia as a collaborator and researcher.  He has a significant track record of service to the IEEE organization.  Dejan has demonstrated his willingness to donate his considerable energies to helping out where he can as well as his ability to lead during changing times as IEEE Computer Society President in 2014.  Dejan exhibits a rare combination of technical depth and breadth.  His ability to both lead and participate in inter-disciplinary teams is enviable.  He also has some personal characteristics that I find even more rare.  He has an innate ability to spot key problems and the tenacity to fix them.  He has the ability to listen and learn from an amazing variety of people in diverse disciplines.  Above all, he focuses on getting things done and is quick to abandon traditional approaches when it’s clear that they no longer work in terms of meeting future needs.  I believe that these qualities make Dejan an ideal choice to be the next President of the IEEE. 

Erik DeBenedictis, co-lead for IEEE Rebooting Computing and Quantum Initiatives

I have actively worked with Dejan over the last three years in IEEE efforts to identify and nurture new technologies. For example, he has been a co-lead in the Rebooting Computing initiative, contributing both his expertise in technology and his round-the-world connections. He is the originator of an activity during Rebooting Computing week that focuses on the confluence of cyber security and artificial intelligence and also the leads the yearly top technology trends survey. Dejan is both a respected technical guru and an effective, forward-thinking advocate for new ideas. I offer him my strongest endorsement.

César De Rose, IEEE Member, Professor of CS, PUCRS, Brazil

I was very happy to hear that Dejan is running for the IEEE presidency. I had the opportunity to work with him in research projects for several years and also in the organization of workshops and conferences. I was impressed with his technical skills, strong management and leadership capabilities and, most important for me, that he was still always accessible and a very nice person to interact with. He has academic and industrial experience and a long-term involvement with IEEE. I am sure he has the competence, experience and vision to do an excellent job as the next president of IEEE.

Vladan Devedžić, Professor, Head of Department of Software Engineering, FON - School of Business Administration, University of Belgrade

I have known Dejan for over 36 years.  We used to work together in the Mihajlo Pupin Institute in Belgrade, Serbia, as young researchers. What I remember about him from back then, is his convincing research attitude. The topic(s) did not matter much - whatever he did at that time was presented in such a way that one had to believe it. Then he left for the States and I have not seen him a while. He would be visiting Belgrade time after time. The one visit I remember so vividly was his talk on intelligent agents in 1990s, when intelligent agents were a hot topic. I was doing some research in intelligent agents myself and was following Dejan's papers and comments on agents published in IEEE journals and magazines, and was a big fan of them. At that time, I was an Assistant Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the U. of Belgrade, Serbia, and I was teaching about intelligent agents (among the other things), always quoting Dejan's research to my students. And then, during that visit, Dejan suddenly told me that it was time for him to switch to another field of research! It's been quite shocking for me - a big, big name in the world of agents decides to "quit" agents for good?!!? But that only showed his strong vision - shortly after that, agents came out of fashion and new things in AI have become much more important. A guy with such a vision SHOULD be the President of IEEE. I gladly support his candidacy, and I hope he will win. IEEE would REALLY benefit from Dejan's leadership.

Zoran Dimitrijevic, PhD. Airbnb Labs

I have known Dejan for about 20 years since I was his intern at Hewlett Packard Laboratories in Summer 2000.  I want to strongly endorse Dejan for the President of IEEE. Dejan has in-depth technical expertise in distributed computer systems with long experience working with systems from several eras (from mainframes and personal computers to supercomputers and clusters). Dejan has the ability to bring people with different expertise, experience and ideas together and to motivate them to contribute to society by publishing their work and by sharing their vision. Given the challenges professional societies face today I believe Dejan has the energy, skills and the ability to help IEEE choose the right path for the next decade. 

Stephen Diamond, VMware, IEEE Future Directions Committee Chair

Dejan Milojicic has served the IEEE in numerous senior roles, including President of the IEEE Computer Society in 2014 and the IEEE Board of Directors in 2017-18. He was a founding editor of IEEE Computing Now, introducing a new society-wide publication delivery model. Most recently I’ve worked with Dejan in his role as Co-Chair of the IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative, one of the initiatives sponsored by the Future Directions Committee. His role in Rebooting Computing is critical as we collaborate across IEEE to build the computing environment of the future. Dejan would be a talented and committed IEEE President, and I am happy to give him my enthusiastic endorsement.

Fred Douglis, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow, IEEE-CS BOG 2016-21

I've known Dejan Milojicic for over 25 years, as collaborator, co-author, co-volunteer, and friend.  Dejan and I both did Ph.D. theses on the same topic, which led to joining with others to write both an ACM Computing Surveys article and a book collecting articles on the topic of Mobility. Whether it was his work on these publications many years ago or his extensive experience with IEEE, Dejan has never ceased to impress me with his drive, his focus on results, and his technical depth and business acumen.  He's a born leader and the IEEE is lucky to have his services.  

Schahram Dustdar, IEEE Fellow, Chair Informatics section of the Academia Europaea Full Professor, TU Wien, Austria

I know Dejan more than 10 years, including our joint time at IEEE Internet Computing. Dejan is a wise leader, kind colleague, highly dependable and reliable person who exhibits and values technical excellence. Furthermore, Dejan has excellent social skills; in small teams as well as in larger groups and communities. He is the ideal leader for becoming IEEE President. This position needs a president who fully embraces that the IEEE is an international society for scientists and engineers globally and acts as a unifying force so that science and engineering can benefit global society transcending national borders and closed mindsets, thereby imlementing IEEE's vision of "AdvancingTechnology for Humanity".

Nigel Edwards, Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

It is my pleasure to endorse Dr Dejan Milojicic’s candidature for President of the IEEE. I have been privileged to work with Dr Milojicic as a colleague in Hewlett Packard Labs for well over a decade. During that time I have observed a number of attributes that I believe make him an extremely strong candidate and will enable him to be an outstanding President. Modern IT systems are highly complex machines designed and built in collaboration by numerous specialist engineers, including processor designers, operating system engineers, application programmers and network engineers. Many of these engineers would regard the IEEE as an important institution and membership as a natural requirement for their career. It is therefore important for any President to have a very wide breadth of technical knowledge and experience. Dr Milojicic definitely has this. I have observed and collaborated with him at first hand on processor architectural primitives for security, specialised accelerators for machine learning and artificial intelligence, and memory driven computing. He has extensive knowledge of application programming, operating system architectures, processor architectures, system security, artificial intelligence and machine learning. As President, I am sure his technical breadth will enable Dr Milojicic to interact with and serve the wide range of IEEE members to great effect. Dr Milojicic is also a natural leader, collaborator and networker. On numerous occasions I have observed him seek-out, establish and lead successful collaborations across diverse geographically dispersed teams in Hewlett Packard Enterprise and outside the company. Within the IEEE, I participated in the IEEE Confluence on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applied to Cybersecurity in 2017. He was one of the leaders of the event and its success is testament to his leadership and collaboration skills, as well as his technical skills. As President of IEEE I am confident he will put his leadership and collaboration skills to great use in promoting collaboration within and outside the institution. He will serve the IEEE and its membership with distinction.

Izzat El Hajj, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, American University of Beirut

I met Dejan when I was a graduate student while doing an internship at Hewlett Packard Labs. He was my mentor then, and he has continued to be my mentor ever since. I have collaborated with Dejan on numerous research projects involving myself and other graduate students and researchers, and I have been impressed by his remarkable leadership. Dejan empowers junior team members by believing in them and assigning them a high status in the team. He is keen on providing team members with the resources and expertise they need without them even asking, and he is also keen on bringing people together to create opportunities for them. Dejan sets high expectations and makes sure no questions are left unasked. However, he always puts people first making sure everyone is happy, and he is always understanding and accommodating of personal circumstances and preferences. Dejan's humility, openness, empathy, and genuine care for others make him a great mentor, a great collaborator, and a great leader. With all these qualities, I have no doubt that Dejan would excel as IEEE President. I endorse him wholeheartedly.

Paolo Faraboschi, Fellow and VP, Hewlett Packard Labs; IEEE Fellow

I’m honored to express my endorsement supporting Dr. Dejan Milojicic as IEEE President. I have worked with Dejan for over two decades, sometimes closely, sometimes from a distance, during our 25 year tenure at HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. We’ve collaborated closely on several projects and have co-authored many publications together, and I’ve had the opportunity to see how effective, organized, persistent  Dejan is in advancing technology and managing complex programs over time. Dejan combines an amazing set of deep technology skills, industry experience, and global perspective that is rare to find. I believe this unique combination would highly benefit IEEE’s trajectory in the years to come. Dejan’s management experience in a top-tier industrial research labs gives him the exposure and background to know how to lead a team and the tools to effectively run complex programs with large budgets, interactions with internal and external organization, finance, and legal. His proven research track with impressive publication and patent metrics shows that he can have a profound impact in both industry and academia. His global experience and innate ability to listen and understand people and their unique needs everywhere in the world complements his managerial and technical depth. I think it’s time for IEEE to go back to the engineering roots and have a technologist leader, and I cannot think of anyone who would be more qualified for that than Dejan.

Lance Fung, Emeritus Professor Lance C.C. Fung, Murdoch University Chair IEEE New Initiatives Committee (2019)

I worked with Dejan as members of the IEEE New Initiatives Committee during 2017-2018. I am very impressed with his dedication and professionalism in assessing the proposals. He provided insights and acute comments on the projects, and in particular, he always gave constructive suggestions to the proposers on how to improve the initiatives. As member of the committee, he is cordial and respectful of others. I have learnt a lot from his experience and judgements. His leadership in the IEEE Confluence report on the paper on Cybersecurity, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence is significant, leading to an important and challenging area affecting us all. I wish him well in his continual contributions towards IEEE and the global technical community!

Engr. John Funso-Adebayo President of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in Nigeria

Professor Dejan's personal goals and interests are in tune with the UN SDGs, reaching out, touching the lives of people in un-served and under-served locations around the world. Creating, developing and implementing innovations and infrastructure to sustain cities and communities, globally. He is a subject matter expert for design, implementation and upgrade with expansion opportunities. He delights in simplifying technologies for humanity.

Stefano Galli, Lead Scientist at Futurewei Technologies Wireless Lab, IEEE Fellow Committee Chair

I have known Dejan Milojicic for 4 years, working with him on matters related to industry engagement and membership development: from making sure the IEEE Fellow program is fair to industrial nominees, to defining the role of the new Industry Engagement Committee, to the creation of a proposal for establishing a new IEEE Member Grade for Distinguished Professionals. With his skillset and passion for IEEE, Dejan is ideally suited to be IEEE president. Dejan is an excellent scientist and engineer and has made several contributions to distributed systems software, contributions that were recognized with his elevation to IEEE Fellow. Besides his well-recognized technical knowledge and skills, Dejan is a wonderful collaborator, a consensus builder, and has an innate capability of leading teams to success. He is also excellent at abstracting complex issues by formulating the right problem statement and breaking down the problem in solvable tasks. I have witnessed him treat his colleagues with empathy, respect, and inclusiveness and I have no doubts that Dejan has all the qualities that are needed for being an excellent President.

Ada Gavrilovska, an Associate Professor at the College of Computing and the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS) at Georgia Tech

I have know Dejan for over 15 years, through his active engagement with the Georgia Tech NSF I/UCRC Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS), the Open Cirrus Consortium, and several large-scale, multi-institutional projects that he led. He is always on the forefront of technology, and has demonstrated great technical breath, depth and vision in shaping and successfully pursuing research agendas on many topics. He is a community builder, and time and again he has put energy to form alliances around important technical challenges, forging new partnerships across industry, government and academia. He is a fantastic collaborator and mentor, and has dedicated himself to empowering those around him to succeed. These are just some of the many great qualities that make Dejan an ideal candidate for IEEE President, and I endorse his candidacy with great enthusiasm. 

Vladimir Getov, Professor of Distributed and High-Performance Computing, University of Westminster - London; IEEE Region 8; 2016-2018 IEEE CS BOG.

 

I have known Dejan Milojcic for more than 15 years both professionally and personally. We initially met at the Global Grid Forum (GGF) as we were chairing two GGF working groups – Service Management Frameworks and Configuration Description, Deployment, and Lifecycle Management. Our joint work developed quickly via collaboration projects such as Message Passing for Java, SmartFrog, and JINI/JXTA. Then, our professional interaction continued at GGF, conferences (COMPSAC and Supercomputing), and IEEE-CS BOG. In recent years, it has been a privilege to work with Dejan on several IEEE-CS boards, committees, and initiatives. I have been highly impressed by his continuous leadership and gentle but authoritative handling of critical matters and complex issues. Dr Milojcic has a technical activities record that I believe is particularly impressive as it demonstrates good balance of all important components – scientific excellence, ability to set up collaborations, outstanding involvement in industry developments, and excellent results in securing revenue. I also believe that the professional community is blessed by Dejan’s versatility in his leadership skills. He has been a constant source of new ideas, encouragement, and support that have inspired many to join his endeavor and oftentimes become similarly dedicated volunteers working for the IEEE. His extensive professional network should have proven a definitive asset to IEEE in the past, as well as into the future. Most importantly, Dejan is always realistic about priorities and he delivers quickly. In view of the above observations, I wholeheartedly endorse Dejan Milojcic's candidacy for IEEE President and strongly encourage you to vote for him.

Professor Alfredo Goldman, University of Sao Paolo, Brasil

I am pleased to write some words of support for Dejan. As he is already widely known as a top researcher and has shown his capabilities on IEEE in several positions, I will focus on describing how amazing it is to collaborate with him. He has some unique qualities that make him an outstanding person to join efforts with. He can be at the same time very inclusive and friendly, without losing the effectiveness. He always has the right questions to move the research forward or good answers to solve the current issue. Even being extremely occupied, he is able to find some free slots whenever needed. I am profoundly confident that with all his collaborative skills he will be a great IEEE president.

Xiaohui (Helen) Gu, Professor, North Carolina State University

It is my great honor to endorse Dejan for IEEE President. I was lucky to work with Dejan and his team at HP Labs back in 2001 as a summer intern working on the adaptive offloading technique for smart mobile devices. Since then, Dejan has been my mentor throughout my career as I transferred from industry research lab to academia. His dedication to the collaboration between industry and academia is extremely valuable to our community. He is both a visionary leader and an accomplished scientist. I fully support his candidacy as IEEE president.  

Abhishek Gupta, HPC and 3D visualization innovation manager at Schlumberger

Dejan has been a mentor and an advisor to me since the summer of 2011, when I first interned under his supervision at HP labs.  It gives me immense pride to write an endorsement for him; his drive to perform simple but impactful work is very inspiring. Besides, being a technical visionary, he is also a great motivator and has extremely positive attitude. I have collaborated with him on several research papers and have learned a lot from him.  I continue to pass those learnings to the people I mentor. Dejan has my strongest endorsement for the IEEE president position. With his great quality to make the most out of any situation and track record of promoting and involving his network, I believe he will be a great leader for IEEE.

Indranil Gupta, Professor of Computer Science (and Associate-Head of CS department) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I whole heartedly endorse Dejan Milojicic's candidacy for IEEE President. I have known and worked with Dejan for many years, co-authored papers with him, and participated in large industry-academic collaboration projects with him (OpenCirrus project). Through these experiences, I know that Dejan is truly passionate about creating stronger industry-academic ties, catalyzing industry participation in IEEE more robustly, and expanding the outreach of IEEE further worldwide. The landscape of computing innovation has changed and shifted dramatically, with many companies--both within and across the US--inventing and building systems that are not only global scale but also advance computer science fundamentals substantially. Dejan is extremely well placed, due to this experiences, contacts, and drive, to make IEEE a shaper of the future of computing. Dejan is a natural leader, and his vision is what IEEE needs.

Hermann Härtig, Operating Systems Chair at TU Dresden

I know Dejan since the 1980-ties when he started his PhD studies in Kaiserslautern and never lost contact since then. He was always and still is interested in building bridges between academia and industrial research and practice using the privileges of his various positions in industry. He visited my team many times and inspired my students. He also provided internships for my students and took well care for them. I wish him a successful candidacy.

Mazdak Hashemi, Former VP of Engineering at Twitter; Entrepreneur

I joined the IEEE advisory board a few years ago where Dejan originally started it and chaired the committee. I was very impressed with his level of professionalism, domain knowledge and how organized he chaired the board. To date, I am still not sure how Dejan is able to work on so many things in parallel and where he gets the energy to do them all so well. Dejan and I also co-chaired the first IEEE infrastructure conference in 2018 which I know it wouldn't have happened without his partnership, dedication, the amount of effort and time that he put into it. Dejan is not just a strong technical leader, but also a great human being and someone I appreciate to call a good friend now. I appreciate Dejan's discipline, strength and always giving it all he has when it comes to IEEE organization and community. The amount of time that Dejan has devoted to IEEE is admiring and he has been transformational in bringing more industry and applied engineering focus to this amazing organization.

Professor Sumi Helal, Chair in Digital Health, Lancaster University, UK

I have have known Dejan for many years and interacted with him in many contexts including the Technical Committee of Operating Systems (TCOS), the Technical Committee of Internet (TCI), IEEE Computer, and the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. He is a true technical leader and a visionary influencer with significant contributions to classical and contemporary operating systems, distributed and parallel systems, and service computing. He is also a deeply experienced manager with unquestionable business acumen as evident from his career path, his innovations, and his contributions to key products and services. At a professional level, I worked with him towards the end of his tenure as President of the Computer Society and later on as I joined the Board of Governors. This was different from working with him through emails etc. I managed to see and witness how seasoned and experienced he is as a professional and also got a peak at his amazing volunteer skills. He is articulate and able to make the case. He is masterful in mobilizing and initiating team work with unmistakably inclusive and respectful character. He is absolutely results-oriented, and perhaps his secret source for success as a volunteer and an organizer is the way he conducts himself in the volunteer work he leads - he is always serious, pleasant, on time, prepared, and makes you feel nothing else is going on in his life or more important than the volunteer activity on hand (such an amazing capacity). This uplifts all who work with him and sets a high but desired professional bar. I have truly enjoyed working with him in every project that involved the two of us. I strongly and wholeheartedly support Dejan for the office of the President of the IEEE.

Ali Hessami, Director Vega Systems-UK, Chair IEEE P7000 Standard and VC IEEE Ethics Certification Programme

I’ve collaborated with Dejan during the development of the Industry Adhoc Committee where I found his approach to managing the process and the initiative well informed and inline with IEEE’s expected leadership role in the industrial context. He comes from the industry background and will bring much needed balance in IEEE’s products, services and emphasis towards supporting the needs of the industry sector globally. His understanding of the industrial practices, priorities and needs will be valuable to the future of IEEE and its efforts to address the deficit in our industry offerings. Having run a senior level industry partnership programme in the UK, I have briefed Dejan about the sensitivities and requirements of the major synergistic industries in the UK and trust he will deliver leadership and policies to realise these expectations globally.

Jun (Luke) Huan, Ph.D. Baidu Scientist, Head of Baidu Big Data Lab, Baidu Research

Dr. Milojicic is a great leader in the computing community. He has spent enormous time on organizing IEEE events emphasizing the collaboration between the research community and the related industry. I have the privilege of working with him on some of the initiatives including the collaboration between IEEE and Baidu on AI education and IEEE Industry Advisory board. He is a leader with vision and passion. I support him to run for the IEEE president without any reservation. 

Wen-Mei Hwu, Walter J. Sanders III-AMD Endowed Chair professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I wholeheartedly endorse Dejan Milojicic for IEEE President. I have worked closely with Dejan on Computer Society Research Advisory Board. I have always been impressed with his visionary ideas and thoughtful approach to solving complex problems. I have also collaborated with Dejan and co-authored major publications with him. He is an excellent researcher who brings tremendous expertise in operating systems and effective leadership for large teams. As IEEE President, Dejan would be a visionary, thoughtful, and effective leader for our flagship professional organization.

William Horne, VP and GM Intertrust Secure Systems

It is my great pleasure to endorse Dejan Milojicic for President of the IEEE. Dejan and I were colleagues at Hewlett Packard Labs for fifteen years. During that time, we worked together on a number of projects. Dejan has a variety of skills that make him an ideal candidate for President of the IEEE. First, he is a natural leader. At HP he led various teams over the years that explored a wide variety of research topics, where he excelled at driving the research agenda and motivating his teams. Second, he has the technical depth to guide the IEEE through rapid technology evolution. Finally, he has outstanding communication and interpersonal skills that will be critical to this position. Dejan is a great person to work with, and I think he would do an outstanding job in this position.

Michael Huhns, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina, IEEE and AAAI Fellow

I am very pleased to endorse Dejan for IEEE President. We have worked together on IEEE editorial boards and other committees. He has a superb ability to devise creative solutions to difficult organizational problems and -- most importantly -- shepherd them to successful enactments. I am confident that IEEE will prosper under his guidance.

Dragana Ilijasevic, MSc EE, PMP, Senior PM IT Consultant

It is my great pleasure to endorse Dejan Milojicic’s candidacy for IEEE President. I had privilege of knowing Dejan for over forty years. We studied together at Belgrade’s University and later I have been delighted to work with Dejan in Hewlett Packard. As a friend he has the ability to listen well, taking multiple perspectives into account and contribute with suitable solution and advice. He is an inspirational and motivating colleague ready to share his insights and foresights. He always was ready to share his expertise with students and colleagues providing lectures on University in his birth town even when he was on vacations. Dejan's passion, commitment, and expertise makes him a great candidate for president of IEEE. He would provide a significant contribution to the evolution of IEEE with his deep understanding of this prestige organization itself, his industrial and academic experience, personal and leadership skills, unlimited energy and passion to make a world a better place to be.

Hans-Arno Jacobsen, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, IEEE Fellow

I've had the great pleasure of interacting with Dejan in the context of the ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware Conference for many years. I am convinced, Dejan would make a fine IEEE President. As an international scholar, scientist, and practitioner, Dejan is bound to understand the needs of IEEE constituents worldwide, truly moving IEEE towards international representation.

Harold Javid, Director University Relations, Microsoft

I have had the opportunity to watch Dejan define needs, work with IEEE volunteers to develop an approach, and then consistently and professional lead the effort to bring something new to realization. Dejan began his tenure as President of the IEEE Computer Society with a clear vision that the society needed to tighten its finances and focus its energies. He worked with the Board of Governors on a specific set of initiatives that left the society in a much stronger position at year’s end. While I was serving on the IEEE Board of Directors, I saw Dejan’s focus in a very different area. Recognizing the IEEE’s need to more actively engage with companies, he first piloted and then created a breadth of new industry engagement models. Dejan has a way of recognizing a need, working with others to build an approach, and then energetically, consistently creating results that remain.

Dr. Emil Jovanov, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

I’ve known Dejan for 35 years; we both graduated from the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, and started working at the “Mihajlo Pupin” Institute in Belgrade, where analog and digital computers were designed and implemented from the early 60s. We were part of the same team developing hardware and software of personal computers TIM for automation of post offices in Yugoslavia in 1984. Dejan was passionate about software development and implementation of complex systems, which led to the successful deployment of the system in post offices and banks across Yugoslavia. Dejan is a great collaborator with in-depth knowledge of many aspects of computer systems, and an excellent leader with a clear vision of the future of engineering with significant IEEE and industrial experience. I fully endorse Dejan for the position of IEEE President, and I’m looking forward to the implementation of his vision in this crucial period for the IEEE.

Laxmikant (Sanjay) Kale, Computer Science Department, University of Illinois, fellow of IEEE and ACM

I knew of Dejan Milojicic's work on process and task migration for many years. But around 2011, we started collaborating via a jointly advised student on the topic of high performance computing in the cloud. I was impressed with Dejan for his keen insights during the research we were doing. But even more importantly, I got to see and admire the breadth of his understanding of the field of computer science as a whole. Furthermore, his compassionate mentoring was another aspect that impressed me. I have examined Dejan's position statement, with his vision for better connection and coordination among industry, academia and government, and catering to the global nature of IEEE; He is uniquely qualified to carry out the vision he presented. I endorse him for IEEE president. 

Hironori Kasahara, IEEE Computer Society President 2018 A Senior Executive Vice President at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Dejan S Milojicic was an honorable President with great humanity of IEEE Computer Society in 2014 and has been a respectable adviser for Computer Society leaders as an IEEE Division Director since his presidential year. In Computer Society, he implemented various innovative ideas including "IEEE Computing Now",  "the Computer Society Report 2022", "IEEE Computer Society Predicts the Future of Tech: Top 10 Technology Trends", and so on that have been highly appreciated by not only the IEEE members but also World researchers and practitioners outside the IEEE. Furthermore, he is also a true researcher leading HP Labs World famous and respected Low Power High Performance Computer Project with Innovative Memory System "The Machine". Dejan would be an IEEE President with well-balanced technical visions, great humanity, passion and dreams.

Kimberly Keeton, Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett Packard Labs, ACM Fellow

I wholeheartedly support the nomination of Dr. Dejan Milojicic to be the next IEEE president. Dejan and I have been colleagues at Hewlett Packard Labs for nearly 20 years, and we have worked closely in the last five years in the context of systems software to support novel computing architectures. One of Dejan's greatest strengths is his ability to drive change by connecting and leading diverse teams that span areas of expertise, organizations, and geographies. I've witnessed this ability up-close in his technical work at HPE, where he has bridged the gap between industry and academia through his numerous research collaborations with universities across the world to develop cutting-edge technologies to solve forward-looking, real-world problems. He has contributed to the community by serving the IEEE in many roles, including IEEE Computer Society President. He has also helped organize events like IEEE Infrastructure and IEEE Rebooting Computing to bring together researchers and practitioners. He understands the technology landscape and the challenges and opportunities it presents, as evidenced through his work on IEEE reports on technology trends. These collected experiences have given Dejan insights into the IEEE and how to maintain and enhance its relevance to its members and how to strengthen and expand global membership. Dejan is one of the most productive, hard-working, and persistent people that I know; his determination, coupled with his jovial nature, mean that he gets the job done. He will leverage his technical knowledge, his experience with the IEEE, and his vision to lead the IEEE into the future.

Jeff Kephart Distinguished RSM, Symbiotic Cognitive Systems IBM Research AI. IEEE Fellow and Member, IBM Academy of Technology IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center

Dr. Dejan S MilI've known Dejan Milojicic for several years through our mutual involvement in the International Conference on Autonomic Computing, which I co-founded and for which I served as steering committee chair for many years. Our steering committee chose Dejan as general chair for ICAC 2012, knowing that he would do a very professional and conscientious job. What particularly impressed me was that Dejan went well beyond our high expectations for him as general chair, and capitalized on his long experience and his strong connections with societies such as IEEE and USENIX to institute practices that had a strong and lasting positive impact on the health and vitality of our conference. Dejan is never complacent; he is always on the lookout for ways to improve institutions and procedures. He is full of good ideas, and possesses the energy and the know-how to execute them well. In short, Dejan Milojicic is a great leader who possesses all of the right traits and skills required to be a very effective president of the IEEE. He has my enthusiastic support.

Anne-Marie Kermarrec, director of research at INRIA in Rennes

I have known Dejan for many years through his publications and interactions in our community.  I have also interacted a lot with him as a member of IEEE CS editorial team. Beyond his international visibility, he has shown a strong commitment to IEEE. Based on his accomplishments and his dedication to IEEE, I cannot think of a better candidate for  the position of IEEE President.

Masaru Kitsuregawa, Director General of National Institute of Informatics and Professor of the University of Tokyo

I have known Dejan since 2014, when I was president of IPSJ and Dejan was president of IEEE Computer Society. We realized that two societies, IPSJ--the largest IT society in Japan and IEEE CS--the largest society in IEEE, had many common problems and that we could adopt similar solutions to these problems. This substantially improved mutual understanding and enhanced the relationship between two societies. I still remember that Dejan's strategic priority was empowerment of the IT infrastructure of IEEE CS. This has been critical, although not so visible from outside. Dejan is technically deep leader, who profoundly cares about global IEEE membership. This is obvious from his frequent visits to Japan and Asia Pacific in general, Europe, and South America. I support his presidential nomination without any reservations, he will be a great president for global IEEE and a technical role model for our young professionals.

Steve Ko, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

I am delighted to endorse Dejan for IEEE President. Dejan is a natural leader, and I have no doubt that he will lead IEEE to a brand new era. I have known Dejan for more than a decade---I first met him at HP Labs when I did an internship under him in 2006. He then became my PhD thesis committee member, and then a career mentor after I graduated. When I was doing my internship, his insights had opened my eyes to see what research is really about. His advice during my PhD made me look beyond just a small research problem I was looking at. His advice always gave me new viewpoints that I missed initially. All these were coming from Dejan because he is someone who always thinks about what is above and beyond---beyond a small research problem, beyond a to-do list, beyond what an organization has been doing, etc. He can provide a high-level vision as well as help in low-level details. I endorsed Dejan for IEEE-CS President and was thrilled to see what he brought to the table. I strongly believe that Dejan will do an excellent job as IEEE President. I really cannot think of anyone who is better suited than Dejan.

Danny Lange, VP of AI and Machine Learning - Unity Technologies

I have in various capacities worked with Dejan for well over two decades. The collaborations have ranged from organizing conferences together, collaborating in standardization efforts, joint publications and advisory boards to mention a few. A common theme in all these efforts has been to give back to the community. Dejan is the one who has managed to pull me into a number of IEEE-driven initiatives because of his vision and professional convictions. Dejan is a multiplier and a leader who acts rather than merely talking. I wholeheartedly endorse Dejan’s candidacy for IEEE President.

Phil Laplante, Professor, Penn State

I have worked closely with Dejan for more than 10 years, first through our many joint activities on various Computer Society committees and activities, and later, simply because I enjoy working with him on various research projects. That he is brilliant, goes without needing elaboration – his accomplishments attest to that. But Dejan has that rare combination of tenacity, kindness and political astuteness that enables him to lead large, complex projects to success while making all involved feel like they are valued. What I have seen Dejan do many times -- and this is what the IEEE needs most – is to bring people together, to listen, to motivate and find consensus amongst the noise, and do it with the utmost efficiency, respect and decorum.

Sung-Ju Lee, Professor & Endowed Chair Professor, KAIST, IEEE Fellow

I am proud to have known Dejan for nearly 20 years as a colleague in a lab and a friend outside a lab. Dejan stands out in two ways as a professional and a leader. First, he gets jobs done effectively and efficiently. His records for accomplishments in different roles speak for themselves. Second, he sincerely cares for the organization he leads and all the members of that organization. He listens to everyone and finds a way to help. With these characteristics, I am fully confident Dejan will excel as an IEEE President and he has my highest endorsement.

Hui Lei, PhD, IEEE Fellow, Director and CTO, Watson Health Cloud, IBM. IBM Distinguished Engineer

I have worked with Dejan on many occasions. He is one of the most devoted leaders I know in IEEE and has made outstanding contributions that have advanced the cause of the IEEE and benefited the IEEE membership at large. Visionary, resourceful, experienced, and at the same time creative, he is highly qualified to lead IEEE to a new level of success. I endorse his presidential candidacy wholeheartedly!

Barry Leiba, Senior Standards Manager at Futurewei Technologies; IETF Area Director; IEEE Senior Member

I have worked with Dejan for more than ten years on the editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing magazine, and have found him to be insightful, innovative, and engaged, in addition to his being a pleasure to work with.  Dejan has taken those qualities to his positions as Computer Society president and on the Computer Society Board of Governors, clearly showing his abilities, his effectiveness, and his dedication to service.  He will make an excellent IEEE president.

Abraham Lempel, IEEE life senior fellow

I have known Dejan since the late eighties, and I  strongly endorse his candidacy for IEEE president. Having served previously as the president of the IEEE Computer Society, his impact on and contributions to this and other IEEE societies has put Dejan in the position of a first-rate candidate to serve as the IEEE president. 

Rebecca Lewington Analytics and advanced architectures marketing

I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Dejan on a number of successful projects at Hewlett Packard Labs over the last six years. His deep knowledge, inclusiveness, attention to detail and unfailing good humour make him a pleasure to work with. His diverse academic and industrial experience also makes him a valuable sounding board to bounce ideas off. I can’t imagine a better candidate for the presidency of the IEEE.

David Lie, Professor, University of Toronto

I have known Dejan for many years from the time I was an intern at HP under his supervision.  Dejan is truly world-class expert in distributed systems.  Moreover he is sincere, nurturing and a natural leader.  He inspires and has the rare talent of recognizing each person's strengths to bring out the best in each of them.  Finally, in whatever situation, Dejan demonstrates flexibility and the ability to devise solutions to difficult problems.  I strongly endorse his candidacy for IEEE president.  He has the right experience, disposition and outlook to lead the IEEE forward in today's world.

Dr. Ignacio M. Llorente, Visiting Professor at Harvard, Full Professor at UCM, OpenNebula Executive Director

I had privilege of knowing Dejan for almost twenty years. I have interacted with him in many contexts related to cloud computing, such as his editorial work in IEEE Internet Computing and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, and his pioneering work in the OpenCirrus project. In these initiatives, he has been quite successful in building bridges between academia, industry and government from several countries. He has a very strong technical background and at the same time the passion and political astuteness needed to lead large, complex projects and organizations. I am convinced that Dejan has the knowledge and the right skills and attitude for leading IEEE and I strongly endorse him for IEEE President.

David Lomet, Principal Researcher Microsoft Research Redmond, WA

It is a pleasure to endorse Dejan Milojicic’s election as president-elect of the IEEE.  I worked several years with Dejan at the Computer Society, where I have servied as First Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Board member.  I have directly witnessed his efforts.  And I can attest to the positive impact that Dejan has had on the Computer Society.   Dejan has the qualities and experience to move the IEEE in the right direction. (1) He knows technology.  Dejan is a technology leader at HP.  His area of expertise overlaps mine. I know he is a strong technologist. (2)  He has demonstrated how to be responsive to members.  As Computer Society president, Dejan refocused its governance to empower members and their technical committees.  Refocusing the IEEE on empowering societies is exactly what the IEEE needs. (3) He has dealt with financial complexities.  Dejan initiated steps to rein in Computer Society expenses, and he will work to do the same at the IEEE level. (4) He knows how to engage people with our technical organization.  I know that from personal experience.  Dejan recruited me to Computer Society governance, so I have seen this skill up-close and personal. Finally, Dejan knows how to succeed.  He has the technical, organizational, financial, and leadership skills that the IEEE needs.

Dr.-Ing. Peter Magyar, IEEE LF, IAS Director of Chapter Development

It is my great honor to support Dr. Dejan S. Milojicic for being elected as the 2021 President of IEEE. I met Dejan in person during the IEEE Board outreach in Melbourne in 2017 and at the R8 Committee Spring 2019 Meeting. I know him as an open minded and friendly colleague. As IEEE is an international professional organization of electrical and electronics engineers I am convinced that the Institute would be conducted best by a President who is an international  professional and concurrently a dedicated IEEE leader. Dejan´s career gives positive proof of his professional internationalism since being born in Serbia he graduated as an electrical engineer in Serbia, received his PhD in Germany and worked for well-respected international institutions in the US, Europe and Asia.  More than 180 publications, 37 granted patents and his leadership as a distinguished technologist at HP Labs also prove his great professional achievement. Dejan demonstrated remarkable IEEE activity and volunteering capacity in various positions of IEEE. His life history dedicates him not only to govern the professional activity of IEEE but also to serve as an excellent connection between the R1-6 and R7-10 membership. I will vote for Dejan and hope that a lot of those volunteers I have met over the last 20 years will follow me.

Vera Markovic, Full Professor of the Faculty of Electronic Engineering, Head of the Department of Telecommunications, University of Nis, Serbia; Past Chair of the IEEE Serbia & Montenegro Section; (2015-2018)

It is my great pleasure to endorse Dejan Milojicic for the President of IEEE. Dejan’s exceptional professional accomplishments have been known to me over many years. Last years I had the pleasure of meeting him personally at several IEEE Region 8 meetings and some other events and I had also the opportunity to familiarize with his activities in IEEE. My personal impressions about his abilities, commitment, enthusiasm and personality that I gained during these meetings have even surpassed my previous very positive picture. Combining an exceptional professional career with a rich IEEE experience, leadership skills and long-term successful engagement in IEEE makes Dejan an ideal candidate for the President. I am convinced that he will invest all of himself for the benefit of IEEE.

Francisco Martinez, Sistemas Azteca SA CEO, 2004-2005 IEEE Director. Mexico

I have known personally Dejan S Milojicic for several years now and worked with him in Industry Engagement Committee and IEEE Infrastructure Conference. His personal skills, attributes and involvement of many years in IEEE make him highly qualified to lead IEEE.

I am confident that Dejan S Milojicic, if elected, will do an outstanding job as IEEE President, because I am sure he will continue devoting all his passion, experience and the time required, not only to drive the IEEE to increase its leadership in the technological fields, but also working to develop more and better products and services for IEEE members around the world that benefit their growth and careers.

Aleksandar Mastilović, Expert Advisor to the Director-General at the Communications Regulatory Agency Bosnia and Herzegovina, EU Marie Curie Fellow - Researcher at the University of Novi Sad (Serbia)

I am more than happy to endorse Dejan Milojicic’s candidacy for IEEE President-Elect 2020 and the IEEE President 2021.
I know Dejan for many years and he is one of a few people who effected my career path and many decisions I’ve made. In my early stage serving in the IEEE governance OUs, he was my most important advisor. Looking back on our collaboration, I cannot overstate my confidence in and admiration for his abilities and personal character. His dedication, his perpetual drive, and his gift to bring to life a bold vision to improve life for global citizens have also earned him international recognition. Dejan`s professional career is an example of excellence, commitment, and foresight. I am enjoying while I am writing these words as I can’t even remember all his results, registered patents, all countries, conferences where he traveled to meet people around the world sending a clear message that engineers can make this world better place. Dejan`s strong sense of social responsibility and his philanthropic nature made him a well-respected member of the IEEE engineering community and the engineering community as a whole, dedicated to bettering future for all of us. Dejan is the outstanding leader, inspirational figure and I am very thankful for all advice in my early stage career because I can say today that I am a successful young professional in engineering and business. I am sure that he can help many more people to reach their maximum and great results. Dejan is the personification of the IEEE vision "Technology for Humanity" living this vision every day.

Andrea Matwyshyn, Professor + Assoc. Dean of Innovation, Penn State Law - University Park Professor, Penn State Engineering Founding Director, PSU PILOT Lab

I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Dejan on white papers arising from IEEE conferences that he organized and chaired. Dejan provided vision and structure that successfully kept our potentially unwieldy group of collaborators focused and on task. The group generated work product of high quality thanks to Dejan’s capable leadership, and I’m confident that his skills will successfully transfer to the role of IEEE president. 

Rick McGeer, CEO, engageLively; Chief Scientist, US Ignite; Visiting Research Scholar, UC-Berkeley EECS Department; Adjunct Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Victoria, SMIEEE

I have known and worked with Dejan as a colleague, co-project lead,  co-inventor, and close friend for 16 years.  We worked together at HP Labs, where together we were on the team that built the OpenCirrus testbed; for a time Dejan managed it, and I helped him a little bit, using my experience building PlanetLab and GENI.   In my last role at HP Labs, I was fortunate enough to have Dejan as my manager.  I thus have experience with Dejan in every role; we've worked together as colleagues, built things together, and I have reported to him.  Dejan excels at each of these roles; he is a tremendous leader and organizer, insightful thinker, thorough and careful.  As a manager, he takes great interest in the people who report to him, and has that rare trait in a great leader: he views the leader as a servant of the team and the people on it.  During the time I worked with him, he was President of the IEEE Computer Society, and I saw firsthand the tremendous  time and effort he put into building that organization, and as a Computer Society member was delighted to see the results of his contributions.  He will make a great President of the IEEE.

Prof. Avi Mendelson, Technion, IEEE Fellow

It is my pleasure and honour to support the nomination of Dr. Dejan Milojicic as the next IEEE president. I have no doubt that Dejan is the best candidate we have due to his unique set of characteristics. (1) Industry Experience – Dejan works as a manager of a research team in HPE where he leads research projects that aim at pushing the technology boundaries at many different OS, hardware, software and applications’ frontiers. As part of his daily job, he meets with technology leaders as well as with customers. (2) Industry Impact – as part of his industrial responsibilities, Dejan has major impact on the future of HPE, and he used this experience for the benefit of the IEEE and the computer society; e.g., a) he managed and contributed to the IEEE reports on technology trends and the 2022 technology roadmap Report; b) he helped organize events on the impact of specific technology developments to Industry and to IEEE (e.g. the workshop and report on cybersecurity and AI or the rebooting workshop. c) he managed meeting with the industry to discuss the mutual relations between the IEE and specific industries, etc. (3) Academic Impact – Dejan has an impressive number of publications and patents. He always maintains an excellent research collaboration with some of the top research centres world-wide, including Technion, ETH, Cambridge and many more. I believe that the ability to understand both the industrial perspective of our organization as well as the academia’s perspective is an asset that the IEEE urgently needs. (4) Geographic Diversity – Dejan born in Europe, lived most of his professional life in USA and has vast collaboration activities with research and industry canters in the far-east. He can serve as a perfect catalyst for expanding the IEEE's activities into new geographical area and new markets. (5) Integrity – I know Dejan long enough to know that he always fulfills his promises; so, I am certain he will do an excellent job as the next president of the IEEE. (6) Long and Lasting Contribution to the IEEE – he served the IEEE at all levels, so he knows the organization inside-out and already demonstrated his qualifications and contributions. Taking all these factors into account, I am convinced that Dr. Dejan Milojicic is the best candidate we currently have for becoming the next president of the IEEE organization.

Alexander Merritt, Intel

I have had the pleasure of working with Dejan Milojicic for multiple years during my graduate studies. He was a mentor during my time at Hewlett Packard Labs, as well as an actively engaged member on my dissertation committee while I was at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He always treated me as an equal colleague and encouraged me to strive to improve in all aspects of my work. His engagements were very timely (no matter the timezone difference). One of my most successful collaborations in my career was with Dejan, who formed a small group of students, myself included, from very different backgrounds during an internship, enabling us to create and learn from each other: we published a paper at a prestigious venue and filed multiple inventions, but most importantly, we found new colleagues. He strived to help us succeed in building our careers, and I believe he was successful at doing so. I am confident that Dejan will succeed in his next endeavor with IEEE.

Mario Milicevic, Ph.D. Chair, IEEE Public Visibility Committee Staff Communication Systems Engineer, MaxLinear Inc.

Dr. Milojicic thoroughly understands the challenges that IEEE faces as a professional association in the 21st century, particularly related to membership and its relevance to industry. Over the past several years, he has championed multiple timely and pragmatic initiatives to address these challenges and to ensure that IEEE remains the professional home of the scientific and engineering community. His action-oriented leadership style, coupled with his career success as a distinguished technologist at HP Labs and broad IEEE volunteer experience in the Computer Society and on the IEEE Board of Directors, make him ideally suited to lead the IEEE in the right direction.

Puneet Kumar Mishra, Chair-Elect, IEEE Bangalore Section and IEEE Secretary, India Council & Scientist, ISRO

It was honor and privilege to share my thoughts on (i) Special Membership dues for Young Professionals (ii) Industry engagement (iii) Recruitment and Retention of IEEE Members. I was overwhelmed to know that his thoughts are very much aligned with most of us. He truly believes that relevance, perception and value of IEEE Membership is at critical juncture and needs to be redefined by keeping Member benefits at the Top. His positive approach and concern about betterment of IEEE is exemplary. He gave me a “mantra” that convert your ideas into reality by prototyping it, at smaller scale and show that it can be implemented. We both agree that Industry Involvement will be a key area for IEEE to stay relevant. After meeting him I am fully convinced that he is truly a  “catalyst of change”.

Prof. Vojislav B. Mišić, Department of Computer Science, Ryerson University

I have known Dejan Milojicic for many years, and he has never ceased to amaze me with his technical and leadership skills. He has always been very focused and knowledgeable whilst being extremely patient and cooperative. He is a true team player and an inspiring team leader, as he has demonstrated time and again, in particular in his work in the professional community.I can think of no better candidate to lead IEEE at this time.

Khaled Mokhtar, Emerging Technologies & Innovation Manager at Etisalat

I have been working with Dejan for the past few years in the industry engagement workforce within the IEEE. Dejan is one of the most empowering leaders I have met through my journey. He empowers the younger generations while being shoulder to shoulder providing mentoring and support. Looking at his IEEE Success and his professional career, makes me consider Dejan as one of my role models. He combines the professional experience with the volunteering efforts all together with great success. Dejan's superpower is getting things done, as simple and as impactful as it is. I learned a lot from him and still learning all the way working together in all the future capacities.

San Murugesan – Former Editor in Chief of IEEE IT Professional; Former Associate Editor of IEEE Computer; IEEE The Institute Advisory Board Member; IEEE CS Golden Core Member; Director of BRITE Professional Services, Sydney; Adjunct professor at Western Sydney University, Australia

I have known Dejan for the past nine years. Dejan and I met through our roles in IEEE Computer Society, when I was editor in chief of IEEE CS IT Professional magazine and editorial board member of Computer and at CS BoG meetings and conferences. We have interacted both personally and professionally on a range of topics and on numerous occasions.  Dejan has shown keen interest in IT Professional magazine and other publications and on several IEEE and CS activities, and offered valuable guidance and suggestions. I always appreciated the novel ideas, support and encouragement that Dejan offered to me and as well as to other volunteers. Dejan is an accomplished professional with interest in a range of emerging areas and inspiring mentor. He is forward-looking and possesses excellent leadership and organizational skills, and his contributions to IEEE and its societies are significant. He is well-qualified to provide the leadership to steer the IEEE at this critical stage to greater heights offering value to its member and to the professional community. I strongly endorse and support Dejan’s candidacy for IEEE President. 

Sundara Nagarajan, Senior Member IEEE (member since 01-Jan-1995) and Member ACM. Director, Innovation ScaleUp Advisors, Bengaluru-India. s.nagarajan@ieee.org

I have collaborated with Dejan Milojicic for more than a decade, as a colleague at Hewlett-Packard and in different IEEE and IEEE Computer Society initiatives.  He seeks positive impact for the community, sets realistic goals, has a global outlook, includes people from diverse backgrounds, drives towards the outcomes with effective people management and inspires par excellence.  He is the most passionate and supportive IEEE leader I have come across and worked with among all the IEEE leaders I know for 25 years as an IEEE member.  I appeal to my fellow IEEE members to support Dejan and vote him up to the leadership of this great global community of engineers.  I am confident he will make the IEEE even more relevant to each member, globally.

Klara Nahrstedt, Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

I have worked with Dejan on the technical level as a colleague and collaborator. Dejan’s research spans from cloud computing, edge computing to various aspects of resource management and cyber-infrastructure for large scale systems. Dejan’s has been a highly innovative, knowledgeable  and constructive colleague and collaborator working with me, my colleagues, and students in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. During our meetings, his ideas, comments, and discussions have been informative, respectful and creative, pushing science forward in the intellectual sense and organizational sense. I am certain he will move the science to the next levels as the IEEE President, exploring new directions and responding to the many societal challenges.  Therefore, I very strongly endorse him for the position of the IEEE President.

Ike Nassi, Industry Veteran Supporting Dejan

I am a founding member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Industry Advisory Board.  In prior lives, I was a Sr. VP at Apple, and Chief Scientist of SAP.  I’ve helped start four companies, the latest being TidalScale, which builds a distributed, strongly coherent virtual machine hyperkernel (a.k.a a software-defined server), finding many uses in applications requiring large amounts of memory and/or large numbers of processors, and supporting several popular large-scale in-memory databases.  Principally in conjunction with my work with IEEE, I have known Dejan for several years as a force guiding the IEEE Computer Society as well as IEEE in general.  I know him to have excellent judgement, enviable attention to detail, and be a very hard worker totally committed to the goals of IEEE.  I hope to continue working with him in the future, and I look forward to his election as President.  He has my full support.

Geoffrey Ndu, Senior Researcher, Hewlett Packard Labs.

It is my pleasure to endorse Dr Dejan Milojicic's candidature for President of the IEEE. I have the privilege of working with Dejan on various projects, often spanning multiple countries since I joined Hewlett Packard Labs in 2015. His unique ability to initiate and lead global collaborations across industry, government and academia makes him ideal to lead a global technology association as the IEEE. I support his goals for the IEEE; he has the right combination of skills to execute them.

Sasha Nikolic, Lecturer, Manager, Trainer & Engineer, University of Wollongog, Sydney, Australia

Dejan is a hardworking individual that has dedicated a large part of his life to the IEEE and has a proven record of success. What attracts me the most to Dejan is his influence in attracting industry to reengage and reassociate with the IEEE. The IEEE is strongest and value highest when industry and academia work in synergy. Outside of the USA industry has been moving away from the IEEE and we need someone like Dejan who has been fighting very hard with industry based initiatives to turn this downward momentum around. We need industry globally to recognise what being an IEEE member is and why it is important. He gets this and this is why he has my recommendation!

Ed Palacio 2019 Region 1 Director-Elect

I have had the pleasure of working very closely with Dejan on multiple Industry initiatives over the past 3 years.  I find him to be a highly motivated, passionate and effective leader. He has the ability to listen, assess and then formulate actionable plans that deal with the issue and, more importantly are achievable and make sense to implement. I believe this stems from the fact that he is one of those rare individuals that has succeeded in all of the IEEE’s major endeavors…he is successful practitioner and  researcher, as well as an accomplished author with ample academic experience. He is the balanced and passionate leader I feel the IEEE needs as we move into the next decade.

 He tenido el gran placer de trabajar íntimamente,  en los últimos 3 años, con Dejan en múltiples iniciativas enfocada en la industria.   Lo encuentro que es un líder altamente motivado, apasionado y eficaz.  Él tiene la capacidad para escuchar, evaluar y después formular planes de acción que resuelven  el dilema y, más importante aún, son alcanzables y tienen sentido para implementar. Creo que esto surge del hecho de que él es uno de aquellos raros individuos que ha tenido éxito en todos los emprendimientos más importantes de la IEEE… es un practicante e investigador exitoso, así como un autor consumado y con una amplia experiencia académica. Él es el líder equilibrado y apasionado que yo siento necesitamos para avanzar  el IEEE  en la próxima década.

George Pallis, PhD, Editor in Chief IEEE Internet Computing

I have known Dejan Milojicic for many years, since I have been involved in IEEE Editorial Board of IEEE Internet Computing Magazine. Dejan is one of the most inspirational research scientists I have ever worked alongside. Dejan has a distinguished record of research papers and patents, reflecting his broad technical interests in software systems. Despite his outstanding career in both academia and industry, Dejan has also a long history of service to the computing community,  since he has served IEEE for many years in various volunteer capacities, always coupled with a not usual productivity and successful initiatives. One of the most important aspects in a collaboration is the possibility to work with people that are 1) ethically correct, and 2) easy to interact with. Dejan has both of them, and it is a pleasure to work with him. With his broad perspective, clear vision, strong management skills, professional and research experiences, Dejan is the perfect person to lead IEEE ensuring a sustainable future.

Marcin Paprzycki, MP PhD DSc, Senior member IEEE, Associate professor, Polish academy of sciences

Why I just voted for Dejan? I know him for almost 20 years. In the past, in various contexts, we had many "tough conversations". We have quarreled, we have disagreed, but always looked for the best solution for the IEEE. Often we found them, sometimes we decided to respectfully disagree. When I learned about Dejan's candidacy, I have seriously grilled him with direct questions, going beyond "sweet talk candidate statement". I am satisfied with his responses. I have a reason to believe that he will try to move IEEE in the direction that it has to move towards (saving IEEE from becoming extinct). When reading my statement, please keep in mind that I am not easy to convince (especially after recent developments that did not result in necessary changes); and vote for Dejan.

Gabriel Parmer, an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at George Washington University

Over many years I've known Dejan as a research collaborator, as the organizer of a large research initiative spanning industry and multiple universities, and as a manager during my sabbatical visit at HP Labs. Dejan is a rare researcher who is equally capable of significantly contributing in both basic academic research, and to practical industry initiatives. He has a deep understanding of and vision for the potential of industry/academia collaborations, and a realistic approach to optimize knowledge creation and transition. This is possible because of his deep respect for contributors at all levels, and a masterful management style that focuses on enablement and inspiration. He is deeply involved in the mentoring of young researchers, and cares foremost about their development and success. His ability to create and foster community and collaboration is rare, and will be a particular asset at the highest levels of the IEEE. He has fostered communities both among researchers, and within the IEEE by providing momentum and leadership for conferences and broad initiatives. It would be an immense asset for the IEEE to have a president that not only is a leader in research with a deep understanding of the interaction between research and practice, but also who has contributed at the grass-roots of the IEEE organizing conferences and forward-looking initiatives. I have confidence that Dejan has the skills, temperament, and background to successfully lead the IEEE into its next era, and I cannot more strongly endorse him.

Bob Parro, VP Product Development & Business Development at River North Solutions, IEEE Region 4 Director 2015-2016

I have known Dejan Milojicic for five years. I have interacted with and observed him lead high value, strategic initiatives within IEEE such as the industry engagement initiative which is critically important to the future of IEEE. The measure of a person can be quickly assessed by the degree to which relevant contextual perspective can be rapidly provided on a topic or situation. Not only is this one of Dejan’s key strengths but also the ability to quickly assess contextual perspective brought by other people. In nearly every endeavor understanding where a matter fits into the wider perspective guides a proper course of action. Dejan’s vast global network of key technical and corporate leaders across many industries enables him to influence and partner to make swift progress on initiatives and projects upon which he embarks. His leadership skills, high energy and lean way of working enable quite high productivity levels. His outcome-based view enables correct prioritization of factors to enable successful end results. I consider myself fortunate for having the opportunity to be influenced and inspired by interactions with Dejan on both professional and personal levels. IEEE would be well served with Dejan leading the way as President. 

Mohan Parthasarathy, Technical Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Compute Solutions Business Unit

I have worked with Dejan for more than 5 years now. He is a perfect amalgamation of industry and academia, which is why I feel he is the right person for the role of IEEE President. Dejan can think and articulate business while at the same time be exploring opportunities on how to work with the cutting edge research students. I have seen him build up a collaboration framework for new OS research for fabric attached memory with universities all over the globe. His strength is his passion for research and the ability to be completely transparent when it comes to what he wants to achieve. There are no hidden agendas with Dejan. He is a true researcher and does not have any notions of hierarchy which I can vouch for personally based on my interactions with him on the Machine program and in the areas of Machine Learning. I believe this would help him bring industry and academia together as IEEE President. I whole-heartedly wish him success in this endeavor, not just for his sake, but for the good health of the global technical and research community.

Chandrakant Patel, HP Senior Fellow and Chief Engineer

I have known Dejan for 20 years. In the early years, I worked with Dejan in shaping and executing the data center research – from data center physical infrastructure to cloud - at HP Labs.  In subsequent years, I collaborated with Dejan on shaping the strategic direction of our research and sharing our work with the external community. With respect to the latter, Dejan contributions are exemplary – from Open Cirrus Cloud Initiative in 2009-2010 to his IEEE contributions.  The 21st century cyber physical age necessitates someone with superb grasp of physical fundamentals and great breath in information (cyber) sciences. In that context, Dejan is the right person at the right time for the role of IEEE president given his technical depth and breadth, leadership and passion for the community.

Taciano Perez, senior software engineer, ASML

I first met Dejan Milojicic at HP Labs, where he was a senior colleague; I was impressed by how he contributed to a broad set of areas while also retaining the ability of going deep. Later, Dejan acted as a mentor during my PhD, bringing healthy doses of both guidance and constructive criticism, helping me to sharpen my research. I also had the pleasure of working with Dejan as co-author, witnessing his objective, productive and easygoing approach. He was always generous with his knowledge and networking, connecting researchers for mutual benefit. Looking back, I realize this mix of strategic vision and ability to execute, of sharing knowledge and connecting people, makes Dejan a perfect fit for leading IEEE as its president, which is why I support his name enthusiastically.

Peter Pietzuch, Professor, Imperial College London

I strongly endorse Dejan's candidacy for IEEE President. I have known him for many years and have had the pleasure of working with Dejan as part of the distributed systems/middleware research community. Dejan has been a fantastic contributor to the community, taking various leadership roles including PC chair positions. His guidance and experience has always been incredibly valuable, and I believe that he will bring the same skill set to the role of IEEE president. Dejan is an outstanding scientist and an industrial leader. At the same time, he remains humble and is a fantastic person to interact with. I cannot think of a more qualified candidate to address the challenges that IEEE faces in order to remain a strong professional body in the future.

Sergei Prokhorov, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Chair of Russian Chapter of IEEE Computer Society

It is a great pleasure for me to support Dejan’s candidacy for the IEEE President. I was the founder of the Russian chapter of IEEE Computer Society. Like every beginner (pioneer!) I had a lot of questions about work, especially since I had no predecessors. Communication with Dejan helped me a lot. I learned a lot from him. He is undoubtedly a leader. And as a true leader, he is always ready to provide support, to properly orient. I also want to highlight his constant friendly mood and optimism. Friendliness, willingness to support, constant striving for new things is a true leader, able to bring IEEE to new heights. 

Sohaib Qamar Sheikh, Technology Associate - Smart Building Systems, Land Securities Group, United Kingdom; Vice Chair, Technical Activities, IEEE Region 8; IEEE Educational Activities Board; IEEE Industry Engagement Committee

I have had the pleasure of working with Dejan for the last few years as part of the IEEE Industry Engagement Committee (IEC) and more recently as part of the IEEE Infrastructure Conference organizing team. I highly value his sincerity to the profession, straight shooter approach to problem solving and desire to take IEEE to greater heights - all of these are always in full display during our IEC discussions. Perhaps the most important factor which compelled me to write this endorsement is his mentorship approach towards young volunteers like myself. Whenever I have reached out to Dejan for advice, I have received pragmatic and timely guidance. I recall our brief discussion in Serbia in late 2018 where I mentioned that to him that IEEE should be doing more industry summits focused on practitioners and his response was that if I feel this is important then I should initiate it and he's there to provide support and advice. His trust encouraged me to take on this task and I am organizing an Industry Summit for industry practitioners later this year in Dubai and as per his promise, Dejan has been providing guidance along the way. I fully endorse Dejan as I believe leaders like him who inspire, motivate and support our volunteers and members are needed to lead IEEE in the right direction.

Michael (MIsha) Rabinovich, Case Western Reserve University Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

I have know Dejan for many years, both as a researcher and in various professional service capacities.   As a researcher, he has consistently produced top-quality work, and his surveys on peer-to-peer computing and process migration became classic papers that helped shape these areas.   As a professional service volunteer, he is always enthusiastic, responsive, tactful, and overall effective in any undertaking.  In particular, we worked together for several years on the Editorial Board for IEEE Internet Computing  during my tenure there as the Editor in Chief, and I could always count on him not just fulfilling his own commitments, but helping out in unexpected situations.  I whole-heartedly endorse him for the IEEE President position, and I think IEEE is fortunate he is willing to take this responsibility. 

Umakishore Ramachandran, Professor, School of Computer Science, IEEE Fellow

I have known Dejan for over two decades.  He has been an active participant in the industry affiliates program for the College of Computing, Georgia Tech throughout this period.  Our students have benefited immensely from his insightful feedback on their research during visits by Dejan to Georgia Tech.  Dejan gives his full commitment to any endeavor he embarks on and I strongly endorse his nomination.

Omer Rana, Professor of Performance Engineering & Dean of International for Physical Sciences & Engineering, Cardiff University, UK

I have had an opportunity to interact with Dejan for a number of years, primarily in the area of Grid and Cloud computing. I participated in the working group that he co-ran on “Configuration Description, Deployment, and Lifecycle Management” (CDDLM) at the Global/Open Grid Forum. Dejan is a leader in his area and a very able coordinator of community-led activities. The work undertaken as part of the CDDLM working group was pioneering in a number of ways for describing dynamic deployment of (electronic) services. Since this period, I have had an opportunity to work with Dejan on a number of conference/workshop programme committees related to Service-Oriented systems and Cloud Computing. I am certain that Dejan will make an excellent and very effective IEEE President. His energy, enthusiasm, willingness to engage with and listen to others, and his ability to take on-board requirements of the international research community all make him an excellent candidate for this role.   

Sorel Reisman, IEEE Computer Society President 2011

I have known Dejan for more than 10 years ago when we were both active Computer Society volunteers; ever since he has been a good friend and mentor.   Dejan is a very dynamic and innovative person, unafraid to challenge old and questionable ideas and then to suggest and cooperatively bring about systemic improvements to the committees and boards on which he serves.  I, as Past President, advocated for and strongly supported his nomination to run for president of the CS.  I have never regretted my decision. In Dejan’s subsequent presidency he began rebuilding the CS – an initiative that was long overdue.  I am confident that Dejan, as president of IEEE, can bring to the Institute the same kind of dedication and commitment to improvement that is also long overdue in IEEE.   

Timothy Roscoe, Professor, ETH Zurich, ACM Fellow

I've enjoyed working with Dejan for many years, collaborating on many topics around the software/hardware interface.  He's a great candidate for IEEE president: he has a keen sense of the critical interaction between basic research, applied R&D, and products, and how they should continuously inform each other.  He has used this sense time and again to assemble and lead highly effective and coherent teams and cross-organizational collaborative groups to push technological boundaries, and in the process demonstrated his formidable leadership skills.  His enthusiasm, drive, and ability to bring people together have served him well as president of IEEE CS, and make him a great choice for IEEE president - I cannot think of someone better suited for the position.

Jon Rosdahl, Engineer, Senior Staff, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.; IEEE Computer Society 2017-2018 Standards VP

While serving as the Computer Society Vice President, Standards Activities 2017-2018, I observed Dejan's work ethic and capabilities first hand.  He is one that will ask the appropriate questions to obtain a broad set of data to base his decisions on.  He is very personable, and treats people with respect.  I have observed him as he gathers people into a new project and utilizes the combined skill sets of the volunteers he is leading.  I endorse Dejan for office of the President of the IEEE.  I believe his leadership style of inclusion and support will add to the effectiveness and success of the IEEE.

Marina Ruggieri, Full Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Roma “Tor Vergata”

I had the pleasure of cooperating with Dejan during my term as IEEE Vice President Technical Activities. I appreciate Dejan’s broad and deep technical competence along with his curiosity for new topics and related challenges. He is indeed a hard worker and his strategic attitudes combine effectively a visionary and a practical approach. All the above merged with his amazing leadership capabilities make him the best choice for IEEE top ledearship positions.

Dr. Matteo Sabattini Director IP Policy IP Rights & Licensing Ericsson

I support Dejan for President of the IEEE at the 202 Election. Dejan is a strong candidate with a clear vision for IEEE and a proven track record of achievements and success. As a Senior IEEE member working in the private sector, I particularly support his commitment to increase IEEE’s relevance to existing and new industry members. Industry engagement is very important to me, and crucial for IEEE’s sustained relevance. Bringing academia, government and industry together to foster collaboration and innovation should be at the core of IEEE’s mission, and Dejan – an award-winning innovator coming from industry with strong ties to academia and government – is the right person to strengthen those activities and collaborations. Once elected President, Dejan will invigorate the IEEE and move us forward with passion and energy.

Roberto Saracco, IEEE Industry Advisory Board Chair, Future Directions Committee

I had the pleasure of working with Dejan for several years. I knew of his work as I was at the COMSOC Board since the activities he carried out within the Computer Societies overlapped in part with the interest of COMSOC: I wrote a COMSOC 2020 document, to outline the possible evolution in the area of communications that would have affected COMSOC and on which COMSOC should have taken action and part of these evolutions were clearly influenced/steered by the evolution in the computer world, the area that Dejan was focussing on at that time and his work and ideas were an inspiration for my work. Subsequently, since 2012, I had the opportunities of working side by side first during my four years as FDC Chair and then in the subsequent two years as Chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the FDC. I found Dejan ideas, contributions and vision most inspiring for our work at FDC.  He is clearly rooted in the industry and this provides him with a firm grasp on what industry needs and most important what industry can do in the short and medium term. This provides a good steering to pursue research topics that will translate into industrial innovation in the medium term. We have interacted over these last years even more as he was engaged in the Industry board of IEEE. Additionally, Dejan can have a longer term vision that is inspiring to researchers in academia pointing out what are the key challenges and roadblocks ahead. My personal experience with Dejan has been very positive, I keep appreciating his dedication to IEEE and his broad understanding of IEEE as an organisation and as a community of dedicated volunteers. I strongly support the Board nomination for him to run for IEEE 2021 candidate. I feel that Dejan would provide a significant contribution to the evolution of IEEE at a time when we absolutely need to understand the Digital Transformation that industry is experiencing and pursuing, a transformation that will impact IEEE in its core business of knowledge aggregator and distributor, standardisation and foster of technology. His roots in industry and his vision in the long term will position IEEE to keep its leading position, keep present membership and attract new one.

Luis Fernando Saraiva CTO/R&D Center-Brazil Director

I am more than happy to endorse Dejan for IEEE president. Along the last 10 years I had a chance to work with Dejan in many different programs. His technical expertise is impressive and he easily conquers the respect of engineering team as well as management one. Dejan approaches the problems and the proposed solutions in a very simple way even though the technology behind that is extreme complex. He reveals a great competence to break huge challenges into small parts allowing a multi geography construction as well as facilitating the general management. Such capacity is absolutely crucial to lead big organizations like IEEE. Dejan has been a well-recognized and respected technologist by our teams in Brazil not only by his strong technical background and execution but also because his people approach is transparent, coherent and growth oriented. I absolutely respect other candidates and their competences but I am 100% sure that Dejan has all the requirements to be the next IEEE president.

Mahadev Satyaranayanan, Carnegie Group Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

I am delighted to endorse Dejan Milojicic for IEEE President. I have known him since the mid-1990s, when he was working on task migration in the Mach operating system at CMU. Over the years our paths have continued to cross. Throughout his career, Dejan has been a bridge between many communities: between industry and academia; between technical people and managerial/business people; between IEEE and ACM/USENIX; between US and Europe/Asia-Pacific/South America, etc. Dejan has a unique combination of technical and organizational skills that makes him ideal for the role of IEEE President. He has trust from the technologists and he knows how to talk to businesses. He has served with distinction as President of the IEEE Computer Society. Most of all, if elected as IEEE President, he will be dedicated to the service of the global IEEE community.

Stuart Schaefer, Partner Architect, Microsoft

I have known Dejan for more than a decade having first met him at the Global Grid Forum (GGF) where we collaborated on the working group defining principles of lifecycle management.  I have followed his research in distributed systems, high performance computing and mobility which has always found relevancy while pushing boundaries.  Dejan has continually been able to attract and collaborate with researchers, industry professionals and others.  He is both unassuming and mindful while passionate and deeply knowledgeable in his field.  I am excited to endorse Dejan for the role of IEEE President.

Wolfgang Schröder-Preikschat, Professor, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

I have known Dejan for many years, the first encounter goes back to his time as a doctoral student. Even then, Dejan could not only stand out with professional expertise, but also with a very strong social competence. He impressively possesses the special ability to tackle tasks at a very high level and in a targeted manner, while not neglecting the creatures surrounding him and cooperating with him. Dejan is a true team player who knows how to inspire people and employees alike. For me, this trait is essential to a successful IEEE Presidency. Added to this is Dejan's many years of experience especially in a leading role in the industrial environment, which predestines him ideally for leading the IEEE Society into a promising future. Such a profound mix of academic and industrial expertise paired with a keen sense of the best interpersonal contact can rarely be found concentrated in a personality. Dejan is such a person. Therefore, I strongly support Dejan's candidacy as IEEE President.

Reinhard Schwarz, Senior Engineer, Security Engineering Department, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany

I have known Dejan since his time as a PhD student at the University of Kaiserslautern, where we jointly researched in the field of distributed systems. I experienced him as a very sociable, cooperative, and committed colleague with a clear vision that he translated into concrete, workable goals and pursued resolutely. He has always been interested in approaches that translate theoretical knowledge into practical solutions and thus close the gap between research and technology. He brings valuable qualities to his candidacy: His inter-cultural background in several European countries and the United States; his many years of professional experience in research and industry; his proven leadership qualities as a mentor, motivator and manager of research and development teams and his organizational skills as a program chair of international conferences and as a member of several boards; and last but not least, his passion and urgent desire to drive things forward and improve. That is why I strongly endorse his candidacy for the IEEE Presidency. I firmly believe that he will be able to advance the IEEE from both a technical and an organizational perspective, and that based on his biography, he will broaden the view of the IEEE Association beyond North America by increasing the IEEE's commitment abroad.

Chetan Shankar: Principal Software Engineering Manager, Microsoft Corporation

I have known Dejan Milojicic as my manager while I was interning at HP Labs. He is a great technologist, amazing mentor and manager, always available to help and guide his team members and as an intern working in his team, I learnt a lot through his guidance. Dejan is a very sharp, driven and motivated individual, with great energy and enthusiasm, always willing to learn and help others achieve their potential. As President of IEEE, I am sure Dejan will bring the same vigor that has propelled him all these years and motivate legions of researchers, students, academics and industry professionals to effectively contribute to shape the technical landscape. I strongly endorse Dejan for President of IEEE and wish him the very best.

Puneet Sharma, Distinguished Technologist and Head, Networked Systems Group, Hewlett Packard Labs – IEEE Fellow

It is with great pleasure and strong enthusiasm that I endorse Dejan for the position of IEEE President. Having closely worked and gotten to know Dejan very well for over two decades as a colleague, mentor and friend at Hewlett Packard Labs, one cannot think of anyone more ideally suited for this position. I have watched him with admiration contributing creatively, tirelessly and selflessly to IEEE in variety of roles, be it new conferences like IEEE Infrastructure or novel initiatives like annual IEEE CS Top Tech Trends etc. He is passionate yet pragmatic. Passionate about taking IEEE to greater heights and pragmatic to understand complexities of large organizations and skilfully navigate around. I was delighted when he told me about his candidacy for the position of IEEE President. Only Dejan can bring the passion and vision for IEEE’s next frontier well balanced with experience and expertise needed to accomplish success. Dejan has my full support and wish him all the best.

Prashant Shenoy, Professor and Associate Dean, University of Massachusetts USA

I have know Dejan for many years, both through his research in distributed systems and his leadership in the IEEE Computer Society.  He is truly an outstanding researcher and leader in our field.   He has a clear vision for where the field  needs to go and the leadership skills to execute that vision and get us there. He has demonstrated these abilities as the Past President of the IEEE Computer Society, and I strongly endorse his candidature for IEEE President. 

Dr. Amit Sheth, the founding director of the Artificial Intelligence Institute at the University of South Carolina. FIEEE, FAAAI, FAAAS

I have known Dejan for many years, ever since we were both on the IEEE Internet Computing Editorial Board. Dejan hosted us one year at HP Labs and he contributed on many other occasions. Dejan is technically very strong, managerially skilled, and socially very approachable. Most of all he is very innovative and he maps his experience in industry and his collaborations with academia to successful volunteering. For all these reasons, he gets things done and in a timely manner. His versatile skills map very well to those of an IEEE President. Dejan would be an excellent IEEE President and I strongly support his nomination.

Suhas Shivanna, HPE Servers Bangalore

I know Dejan from almost 10 years and have worked under him during the next generation supportability architecture research activities. Since then, I have been following his career and contributions and see Dejan as a very capable person who understands technology, business and people very well. He is one of the very few guys who has a very high and balanced IQ and EQ, which along with his ability to work across different culture makes him a great choice for leadership positions especially in an organization like IEEE. I wish him all the best and I am sure IEEE will be benefitted to have Dejan as their next president.

Weisong Shi, Professor of Wayne State University, AEIC of Internet Computing, Former IEEE Chair of TC on the Internet, IEEE Fellow

I have known Dejan for many years because of his activities in the IEEE Computer Society, as well as his research work. As president of the IEEE Computer Society he did an amazing job with new initiatives and with enhancing the society finances. He continues to be involved in many relevant initiatives of the IEEE Computer Society and very supportive for many new initiatives, which are urgently needed for the revitalization of IEEE Computer Society. His research work on system architectures has impacted industry and academia and is an excellent example of research that is academically very relevant and at the same time solves real problems. I enthusiastically endorse Dejan’s candidacy for IEEE President without any hestitation. His broad experience with academia and industry have prepared him perfectly for the president of IEEE.

Simon Shiu, Head of Security Lab, HP Labs

It is my great pleasure to endorse Dejan Milojicic for President of the IEEE. Dejan and I were colleagues at HP Labs for fifteen years where we worked together on a number of ambitious cross organisational research programmes. In most of these projects I was a remote research manager and so always fully appreciated Dejan’s supportive and inclusive approach to collaboration. He is a good listener and an engaging speaker, meaning he is quick to gain the trust of others to represent their concerns. He also has the technical depth and breadth which means he is trusted to represent and connect a broad range of technical ideas. These were critical leadership attributes for research collaboration amongst diverse and distributed teams and I think they are equally critical for this position and why I think he is an outstanding candidate.

Shmuel Shottan, SVP Converged and storage engineering, Hitachi Vantara

I had the honor of collaborating with Dejan while serving as a member of the IEEE/CS Industry Advisory Board, which has led to further and on-going collaboration. Dejan has been both a trusted colleague and a role model to me. Dejan is a great leader. Inspirational, motivating and innovative. Many initiatives I got involved with resulted from Dejan’s inspirational thoughts. Dejan combines broad technical knowledge, scholarly experience with outstanding management skills.  Dejan is a true driver in the most positive aspect of this term, and the best candidate able to progress the IEEE to the next level. I enthusiastically endorse Dejan for the position of IEEE president. His leadership skills which I have witnessed and admired during our collaboration and his enthusiasm and vision for the IEEE make him the best candidate to lead the IEEE into the future. 

Munindar P. Singh, Professor, NC State University, IEEE Fellow, AAAI Fellow

I have known Dejan for over twenty years in which we have collaborated in numerous activities, mostly involving the IEEE. I have grown to learn about and admire Dejan's many talents. Besides being a top-notch engineer, Dejan has the gift of understanding complex societal challenges (in both senses of "society"--the big society that IEEE and all of us live in and the professional societies we interact in). There are many well-intentioned and "well-talking" people but what sets Dejan apart is that he is also a doer. Dejan translates high-level ideas into practical initiatives and leads them to completion. As Dejan's statement makes clear, he understands the fundamental challenges that IEEE faces today and he has a plan to address them. I can whole-heartedly vouch that Dejan is highly capable of bringing those plans to fruition. He has my strongest support.

Cirano Silveira, Director HP Brasil R&D Center

I have known Dejan for many years as colleagues working together at HP.  It is my pleasure to endorse him for President of IEEE.  We worked together in international collaborations with substantial impact to HP. I was fortunate to learn with his ability to effectively and very respectfully collaborate across cultures with HP teams as well as with members of external institutions including well known Universities and R&D Centers.  He is able to balances academic and industrial mindsets leveraging his rich experience. And behind this unique professional there is a very nice person to interact with and very accessible. I'm sure he would be an unforgettable President for IEEE.

Plínio Silveira, Software Engineer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Porto Alegre, Brasil

Dejan Milojicic has been a wonderful colleague and leader since 2017 when I started working with him in HPE, on advanced development and research projects. Since the begging he showed a great talent to connect the right people and teams to achieve greater goals. The tons of experience and expertise he brings from a broad set of areas, become tangible by the always accurate questions, comments and advices, and in general seeing opportunities beyond the common perception. Dejan has shown good quality to turn ideas into feasible and concrete actions, as well as to encourage greater achievements for the people around him. In the several research projects during this time he made incredible work in leveraging mutual benefits for all the parts involved (academia and industry). In all engagements Dejan has shown genuine interest in technology evolvement, aligned with strict ethical principles. He is certainly the best positioned person I know to conduct an organization like IEEE, bringing his expertise to unlock synergy among different groups of interest and areas, as well as to demonstrate great leadership to make things happen and encourage people to do their best in favor of a better society.

Alan Skelley, Google

I know Dejan through my involvement with the IEEE Computer Society Industry Advisory Board;  I was co-chair for several years surrounding Dejan's IEEE Computer Society presidency.  In that capacity I was able to observe, and indeed be amazed by, Dejan's ability to work with and drive progress and consensus among diverse groups of people (Society staff, industry, academics, editors, conference chairs, etc.).  He has seemingly boundless energy and initiative, but this is balanced by his low-key style and ability to cut through bureaucracy and hype to focus on what really matters.  I can think of no-one better qualified to lead the IEEE into the next decade.

Rafal Sliz, 2017-2018 IEEE Young Professionals Chair, Adjunct Professor, University of Oulu, Finland

I have had the pleasure to work with Dejan on a few projects and his efficiency and devotions are exemplary. He possesses a unique ability to immediately recognize the core of the problem, propose a suitable solution and execute. A perfect mix of academic knowledge and industrial experience equipped him with an exceptional set of skills necessary to be a great leader who listens, advises, and most importantly follows the reason and common sense. His multinational experience gives him better insights and understanding of our multicultural environment, global trends, and challenges that IEEE is facing. In this fast-changing world, where technology is one of the main drivers, the IEEE to remain the world-leading engineering organization will need dynamic and decisive leaders. Although every member of IEEE has different needs and expectations, when it comes to getting things done, Dejan is the right choice.

Mirjana Spasojevic, Entrepreneur and UX Professional

I am delighted to endorse Dejan Milojicic's candidacy for the IEEE President. I have known him for over 20 years, initially as colleague and a collaborator at HP Labs. Dejan is an experienced leader, ideally positioned to bridge industry, academic and government research communities. His distinguished career in the leading corporate research lab and his experiences in the IEEE community leadership positions make him uniquely qualified to create new and exciting programs for the benefit of the IEEE community and the extensive network of technology professionals worldwide. I am especially pleased to see Dejan taking the engagement of the underrepresented groups to be one of the tenets of his platform. A diverse community will be a thriving community and more capable of addressing through technical innovations some the most important challenges of the 21st century.

Mike Spreitzer, Principal Research Staff Member at IBM and Distinguished Scientist of ACM.

I heartily endorse Dejan Milojicic for IEEE President.  I have had the pleasure of working with him a few times over the years in his various capacities of conference leadership.  He is insightful, organized, and dedicated to getting a good outcome for the community.  His platform shows this.  I very much agree with the importance of staying relevant to industry, as an industrial practitioner myself.  Engaging with under-represented minorities and young practitioners is critical to future relevance, as is global engagement.  Ethical practices is a must, and deserves a high profile.

Costas Stasopoulos, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, IEEE Region 8 Past Director, IEEE MGA 2020 Vice Chair, IEEE MGA Member Benefits Committee Chair, IEEE Region 8 2020 Sections Congress Coordinator

Dejan has great energy to help and promote IEEE ideals.  Always eager to ask questions and learn about the complex IEEE operations. He is hard working, innovative and always ready to think outside the box. Working with him in several committees gave me the unique opportunity to observe his leadership qualities.  He is friendly and at the same time firm and decisive. He has a remarkable drive to make things happen. Working with Dejan means fun and hard work at the same time in order to achieve important goals for IEEE, its members and society at large.  

John Paul Strachan, Hewlett Packard Laboratories Master Technologist and Research Manager

Dejan will be a tremendously effective IEEE President and I offer my full support.  I believe Dejan will bring hard-earned experience, wisdom, and vision to this role.  As somebody who has enjoyed a very fruitful collaboration with Dejan for the past several years, I can attest to Dejan’s ability to build bridges across different engineering and scientific communities.  While his team and mine work in entirely disparate areas (OS and software versus circuits and hardware), Dejan tapped his nearly unlimited energy to initiate a joint project between us that continues to have large impact in our company and in the R&D community.  Dejan has impressed me with his resourcefulness, drive, and inability to take “no” for an answer.  I think these as well as many other attributes will serve him – and IEEE – extremely well as IEEE President.

Joe Sventek, Professor and Head of Department, University of Oregon, FRSE, FIET, FBCS

It was some time in 1998. In my role as a distinguished engineer at HP Laboratories, I was asked to interview a candidate for a position in one of the other labs at HPL. I was introduced to a smart, witty, energetic individual named Dejan Milojicic. When the hiring manager asked my opinion after the interview, my response was “If you don’t hire him, I will.” Thus began my 20+ year interaction with Dejan. Dejan is an excellent researcher, and HP and the world has benefited from that excellence. He is a tireless organizer, contributing to the greater good of the community; this is especially evident from his many and varied activities within IEEE. With his combination of scholarly excellence, industrial experience, and management skills, together with his strong track record in IEEE activities, Dejan is the ideal candidate for IEEE President. I unreservedly endorse Dejan Milojicic for IEEE President-Elect 2020.

Prof Vladimir Terzija, EPSRC Chair Professor in Power System Engineering, The University of Manchester, IEEE Fellow, Humboldt Fellow

Dejan is a unique individual capable of making the difference in governing IEEE, promoting the engineering agenda and fulfilling expectations of IEEE members and global society. His enormous energy, experience, knowledge and skills make me confident that we should vote for Dejan. Dejan’s advices how to present research results and how to conduct research helped me in my academic career. Dejan and me happened to be at the same time in Kaiserslautern, Germany, as DAAD Scholars. I was more than impressed with his energy and capacity to work more effectively than many other PhD students. This has resulted in his successfully accomplished PhD. During the time when I worked in Asea Brown Bowery (ABB) in Germany, Dejan’s suggestions how to be successful as a good engineer helped me to faster integrate myself into industry processes, which are indeed complex and demanding. After returning back to academia, I was privileged to be a member of the IEEE Industry Engagement Committee led by Dejan. His superb leadership has resulted in successfully delivered planned targets. Knowing Dejan personally, his incredibly positive spirit and readiness to help others, I am more than delighted to support Dejan’s case and to inspire others to vote for Dejan!

Rogerio Timmers – Engineering Manager at R&D Center-Brazil

It is a pleasure to endorse Dejan for leading the IEEE. I have been delighted to work with Dejan as a colleague for years working with several researches in Hewlett Packard Labs in collaboration with many universities in Brazil. I am always very impressed to hear Dejan talking about technology and vision. He is a great mentor for many and his passion for research always willing to make the difference is admirable. His technical breadth, vision, and effective leadership will definitely move the IEEE in the right direction. I strongly and wholeheartedly support Dejan for President of the IEEE.

Josep Torrellas, IEEE CS Technical Committee on Computer Architecture Chair, Saburo Muroga Professor of Computer Science, Computer Science Department, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

I endorse Dr. Dejan S  Milojicic for IEEE President. I had the opportunity to interact with him in various roles within the IEEE Computer Society. He is hardworking, full of ideas, and cares deeply about IEEE. As his position statement says, he is focused on key priorities of IEEE, including industry connection to academia and innovation. He will be a great president.

Elie K. Track, CEO nVizix LLC, Past President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity (2011-2014)

  • Three years ago I had the privilege and pleasure of meeting Dejan. Our collaboration in serving IEEE initiatives in new computing paradigms began and continues to this day. Throughout, Dejan displayed the rare combination of talent, efficiency, friendliness, ethics, and spirit of service that is always a pleasure to encounter within IEEE volunteers. Dejan’s creative input helped shape our initiatives, make them more inclusive, and solidify the foundation of their success. IEEE will no doubt benefit from his leadership which, along with anticipated innovation and value creation, is bound to add much needed simplification and efficiency as only a hands-on practitioner of industry and real markets can bring.

Trung Tran, ampl.io

It is my great pleasure to endorse Dejan Milojicic’s candidacy for IEEE President.   I met Dejan about two years ago at the confluence event in Philadelphia. He impressed me with his leadership style and his passion for the topic of AI and Cyber. Leading a room full of industry experts with their own opinions and agendas is no easy task. His passion and commitment won us over and allow us to create the initial confluence document very quickly. Since then, he has impressed me at several meetings with his technical acumen. He clearly has mastery over computing as a scientific field and can dive into very informed and detailed discussions on a variety of topics in the field. He especially impressed me with his understanding of large scale computing for AI and gen1 AI algorithms. Personally, I find it a pleasure to spend time and work with Dejan as we embark on the difficult but much-needed task of getting IEEE, the US Government, and academia on the same page when it comes to cyber standards and the creation of a Grand Challenge. I believe Dejan's passion, commitment, and expertise makes him a great candidate for president.

Martina Y Trucco, Global Head, Corporate Marketing and Corporate Communications – Micron Technology, Patronage Co-Chair, IEEE ICRC 2019 Conference

It is an honor and a pleasure to endorse Dejan Milojicic for IEEE President. I have known Dejan for nearly 15 years when we first became colleagues at HP Labs. I have always been impressed by Dejan’s enviable combination of technical depth, industry acumen, strong management skills, and an innate ability to collaborate and bring colleagues together. He has already done much to raise the profile of IEEE through all of his leadership over the years, and he has the right background and experience to take IEEE to the next level, to where it truly needs to evolve. It is no secret that our industry is changing at a blistering pace, and that the expectations we place upon graduates and professionals must change as well. IEEE has an opportunity to lead that transformation, and I can think of no better candidate to lead the charge than Dejan. 

Prof. Dr.Ir. M.R. Van Steen (Maarten) Scientific Director Digital Society Institute, University of Twente

I've known Dejan for many years and in different roles. We've collaborated in program committees, as members of an editorial board, but have also seeked each other's advice on all sort of subjects related to Computer Science. As a professional, I consider Dejan unique in being able to combine strong industrial views with those of a scientifc researcher. Not many people have this quality, oftentimes being unintendendly biased by what we do for our profession. What is also striking in this respect, is Dejan's broad view on (scientific) engineering while at the same time being a full-fledged expert in distributed computer systems. His opinion matters and is always substantiated. As a person, he has the ability to listen well, taking multiple perspectives into account and to then finalize discussions with decisions that make sense. Sensitive to all opinions, it is always a joy to collaborate with Dejan. If he's elected for this prestiguous role, I'm convinced the IEEE will have the very strong and visonary president it needs.

Valerie Issarny, Director of research, Inria, Paris, France

I have known Dejan for many years as he has been heavily involved in the distributed systems research community, as a contributor but also as a facilitator. He is in particular a long-standing advocate of fruitful collaboration between industry and academia. I can only strongly endorse him to the IEEE President position. He is going be a great IEEE president so vote for him!

Jeffrey Voas, FIEEE, NIST

I have known Dejan for many years through various positions in the Computer Society. He is a straight shooter – and with no nonsense. He is very trustworthy and has excellent leadership skills.  Each year IEEE continues to need its top leaders to offer new vision and strategy.   Dejan clearly has that ability and would make a terrific President.

Charlene, Chuck, Wallrad

I worked with Dejan on the Executive Committee of the Computer Society Board of Governors during his terms as President-elect, President, and Past President of the Computer Society. He brought desperately needed real change. He is an inspiring natural leader who invites participation, listens closely, articulates cohesive visions for the future of the organization, and acts decisively.  Putting his technical expertise to work for the CS, he spearheaded the CS 2020 report, as well as Technology Trends, putting the CS on track as the respected “go to” technical source for industry and the media. He is truly dedicated to the IEEE and its future. He would be a fantastic IEEE president!

Zhikui Wang, Senior Staff Engineer, Futurewei Technologies, Inc.

I’m honored to have had Dejan as my colleague, manager and mentor while I was in HP(E) Labs. He has been an outstanding researcher with numerous top-notch publications, patents and technical transfers in the areas of system software, service computing, autonomic computing, cloud, etc. He is a visionary leader and a practitioner, carrying through many exploratory projects with teams from labs, business units, industry and academia. He is very supportive for his teams, and always happy to provide inspiration and generous help. Dejan is the most passionate I have ever seen to serve IEEE conferences, associations and communities. I believe he is the right person to lead IEEE through the challenges ahead. He has my strongest endorsement for IEEE President.

Stephen S. Yau, Professor ASU, FAAAS, FIEEE, IEEE Computer Society President 1974-1975, IEEE Division V Director 1976-1977

I have known Dejan Milojicic for many years through IEEE activities, especially with IEEE Computer Society. He has deep understanding of the major issues with IEEE activities to its membership and has vision to deal with these issues. I fully endorse his nomination for 2020 IEEE President-Elect.

Ramin Zabih, Professor of CS, Cornell University and Research Scientist, Google, IEEE & ACM Fellow

It is a distinct pleasure to endorse Dejan Milojicic for president-elect of the IEEE. I worked closely with Dejan during his term as IEEE-CS president, and have continued to stay in touch with him afterwards. The collaboration between IEEE-CS and the computer vision community has been crucial for CVPR to grow into one of the top conferences in all of computer science. Dejan has been key to all aspects of this relationship, and has been unfailingly helpful, fair and generous with his time. 

Brian Zahnstecher, Principal of PowerRox, IEEE Sr. Member, Chair (Emeritus) IEEE SFBAC PELS Chapter”

Dejan seems like a great candidate for IEEE President because he demonstrates an understanding of key technological needs combined with a desire for driving the needs in more actionable, pragmatic ways.  For instance, we shared several meetings with US lawmakers at the 2019 IEEE Congressional Visit Day and Dejan attended several meetings not necessarily on his agenda, but expressed a desire to learn about different initiatives impacting IEEE and its membership.  Furthermore, it was apparent to me he also strove to make linkages between the higher visibility things (i.e. – general STEM funding, quantum computing, AI/ML, 5G, etc.) and some of the lower profile technologies (i.e. – energy harvesting, IoT network impact, etc.) that are still key enablers and need to be on the radar screens of key decision makers.

Arkady Zaslavsky Professor of Distributed Systems & Security, School of Information Technology, Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment, Deakin University

I have the pleasure of knowing Dr Dejan Milojcic since 2001 when we were involved in IEEE Distributed Systems  activities and regular meetings. We have maintained our collaboration in other IEEE CS activities including IEEE Computing Now  - the pioneering IEEE CS online portal. I have visited Dejan at HP Labs in Palo Alto a few times and gave research talks. Dejan’s book on agents has been a recommended reading for my graduate course “Mobile and distributed computing systems” at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Dejan has also served as an examiner to my PhD students’ theses. I have always admired Dejan’s broad and deep knowledge in distributed, parallel, cluster and later, cloud computing as well as his professional qualities. He is an inspirational and motivating colleague always ready to share his insights and foresights. His management skills, friendliness and eagerness to help, understand and lead make him a perfect match for an executive IEEE job. I strongly believe that he will do his job with very high level of professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm and will lead IEEE to new successes.

Gerd Zellweger, VMware Research, Palo Alto, CA, USA

I had the pleasure of working closely with Dejan, who was my mentor and manager when working with him as part of a four person team in 2014. I remember it fondly as an incredibly prolific time for all of us where we built a mature research prototype and submitted multiple patents and top tier conference papers in record time. This feat was in no small part thanks to Dejan and his superb management and leadership skills. Dejan did a great job of selecting a team that brought together people with diverse CS backgrounds. His leadership qualities are unassuming and he leads by example and being hardworking himself. He also has a deep knowledge about computer-science from being a researcher as well as being in industry for a long time. This allows him to tie together research and practice seamlessly and it allowed us to have new insights and perspectives on use-cases of our work. I have absolutely no doubts that Dejan has the personality, the experience, and the leadership qualities to become the IEEE president. I wholeheartedly endorse him!

Jia Zhang, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley

I am proud to give my strongest endorsement to Dejan for the position of IEEE president. I have known Dejan for ten years in the field of services computing, where he is an internationally renowned researcher and a visionary leader. In the past ten years, Dejan delivered keynote speech, chaired plenary panel or acted as a panelist, and served as Program Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing and the entire Services congress. His tireless involvement in the community also shows that he is a man of service and integrity. I truly believe Dejan will be able to lead the IEEE into an even brighter future.

Albert Zomaya, IEEE Fellow, Chair of High Performance Computing & Networking, Sydney University, Australia

I have known Dejan for more than 10 years now. I started to work with him closely when I was appointed as editor in chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and saw him act in multiple roles, most prominently was his presidency of the IEEE Computer Society. In all of his service roles, Dejan was a great ambassador for the IEEE and its vision. He brings a lot of energy and gusto to any role he undertakes along with deep commitment, technical experience, and business insight. On a personal level, I find Dejan to be a very friendly person with great personality and his ability, industry, and affable disposition make him the ideal candidate for the IEEE Presidency.

Avelino Francisco Zorzo. Professor at PUCRS. Coordinator for Professional MSc and PhD Computing Science Programs for the Brazilian Government

I was glad to hear  about Dejan's nomination for IEEE presidency. I have collaborated with Dejan for the past 3 years and during that time he has demonstrated leadership throughout several initiatives. He has gathered researchers from institutions, from several countries, to collaborate in different projects. I believe his expertise, technical and managerial, will be a great asset for his role as IEEE president. Furthermore, he has always demonstrated to be a very accessible person that knows how to bring people and ideas together. I believe that Dejan's qualities are very important for any organization.
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