Questions & Answers

1. Explain why you should serve as a president of IEEE?

I am a catalyst of change, engineer, and a technical leader. I am persistent in goals, innovative in strategies, and inclusive in execution. I work at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, in the heart of Silicon Valley, and I am very well connected to academia and government. I regularly present to CEOs/CTOs.

I am an author, inventor and, organizer (co-chair IC2E(2019), Infrastructure(2018); on editorial boards (Internet Computing; Transactions on Cloud); Rebooting Computing Initiative co-chair). This enables me to understand our membership needs.

My global background enables me to recognize global issues. I grew up in Europe (Belgrade) and received my Ph.D. in Germany. I worked on the US East Coast (Cambridge, MA), and West Coast (Palo Alto, CA). I worked with and managed teams in Brazil, China, India, Puerto Rico, and Singapore. 

Over the past three years, I Chaired the Industry Engagement Ad Hoc Committee, creating a portfolio of products and services. I worked closely with all IEEE OUs and staff, truly representing one IEEE. I was one of only a few members of the IEEE Board of Directors to serve on the IEEE Executive Director Search Committee.

As an Audit committee chair, I managed organizational risks and learned financial intricacies of IEEE. On the Awards Board, I successfully led Awards engagement, sponsorship, and fundraising. On the New Initiatives Committee, I advocated entrepreneurship-based funding. 

As the president of Computer Society, the largest in IEEE, I have demonstrated the ability to preside over a board of a similar size as the IEEE board. I am qualified, ready and motivated to lead the IEEE into the next decade.


2. Why do you want to be President of IEEE?

The world and IEEE are in the time of change, and this time of change calls for a change in the type of leadership. I am bringing thinking outside of the box and energy to deliver on these ideas. I am a very dynamic person, but I do stay on the course of action making sure we deliver. First and foremost, I think that IEEE at this time needs a creative person. 

Second, I believe that I am very good at it. I have a rare combination of vision and ability to get things done; I am a researcher and practitioner; a person from industry who works closely with academia and government.  Having grown up in Europe, spent 25 years in the US, and visited extensively in Asia and South America, I can understand the global needs of our members. All of this has proven over and over to be useful in a diverse environment such as IEEE. 

Third, I find a lot of personal satisfaction in leadership positions at IEEE and I bring a lot of passion, which can be attested by those I worked with. In each case, I brought innovative solutions and I changed the landscape in some way (Computing NowTech PredictionsInfrastructure ConferenceConfluence, and many other contributions). The impact I will be able to make at the presidential level will be even larger. 

Fourth, I meet some additional requirements for an IEEE President. I have skills to align membership and drive organization behind the ambitious vision and compelling goals. I am a role model for our Young Professionals: strong technically, skilled organizationally, and driven by business needs. I am inclusive in execution, work exceptionally well with all Volunteers and Staff 

Last but not least, it is time for an IEEE President with a strong technology background.


3. Whiteplain Section's President's forum

The Whiteplain Section is hosting a President's forum and as a part of it, they posed questions to candidates ( Here are my answers: You can also download a PDF copy of my answers.


4. Computer Society Q&A.



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What do you think IEEE should do to become more attractive to the new generations of software and hardware engineers?

Paolo Faraboschi
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Paolo, excellent question! IEEE member average age today is 44.6 years old (51.3 if we do not account for student members). Most of the member benefits, products and services today intentionally or unintentionally are hence optimized for older...

Paolo, excellent question! IEEE member average age today is 44.6 years old (51.3 if we do not account for student members). Most of the member benefits, products and services today intentionally or unintentionally are hence optimized for older members. Young generation acts differently and have different needs. Instead of conferences, they more frequently go to meetups, instead of reading articles on Xplore they learn about technology advancements at stackoverflow and other developers' Web sites, instead of publishing papers, they publish code on github, new ways of standardizing is much quicker and more informal, such as ONNX or MLPerf, and I can go on and on.

So, what should we do? We need to observe what young members do and try to offer to them what they need. And IEEE indeed already started doing this. At the IEEE Infrastructure Conference, we had a meetup last year and we plan even more active at the next conference. We are rejuvenating standards, we are exploring how to host open source code and hardware designs, in addition to traditional papers, and many other examples. I also have to credit some of the past presidents for starting and continuing to look at young professionals (YP), such as Barry Shoop promoting industry engagement, Karen Bartleson, who actually brought a YP representative on the board, and Jim Jefferies and Jose Moura who continue to support them. So, no magic wand, but instead a concerted effort to support new engineers. To be even more specific in answering your question, software and hardware engineers in particular have a bit different needs than practicing engineers from 30 years ago. We need to enable them access to new designs, enable them collaboration (virtual) spaces; additional access to (virtual) resources, etc. Most of all, we need to engage them so that they can change IEEE to the place where they can contribute.

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