IEEE Presidents Forum- About


  • Enhance the visibility and familiarity of our organization’s leadership.
  • Enable meaningful dialogue between our leadership and members.
  • Open up a communication channel for members to communicate directly with IEEE leadership.


The IEEE Presidents Forum is a Town Hall type event which provides an opportunity for the participants to ask questions directly
from the IEEE leadership, learn about the organization and discuss what IEEE does well. This year’s Presidents Forum will see the
participation of José M. F. Moura  (IEEE President & CEO 2019), Jim Jefferies (IEEE Past President & CEO) and
Stephen Welby (Executive DIrector, IEEE).

All IEEE members around the globe can take part in the event since it is broadcasted on and questions are taken in real-time.
Leadership will speak and listen to the membership directly. It is a unique opportunity to make your opinion heard.

You can make best use of this opportunity by submitting your questions in real-time during the live stream. If you are unable to
take part in the live stream, you can also submit your questions beforehand through the website.

IEEE Sections, Chapters, and groups are encouraged to form "watch parties" for this event. Get together with your colleagues and
participate in the video presentation for a fun way to generate interesting conversations and questions. Please plan to attend in
person or participate in the video broadcast. Your voice needs to be heard​​!


Hosted at the Region 3 flagship Regional conference SoutheastCON 2019
Venue: Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Date: 12th April, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm - 7 pm CDT (UTC - 5)


The Speakers

 Toshio Fukuda
2019 IEEE President-Elect

IEEE Life Fellow Toshio Fukuda has been chosen as 2019 IEEE president-elect. He will begin serving as IEEE president on 1 January 2020. Fukuda, who was nominated by petition as a candidate, received 20,865 votes in the election. Life Fellow Jacek M. Zurada received 15,378 and Fellow Vincenzo Piuri garnered 12,993 votes.
The results are unofficial until the IEEE Tellers Committee report is accepted by the IEEE Board of Directors in November.
Fukuda is a professor of mechatronics engineering at Meijo University, in Nagoya, Japan. He is also a professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology and professor emeritus at Nagoya University. His research focuses on intelligent robotic systems and micro-nano robotics. He has published more than 2,000 articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings, and reports.
He was elevated to Fellow in 1995 “for the development of distributed intelligent robotics and system control with neuron-fuzzy-genetic-algorithms-based computational intelligence.”
Fukuda was director of IEEE Region 10 in 2013 and 2014 and IEEE Division X director/delegate in 2001 and 2002, and 2017 and 2018. He was president of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in 1988 and 1989 and general chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Micro-Nano Mechatronics from 1990 to 2012. He has served on several IEEE boards and committees.
 José M. F. Moura
2019 IEEE President  & CEO          

José M. F. Moura is the Philip L. and Marsha Dowd University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the U.S. National Academies Navy Study Board, corresponding member of Portugal Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of U.S. National Academy of Inventors, IEEE, and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He holds a doctorate from MIT and an EE from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa (IST), Portugal.

José holds 14 patents, including two used in over three billion disk drive chips in 60% of all computers sold in the last decade and the subject of a 2016 US $ 750 million dollar settlement between Carnegie Mellon and a semiconductor manufacturer. He is President and cofounded Spiralgen, a company that specializes in super-fast software components for cutting-edge parallel platforms. This includes technology licensed by Intel (10 million lines of code in Intel’s IPP) and licensed and used by several other companies.
He received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Award for outstanding technical contributions and leadership in signal processing and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award for fundamental contributions to statistical signal processing.

José will strive for a transparent, lean, open IEEE that runs a balanced operations budget and focuses its capital investments on building IEEE’s future by creating new sustainable businesses that serve members and IEEE’s technical communities. A second related priority is to significantly increase its membership by making IEEE relevant to professionals from all walks of life, young and seasoned, from any country in the world or industry.
José has served as the Technical Activities Vice-President and has been a member of the IEEE Board of Directors where he served as Division IX Director. He was also a member of the Technical Activities Board, IEEE Awards Board, Educational Activities Board, Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB), and PSPB Strategic Planning Committee. He is also a founding member of the IEEE Portugal Section.
 Stephen Welby
 Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer 
Stephen Welby is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Prior to joining IEEE, in 2015 Stephen was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.  In this role, he served as the chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Defense, leading one of the largest and most complex research, development, and engineering organizations in the world.  He oversaw a $12.5B annual investment portfolio, managed internal and collaborative research and engineering efforts, drove a culture that valued innovation, and supported the department’s global technical engagement.

Stephen has more than three decades of government and industrial experience in technology and product development, including senior leadership positions at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  His technical experience includes development of leading edge aeronautical and space systems, robotics, machine learning, high-performance software, and sensor systems.

Stephen holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a master’s degree in business administration from the Texas A&M University, and master’s degrees in computer science and applied mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a fellow of the IEEE.
 James A. Jefferies
Past-IEEE President & CEO

Jim Jefferies retired from AT&T and Lucent Technologies following 33 years in engineering and executive positions including fiber optic cable development and manufacturing, quality assurance, and supply chain management.  He managed the engineering teams that delivered the first commercial fiber optic cables for AT&T.  He served as logistics vice president, responsible for worldwide supply chain and export planning.  He has led teams in major technology transfers, transitions of information technology, and organizational change.  He has also worked in the entrepreneurial sector as Chief Operating Officer for in San Francisco, CA, USA. 

Jim served two separate terms on the IEEE Board of Directors, as well as the 2015 IEEE-USA President.  As President of IEEE-USA, Jim supported the expanded focus on public visibility, young professionals, and humanitarian outreach.

He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and an MS in Engineering Science from Clarkson University.  He attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business as a Sloan Fellow and earned an MS in Management.

Jim is a member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu honorary society and a licensed professional engineer (Emeritus).