I have known Kathy Land for a number of years, and found her to be a most caring person who is very knowledgeable, efficient, dedicated, and passionate. She sees cooperation between individuals and organizational units as a prerequisite to the success of our volunteering efforts in an increasingly complex world.
Teaching, research and service towards development of others have always been my passion and proactive engagement. Education must change as it no longer can fit all for a single job in a lifetime. Kathy’s interest in mindful cooperation may be instrumental in this existential educational endeavor. IEEE has been developed by explorers, and Kathy stands tall among them all.
Witold Kinsner, PhD, PEng, FEC, FEIC, FCAE Professor, Cognitive Systems Group Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB, Canada; IEEE Vice President, Educational Activities, 2018-19; IEEE Canada Past President, 2018-19; University of Manitoba Senator, 2008-20
Kathy has very impressive endorsements. I would like to add that it has been a pleasure to work with her for many years. She has been very supportive of Technical Activities reaching across to the IEEE membership, especially thru her support of the Sections Congress sponsored by MGA. Her visionary approach is reflected in her support of the Roadmaps activities. I would also like to acknowledge her disciplined leadership qualities. I have been very impressed with her empathy and her ability to pull volunteers up when they are feeling discouraged… a true leadership quality.
Rakesh Kumar, Life Fellow; Past President, Solid-State Circuits Society; TA Lead, and Program Co-Chair, 2017 Sections Congress; Chair IEEE Roadmap Ad Hoc
I have known Kathy for more than eight years when we were on the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee together and then when I was the Chair of the Committee. The year I took over as Chair, we were given the task of moving the WIE Committee under any one of the Boards. So I wanted volunteers to work with me on this task. Kathy was the first one to volunteer. She and Holly Cyrus worked on it diligently and even published a white paper on that. The SWOT analysis they did together was commendable and based on the findings, we were able to come to a concrete conclusion. She is a positive person with clear views on policies and her contributions in bringing out the strategic documents of the committee are noteworthy.
She is a friendly, open and cheerful person. She laughs a lot and appreciates others a lot. We used to talk after the meetings over a meal on the day’s discussion and her insights and comments were something I valued very much. I have witnessed her arguments during the discussions and was amazed at her knowledge on the financial policies, by laws, current status and her ability to clearly put her thoughts into words such that the audience will get the correct picture. Many a times I have seen committee members following her lead on a matter of discussion and am sure her leadership will bring a positive enhancement to the image of IEEE.
I have also followed her IEEE career after she moved from the WIE and I am very happy about her achievements. Her ability to mentor and guide others on the right path, her way of celebrating other’s success and her empathy with others are valuable assets to IEEE, which strives to work towards helping humanity through technology. I, therefore, strongly endorse Kathy for the position of 2020 IEEE President, since I believe that the focus of IEEE’s mission and vision strongly align with the character and abilities of Kathy. Her leadership will steer IEEE to a great new level bringing pride to every member, volunteer and staff.
Dr.Ramalatha Marimuthu, Senior member, R10, Board of Governors IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology; Chair, IEEE Women in Engineering Committee 2011-2012
We have been pleased to have Susan K. Land within our local IEEE Huntsville Section for many years. Over the years, she has volunteered working with our STEM outreach with science fairs and Future City Competition, Computer Society technical events, and has been awarded the Outstanding Engineer Award in 2011. Most recently, I worked with Kathy on some of the logistics with hosting the 2018 TAB miniseries in Huntsville, AL. We were able to bring the MOVE truck to the event, and as usual, it was a very successful event. Kathy is very detailed by nature and she always exceeds expectations. For these reasons, it is my extreme pleasure to endorse her.
Sonya L. Dillard, Chair R3 Member Activities Committee, IEEE Huntsville Section – Past Chair, IEEE Senior Member
I am very happy to endorse Kathy Land as IEEE President. I have been privileged to be associated with the IEEE for well over 20 years and I have known Kathy as a dedicated volunteer for most of that time. She not only has the ability to get people working together toward a common goal but also does so in a way that makes everyone happy and eager to join the effort. She has shown this ability from the most elementary of volunteer jobs, through being president of a Society, to leading some of the most important boards and groups at the IEEE. She is, thus, capable of seeing the needs and responding appropriately at any level of this organization.
Another of her attributes that I greatly admire is the rare ability not to rush into some project just because it looks good. Rather she will carefully think out all the implications and only then decide the correct course of action. Unlike others I have known in the senior ranks of IEEE volunteers, this thoughtful approach to all she does means that she is usually right and always accomplishes her goals with no unexpected problems.
I have read over her other endorsements, many of which were made by people I highly respect and who have led the IEEE activities for many years. To have such a group endorse you is high praise and, rather than repeat their laudable comments I will simply ask you to read them for yourself.
Michael R. Williams, a Past-President of the Computer Society, previously a member of the IEEE Board of Directors and many of its Boards, R7
I first met Kathy Land in 2003 when I was serving as President of the IEEE Computer Society. Kathy was then a relatively new Computer Society volunteer, and she introduced herself to me one evening after our Board of Governors meeting. It was obvious even then, that she was going to be a major contributor to the IEEE, and six years later, in 2009, Kathy was herself President of the IEEE Computer Society. After contributing to the IEEE in multiple roles, including on the IEEE Board of Directors, today, in 2018, she is Vice President of Technical Activities. We need her talent, drive, and commitment even more as IEEE President, and I am happy to give her my enthusiastic endorsement.
Steve Diamond, Chair IEEE Future Directions Committee, IEEE Life Senior Member, R6
I first worked with Kathy Land when I was serving as Chair of MGA Awards and Recognition Committee in 2015. Kathy was an asset to have on our committee and her contributions were integral in forming and meeting our committee goals while I was Chair (2015-2016). I have subsequently worked with Kathy while serving on the Computer Society Board of Governors (my term is 2018-2020). Kathy has been the TAB representative to the Computer Society Board and because of financial shortfalls the Society was experiencing, her guidance was integral to the development of a dramatic change in the structure, products and budget plan for the Society, to increase revenues and become viable. While this is an ongoing effort, without her guidance the Society might not have taken steps to quickly change course.
While I have greatly valued her contributions, when I was Committee Chair or Board member, Kathy has also been a mentor and friend as I have taken on leadership roles in IEEE. Kathy is not only very knowledgeable of the mission, strategy and inner workings of IEEE, its Boards, Societies and OUs, she also has all the characteristics of a servant leader. Kathy is patient and listens in a caring way to understand your problems, and she offers sound and compassionate advice to friends and colleagues. She cares about the growth of others. Kathy is persuasive and knowledgeable about IEEE, thus her involvement in a project is impactful and strongly contributes to its success. I have witnessed her foresight and leadership, and her ability to see and communicate the big picture while never losing sight of mission objectives. She very clearly understands the principles of good management, focus and fiscal responsibility, and these skills are very much needed to steer IEEE on the right course to attract new members with innovative programs and products, to deliver value, and to ensure the future global growth and fiscal wellbeing of IEEE.
From my interactions with Kathy Land, and from observing her capability and concern over the future success of IEEE, her leadership, her impact on The Institute and on the volunteers and staff, I strongly endorse Susan (Kathy) Land for the position of 2020 IEEE President. If elected, she will embody the mission of IEEE, to advance technology for the betterment of humanity, she will be a strong and effective leader uniting people behind common goals, and IEEE will be better for her having served in this role.
Dr. John D. Johnson, Senior Member, R4, 2018-2020 Computer Society Board of Governors
It gives me great pleasure to endorse Ms. Kathy Land for 2020 IEEE President. Over the past seven years I have had several opportunities to work with Kathy. As a long-time volunteer for IEEE Computer Society, I am currently a member of Board of Governors and the Vice President for Professional and Educational Activities Board. I have had the pleasure and opportunity to work with Kathy and to observe her accomplishments, skills and performance as a distinguished leader. Kathy’s unwavering commitment to the mission and goals of the IEEE have truly been remarkable.
Kathy’s genuine commitment to the success of the IEEE, visionary leadership, dynamic style and proven ability to develop synergies amongst different organizational units with IEEE combined with her candidness and friendly demeanor provide the perfect blend of traits for our next president.
Andy Chen, R7, Vice President IEEE Computer Society Professional and Educational Activities Board
I have known and served with Kathy Land on various IEEE Boards and Committee’s for more than 10 years. I have always found her a Leader, knowledgeable, easy to work with, and someone who cared about IEEE Members, the profession, and the IEEE.
I strongly endorse and support Kathy to be the President-Elect of IEEE.
Marc Apter, R2, 2013 IEEE-USA President; 2004-2005 IEEE V.P. Regional Activities (MGA today); 2001-2002 IEEE Region 2 Director
I would like to strongly endorse Kathy Land as IEEE President—I think that she would do an outstanding job. She is a clear and insightful thinker, with the ability to look a complex issues and identify what needs to be done. But perhaps more importantly, she is an excellent communicator, making sure that the relevant people get the information they need and treating everyone honestly and respectfully.
I have had extensive opportunities to observe Kathy in action, as we have worked together as IEEE volunteers for a number of years. We were members of TAB at the same time (while she was President of the Computer Society and I was Chair of the Conferences Committee), were members of the IEEE BoD at the same time (she as a representative from Computer Society and I as the representative from Division IV), and we served on a number of high-level ad hoc committees together.
The problems that we worked on together were generally complex, important, and had major strategic consequences. The best example is the IEEEin2030 initiative, as we were both members of the IEEEin2030 ad hoc committee. The goal (to envision how IEEE should adapt to a changing world) was exceptionally challenging, the amount of work needed was staggering, and the best word for the time line to completion is “ambitious.” Although this initiative polarized many people within IEEE, Kathy’s contribution was extremely positive. She made good suggestions, enunciated her thoughts clearly, and communicated thoughtfully and respectfully with a wide variety of people. But perhaps most importantly, her view spanned all of IEEE when she contemplated the issues in front of us, and her goal was to maximize the success of the entire organization and its many different communities. Because of all this, I believe that Kathy Land would be an outstanding President of IEEE.
William W. Moses, R6
IEEE Region VI, Oakland / East Bay Chapter of the NPSS
IEEE Board of Directors (Division IV) 2015–2016
President, NPSS AdCom and Member of TAB 2004–2006