Endorsements (2)

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

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.

Wanda Reder, FIEEE, President & CEO Grid-X Partners, Division VII Director 2014-2015, EBCC Chair 2018 Chair 2018-Present, IEEE Smart Grid Past Chair, IEEE Power & Energy Society Past President, IEEE Foundation Board of Directors 2014-Present

I have had the good fortune of meeting Susan (Kathy) Land when she and I were President-Elects for the IEEE Computer and Power & Energy Societies respectively. Over the years, we have become good friends after serving together many times on the IEEE Board, Technical Activities Board, and Women in Engineering Committee to name a few. I have found Kathy to be well versed in IEEE strategic planning, policies, financials, and technical offerings, often reaching across the organization to identify solutions collaboratively and support forward-looking initiatives. Kathy is always well-prepared and uses due process for decisions and governance.  One of Kathy’s most enduring traits is her empathy towards IEEE and its members; she truly cares about members’ interests, is passionate about the future of IEEE and is dedicated to its mission. These leadership qualities are ideal for IEEE. It is therefore my distinct pleasure to endorse Kathy Land for IEEE President-Elect.


Rakesh Kumar, Life Fellow; Past President, Solid-State Circuits Society; TA Lead, and Program Co-Chair, 2017 Sections Congress; Chair IEEE Roadmap Ad Hoc

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.


Sonya L. Dillard, Chair R3 Member Activities Committee, IEEE Huntsville Section – Past Chair, IEEE Senior Member

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.


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 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.


Theresa Brunasso, R3, PACE Chair

Susan and I worked together on the Region 3 Awards Committee. During that time, she led an effort to rewrite the awards manual so that the awards manual was both in compliance with IEEE policies and reflected how the award winners were selected. Prior to her work with our Region, she had many years of experience with TAB. She encouraged Region 3 volunteers to become active in TAB, and fostered excellent cooperation between MGA and TAB. Susan is dedicated to the mission of IEEE, and works to engage members across the organization. I know that she’ll be an excellent IEEE president, and I’m happy to endorse her.


Steve Diamond, Chair IEEE Future Directions Committee, IEEE Life Senior Member, R6

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.


Dr. John D. Johnson, Senior Member, R4, 2018-2020 Computer Society Board of Governors

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 nd 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.


Pamela J. Jones, R2, IEEE R2, Awards & Recognition Committee Chair 2018, IEEE R2, Educational Activities Chair 2018

I currently serve as the IEEE Region 2, Awards & Recognition Committee Chair, IEEE Region 2, Region Educational Activities Chair as well as serving as a member of several IEEE committees. I have known Kathy for over 10 years since my days at Northrop Grumman and have found her passion for IEEE, its members and its mission to be infectious and notable.

Kathy’s enthusiasm for IEEE was the driving factor in me joining the Institute. I watched how she gave so much detail in to every aspect of her role as the Computer Society President. Her focus was always on how she could make an impactful change to many of the wasteful business processes of the Computer Society while maintaining or elevating service to the CS members. Ms. Land was one of the most impactful Presidents that the Computer Society has seen.

Kathy is a true leader. Grooming others for succession in increasingly important roles, resolving conflicts and guiding others thru teaching and examples with patience and tact. She unswervingly believes in the ideals and ethics set in IEEE’s guidelines and is an example to its members. She creates a synergistic environment for staff and members to be innovative and effective. Most notably, she is fervent in striving for a diverse and inclusive IEEE and dedicated to increasing membership with academics, researchers and practitioners.

IEEE would be fortunate to have such an insightful individual as its leader. It is for all of these reasons why I strongly recommend Kathy Land as a President-elect.


James W. Moore, IEEE Fellow, Past Division Director, R2

Why I’m Voting for Kathy Land for President of the IEEE.  Let’s face it — I’m voting for Kathy because she’s been my friend for nearly 25 years.  The reasons that she’s my friend are the same reasons why you should consider voting for her as President of the IEEE. Kathy is a project manager (in her job and in her life) with a track record of being successful in every task she decides to take on.  She sets ambitious, but realistic, objectives and follows a plan to accomplish them.  She succeeds in nearly all of them.  She understands modern technology and modern development techniques.  She won’t be ‘snowed’ by vague assurances. She listens respectfully to everyone, particularly those who disagree, and acts to narrow differences with them. She never takes shortcuts by ignoring out-of-favor stakeholders. She plays her cards face up. She acts openly, not ‘playing politics,’ but giving everyone the same story, even if they disagree. She operative fairly and ethically, never going ‘behind the back’ of those who might disagree. She knows that anybody, regardless of background or longevity, can have a good idea– one that deserves attention. I’m voting for Kathy and I hope that you will also.


Ann DeMarle, R1, IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors

I have had the honor of serving with Kathy Land since 2007 on various IEEE Computer Society committees and as a Governor and working professionally together while she managed the America’s Army game. Having worked closely with her on a number of initiatives that have required breaking new ground, I wish to share my enthusiastic support for Kathy’s candidacy for the next President of the IEEE.

I have rarely met an IEEE volunteer who has the deep commitment and passion that Kathy has for the IEEE community, mission, and its success. To this commitment, she brings great leadership strengths to include her ability to bring into and engage highly qualified and enthusiastic volunteers. Under her leadership, IEEE volunteers make great things happen. This is due to her no-nonsense management style through which Kathy draws in members, seeks out their thinking, highlights the best, builds consensus, and sets priorities that determine success. Kathy brings to the IEEE her dedication, strong organizational skills, a deep knowledge of the IEEE’s structures and systems, and the ability to inspire action from vision. Under her leadership, the IEEE will be able to meet the challenges facing societies and thrive.


Marc Apter, R2, 2013 IEEE-USA President; 2004-2005 IEEE V.P. Regional Activities (MGA today); 2001-2002 IEEE Region 2 Director

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.


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

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.


Daniel N. Donahoe, Ph.D., P.E., IEEE Senior Member, 2016 IEEE-USA Member-at-Large; 2007-2008 Santa Clara Valley CPMT Chapter Chair; R6

I met Susan Kathy Land who was the IEEE TAB representative to the IEEE‐USA board on which I served as Member‐at‐Large 2016‐2017. My work on the IEEE‐USA board used economic data and statistical methods to elucidate the reasons for our on‐going membership decay. The TAB representatives (VP Land and Mr. Roger U. Fujii, 2016 IEEE Computer Society President) were instrumental in supporting this two year effort, because, as I discovered, even really smart engineers are befuddled by economic analysis.

Vice President Land asked me to chair one of her 2018 TAB ad hoc committees. This new ad hoc committee will extend my IEEE‐USA effort by probing our members’ views of economics as related to engineering. The title of the committee is “Bounded Rationality”, a reference to the first Nobel Prize lecture (formally, The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel) in a field know as behavioral economics (reference: Daniel Kahneman, Maps of Bounded Rationality: A Perspective on Intuitive Judgement and Choice, December 2002). This committee’s membership spans across time zones equaling fifteen hours. Committee results will be presented in at the November board meeting in summary slides and as a white paper.

Each member brings a unique perspective to IEEE, and I wish to indulge myself in one of my own cultural perspectives to explain what I believe is distinctive in the selection of Kathy Land as a candidate for President. In the Catholic Jesuit tradition, there is a value expressed in a Latin phrase cura personalis. This is translated as care for the person, and this value embodies the notion of individualized attention to the needs of the other, distinct respect for his or her unique circumstances and concerns, and an appropriate appreciation for his or her particular gifts and insights. I believe that Kathy Land’s demeanor and management style presents IEEE in the most favorable light. Kathy Land may not think of herself through Latin phrases, but I believe Kathy Land is most suitable as President of IEEE.