I have known Kathy Land for about ten years now. We both served in TAB in 2009, Kathy as President of the Computer Society and me as President of the Signal Processing Society. Then in 2012, both of us served in TAB as Division Directors and IEEE Board Directors. Finally, in 2017, again in TAB, me as TAB Past VP and Kathy as VP-Elect. I came to appreciate Kathy as an independent thinker, a doer, a dedicated volunteer with IEEE’s best interest at heart, and someone whose advice and counsel I often looked for.
Jose’ M F Moura, 2018 IEEE President-Elect
Kathy is one of the most dedicated volunteer leaders I have ever met. She has served in many IEEE positions with distinction. We start working together for demanding financial transparency at IEEE. It was a grass root effort, not well appreciated at first, that needs persistence and perseverance. Through many years of endeavor, Kathy has demonstrated her leadership skill and a loyal team player who brought many together to accomplish a difficult evangelistic task – now almost everyone has agreed that financial transparency is one of the most important daunting tasks that IEEE is facing and needs to improve for the benefit of itself and its members. IEEE will be fortunate to have a President like Kathy, who understand the major challenges IEEE is facing and whose heart is always with the well being of its members. Kathy will make an outstanding IEEE President.
K. J. Ray Liu, 2019 IEEE Vice President, Technical Activities; Division IX Director (16-17), President of Signal Processing Society (12-13)
It is my great pleasure to endorse Ms. Susan Kathy Land for the role of the 2021 IEEE President. She was the IEEE Computer Society President 2009 when I joined Computer Society Board of Governors as a new member from Region 10. She gently and naturally cared international members throughout her presidential year. I was very impressed with her humanity and kind consideration for inclusiveness.
Also, she is a strong and reliable leader that solves very difficult problems in right ways with consensus of board members promptly based on her advanced technology and industry experiences. Meetings with her are always enjoyable even for difficult discussion. After her Computer Society leadership, she has been working for IEEE as various positions including VP for TAB. Even now, she helps to overcome very hard problems in Computer Society as a past president for future of IEEE and IEEE Computer Society.
I strongly believe she will make innovative and valuable activities for the IEEE members in all regions and divisions as the IEEE President.
Hironori Kasahara, R10, IEEE Computer Society President 2018, IEEE Fellow, IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Professional Member
I have been privileged to work with Susan (Kathy) Land at IEEE Technical Advisory Board and understand her vision how to make IEEE more relevant to the industry while continue serving academic needs. She has unique skills to provide both strategic and tactical perspectives on issues important to IEEE and the society overall. IEEE has a great impact on our society but there is a need to address challenges and opportunities that engineering profession is facing to reach the full potential. Kathy has shown that she has deep insight into needs of our membership and has ideas to attract new members by improving existing products and services and by offering new ones.
She is well suited to be IEEE president who will set strategic goals and will also take actions to achieve those goals. Kathy is very passionate and driven person that speaks her mind and is well respected by her peers. She is the right person to make needed changes to improve IEEE.
Damir Novosel, R3, PES Immediate Past President
I have worked with Kathy for the last 5 years, since my election as President-Elect of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. I was impressed by her innovative ideas, confidence and integrity. I went to her for advice because of her deep knowledge of IEEE and openness. Her empathy and commitment to advancing all of IEEE members irrespective of gender and nationality were admirable I was fortunate to serve with her on the TAB Strategic Committee and then under her leadership on the TAB Management Committee Kathy stressed the terms of reference and scope of the committee, and with this clear focus, it was possible to plan strategically, The collaborative environment she encouraged invited ideas by all, and she stood by the decisions reached. with Kathy Land’s leadership, IEEE will surely reach new heights.
Rabab Ward, R7, Director-Elect Division IX, 2016-2017 President, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2016-2017, Chair, IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Africa and Education, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, IEEE Can. Academy of Engineers, Engineering Inst. of Canada
It was in 2009 that I had my first association with Kathy Land when she became the Computer Society President succeeding Rangachar Kasturi and she had nominated me as VP for Chapter Activities, my first major assignment with the Computer Society. Her support and encouragement helped me a lot in doing good justice to that role, which resulted in the next incoming CS President Jim Isaak selecting me as VP to least the newly created CS MGA Board for 2010. And Kathy was generous in appreciating my role with multiple recognitions. Kathy’s pioneer role in promoting software engineering is well known. She has credited herself very well in various IEEE & CS roles over the years including two terms on the IEEE Board as Division Director and in 2018 as VP for Technical Activities. With her breadth & depth of IEEE and knowledge of its successes, problems & needs, Kathy is an excellent candidate for the IEEE President-Elect. I am confident that she will lead IEEE to newer heights that will earn the appreciation of members worldwide.
S V Sankaran, R10, Life Sr. Member, 2010 & 2012 Computer Society VP for MGAIn 2015 we launched the IEEE Entrepreneurship Initiative and in 2018 it became an IEEE Standing Committee; Kathy Land was with us through out Entrepreneurial journey providing advice and assistance. I first met Kathy in 2015 and she was one of our biggest supporters as we looked for sponsors — she recognized the value that Entrepreneurs bring to IEEE.
I strongly endorse Kathy Land for IEEE President because I like the way she thinks, the way she acts, and her wonderful sense of humor. Kathy has great leadership qualities and I know she will make a great IEEE President!
Ken Stauffer, IEEE Life Senior Member, Past Chair of IEEE Entrepreneurship, Chair of Vaughn College Board of Trustees
I have had the pleasure of working with Kathy Land in different roles at senior levels of IEEE over multiple years. On the Board of Directors and in TAB Kathy has always been fair, consistent, dedicated and efficient. She encourages volunteers to contribute, she makes solid decisions based on facts and she makes the volunteers feel encouraged and appreciated. She is a leader who is dedicated to making IEEE the best organization for technical material and networking. She encourages people to use their skills and knowledge to best serve IEEE in a very professional manner. She gets results which strengthen the organization. I highly recommend Kathy for IEEE President-Elect.
Celia Desmond, R7, President IEEE Communications Society 2002-2003, President IEEE Canada 2000-2001, VP Technical Activities 2006, IEEE Secretary 2007 and 2012, VP (Various) TEMS/TMC/EMS 2006-2018, Region 7 Awards Chair and Parliamentarian 2017-2018
I am delighted to endorse Susan (Kathy) Land for the President of the IEEE. This is a demanding and leading position; Kathy can offer the drive and leadership that the IEEE needs. The IEEE also needs new ideas and new direction, as well as an ability to focus on and to resolve new challenges. She is an eminently suitable candidate.
I have formed this opinion working with her over the past couple of years at Technical Activities Board. As TAB is primarily operational, it blends political with managerial skills in order to ensure that this central component of IEEE activities proceeds with good effect. Kathy has served as President-Elect, and is now President whilst I have been the President of the Biometrics Council, and she has demonstrated these skills to good effect at TAB. I am thus delighted to endorse her for Presidency, and have a high confidence in my support.
Mark Nixon, Member, R8, President of the Biometrics Council; Vice-chair, IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB)
It is my great pleasure to endorse Kathy Land as the next president of the IEEE. Kathy will make an outstanding president who would bring deep knowledge, expertise, dedication, and vision to the role. Her breadth of volunteer positions within the IEEE and her successes in each of them have improved the organization in multiple dimensions, including locally within her society, chapter, and region, as well as in her high-level leadership roles within TAB and in oversight. I have worked closely with Kathy in my role as Chair of the IEEE Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and I credit her deep knowledge of IEEE processes and people coupled with her dedication to diversity and inclusion as instrumental in the formation of my committee and in its successes to date. I have been deeply impressed with and grateful for Kathy’s integrity, tenacity and knowledge in responding to any question I have regarding my committee’s goals and how to achieve them. She is an incredible motivator and resource for IEEE volunteers as she makes our jobs easier and more impactful. Her current leadership of TAB has also demonstrated a command of the most important challenges facing the IEEE and how to address them. I believe that Kathy would be a transformative president of the IEEE, creating more value for its members, improving its business processes and finances, and enhancing our profession and its impact on humanity.
Andrea Goldsmith, R6, IEEE Fellow, Chair, TAB Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, President IEEE Information Theory Society, 2009
I am pleased to write this recommendation for Susan Kathy Land for IEEE President Elect. Kathy would be an outstanding IEEE President because she has extensive knowledge of IEEE operations, technical activities (societies/councils) and most importantly effective leadership skills.
Kathy has extensive knowledge of IEEE operations by serving on the major IEEE committees and by participating in IEEE decision making in her role as IEEE Division Director (serving two terms) on the IEEE Board of Directors. Also, as a long time IEEE volunteer, Kathy has an intimate understanding of the needs of our members and staff.
Kathy’s leadership style of collaborative consensus seeking has earned her the admiration of all who have worked with her. She has gotten many new initiatives accomplished while maintaining a positive working atmosphere within IEEE. These leadership qualities make her ideally suited to be IEEE President. Kathy also has a strong business acumen through her role as the Program Manager of the National Missile Defense Program software group. She delivered the core software system on time and within budget – quite an accomplishment. Kathy will make an outstanding IEEE President.
Roger U. Fujii, FIEEE
IEEE Foundation Board of Directors (2015-2017, 2018, 2020)
IEEE Board of Directors, Director Division VIII, 2012-2014
2016 IEEE Computer Society President
IEEE USA Board of Directors 2017
I first met Kathy when she was President of the IEEE Computer Society. During that year, she lead the introduction of the Computer Society’s first ever strategic planning process. After that amazing year, Kathy was nominated and elected to the IEEE BoG. Highly unusually for the Computer Society, Kathy’s nomination was approved for two consecutive terms. This stands testament to the outstanding contributions she has made both for the Society and the IEEE. After completion of a six year Board term Kathy is now TAB VP. From my role on TAB (Director Elect) I have personally watched Kathy navigate challenging issues with both determination and respect. Thus, I wholeheartedly support Kathy’s nomination and believe that under her leadership the IEEE will be transformative.
Elizabeth Burd, Region 10, 2018 Director Elect Division VIII
I have known and worked continuously with Kathy Land for almost 20 years beginning when we were first active Computer Society volunteers. Kathy and I served closely on the Computer Society Board of Governors in many positions, including the Executive Committee when she and I were vice presidents, later as presidents, and still later when she served 2 terms as IEEE Division Director.
Kathy is a dedicated, committed, and serious IEEE volunteer who clearly understands the value of IEEE to members of our profession – both practitioner and academic. In all the committees and activities in which we have worked together, Kathy has shown herself to be a creative and outstanding leader able to engage and motivate volunteers and to lead them in many ways, to develop and operationalize both tactical and strategic plans and projects.
There is no question that Kathy would be the ideal president to lead IEEE forward in the ‘interesting’ times in which we live. I heartily and unequivocally endorse her as candidate for IEEE’s presidency.
Dr. S. Reisman, R6, 2011 Computer Society President; Chair, IEEE COMPSAC
I am a member of IEEE Region 5 and am pleased to endorse the candidacy of Susan Kathy. I have known Kathy for more than three years through our service together on the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB), through our work on the Ad Hoc TAB Financial Transparency Committee, and most recently in serving on the TAB Contracts Ad Hoc Committee. Kathy has brought tremendous leadership, insight, perseverance, and a strong collaborative spirit to the efforts of all of these groups. Most importantly, there have been concrete actions and outcomes from these groups because of her involvement. She is thoughtful and innovative in the ideas she proposes, measured in her actions, and resolute in her commitment. She clearly expresses her perspective on issues, while remaining open to input from others and is not afraid to revise her stance based on the feedback she receives. These are all important traits for anyone in a leadership position, and certainly for someone serving as the IEEE President. I believe Susan Kathy Land would be an excellent IEEE President and whole-heartedly endorse her candidacy.
Ruth A. Dyer, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow, Association of Women in Science Fellow, Junior Past President, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
I am the Region 3 Director-Elect, and have worked with Ms. Land in IEEE at the Region level, the Society level (Computer Society), and the Board level where I am now serving as her appointed TAB representative to MGA. However, I first met Ms. Land through our work. I work for the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and at the time I was working on a program supporting the Missile Defense Agency, assessing the algorithms and performance of the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications system. Ms. Land was MDA’s technical lead responsible for the development of the system prototype, so we worked together during many technical review meetings, and in risk assessment. I became very familiar with her technical and leadership skills. When Ms. Land spoke, everyone listened – her comments were always concise, clear, direct, insightful, and forward thinking.
My first IEEE interactions with Ms. Land were in re-starting my local Computer Society (CS) Chapter. She offered to come speak at a kick-off meeting, which paved the way toward rejuvenating a group that hadn’t met for several years. She later suggested that I consider becoming a member of the CS Board of Governors, to provide better Board insights into local chapter issues and needs. After my election to the Board of Governors, she also helped me get involved in the Sensors Council, as the CS representative, because she was aware of my work with radar systems. Additionally, Ms. Land served as the Region 3 Awards and Recognitions Committee (ARC) Chair, immediately after my term in the same position. She quickly stepped in and learned her new responsibilities, and then reviewed and re-wrote the ARC manual to improve the processes and schedule. This is typical of Ms. Land’s skills and capabilities – she can listen fully, seek additional information as needed, assess quickly, and react appropriately.
I believe Ms. Land will be an excellent IEEE President, inspiring IEEE members and potential members, world-wide. Her demonstrated qualities and achievements throughout both her professional career and her years as an IEEE volunteer will allow her to represent IEEE’s technical excellence, and to spread the word about how IEEE members across the globe are advancing technology for the betterment of humanity. As IEEE President, she will have a lasting, significant impact on our profession, and our world.
Jill Gostin, R3, IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors, Region 3 Director-Elect
I first met Kathy while we worked together as volunteers on the Computer Society Standards Activity Board many years ago (~2001), with me serving as IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards sponsor chair and Kathy representing the Software and Systems Engineering Standards. I immediately liked her no-nonsense, straight shooting approach to working with CS volunteers and staff, which has continued throughout her involvement in the many IEEE leadership roles she has served in, right through to her current role as IEEE VP Technical Activities/TAB Chair. Her career focus and skill on implementing a highly disciplined methodology for highly reliable complex systems has translated well into the necessary skills needed to manage the highly complex organization the IEEE has become, as demonstrated by her success in leadership roles in the IEEE. Kathy has always had making sure she understands the needs of IEEE volunteer/members and how to best prioritize them as one of her highest priorities. As a result, she has worked hard to structure the parts of the organization under her control to best serve us. In my view, this is her most valuable attribute, one that makes Kathy an ideal candidate for 2020 IEEE President-Elect. I heartily endorse Kathy Land as IEEE President-Elect.
Paul Nikolich, R1, IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee Chairman 2001 to present IEEE Fellow
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 candidate.
Pamela J. Jones, R2, IEEE R2, Awards & Recognition Committee Chair 2018, IEEE R2, Educational Activities Chair 2018
Susan K. (Kathy) Land and I worked very closely as volunteer leaders of IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) during 2006-11. I served as its president in 2008 followed by Kathy in 2009. I learned much and appreciated the importance of software engineering standards and their practice in industry to the computing profession and IEEE through my interactions with her.
There was a time when programming and software engineering were perceived by many as one and the same. It is through the efforts of people like Kathy that we now have software engineering as a well-established engineering discipline with its own standards, body of knowledge, and literature to support the practicing professionals. Kathy was instrumental in leading many successful standards development efforts at the IEEE-CS and at the IEEE Standards Association. Kathy’s monumental efforts resulted in the development of new standards to support greener electronics.
Developing standards alone would have little impact unless it is widely accepted and practiced in industry. To address this, Kathy authored several practical guidebooks that provided support for software practitioners in their adoption and use of software engineering standards and document the software process definition, documentation, and improvement. These guidebooks received critical acclaim such as “This book is an ‘industrial book’, par excellence!” (ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes, May 2008). At IEEE-CS, she led many efforts focused on establishing software engineering as a recognized engineering profession. Kathy also practiced what she preached – as a manager of a large software engineering company she led several successful software engineering product development for the US Government.
Kathy created many opportunities to enhance the contributions of computing professionals to IEEE during her two terms as elected Division Director of the IEEE Board of Directors. She has been doing an outstanding job as the Vice President of IEEE Technical Activities Board. She is exceptionally qualified to serve as the President of IEEE. You can make it happen by casting your vote in her favor. Thank you for your consideration.
Rangachar Kasturi, IEEE Fellow, FIAPR, IEEE Computer Society President, 2008; R3
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.
Ann DeMarle, R1, IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors
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.
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