Candidates for IEEE Division VIII Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2024
2023 IEEE Annual Election period is from 15 August to 2 October 2023


(Nominated by IEEE Division VIII)

Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and
Thomas M. Siebel Chair Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois, USA


The IEEE faces challenges in prospering as a professional society in the 21st century. These include:

• Membership needs to address global changes in the profession and must adapt to be not only relevant but essential to practitioners, whether they come from academia, government, or
• Open Access publishing, not just for the financial impact, but the change in culture that the open access movement is advocating.
• Community-driven solutions in publishing, reviewing, and organizing challenge the relevance of professional societies.
• As a complex organization, IEEE needs to better support the smaller councils and societies and partner with the larger ones.

IEEE must focus on what it can do, such as be a neutral convener that brings parties together, and avoid what it can’t do, such as compete with academia, government, and industry. It  must leverage its assets, especially the connections to its members through its societies and councils. I will focus on improving the connections between IEEE and its members, building on and complementing the strengths of the councils and societies.


Dr. William Gropp is Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and holds the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1982. Before coming to UIUC, he was on the faculty at Yale University from 1982-1990 and part of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory from 1990-2007.

He has played a major role in high performance computing, including the development of the Message Passing Interface (MPI) standard and numerical algorithms and software for massively parallel systems.

Gropp is a Fellow of ACM, AAAS, IEEE, and SIAM and received the Sidney Fernbach Award from the IEEE Computer Society in 2008 and the ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award in 2016. Gropp is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


(Nominated by IEEE Division VIII)

Professor, Deputy-President Engineering School
University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy


I have been an active IEEE and Computer Society (CS) volunteer for nearly 30 years, serving in leadership positions such as 2022-2023 IEEE Director (Division V), 2019 CS President, Editor-in-Chief, General/Program Chair of highly renowned international conferences, and member of several IEEE key committees. My involvement has contributed to form a deep understanding and unique vision of the challenges and opportunities facing the IEEE, as reflected by my many successful activities.

If elected, I will continue and strengthen my current involvement in the IEEE to meet all members’ needs, focusing on:

  1. Satisfy the diverse needs of members worldwide;
  2. Devise innovative organizational and fiscal models, to reduce membership dues’ dependency while improving products and services;
  3. Promote members’ professional growth, by introducing innovative activities beyond all boundaries on timely technical directions;
  4. Preserve technical distinction in all activities;
  5. Experiment innovative and immersive meeting/communication media to facilitate interactions.

In conclusion, I will devote all my energy and expertise to ensure the successful fulfilment of IEEE towards its members and professional mission to new heights.


Cecilia Metra is a Professor and the Deputy President of the School of Engineering at the University of Bologna, Italy, where she received the Laurea Degree in Electronic Engineering and the PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. In 2002, she was visiting faculty consultant for Intel Corporation.

She is part of the Italian National Research Center on High Performance Computing, Big Data and Quantum Computing, and the Italian Research Project on Security and Rights In the CyberSpace.

She is 2022-2023 IEEE Director/Division V Delegate, and she was 2019 IEEE Computer Society President.

She was Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board member for several international Journals, and contributed to numerous international conferences/symposia/workshops.

She published extensively on design-for-testability, reliable, safe, secure and resilient circuits/systems, trustworthy AI, photovoltaic systems, emerging technologies.

Her research has been funded by government and industries, including Intel Corporation, STMicroelectronics, Alstom Transport, and the EU.

She is an IEEE Fellow.