Barry L Shoop

2016 IEEE President


I have had the distinct honor of serving on Barry's Board of Director’s team as the Region 1 Secretary. Barry brings an innovative, can-do approach to leadership by first understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the team that he is leading. Then, he researches the needs of the members, putting together strategy sessions that ask the tough questions. Through these sessions, Barry understands each team members' strengths and then assigns part of the strategy to them, further developing their professional contributions. As the strategic plan is constructed, Barry reinforces the mission and provides support and oversight to the execution. Barry's military and engineering leadership helped to strengthen Region 1's understanding of member needs and delivered timely responses to those needs. He understands the impact of globalization on traditional management practices and gently guides the discussion to challenge the "status quo".


I believe that Barry will take the successes of Region 1 and adapt them to the needs of the IEEE President-Elect and ultimately 2016 IEEE President positions, helping to transform IEEE into a more responsive, member-driven organization that meet the needs of both industry and academia in a global world.


Mary Reidy

Region 1 Secretary (2008-2009)

Working with Barry at the IEEE Board level has been a pleasure. He is a wonderful strategist who uses excellent leadership skills to make difficult things happen. The strongest evidence of this is his leadership in convincing first RAB and then the IEEE Board to change the role of Regional Activities to Membership and Geographic Activities. Convincing people to make this change was a tremendous achievement. Following this, Barry continued his contributions to IEEE.


Celia Desmond

President IEEE-Canada (Director Region 7) (2000-2001)

President IEEE Communications Society (2002-2003)

IEEE Division III Director (1996 to 1997)

It is with great pleasure that I endorse Barry Shoop as a candidate for 2015 IEEE President-Elect. I first met Barry in 2002 shortly after he was elected to serve as IEEE Region 1 Director. Subsequently we served as colleagues on various IEEE Committees and Boards including the IEEE Board of Directors. Dr. Shoop and I are currently serving as Directors on the ABET Board of Directors. Barry is a committed volunteer who takes a big-picture view of the profession. He is a dedicated servant of the profession who has a proven track record of achievement. Barry Shoop is a visionary leader and a consensus builder who is extraordinarily well qualified to lead IEEE as our President and CEO.


He has a remarkable record of achievement, both in his career as a senior officer in the United States Army as well in several volunteer organizations where he has served in many leadership roles. He is a Professor and Deputy Department Head at the United States Military Academy (USMA). He has served as Science Advisor to the Director and Chief Scientist of the Joint IED Defeat Organization, Chief of the Afghanistan Military Academy Implementation Support Team, Senior Electronics Engineer at the U.S. Army Foreign Science and Technology Center, and Electronics Engineer for the Defense Satellite Communication System Earth Terminal. At USMA he has served as the Electrical Engineering Program Director and the Director of the Photonics Research Center.


His many contributions as a volunteer are commendable. He served as IEEE Region 1 Director (2006-2007), IEEE Secretary (2008-2009), and VP Member and Geographic Activities (2010). His most significant contribution as an IEEE volunteer was leadership as chair of the Regional Activities Board (RAB) Enterprise Engineering Project Ad Hoc Committee. Barry’s leadership resulted in a transformation of RAB into a member-focused organization. This strategic initiative has made a significant difference in member engagement which has positively affected recruitment and retention. Also noteworthy is the recommendations he made as chair of the Business Management System Ad Hoc Committee. This work resulted in putting IEEE’s business management system project on track during a critical time. Just as noteworthy is Shoop’s leadership in transforming IEEE’s Governance Committee from a committee focused on bylaws to a committee focused on making IEEE’s governance committee more effective and efficient. Barry was awarded the 2013 Haraden Pratt Award for “For sustained vision and leadership in improving governance, operations and leadership and building a stronger foundation for IEEE’s strategic future.”


Barry’s leadership as a volunteer also include his role as a member of the ABET Board of Directors. During 2013 he chaired a governance task force charged with updating governance documents. He led the Board in updating the ABET Constitution and Bylaws, a monumental feat that was accomplished in remarkably short period of time. He is currently leading a newly formed ABET Board Governance Committee charged with recommending a more efficient ABET board structure.


I also note Dr. Shoop’s leadership in the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). He was awarded the 2013 SPIE Educator Award in recognition of his development of comprehensive criteria for optical engineering in the undergraduate college curriculum.


IEEE needs a leader who is visionary. A leader who is capable of bringing all of together on important issues. We need a leader who can work with citizens of the world and practitioners of other professions to multiply the force of the great assets that our own profession brings to the table. Barry Shoop is a leader who will do this.


I urge you to support Barry Shoop as IEEE 2015 President-Elect.


John Meredith

IEEE-USA President (2007)

IEEE Region 2 Director (2004-2005)

I have known personally and worked with Barry Shoop in several projects and committees that make me strongly support his candidacy for IEEE President Elect. I am glad that he accepted to run for this important position in IEEE, because his personal skills, attributes and involvement during many years in IEEE make him the best person to lead the Institute.

Barry’s involvement in IEEE as Region Director, MGA Vice President, IEEE Secretary, and IEEE Director, to mention only some positions, have given him the qualifications, understanding and experience to strengthen the Institute even more, not only the membership areas, but also the goals and projects in Education, Technical Activities, Publications, Conferences and IEEE standards.

Barry’s understanding of IEEE structure will enhance communication and relations with IEEE staff, volunteers, Chapters, Sections, Student branches and Boards for a better functional structure to develop the strategies that allow faster responses to continue being the leading technological innovation association.

I am confident that Barry Shoop, if elected, will do an outstanding job as IEEE President, because I am sure he will continue devoting all his passion, experience and time needed, not only to drive the IEEE to increase its leadership in the technological fields, but also working to develop more and better products and services for IEEE members worldwide that benefit their growth and their careers.

Francisco Martinez

Senior Member

2012-2013 A&A Chair

2006-07-08 MGA N&A Chair

2004-2005 IEEE Director and R9 Director


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