Piscataway-based IEEE, a technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology, announced Wednesday that Stephen Welby will become its new chief operating officer and executive director, effective Jan. 2, 2018.
"Stephen Welby has the experience and passion to lead IEEE into the future," Karen Bartleson, IEEE CEO and president, said. "He is a dynamic leader with a strong commitment to IEEE's mission. Working in collaboration with the board of directors, Stephen will help ensure that IEEE is universally recognized as the voice of the global technical community and an essential contributor to the development and implementation of emerging and disruptive technologies."
"I am honored and excited to have been selected to join IEEE as executive director and COO," Welby said. "IEEE is an organization that works worldwide to support broad communities of technical professionals. I am looking forward to working with the IEEE leadership, membership and professional staff to increase the global impact of IEEE, support our members and further the IEEE mission."
Prior to IEEE, Welby was the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering. He was also chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Defense.