WASHINGTON (9 April 2023) – Steve Welby, former Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of IEEE, is the new Deputy Director for National Security at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). On behalf of our more than 150,000 U.S. IEEE members, IEEE-USA congratulates Mr. Welby and wishes him the greatest success.

During his five-year tenure at IEEE, Mr. Welby led the organization through a global pandemic, a changing publishing landscape, and soaring geopolitical tensions. He directed the daily operations of IEEE and its approximately 1,000 employees around the world.

In an interview with IEEE Spectrum in September 2022, Mr. Welby said he felt comfortable stepping out of the Executive Director role at the end of the year. “I feel that, in almost every way, thanks to the hard work of volunteers and staff, IEEE is stronger than when I arrived,” he said.

Prior to joining IEEE, Mr. Welby was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. In this role, he served as the chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Defense, leading one of the largest and most complex research and development organizations in the world.

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Russ Harrison
Managing Director, IEEE-USA