Barry Shoop


2016 IEEE President and CEO


Professor and Department Head
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
U.S. Military Academy
West Point, New York, USA

Barry L. Shoop is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In this role he is responsible for an undergraduate academic department with over 79 faculty and staff supporting ABET accredited programs in electrical engineering, computer science, and information technology and serving over 2300 students annually. During his tenure at West Point, he has served in a number of leadership positions including Director of the Electrical Engineering Program and Director of the Photonics Research Center.


Earlier in his career, he was a satellite communication engineer responsible for the design and installation of a high-capacity, global digital communication network, and also the CTO for a US$4.5B organization addressing the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) challenge worldwide.


Barry received the Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University, both in electrical engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi. In 2008, OSA recognized Barry with their Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award and, in 2013, he earned both the SPIE Educator Award and the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award.  He holds a patent on photonic analog-to-digital conversion and has authored over 150 archival publications as well as 8 books and book chapters.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, USA.

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