SSIT launched a Call for SSIT Board of Governors President-Elect Candidates with a deadline of 30 September 2023.
SSIT thanks all candidates for volunteering their time, energy and ideas to serve as President-Elect of the SSIT Board of Governors.
Following presentations by the candidates and a voting process, SSIT announced that Murty Polavarapu has been elected SSIT President-Elect 2024. Murty will serve as President of SSIT from 2025 – 2026.
Murty Polavarapu is engaged in developing advanced semiconductor memory and logic products for defense and aerospace markets, especially for space applications. He also serves as the Managing Director of Virginia Microelectronics Consortium. His technical contributions were vital to development of successive generations of radiation-hardened devices. His career includes management and technical leadership roles at various companies including BAE Systems, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Micron, and Toshiba. He holds eleven patents. He received numerous awards from BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Dominion Semiconductor and IBM.
Murty earned his master’s in electrical engineering from Howard University and master’s in technology management from University of Pennsylvania.
On a leave of absence from IBM, he served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in rural Fiji teaching physics and mathematics at high school level. He also co-founded a non-profit organization to help bring computers to schools in Ethiopia. He is based in the Washington, DC area.
IEEE Volunteer Activities
Murty has served SSIT as a member of Board of Governors (2021-2023) and as the Organizing Chair of three SSIT Conferences including ISTAS2018, ETHICS-2021 and ETHICS-2023.
He is the Chair of SSIT’s Chapter in Washington, DC/Baltimore area and hosted a steady series of engaging talks on a wide array of topics.
He served on various IEEE-level Committees including Governance, New Initiatives, Industry Engagement, Strategic Alignment, Information Transparency and Strengthening the Constitution.
He is currently the Vice President (Regions and Chapters) of Electron Devices Society and served in the past as an Elected Member of Board of Governors.
Under the Technical Activities (TA) umbrella, he currently serves on the IEEE Conferences Committee.
His past service includes terms on the Technology Roadmaps Steering Committee. He was the Organizing Chair of the just-concluded Computer Society Tech Forum on Digital Platforms and Societal Harms. Other service includes MGA Board and its various Committees.