The biographies and position statements for the 2015 IEEE Secretary are listed below.
John Barr received a BSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1971, a MSEE in 1974 from Stanford University and a MS in Engineering Management in 1982, from Stanford. He retired after 37 years from Agilent Technologies / Hewlett Packard in 2008. He served in various engineering R&D roles, including as the R&D Manager/Director for Agilent’s Wireless Semiconductor Test Solutions. Prior to retiring served as Agilent’s EEsof Product Marketing Manager for RFIC EDA. John’s technical activities started with the development and design of RF and Microwave component measurement systems, including design of RF downconvertors, IF detectors and the automation of these systems. This work in conventional and six-port network analyzers led to five patents and ten published papers covering vector error correction, time domain conversion and multi-parameter measurement systems. This evolved into a concentration in the development of high throughput manufacturing semiconductor test systems for RFICs and wireless communications ICs.
Activities | Committees/Boards:
- IEEE Board of Directions 2013-14
- IEEE Treasurer 2013-14
- IEEE FinCom 2007-2014
- IEEE FinCom AdHoc Chair on Reserves Policy 2008
- IEEE FinCom AdHoc Chair on Modifying Infrastructure Algorithms 2011-2012
- IEEE Investment Committee 2010-2014
- IEEE Insurance Committee 2013-2014
- IEEE Ideation Committee 2013-2014
- IEEE Adhoc Committee on Infrastructure Strategy and Growth 2014
- IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) member 2002, 2005-2006, 2009-2012
- TAB Treasurer 2009-2012
- TAB FinCom 2005-2014
- TAB FinCom Adhoc Committee on Infrastructure Reorganization 2006
- TAB Management Committee 2005, 2009-2012
- IEEE TAB/PSPB Products & Services, member 2002-'06, Chair 2005-'06
- Periodical Packages Committee, member 2001-'04, Chair 2002-'04
- IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) member 2005-2008
- PSPB Finance Chair 2007-2008
- PSPB Vice-Chair 2006
- PSPB Strategic Planning Committee 2005-2008
- IEEE BoD AdHoc on Finance and Inequities Issues 2009
- IEEE New Initiatives Committee 2008
- IEEE Marketing & Sales Committee 2006
- IEEE BoD AdHoc on Large/Small Societies Issues 2006
Activities | Sections/Chapters:
Redwood Empire IEEE Subsection / Co-Founder (1982), Chair (1984), Program Chair (1985-86) Sections Congress 2011, "MGA and TA Conference Best Practices" Breakout Session organizer
Activities | Student Branches:
Georgia Tech Student Chapter, Vice-Chair 1970/71
Activities | Societies:
- Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Administrative Committee member 1994-2005
- MTT-S President 2002, Vice President 2001, Treasurer 1998 - 2000
- Numerous MTT-S committee chair roles
- Membership Development (1992-'93)
- Membership Services ('94-'95)
- Operations (1996-'97)
- Long Range Planning (2004)
- Conferences (2008)
- Memorials (2014)
- T-MTT & L-MWC Reviewer 1986 - Present
- Member of Instrumentation and Measurement Society and Society on Social Implications of Technology
Activities | Conferences:
- IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2006 General Chair
- IEEE MTT-S Radio & Wireless Week (RWW) 2012 General Chair
- IEEE MTT-S RWW2011 TPC ChairIEEE MTT-S IMS
- 1996 Steering Committee -- Publicity Chair
- IEEE MTT-S IMS TPC (Microwave Measurements) 1990-2001, 2008- 2011
- IEEE MTT-S IMS Technical Session Chair - 1991, '94, '96, '99, '01, '09, '12, '13
Activities | Other:
Elected a Fellow of the IEEE, 2002, "For contributions and leadership in RF & microwave component measurements & instrumentation for design and manufacturing."IEEE-Stds-378 Scattering Coefficient Measurements member 1988 - 1992IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award Committee in Instrumentation & Measurement, IEEE Technical Field Award - member 2005-2008NEMI (non-IEEE) Roadmap Team, Member RF Components TWG 1998-2008Automatic RF Techniques Group (non-IEEE), EXCOM member 1984 - 1996, President 1987-89
- As TAB Periodicals Packages Committee Chair led & championed the development and adoption (nearly unanimous vote by TAB) for a modern, performance related revenue distribution algorithm. Served as model for the later modification of Conference Pub revenue distribution algorithm.
- As sole volunteer participant working closely with staff, chaired and led the development of a data driven IEEE Reserves Policy adopted by the IEEE BoD in 2008. For the first time the IEEE has a Reserves Policy based on need versus an arbitrary number.
- As TAB/PSPB Products & Services Chair oversaw the broadening of Package Products to increase use (plus sunsetting some products no longer useful) and improving accessibility to a far larger group of users (including access for those in under-developed nations).
- As PSPB Finance Chair, championed the creation of a permanent funding mechanism for Xplore investments. Allowing the enhancing of services and increasing the value to the user community. This created a reliable funding mechanism (versus short-term NIC funding) for investing in the IEEE’s largest revenue source.
- Lead the effort in IEEE FinCom to revamp the IEEE’s Infrastructure Funding Algorithm. This has involved understanding infrastructure funding impacts on all OUs and working with staff to properly scope those impacts and to avoid unintended consequences.
- General Chair for the highly successful IEEE MTT-S IMS2006 conference. Led a large volunteer steering committee (60+), over 11,000 attendees, 1,000+ technical presentations and 900+ 10x10 exhibition booths and returned $1M surplus (2x budgeted surplus).
As a BoD member for the past two years, I am familiar with BoD operations and recent issues. I have held roles at the Institute level with multiple OUs, at the Society level and on multiple conference steering committees. This has led to a broad and deep understanding of the workings of the IEEE, its departments, its OUs and volunteer / member activities.In these activities, I have held many roles and led / chaired / presided over many committees / meetings. I have developed a reputation as a fair, objective individual with good communications skills who is willing to listen to and to work with those of different points of view. My personal style is to reach out, understand the issue & points of view and find common ground to resolve issues. Part of my track record has been getting things accomplished even in controversial areas – such as financial / distribution issues. Also in those roles, I believe I have shown an ability to understand large, complex issues and an ability to guide others through a discussion of those issues. As a result of those roles, I have developed an in depth knowledge of the IEEE governance and serve as Parliamentarian for my society. Governance of the IEEE is complex but there is certainty room of improving the transparency and perhaps a reduction the complexity.I believe I have the personal skills and knowledge of the workings of the IEEE needed of a senior IEEE leader to work with the BoD, volunteers & staff to help create an ever growing and better IEEE.
The first role of the Secretary is to be an informed, involved director – which I believe I have already demonstrated in the past two years.More specifically the Secretary assists in the orderly operations of BoD meetings and assists President with meeting protocol. This has been recently handled well and I would endeavor to continue that. I would make a further effort to get meeting materials out sooner to enable the other directors to properly prepare themselves. There is much preventing this but it will be key to continue to focus on this.The Secretary is Chair of the Governance Committee, an important committee of the BoD. Recent work on the Constitution / By-Laws should result in minimal near-term efforts for those documents but there will be ongoing activities in our other governing documents. Governance Committee should be striving for consistency, transparency, best practices, legal compliancy, but without being heavy handed. If adopted, the documentation confidentiality / classification proposal will bring some new challenges in governance and recording keeping.Another responsibility of the Secretary is to have general supervision of the keeping of records of meetings, activities, membership and any other records required by law. The staff handles much of this but as I have in other areas, I will work to improve the usefulness and transparency of our record keeping and reporting.
Parviz Famouri is Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Graduate Studies in the Lane Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University (WVU), WV, USA. He received the B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Kentucky State University, 1981, and the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Kentucky, KY, USA, in 1982, 1986, 1990, respectively, and he worked at Emerson Motor Company (St. Louis) as an Engineering Scientist in 1994. He has authored over 200 publications including the book Reduced Order Systems (Springer). Dr. Famouri has acquired over US$6.7M in external funding from NSF, DARPA, Army Research Office, Department of Energy (DoE), NASA, and electric utilities. He was elected as WVU Faculty Senate Chair. He led 2500 faculty members and served in numerous task forces such as University Strategic Planning and Assessment. He co-owned two businesses and was the President of North Morgantown Rotary International Club.
Activities | Committees/Boards:
IEEE Board of Directors 2013-2014; MGA Board of Directors 2013-2014; IEEE-USA Board of Directors 2013-2014; IEEE Board of Directors Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics and Compliance Program Management 2013-present; Member, MGA Strategic Direction & Environmental Assessment Committee 2012; Member, IEEE Conferences Committee 2011-2012; Chair, MGA Ad Hoc Conferences Committee 2012; Member, MGA Strategic Direction and Environmental Assessment Committee 2011-2012; Chair, Industry Relationship Group, Membership Workshop 2004; Regional Activities Board (RAB) Vice Chair, RAB/TAB Section Chapter Support Committee, 2004-05; RAB/TAB Section Chapter Support Committee, Past Chair, 2006-2007; Member, RAB Membership Development Committee 2005; Member RAB Operating Committee 2004-05; RAB Industry Relation Committee, Member, 2004; Member, RAB GOLD Committee 2004-05; Member, RAB Finance Committee 2004-05; Member, RAB Student Activities Committee 1999-2000.
Activities | Regions:
Region 2: Region 2 Director, 2013-2014; Region 2 Director-Elect and Vice Chair, 2011-2012; Region 2 MGA Coordinator, 2009-10; Sections Congress Coordinator, 2007; Region 2 Secretary, 2005; Region 2 IEEE-USA Professional Activities Committees for Engineers (PACE) Coordinator, 2001-04; Member, IEEE-USA PACE Committee 2001-04; Region 2 Student Activities Chair, 1998-2000.
Activities | Sections/Chapters:
Pittsburgh Section: Student Activities, 1999-2000; Section Chair, 1997-98; Section Vice Chair, 1996-97; Section Secretary, 1995-96; Section Treasurer, 1994-95. Upper Monongahela Subsection: Chair, 1993-94; Vice Chair, 1992-93; Treasurer, 1991-92; Professional Activities Committee, Member, 1993-94; Delegate-at-Large, 1990-91.
Activities | Student Branches:
IEEE Region 2 Student Activities Conference, organizing committee, 2012; Chair, IEEE Region 2 Student Activities Conference, 1998.
Activities | Societies:
Vice President Technical Activities, IEEE Nanotechnology Council, 2010-2011; Chapter Coordinator, IEEE Nanotechnology Council, 2008-2009, 2012-2013; Member, IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS): IA-Education Department, Asynchronous Education Committee, 2004-10; Member, IEEE-IAS Industrial Drives Committee; IEEE-IAS Electric Machines Committee Member; SAC AT&T Labs Student Enterprise Award Judging Committee Member, 1999-2000; IAS Member, 1993-95. COUNCILS: Regional/Interest Groups (including Chapters), 2007-10. IEEE Neural Networks Council, Member, 1993-95.
Activities | Conferences:
Conference Co-chair, IEEE NANO 2014 (Toronto, Canada); Program Committee Co-chair IEEE NANO 2013 (Beijing, China); Program Committee Chair IEEE NANO 2012 (Birmingham, UK); Program Committee Co-chair IEEE NANO 2011 (Portland, OR, USA); Workshop Chair, IEEE Region 2 PACE Workshop 2003, Alexandria, VA, USA.
Throughout my time in IEEE, I have had the opportunity to lead, organize, and work to ensure proper governance for IEEE at various organizational units. As the Regional Activities Board (then RAB) Vice Chair for Section/Chapter Support, I led the effort for IEEE Councils to be allowed to establish technical chapters similar to those of Technical Societies. I further coordinated the efforts of many committees to organize a successful 2006 Section Congress in Tampa, FL, USA. In this position, I also co-led (with Ralph Wyndrum) the development of the revised Distinguished Lecturer Program. This revision built further camaraderie among DLs and local chapters, especially those in less attractive geographical locations. As IEEE Region 2 Director-Elect, with overgrowing Student Activities Committee (SAC) conference budget which was consuming a major part of the Region’s budget, I appointed an ad hoc committee to examine the budget and recommend actions to remedy the overgrowing budget, yet not to reduce the number of student participation. As the result, with SAC consultation I implemented a series of actions ranging from fundraising, charging student attendees a modest amount of registration fee, as well as guiding and monitoring student expenditure activities. The 2013 actual SAC conference expenditure was favorable and within the budgeted amount. As the IEEE Region 2 Director, I established the Regional Outstanding Meeting Program (ROMP). This program is giving Region 2’s Sections and Chapters access to the top and proven vibrant speakers from industry, academics, and government within the Region. As the Chair of MGA Ad Hoc Committee on conferences we managed to categorize all various IEEE meetings so that the $25k conference rule would be easier to interpret by the staff at Conference Business Services. As the NTC Vice President for Technical Activities, I integrated and aligned the existing NTC Program Committees with the conferences’ program committees. As the Chair of the Pittsburgh Section, I revitalized the Section by building robust and sustainable meeting programs. I established new Chapters, created joint Chapters from inactive Chapters, leveraged university campuses for Section meetings, and organized industry panel sessions at universities where students benefited from industry/practitioner interactions. These initiatives resulted in a considerable increase in attendance at Executive Committee and technical meetings. As the Region 2 Student Activities Chair (SAC), for the first time in Region 2 history, I established and organized the Region 2 Hardware Contest. This initiative is currently going strong after 16 years and has grown to be a major student conference within the Mid-Atlantic Region with 200-300 student attendees annually. As the Region 2 IEEE-USA Professional Activities Committees for Engineers (PACE) Coordinator, I organized PACE training workshops for the Region 2 Section PACE leaders and established a funding mechanism so 100% of reporting was achieved. As the Nanotechnology Council Chapter coordinator, I had the opportunity to lead a world-wide effort to establish its first ten technical chapters by personal contact and follow ups. As Region 2 Director, last year I initiated discussions on Region 2 bylaws change and a new R2 bylaws will be on MGA agenda this November.
My involvement with various leadership and management positions at my businesses, my job, and as an IEEE volunteer have given me the necessary experience for the position of IEEE Secretary. I have worked at West Virginia University (WVU) for past 24 years. WVU, one of only eleven institutions of this kind in the US, is a comprehensive land-grant university including professional schools (such as Medical and Law) and US$2.2B annual budget. Some of my experience includes the development of WVU 2010 Plan that was successful and met the main Plan’s goal of increasing the student body to 30,000, serving as WVU Senate leader during the implementation of the plan, administrating over US$30M of research expenditure which met all the regulatory compliance on periodic audits, E-learning task force to plan how technology will change the future of classroom education, and cross pollination of various departments, and increasing institutional diversity and the effects of legislative bills on the institution. This experience highlights my ability to meet and utilize protocol as well as plans to be efficient, organized, and sustainable for the long-term. I was part of WVU Program Review Council in charge of periodic review of all academic programs in four regional campuses on the behalf of WVU Board of Governors. We reviewed programs based on various criteria and terminated them when they weren’t meeting their objectives or designated them as excellent where they exceed expectations and objectives. One notable activity relevant to this position is that I was a key player in the merger between electrical engineering with computer science departments. I architected and established the framework document for the merger. I was the only faculty member that was selected to serve in all task forces, reorganization committees, etc., from the beginning to the end of the merger process. Computer science was housed in College of Art & Sciences (a liberal art school) in downtown campus whereas electrical engineering was in College of Engineering (a technical school) in Evansdale campus. The culture and background of these departments were vastly different. My ability to listen, cooperate, compromise, reach across the aisle, build trust, and convince players involved that this is in the best and long term interests of the institution made the transition possible. From IEEE volunteer perspective, I participated in RAB Strategic Planning Committee (2005) and assessed how strategic planning was conducted in the past. Moreover, recently I was part of the MGA Strategic Direction and Environmental Assessment Committee (2011) as the Japan strategy was being developed. The experiences gained highlight my exposure to all 10 IEEE Regions of the world have equipped me to contribute to the position of Secretary, have given me the ability to think out of the box, and be an agent to create a forward looking environment. I will utilize these experiences when guiding IEEE in good Governance practices and all activities of the Secretary.
The position of IEEE Secretary and Chair of the IEEE Governance Committee requires organization, experience, leadership, consensus-building, and attention to detail. I will utilize these characteristics if elected to the position. As Chairman of the Governance Committee, I will ensure that the Committee operates as smoothly as possible. We will tackle all challenges and ensure that any decisions made by the Committee are completed in a timely fashion and implemented prudently. We will also make sure that all procedures, documents, and bylaws of IEEE are followed, be up-to-dated, streamlined, and operate at maximum efficiency. My goal is to elevate the Governance Committee and all of IEEE to be transparent and open to progress. I will ensure that we would be forward-looking and progressive rather than stagnant and reactionary. IEEE needs to strike a balance between Board priorities and major initiatives with the day-to-day activities of the Governance Committee. The current Governance Committee has done an excellent job in updating the IEEE Constitution to a streamlined and concise document. We need to continue this effort and implement these principles throughout the IEEE at every OU level. IEEE must be nimble and agile in this digital world. From our publishing and conferences to geographic meetings, we need to be at the forefront of digital technology and make changes to our governance promptly and prudently toward these goals. The Board is facing numerous challenges that must be transformed to opportunities. Our conferences are doing well, we need to be at the leading-edge of conference delivery business and foresee, develop and plan the next generation of meetings and conference activities. Our digital publishing must be at the forefront of the industry standard. We need to ensure Open Access will be an option and continuously scan the landscape in publishing while adjusting when needed. IEEE needs to adjust, adapt, amend, and modify the way we conduct IEEE business in this rapidly changing world so that the OUs' decisions, especially the ones from the Board, are executed in a timely and efficient manner. IEEE needs to eliminate redundancies, inefficiencies, wastefulness in its operation and especially in committees. We need to eliminate unsuccessful endeavors and initiatives yet to promote efficient working committees and be an advocate of successful initiatives. I have volunteered throughout many different facets of IEEE, giving me the experience necessary to identify, encourage, nominate, and mentor candidates for higher volunteer positions. I will continue to foster volunteer leadership within IEEE. IEEE is a unique organization technically and geographically. Our geographic structure has tremendous potential that creates a fantastic opportunity to expand our global membership presence, reach further, and enhance IEEE worldwide. We need to act, care, and be thoughtful of the future of IEEE. We are the steward of this great organization and ultimately it is our fiduciary obligation to our volunteers, members, and the world to ensure IEEE is thriving organization.
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A native of Philadelphia, PA, USA, Bill is a Systems Engineer and Program Manager with over 35 years experience in the electronics, systems, communications, and test engineering fields. He is responsible for program planning, organizing, development, and execution of many high quality engineering design and development projects as well as operational test and evaluation efforts. Bill attended Drexel University, earning a BSEE degree. His graduate work focused on systems engineering. Across his career, Bill has held increasingly responsible positions with several engineering firms, and more recently the United States Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Dahlgren, VA, USA, with responsibilities leading projects for Department of Defense, FAA, and DHS customers. Projects have focused on development and implementation of security system architectures, US Navy shipboard, weapons, and avionics systems, and C4I laboratory integration activities. He is currently the Strike Weapons Systems Infrastructure Branch Manager at NSWC, Dahlgren, VA, USA.
Activities | Committees/Boards:
IEEE Board of Directors, 2009-10; IEEE USA Board of Directors 2009-10, 2013; MGA Board of Directors 2009-10; Member, IEEE Governance Committee, 2012-14; Member, AESS Board of Governors, 2014-16; Member, IEEE Audit Committee 2010; Member Transformation Ad Hoc Committee 2009-10; Member, Humanitarian Ad Hoc Committee 2009-11; Co-Chair, Humanitarian Ad Hoc Committee, 2010; MGA Liaison to Standards Association, 2011; Member MGA OpCom Committee 2010; Member, IEEE Conferences Committee 2008; Member, ITSC Eworking Subcommittee, 2008; Chair, RAB Electronic Communications Subcommittee, 2007; IEEE USA Critical Infrastructure Committee, 2007; RAB Rejuvenation Committee, 2007; EAB Nominations and Appointments Committee, 2007; RAB Transformation Subcommittee, 2007; RAB Liaison to Standards Association, 2005-06; IEEE-USA PACE Committee, Region 2 Representative, 2005-06; RAB Membership Task Force Subcommittee, Member – Industry Relations, 2005; RAB Membership Development Committee, Region 2 Representative, 2003-04; RAB Industry Relations Committee, Member, 2002-04.
Activities | Regions:
Region 2: Past Director, 2011-12; N&A Chair, 2012; Technical Policy Chair, 2011-12; Director/Delegate, 2009-10; Chair, 2009-10; Director Elect/Delegate Elect, 2007-08; Vice Chair 2007-08; Professional Activities Coordinator, 2005-06; Membership Development Chair, 2003-04; Industry Relations Chair, 2001-02.
Activities | Sections/Chapters:
Southern New Jersey Section: Executive Committee Member, 2001-06; Section Chair, 1998-2000; PACE Chair, 2000; Treasurer, 1997-98; Newsletter Editor, 1997-2000. Southern New Jersey Chapter, Computer Society, Chapter Chair, 2000-01.
Activities | Societies:
Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS): Systems Magazine Editorial Board, 2011-14; Member, AESS Board of Governors, 2014-16.
Activities | Conferences:
IEEE-USA Leadership Workshop, Tucson, AZ, Region 2 Coordinator, 2005; IEEE-USA Leadership Workshop, St. Louis, MO, Region 2 Coordinator, 2006, Session Chair, IEEE USA RFID Conference, Grapevine, TX, 2007. Region 2 WIE Conference, Co-Chair/Director-Elect 2008; Region 2 Student Activities Conferences, Judge and Region Director/Advisor 2006-10; Sections Congress Delegate, Speaker, Region Coordinator 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008.
- Member of the IEEE Board of Directors and an active participant in the 2009-10 Transformation Ad Hoc Committee, worked on the restructuring of the IEEE Board to reflect a more strategic Board, leaving the tactical implementation efforts to the organizational units (OUs).
- As Co-Chair of the Humanitarian Ad Hoc Committee, I was one of the founding signatories in the Engineering for Change, LLC, partnership between IEEE and ASME.
- Re-organized the structure of the Region 2 Executive/Operations Committee to better mirror and develop parallel activities for the various IEEE OUs that the Region is responsible to support to its members in the Sections. This includes MGA, IEEE-USA, and EAB.
- As Regional Activities Board (RAB), and later MGA, Liaison to the Standards Association, opened up communications to bring information and activity of the standards work to the general membership through the Regions and ultimately to the Sections/Chapters.
- Has been active in the IEEE Governance Committee for 3 years, focusing on analysis and recommended changes and updates to the IEEE Constitution and By-Laws. Also responsible for initial set up and assessment of GovCom approach to performing Standing Committee reviews (process and implementation), providing efficient committee reviews and assessments to the IEEE BOD.
I have served IEEE as a proactive Member of its Board of Directors (BOD) (Region 2 Director). In 2013, I served as Secretary-Treasurer for IEEE USA. I currently serve the Aerospace Electronic Systems Society (AESS) as a Member of its Board of Governors, as well as Administrative Editor for the AESS Systems Magazine. I have also been an active Member of the Governance Committee for the past three years. The variety of issues that we have had to deal with, combined with my MGA, TAB, IEEE USA and BOD experience put me in a unique position to effectively lead the Governance Committee. The position of IEEE Secretary has two primary roles and both are founded in leadership abilities that I possess as a direct result of both my IEEE and professional careers. One is to function as IEEE BOD Secretary, providing strong leadership in supporting the efficient preparation and conduct of BOD meetings, coordinating the preparation and availability of agendas, pertinent data, and other information critical to the success of the principle IEEE governing body. The second is to Chair and provide leadership to the IEEE Governance Committee, coordinating its assigned duties and objectives in both strategic and tactical manners to meet the various needs of IEEE and its leadership. My overall leadership experience, in both IEEE at the Society, Section, Region, and Board levels as well as in public and private industry environments, qualifies me on several levels to step up and assume the position of IEEE Secretary. Since I have been an active volunteer with IEEE on every level, I have found that my responsibilities with my employers and position in industry have been closely related to the types of positions I have held with increasing importance in IEEE. This has helped me both with my job, and my positions within IEEE. Presently, in both my position with the US Navy and as an active volunteer within IEEE at its highest level, I have been working in very specific and successful ways to address strategic, management, and governance issues and approaches in both organizations.Throughout my career I have always been a solid, respected leader, instrumental in cultivating effective alliances, partnerships, and strategies for business development and especially technology analysis for both near-term applications as well as long-term maturity and implications. I have often been placed in positions of responsibility and leadership, requiring a distinct and effective capability to communicate with management, colleagues, and sponsors in order to reach achievable consensus. My time on the BOD, my direct leadership experience at the highest levels of both an IEEE Society as well as a Region, and my current membership on the Governance Committee add to my experience and will help me continue to contribute to the needs of this Committee as its Chair and Secretary in my ongoing efforts to help the IEEE BOD be more effective and efficient in serving its membership.
To be successful, it is imperative that the IEEE Board of Directors (BOD) develop efficient approaches to the execution, governance, and integration of its planned and developed initiatives within the organization. As IEEE Secretary, I would assume the responsibility of providing proper leadership, in collaboration with the President and each/all members of the Board, to see these initiatives through to effective completion. I would use my position to ensure the processes and procedures of each are followed, optimized, and properly implemented. As IEEE Secretary, I would also continue to lead the ongoing review and overall assessment of our Constitution and Bylaws from the perspective of how we best relate to our evolving membership base,which is changing and growing in several ways, including demographics and social and technical focus. Much of this is about the growing global nature of society, and how that is reflected in our universal membership. I have a strong working relationship with many members of the Board of Directors, including those who will be on the Board in 2015, the 2015 IEEE President, many members of the OUs, as well as the IEEE Executive Director, Management Council members and the Governance Committee staff. This will be instrumental in working cohesively and bringing together those of differing views. My ability to build coalitions and network has always been at the core of my professional experience. A major part of this is my ability to develop and forge consensus on issues and solutions. I have been directly responsible for coordinating my various technical and programmatic tasks with various outside organizations, many times in international situations. I have always been able to lead teams and foster open communications for the exchange of ideas in a plethora of diverse programs and initiatives. I have a proven ability to consider and understand both internal and external inputs on a given issue, tie the various thoughts together, and develop a comprehensive, collaborative, and sometimes correlated approach to a solution/idea that all interested parties can support. As IEEE Secretary, I will be the Chair of the Governance Committee, upon which I presently serve. My three years of direct experience on this Committee has given me the perspective of governance and legal direction of the whole IEEE organization. I would work to see this committee become more robust and pro-active in its efforts to improve the efficiencies of the Board structure and operations, either within its present architecture, or through any kind of strategic organizational changes. As changes to the organization happen, large or small, training and development of the next generation of IEEE leadership (on all levels) will be critical and hence key to IEEE’s long-term success. I believe I can lead the Governance Committee in its efforts to assist the Board and implement training and development programs and efficiencies for IEEE.
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