The biography and position statement of the 2017 IEEE Secretary candidates are listed below.
Peter Eckstein received the B.S. degree in Electrical Technology from the New York Institute of Technology in 1967. He received an M.S. in Applied Physics from Adelphi University in 1971 and an M.S. in Management Engineering in 1974.
Eckstein is retired from Northrop Grumman Corp. He held engineering managerial positions responsible for the design and development of support equipment for Navy electronic warfare systems.
Eckstein is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Suffolk County Community College, where he teaches calculus and algebra based physics, at Queensborough Community College, where he teaches physics and astronomy, and at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where he teaches physics and engineering.
Eckstein has served on the Board of Directors of the parent body, the Board of Directors of both IEEE-USA, and IEEE Membership and Geographic Activities. He has served as Vice-President for Government Relation of IEEE-USA and is presently President of IEEE-USA.
Within Region 1 I have held chaired the Audit, N & A, and Budget Committees. I was Region Secretary for 12 years, and most importantly Region Director. During my tenure as a Region officer, I was responsible for the structuring and logistics of two full Board of Governors (BoG) and two ExCom meetings per year. One of the yearly BoG meetings was a training meeting for Section officers. At these meetings, five to seven officers from each of the twenty-two Sections would be invited.
Why should we select you to serve in this position?:
I have been a member of the Board of Directors for three years, two as a Region Director, and presently as IEEE-USA President. However, I have also attended Board meetings as an elect, for a total of the past nine years. This has given me a deep understanding of Board functioning and its governance.
I was Secretary of Region 1 from 1998 to 2007, when I was elected to the IEEE-USA Board of Directors as Vice President. As Region Secretary, I was responsible for assisting in meeting agenda generation, maintenance and revision of the Region governing documents, and maintenance of all Region records and correspondence. This extensive experience will serve as the foundation for these same responsibilities as IEEE Secretary.
Most importantly, the Secretary serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. As we move forward to 2030, our Constitution, Bylaws, and Policy documents will require further revisions and modifications. For more than nine years in my management position in industry, I was the lead technical writer for proposals for U.S Navy contracts, some in excess of U.S. $200 million. Because of that experience I am acutely aware that our governing documents must be unambiguous, not open to interpretation. My skill in developing unambiguous proposals is crucial to assuring that documents as critical to IEEE operations as our Bylaws and Policies will continue to be clear concise and unambiguous.
As the 2030 Committee continues to define the future state of our governance structure to transform the IEEE into a more nimble and proactive organization, the work of the Governance Committee plays a vital role in codifying the changes. I believe it is critically important that the Secretary, in his/her role as Chair of that committee, have the experience necessary to guide in the creation and/or modification of our Constitution, Bylaws and Policies to clearly define our new structure and enable a smooth transition into that structure.
In the U.S. defense industry, a winning proposal becomes a part of the awarded contract. You are expected to perform not to what you intended the proposal to mean, but to what you actually wrote. The writing of unambiguous proposals is critical to surviving in the industry. As the lead writer for more than nine years for proposals for U.S. Navy contracts I have the skills necessary for the creation of unambiguous documentation. I will bring these same skills and experience to the position of Secretary to ensure the generation of governance documents that are clear, concise, and not open to misinterpretation.
James W. Moore is a 40-year veteran of software engineering in IBM and the MITRE Corporation; and a Fellow-Member of the IEEE. His work focuses on the codification of practices for software engineering, leading to its recognition as a legitimate engineering discipline. Aside from volunteer activities in IEEE (detailed below), he has served as the Chair of the ACM Technical Standards Committee, as a member of the Editorial Board of the 2002 Encyclopedia of Software Engineering, and as a member of a Federal Advisory Board for information technology. He holds two US patents and, in the days before software patents, two "defensive publications". He graduated from UNC with a BS in Mathematics, and Syracuse with an MS in Systems and Information Science. Moore served in various management and senior staff positions at IBM and MITRE, including positions responsible for allocating scarce technology development funds to the development of emerging technologies.
I served as the CS Vice-President responsible for its then-new Electronic Products and Services Committee, including the young Computer Society Digital Library, e-learning products, and the Computer Society’s web site. This committee made the first policies and took the initial steps in the re-invention of the Computer Society’s web site as the foundation for the delivery of Computer Society products.
I served the CS as Treasurer, Vice President of Standards Activities, and VP of Professional Activities, as well as a member of its Board of Governors.
In addition, I have worked in IEEE-Standards Association since 1985, chairing numerous working groups, serving as chair of their Review Committee, and serving as a member of the Standards Board.
Why should we select you to serve in this position?:
I've been a leader in numerous deliberative bodies in civic organizations and professional societies all the way back to high school. I'm an expert in parliamentary procedure, including service as parliamentarian (an unofficial position) for the seven presidents of the Computer Society. I currently serve as parliamentarian for TAB. I've taught courses in parliamentary procedure in various places, including a New York medium-security prison!
I am the principal drafter of a recently accepted proposal that thoroughly revised the IEEE’s policies and guidance for the disclosure of confidential information. The new policy and guidance place significant responsibilities on the Governance Committee.
I currently serve as the chair of the ad hoc sub-committee of Governance responsible for implementing the information disclosure policy, including the provisions for confidentiality.
The position of Secretary requires both administrative ability and leadership.
Administrative Ability: In some sense, the Secretary serves as the "chief-of-staff" for the Board of Directors. The duty of Governance is to ensure that items of business are placed before the President and the Board in a complete and consistent manner that permits the Board to focus upon the content of the matter rather than its presentation. Governance also has the responsibility to ensure that the democratic principles of the organization are observed in its decision-making, by ensuring that relevant governance provisions are up-to-date, appropriate, and applied to matters at hand.
Leadership: These are times of change. The new policy and guidance on Information Disclosure is an opportunity to better communicate
IEEE's goals and plans to all of its membership, and to ensure that volunteers with relevant experience and information can contribute to decision-making. Furthermore, plans underway to reorganize IEEE governance will place heavy and important requirements on the governance committee to restructure the bureaucracy of governance to support any new organization.
I'm prepared to carry out these dual areas of responsibility in a manner that is both efficient and fair.
I received my B.A. from Dartmouth College, graduating Magna Cum Laude with Highest Distinction in Physics, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. Since then I have worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where I am a Senior Staff Scientist (the equivalent of Full Professor). My career has centered on imaging ionizing radiation, including nuclear medical imaging (especially Positron Emission Tomography or PET), homeland security, subatomic particle physics, and environmental remediation.
I have led research groups for almost 20 years, been principal investigator on 40 competitive research grants, advised 18 graduate students, and head the Structural Biology and Imaging Department, which has 135 employees, students, and affiliates. I have over 220 peer-reviewed publications, over 110 invited presentations, and have served on advisory boards for the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Energy, homeland security agencies, and several major universities.
Member of Oakland / Easy Bay Chapter of the Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society.
Why should we select you to serve in this position?:
My personality and background experience are ideal for this position. I am a good listener, a rational thinker, a plain talker, and I’m willing to change my mind in response to a good argument. I’m very organized, consistently meet my deadlines, and pay attention to detail, yet I tend to focus on the “big picture.” I have attended every Board meeting for the past six years (the past two years as a member of the BoD and the previous four years as Conferences Committee Chair), and so understand the BoD’s perspective and personality. I come from TAB, but I think of things from the IEEE perspective. One of the Secretary’s important duties is to Chair the Governance Committee, and should changes suggested by IEEEin2030 be endorsed by the BoD, Governance will have the VERY major task of drafting Bylaw revisions that accurately reflect these changes. As I have served on IEEEin2030 since its inception, I am well-positioned to lead this effort. But most importantly, I am a doer and will energetically “do” the job of the IEEE Secretary.
I’m not sure that the IEEE Secretary should have a position statement. In my mind, this position is essentially to serve the BoD, and so should reflect the will of the body rather than the will of the Secretary. Thus, one of the main things that I will work on is to ensure that there is sufficient communication among BoD members to ensure that consensus is reached. I am a strong believer in continuous process improvement, and so would intend to try to make our meetings run more smoothly. One experiment that I would advocate is the timetable and format for the BoD agenda – I would advocate that a preliminary agenda, with order of discussion and estimated time for each item, be publicly accessible two weeks prior to the start of the BoD series.
Bill is a Systems Engineer, Line Manager, and Program Manager with over 32 years experience in the electronics, systems, communications, and test engineering fields. He is currently employed with United States Navy in Dahlgren, Virginia, where he is the Strike Weapons Systems Engineering Chief of Operations. He is responsible for program planning, organizing, development, and execution of many high quality engineering design and development projects as well as strategic planning and contract management. Bill attended Drexel University, earning a BSEE degree. His graduate work focused on systems engineering. Throughout his career, Bill has held increasingly responsible positions with several engineering firms, leading projects for the Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) customers. Projects have focused on development and implementation of security system architectures, US Navy shipboard, weapons, and avionics systems, and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information (C4I) laboratory integration activities.
(S’80-M’81-SM’03) IEEE Board of Directors, 2009-10; IEEE- USA Board of Directors 2009-10 & 2013; IEEE USA Secretary-Treasurer 2013; MGA Board of Directors 2009-10; Member, IEEE Governance Committee, 2012-13; Member IEEE Finance Committee 2013; 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 of the AESS Board of Governors - 2014-2019; Administrative Editor & Member of AESS Publications Editorial Board 2011-Present; As Administrative Editor for the AESS publications of Systems Magazine and Transactions of the AESS, responsible for many editorial and publishing tasks in support of the AESS Editorial Board, including development of updated approach to the magazine development and production, working as Associate Editor on various special issues, and 3 of 3 restructuring the vendor contracts to provide for a more cost-effective, integrated approach to the managing editing and production of these two important IEEE technical journals, resulting in improved products along with a significant reduction in expenses/costs.
Why should we select you to serve in this position?:
I have served IEEE as a proactive Member of its Board of Directors (Region 2 Director). I served as Secretary-Treasurer for IEEE USA. I currently serve the Aerospace Electronic Systems Society as a Member of its Board of Governors. I have also been an active Member of the Governance Committee for three years. This extensive experience has 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 – to function as the IEEE Secretary, providing technical and governing leadership to the BOD, and to Chair the Governance Committee, providing strategic and tactical leadership for all of the issues that the committee deals with. My overall leadership experience, in both IEEE and in public and private industry environments, qualifies me on several levels to step up and assume this position. I have often been placed in positions of responsibility and leadership, requiring a capability to communicate with all stakeholders 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 significant experience on the Governance Committee will allow me to contribute to the needs of this Committee as its Chair and Secretary in order to help the IEEE BOD be more effective and efficient in serving its membership.
It is imperative that the IEEE BoD develop efficient approaches to the communication, governance, and integration of its planned and developed initiatives within the organization. As IEEE Secretary, I would assume the responsibility of providing leadership, in collaboration with the President and each/all members of the Board, to see these initiatives through to successful completion, and to ensure that processes and procedures are followed, communicated, optimized, and properly implemented. As IEEE Secretary, I will also continue to lead the ongoing review and assessment of our Constitution and Bylaws from the perspective of how we best relate to and serve our evolving membership base, with its changing demographics and social and technical interests. I will work cohesively with all members of the BOD and OU leaders, bringing together those of differing views, building coalitions, and forging consensus on issues to create positive solutions. My overall IEEE leadership experience and my three years of participation as an active member on this Committee has given me a unique perspective of the IEEE as a whole. Working with committee members and staff, I would endeavor to focus GovCom’s efforts to assist the Board on strategies for organizational efficiencies and training and development of the next generation of IEEE Board leadership, keys to IEEE’s long-term success. Through effective communications, solid leadership, and integrity, I look forward to helping the Governance Committee, the BoD, and IEEE address all of the important challenges that it faces heading into 2017.