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). 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 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$10M 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 Secretary 2015; IEEE Board of Directors Ad Hoc Committee on IEEE in 2030 2015-present; IEEE Board of Directors Ad Hoc Committee on Roles and Responsibilities 2015-present;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 2013-2014; 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:
SECTION: 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 Conferences, IEEE Nanotechnology Council, 2015-2016; 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, CA); 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); Workshop Chair, IEEE Region 2 PACE Workshop 2003, Alexandria, VA.
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 IEEE Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee, I established the ad hoc Committee on Information Disclosure, made up of key volunteers and staff to finalize last year’s efforts and address all issues of concern prudently. I highly appreciate the ad hocs efforts and IEEE now has guidelines to classify documents at different levels of confidentiality.Working with staff, I have concentrated on Board of Director’s requests; we have changed some mechanisms of the Board’s operation; have improved our document posting procedures, and made extra effort to assure that the Board has all pertaining documents prior to and while deliberating and making decisions.We have improved the Board’s Action List to ensure traceability, ease of finding previous actions and retained completed actions for the year.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 Sections Congress in Tampa, FL. In this position, I also co-led (with Ralph Wyndrum) the development of the revised Distinguished Lecturer Program. This revision built further camaraderie among Distinguished Lecturers and local chapters, especially those in less attractive geographical locations. As IEEE Region 2 Director-Elect, with the overgrowing Student Activities Committee (SAC) conference budget consuming a major part of the Region’s budget, I appointed an Ad Hoc Committee to examine the budget and recommend actions to contain costs without reducing the level 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, academia, and government within the Region. As the Chair of the Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Ad Hoc Committee on Conferences we managed to categorize all IEEE meetings so that the $25k conference rule would be easier for the staff to interpret. As the Nanotechnology Council (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 benefitted 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% 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 bylaw changes and a new set of R2 bylaws were approved by the MGA last November.
My current position as IEEE Secretary for the past six months has given me an insight into the position and allowed me to learn all the ins and outs of the position. I have successfully chaired two Governance Committee meetings (one teleconference and one face-to-face). 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 the past 25 years. WVU, one of only eleven institutions of this kind in the United States, is a comprehensive land-grant university including professional schools (Medical and Law) with a US$2.2B annual budget. Some of my experience includes the development of the 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$10M of research expenditure as the Principal Investigator which met all the regulatory compliance on periodic audits; serving in 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 behalf of WVU Board of Governors. One notable activity relevant to this position is that I was a key player in the merger between the electrical engineering and computer science departments. I architected and established the framework document for the merger. I served on all task forces, reorganization committees, etc. form the beginning to the end of the merger process. Computer science was housed in the College of Art & Sciences (a liberal arts school) on downtown campus whereas electrical engineering was in the College of Engineering (a technical school) on the 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 was in the best and long-term interests of the institution, made the transition possible. From the IEEE volunteer perspective, I participated on the 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 and have equipped me to contribute to the position of Secretary. I have 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 utilized these characteristics currently and will continue to do so if re-elected to the position. As Chair of the Governance Committee, I ensure that the Committee operates as smoothly as possible, continues to tackle all challenges, makes decisions in a timely fashion and implements them prudently. It is the Governance Committees responsibility to ensure that all procedures and bylaws are followed, are up-to-date, and streamlined, and that the IEEE Board of Directors is operating at maximum efficiency. My goal is to elevate the Governance Committee and all of IEEE to assure transparency and openness to progress; 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 is on the right track and has done an excellent job in streamlining our process. 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 into opportunities. 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, and wastefulness in its operations and especially in committees. We need to eliminate unsuccessful endeavors and initiatives and promote efficient working committees that can be advocates 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 and organize successful Board of Directors Orientation.There are a number of initiatives that the Governance Committee has started during my leadership and I would like to see them through to implementation. I would like to continue to work with the staff to review agenda distribution with the goal to address the Board’s need for documentation early while reducing volume so that the Board has adequate time to review all relevant materials.We need to clarify our policy and procedures related electioneering. Candidates (both nominated and petition) must have clear guidelines and mechanism to communicate with eligible voting members. We need to act, care and be thoughtful of the future of IEEE. We are the stewards of this great organization and ultimately it is our fiduciary obligation to our volunteers, members and the world to ensure IEEE continues to be a thriving organization.
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