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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