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The biographies and position statements for the position of 2015 IEEE Treasurer are listed below.

 

Jerry L. Hudgins

Jerry Hudgins

Professor Jerry Hudgins is a native of West Texas, TX, USA. He attended Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, TX, USA, where he received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1985. Dr. Hudgins served as Associate and Interim Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of South Carolina prior to joining the University of Nebraska as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department in 2004. Currently, he is also the Director of the Nebraska Wind Applications Center and Interim Director of the institution-level Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research. Dr. Hudgins' work involves power electronic device modeling, thermal performance, power electronics design, and renewable energy. From 2000 to 2007, he was an Electrical Engineering program evaluator for accreditation (ABET). He is a Fellow of IEEE, has published over 120 technical papers, and worked with numerous industries. Dr. Hudgins also serves on the Board of Directors of the municipal electric utility Lincoln Electric System.
 
Activities | Committees/Boards:
  • Chair, IEEE Audit Committee, 2014
  • Member, IEEE Audit Committee, 2013
  • Member, TAB, 2013-14
  • Director, IEEE Division II, 2013-14
  • Member, Fellows Evaluation Committee (Institute-level), 2005-2006
  • Member, TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee (Technical Activities Board/Publication Services and Products Board), 2002-2003
  • Member, TAB Products Committee (later became TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee), 1997-1998
  • Member, TAB, 1997-1998 and 2003
 
Activities | Student Branches:
IEEE Student Branch Counselor, University of South Carolina, 1988-1991
 
Activities | Societies:
  • President, Industry Applications Society (IAS), 2003
  • President, Power Electronics Society (PELS), 1997-1998
  • Vice-President, IAS, 2001
  • Vice-President of Operations (formerly Technical VP), PELS, 1996
  • President-Elect, IAS, 2002
  • Treasurer, PELS, 1988-1995
  • Past-President, IAS, 2004
  • Senior Past-President, PELS, 2001–2002
  • Junior Past-President, PELS, 1999-2000
  • Chair, PELS Fellows Evaluation Committee, 2009-present
  • Member, PELS Fellows Evaluation Committee, 2007-2008
  • Member, IAS Fellows Evaluation Committee, 2008
  • Associate Editor (Transactions Review Chair), IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Power Electronic Devices and Components Technical Committee, 2006-2009
  • Chair, Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department, IAS, 1996-1997
  • Vice-Chair, Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department, IAS, 1994-1995
  • Chair, Power Electronics Devices and Components Technical Committee, IAS, 1986-1994
 
Activities | Conferences:
  • General Chair, Power Electronics Specialists Conference (PESC), 1999
  • General Chair, Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting (IAS), 2002
  • General Co-Chair, Power Electronics and Machines in Wind Applications (PEMWA) Symposium, 2009
  • Technical Program Chair, IEEE IAS Annual Meeting (Conference), Chicago, IL, 2001
  • Finance Chair, Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2009
  • Publication Chair, Power Electronics Specialists Conference (PESC), 1990 and 1993
 
Activities | Other:
  • Outstanding IEEE Branch Counsellor Award, 1991
  • Third Millennium Medal, for "Outstanding Contributions in the area of Power Electronics," 2000
  • 1st Place transactions paper award (PELS), IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics for “Thermal analysis of high-power modules,” by C.V. Godbold, V.A. Sankaran, and J.L. Hudgins, 1997
  • Five 1st place paper awards as co-author from various IAS technical committees, 1990, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2006
 
Major Accomplishments:
As a member and now Chair of the IEEE Audit Committee, I am leading the expansion and definition of the role of Risk Management for the Audit Committee and the role of Risk Management for the IEEE and how that activity interfaces with the Board of Directors. I have also worked with IEEE Treasurer John Barr to sunset the IEEE Insurance Committee and transition many of its tasks into the operations of the Audit Committee. I served as Treasurer of the Power Electronics Society (PELS) for seven years as its first and longest-serving society treasurer. I helped mature the financial operation of the society so that it became very successful in generating surplus funds every year while promoting and expending resources generously on new programs for its members. This tradition of PELS being a leader among societies within TAB continues based on the attitudes instilled by its officers from these early years. I am proud to be part of that tradition. As President of the Power Electronics Society, I helped create the "Sister-Society" cooperation forums among the IAS, PES, PELS, and IES. Served on the TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee in 1997-98 and again in 2002-2003 helping to formulate the policies of moving the publication business of IEEE from a predominantly print format to electronic format (IEEE Xplore). I led the creation of the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) annual technical conference (inaugural meeting in 2009) working with both the Industry Applications and Power Electronics Societies. This established a new jointly sponsored conference in power electronics and electric machines that replaced two previous conferences, each sponsored separately and independently by the societies. I created and managed a new IEEE workshop on Power Electronics and Electric Machines in Wind Applications (PEMWA) in 2009. This workshop has been viewed as important to the technical mission of the Power Electronics Society and has now been continued into its second offering during 2012. It is expected that this workshop will continue as a technical venue sponsored by the PELS.
 
Qualifications:
I served as a Society Treasurer for seven years. I helped mature the financial operation of the Society so that it became very successful in generating surplus funds every year while promoting and expending resources generously on new programs for its members. I have served on the TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee in the late 90s and again in 2002-2003, helping to formulate the policies of moving the publication business of IEEE from a predominantly print format to electronic format (IEEE Xplore). I have also had many financial roles for large and small conferences and as such have a good understanding of the conference business and the associated finances and reporting required. All these experiences have educated me in the details of two of the important revenue streams for the Institute: conferences and IP generation transferred into products supported by IEEE Xplore. I believe that I am handicapped by not having served as the Treasurer of one of the OUs such as Products and Services, TAB, or MGA. This means that I have not attended Finance Committee Meetings prior to this year. However, John Barr, the current IEEE Treasurer, has invited me to attend the Finance Committee meetings for the rest of the year in my role as the current Audit Committee Chair. I expect to quickly learn the FinCom procedures and gain knowledge of current fiscal issues that I may not have access to through the Audit Committee activities.
 
Position Statement:
IEEE Treasurer is perhaps second only to the President in responsibility and demands. The Institute's financial activities are so varied and integrated that partnership with a professional staff is mandatory. There is also a need to develop better risk management processes and reporting within the Institute. Because practically all of these are monetized in some fashion, financial oversight by the appropriate volunteers is of ever more importance. The major financial imperative for the health of the Institute continues to be the widening gap between growth of expenses and growth of income. Both are increasing, but the expense growth rate seems to again be outpacing the income growth rate. As we know, this is not sustainable and must become the overarching financial policy and operational issue. I know that clear communications between staff, the OUs, and the Board of Directors regarding fiscal matters are vitally important. I would work to ensure open lines of communication and clear expectations of dialogue between the financial staff and the financial officers representing the Board of Directors, primarily interfacing with the Treasurer and other members of the Finance Committee. I don't believe that the major fiscal issues facing the Institute can be permanently resolved without the commensurate evolution of partnership and communication between the staff and the volunteers.  

 

 
 

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