The biography and position statement of the 2017 IEEE Vice President, Member and Geographic Activities candidates are listed below.
Candidate for 2017 and 2018 Vice President-MGA / MGA Board Chair
Martin Bastiaans received an M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering (1969, with honors) and a Ph.D. degree in technical sciences (1983), from Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. In 1969 he became an assistant professor, and from 1985 until his retirement in 2012, he was an associate professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, most recently in the Signal Processing Systems Group. His research covers different aspects in the general field of signal and system theory and includes a signal-theoretical approach of all kinds of problems that arise in Fourier optics. He served for eight years as the Dean for Research of his department.
Martin is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the Optical Society of America. He is the (co-)author of more than 180 papers in international scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings.
Having served IEEE in several positions in the past, Martin presently holds the position of IEEE MGA Vice Chair, Geographic Unit Operations.
IEEE Board of Directors: IEEE Governance Committee, Member, 2016; IEEE History Committee, Member, 2016; IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Engagement in Europe, Member, 2015-16; Region 8 Director, 2013-14; IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Planning, Member, 2014; IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Activities in Europe, Member, 2012-13;
Awards Board: Awards Board Presentation and Publicity Committee, Member, 2014-16;
Member and Geographic Activities Board: Vice Chair Geographic Unit Operations, 2015-2016; Region 8 Director, 2013-14; MGA Operations Committee, Member, 2013-16; MGA Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee: Chair, 2015-16, Member, 2011-12; MGA Sections Congress Committee, Member, 2012-16; MGA GOLD Committee, Member, 2012; MGA Student Activities Committee: Past Chair, 2011-12, Chair, 2010, Vice Chair, 2009, Member, 2008-12; MGA Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee, Member, 2010; MGA Potentials Editorial Board, Member, 2010.
Regional Activities Board: RAB Student Activities Committee, Member, 2007.
REGIONS: Region 8: Past-Director, 2015-16, Director, 2013-14, Director-Elect, 2011-12, Vice Chair Student Activities, 2007-08; R8 Operating Committee, Member, 2011-16, 2007-08; R8 Nominations and Appointments Committee: Chair, 2015-16, Member, 2011-16; R8 Awards & Recognition Committee, Member, 2015-16, 2011-12; R8 Strategic Planning Committee, Member, 2015-2016; R8 Professional Activities Committee, Member, 2007-08; R8 Student Activities Committee: Chair, 2007-08, Member (Student Paper Contest Coordinator), 1999-2009.
SECTIONS: Benelux Section: Awards & Member Grade Elevation Coordinator, 2011-12; Past Chair, 2009-10; Chair, 2007-08; Vice Chair, 2005-06; Executive Committee Member, 2004-12.
STUDENT BRANCHES: Eindhoven University of Technology Student Branch: Counselor, 1996-2007.
AWARDS: IEEE Fellow, 2010. MGA Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award, 2009. Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award, 1999.
I have experience in leadership in several geographic units – Student Branch, Section, Region – and have successfully worked with small and big groups of members and volunteers. Having worked closely with members in different stages of their life cycle and within a Region that has a great variety of cultures and ways in which volunteers behave, I can recognize such differences and have learned to cope with it.
In my quality as Region Director, Region Student Activities Chair, Section (Vice) Chair, and Student Branch Counselor, I have acquired familiarity with operations of geographic units on different levels below the MGA level. Nevertheless, as a past and present MGA Board member and MGA Operations Committee member, I am also familiar with MGA's vision and strategy.
During my membership in the Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee, and later as its Chair, I participated actively in the design and implementation of support models for geographic units, including policies for their effective operation, and I got a clear insight in their operations and their support structures.
While a further preparation as Vice President-Elect would be welcomed, I feel prepared to take on the job of Vice President MGA, thanks to the fact that I was able to function in the MGA Board and the MGA Operations Committee, not only as a Region Director but also as an MGA Vice Chair. Especially the four years in the MGA Operations Committee allowed me to get acquainted with the many aspects of MGA in general and of the tasks of the Vice President in particular.
I started volunteering as the Eindhoven Student Branch Counselor. The Branch and its Counselor were invited to the first Regional Student Branch Congress, to inform the participants about best practices of this exemplary Branch. Subsequently, the Branch, under my guidance, organized the second Student Branch Congress in Eindhoven.
On Section level, I was involved in organizing several Signal Processing Chapter seminars. As Section Vice Chair, I started the IEEE Milestone nomination process (the first in the Benelux!) for Royal Philips Electronics. During my term as Section Chair, the first-ever CEDA Chapter was established, several inactive Chapters were revitalized, and one new Student Branch was founded. Furthermore, the (steady) growth of the Section's membership was raised to over 6% annually. Much effort was put into “making the Section the Member's home.”
On Region level, I was active in the Student Activities Committee, in particular as the Student Paper Contest coordinator for eleven years and as its Chair in 2007-08, and as Director-Elect.
As Region 8 Student Activities Chair, I was heavily involved in organizing the Student Branch and GOLD Congress in London, which brought together over 200 volunteers from all over the world. As Director-Elect and Director, I put quite some effort into enhancing Section’s vitality (in synergy with my membership of the Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee), into streamlining Section reporting to the Region, and into researching and documenting the (early) history of the Region.
Like other Region Directors, I had to deal with such day-to-day problems as: Sections where the Chair wants to keep his position and refuses to organize elections, elections where nomination and petition rules are violated, Section ExCom members who don’t speak to one another anymore, etc. In all cases, I was able to bring peace again, but it asks for a good understanding of the different cultures in my Region.
The difference between IEEE and many of its present-day competitors is that IEEE is a membership-based organization, which forms one of our main assets and which should not be neglected. It is the vast membership that functions as our organization’s body and soul and that connects us with the outside world. A good communication between our members on the grass-root level and the higher levels of IEEE is therefore of utmost importance. Making and keeping our members happy is the best way to keep our organization alive and healthy.
In as far as their purely technical needs are concerned, members will likely find IEEE-offered benefits directly by themselves. But at the grass-root level, members expect activities and networking possibilities, as well, and it is in this area that MGA plays an important role. Such local benefits are created and offered by our local geographic units, and the local volunteer leaders should therefore receive the highest possible support from MGA.
After the transition from RAB to MGAB, MGA started to focus more on members, but it should not be forgotten that it is mainly through the geographic units how ideas go from bottom to top and vice versa. If this communication channel is open and active, members and volunteers will feel that their voice is heard, they will appreciate and can influence MGA's strategy, and they can flourish within their own geo-units. And when they flourish, their geo-unit will become active and our members will be satisfied with what IEEE has to offer.
MGA’s effort on enhancing the vitality of geographic units, which I fully support, should of course keep in mind the cultural differences in the world. While building on the achievements of my predecessors, but originating from outside North America, I am convinced that I can bring new ideas to implement MGA’s goals.
I will apply for a continuation of my membership of the Governance Committee and the History Committee. If elected as VP(-Elect) MGA, I will give up these applications.
Candidate for 2018 Vice President-MGA / MGA Board Chair
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 1983, 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.
COMMITTEES/BOARDS: IEEE Secretary 2015-2016; 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.
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.
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.
SOCITIES/CONFERENCES: 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; 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.
The position of IEEE VP-MGA and Chair of MGA Board requires organization, experience, leadership, consensus building, and attention to detail. I utilize these characteristics currently in my position as Secretary, as well as bring new insight to the position of VP-MGA.
IEEE membership growth has challenges. Today’s engineers are willing to pay for dues in return for value. We must consider new membership models, specifically targeted towards the new generation of engineers in more personally relevant ways. We need to provide products and services to keep today’s engineers current in line with our segmentation studies. Member experience, retention, and satisfaction are intertwined.
MGA must work closely with all IEEE OUs to add value to membership proposition. MGA needs to work with TAB to provide targeted technical content to our members. We must strengthen our technical chapters and develop a systematic approach to deliver technical content globally to local communities. MGA must work closely with EAB to provide continuing education to engineers and strengthen their soft skills.
We need to track CollabratecTM milestones and reassess progress. We need to aggressively promote the usage of this excellent tool among engineering public. We need to concentrate on career resources product for the global engineering community.
We need to develop modern tools for our volunteers to not only attract, but make volunteer experience more pleasurable and less time consuming. 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.
MGA operation must be nimble and agile in this digital world. From our conferences to geographic meetings, we need to be at the forefront of digital technology and make changes to our governance promptly and prudently toward a world-class organization.
Candidate for 2017 and 2018 Vice President-MGA / MGA Board Chair
Ramakrishna Kappagantu has over 33 Years of leadership experience in Indian Power Sector viz. NTPC and POWERGRID. Presently he is spearheading Solar Power Projects for a Social Entrepreneur. Earlier, he was responsible for and made important contributions towards the development of the first India Smart Grid Pilot project, managing the mighty 55 GW South Indian Power Grid, its complex real time operations, Power Markets and SCADA-EMS Systems. His interests include Power System Economics, Energy Accounts, Smart Grids, Renewables and SACADA-EMS and he is a regular invited speaker with several reputed journal and conference publications. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from NIT, Jaipur, with an M.Tech in Automation and Control from JNTU, Hyderabad, and will soon be completing his PhD in Smart Grids from NIT, Tiruchirappalli. He works for embedding Human Values in Technology and Management and opines strongly that value induction alone can drive technology for the benefit of Humanity.
AD HOC COMMITTEES/OTHERS:
I have been a passionate and dedicated IEEE volunteer with very good management skills, and successfully served in several positions at the Chapter, Section, Council, Region, MGA and Board levels since 1997 which include elected leadership positions also as Chapter Chair, Section Chair, Council Secretary cum Treasurer and Region Director. The history and performance of these Geo-Units reflect my involvement and multi-faceted contributions including several transnational assignments. These learning experiences have been invaluable and provided me with opportunities to appreciate the diversity and effectively handle issues/challenges that I may come across in the nominated position. Having the benefit of exposure to different levels of geo-unit operations and activities and knowing the diversity of how such organizational units (OUs) are structured and the landscapes within which they operate, I am confident that I can bring greater value to enhancing geo-unit capacity and capabilities that will ultimately result in increased member value not only at the local level, but also globally.
In my professional career, I served as a senior level engineering management executive who was always preferred to handle complex issues in electrical power sector including real time grid management, power market economics, pilot projects in emerging technologies viz. smart grid, smart cities, renewable power solar and wind projects, etc.;
I have a rich array of experience in effectively addressing technical, financial, cultural and transnational challenges in these management roles, including service as the Project Manager for the first ever Indian Smart Grid Pilot Project, which was implemented under open and free collaboration with over sixty entities, leading to at least 15 commercial pilots. My background and experience from managing day to day operations to leading teams in setting and achieving strategic long term goals is an asset that I would bring to the position to make a difference as VP-MGA.
Few of the major accomplishments that I have brought to IEEE include:
IEEE membership is growing across all regions and so are the expectations of our stakeholders, especially our members and volunteers. ICE (Identify, Connect and Engage) is the best way to enhance IEEE’s true value to members. Identifying prospective members, enthusiastic volunteers and their needs is the first step. Connecting them through best possible ways including social media is the next step. Of paramount importance is engaging all members with high quality activities. Capacity Building and Micro Volunteering certainly would help at the local level (Sections and Chapters) while at the global level, cross pollination of ideas and efforts are vital between MGA, TAB, EAB and other entities to create greatest opportunities to reach out to members and serve them with tangible values and benefits.
I am confident that I can successfully address these key challenges. My priorities are:
Given the vital role of MGA, it is critical that any IEEE Strategy from planning to implementation phases be aligned with member and volunteer needs. With the precious experience acquired by me as the Region 10 Director, I am confident to create a productive environment for MGA that is meaningful and sustainable by:
Region 10 Director in 2015-16
Candidate for 2017 and 2018 Vice President-MGA / MGA Board Chair
Mary Ellen Randall is founder/CEO of Ascot Technologies, Inc., an award winning company which develops enterprise applications utilizing mobile delivery technologies. Previously, Ms. Randall held a variety of management and technical positions with IBM, including an international assignment, hardware & software development, digital video encoder & decoder chips, client/server services, network management, operating systems, and test design automation. She routinely managed projects on an international scale.
Ms. Randall formerly served as Board Chair for the Women’s Institute and President of the Business & Professional Women/Raleigh.
Ms. Randall’s outreach includes: Odyssey of the Mind Coach & state judge, Science Olympiad judge, FIRST mentor and judge, DARPA Urban Challenge Middle School presentations & Girl Scout outreach.
Ms. Randall was named a top Woman In Business in the Research Triangle NC area and made Business Leader Magazine’s Impact 100 List.
She has an MS Computer Science and Bachelors in Mathematics from Binghamton University.
According to the website, "The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGA Board) is responsible to the IEEE Board of Directors, has oversight of IEEE geographic organizational units, and is responsible for IEEE membership and member development."
My experience for this position includes: running a software company and motivating technical professionals to peak performance; actively contributing to IEEE Board of Directors discussions, actions, and voting as a sitting director from 2014-2015; serving as IEEE Audit Chair, working as a manager in IBM for 15+ years, serving as Region 3 Leadership Development Chair and as region engagement leader. Region 3 aggressively assisted members in Senior Member elevation, scoring as the top region (percentage wise) in the world in 2014.
I have worked in many operating units of IEEE and have a keen sense of the breadth of operations. This will be reaching out to all units to provide synergistic improvements.
If we engage the members, the growth will surely follow. Our leaders want to excel. It is our job to make that easier for them to build the relationships. Once all members "feel" the IEEE connection that we feel, membership will be a problem of the past.
MGA is a very important operating unit in IEEE. It is through personal interactions that the relationship or engagement with the members begins and grows. This includes the effective operation of local chapters, sections and affinity groups in reaching out and helping our members find their professional home. This also includes the effective integration of member engagement across all the operating units of the institute. This also includes IEEE as a global community.
As VP of MGA, it would be my focus to help our leaders throughout the world, provide meaningful engagement to our members, outstanding support and training to our volunteers, and the ability to learn from experiences that are proven to work. Further, my many years of experience in industry, as a woman, and as a mother of Young Professionals, would help me reach out to the IEEE community to address members’ needs throughout their professional career.
The MOVE project is one such example.
Maya Angelou, poet and author said, ““I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Once our members connect with IEEE at that level, we will never lose them.
(a) Currently I serve as TAB/PSPB Product and Services Committee, Ideation Committee, IEEE-USA MOVE Community Outreach Program Director, Past Region 3 Director and N and A Chair.
(b) & (c) no COI responsibilities