The biographies and position statements of the 2017 IEEE Vice President and Vice-President Elect, Member and Geographic Activities are listed below.
2017 Vice President, Member and Geographic Activities
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
2017 Vice President-Elect, Member and Geographic Activities
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.