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Below are the candidates for IEEE Division I Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2013; Delegate/Director, 2014-2015.

Division I:
  • Circuits and Systems Society 
  • Electron Devices Society
  • Solid-State Circuits Society


Alfred E. Dunlop

Alfred E. Dunlop for Division I

(Nominated by IEEE Division I)
Crossbow Consulting, LLC
Kattskill Bay, New York, USA
Dr. Dunlop received his BEE from the University of Delaware, MSEE and PhD from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1975, 1977 and 1979 respectively. He holds 14 patents in the areas of circuit design, system initialization and algorithms.
Since 2001, he has been president of Crossbow Consulting, LLC where he has worked for clients on topics including circuit design, system architecture, system startup and Electronic Design Automation (EDA).
He was founder and VP of Engineering at a startup 2002.
Dr. Dunlop worked at Bell Laboratories 25 years where he held research and development positions. He was responsible for the IC layout tools in the mid 1980s. He later built clock recovery circuits for packet systems. In research, he held the position of Director of Design Principles Research and later Director of Optical Data Systems Research before retiring in 2001.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • Technical Activities Board (2005-2007)
  • TAB Periodicals Packages Chair (2007-2008)
  • TAB/PSPB Products & Services (2007-2008)
  • Transnational Committee (2007)
  • TAB Ethics and Conflict Resolution (2007)
  • TAB Finance (2008-2009)
  • TAB Management (TMC) (2010-2012)
  • TMC Business Plan Chair (2010-2012)
  • TMC Structure (2011-2012)
  • TMC Industrial Members (2011-2012)
  • IEEE-Members Dues (2011-2012)
Circuits and Systems Society (CAS):
  • Transactions on Computer Aided Design of Circuits and Systems (T-CAD):  Editor-in-Chief (1990-1992); Associate Editor (1987-1990)
  • Administrative Committee (AdCom) (1988-1990)
  • Board of Governors (2003-2005, 1997-1999)
  • Vice President Regions 1-6 (2000)
Council on Electronic Design Automation:
  • President (Founding President) (2005-2007)
  • Head Nominations and Appointments Committee (2008-2009)
  • Awards Committee, Kaufman Committee, Nominations and Appointments, Conference Committee (2010-2011)
  • Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Conference Committee, Strategy Committee (2012).
  • International Conference on Computer Aided Design, Program Committee (1986-1991)
  • Design Automation Conference (DAC): Executive Committee (1990-1994, 2003-2005, 2010-2012); General Chair (1993); Technical Program Chair (1990-1991); Program Committee (1986-1989)
  • Hardware-Software Co-Design Workshop, Co-General Chair (1992)
  • Schenectady Section (2003-2012)
Major Accomplishments:
I have worked with others to:
  1. Co-found the Council on Electronic Design Automation.  I served as its first president.
  2. Chair the Periodicals Package Committee, monitoring on-line publications revenue and distribution of revenue in as fair a way as possible.
  3. Close down wasteful internal committees and to eliminate superfluous meetings.
  4. Serve as General Chair for conferences spanning sizes from 50 to almost 4,000 attendees and as Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and Special Issue Editor for Transactions.
  5. Served numerous Society/Council roles and used the knowledge gained to oversee Societies and Councils that are heading into financial difficulties, and create/document the processes for the creation of new Societies and Councils.
I have the experience within Division I societies and councils to advance the interests of the technical community, to make IEEE a friendlier organization with which to work, and to keep costs under control.
If elected as IEEE Division I Director, I will continue to strengthen connectivity between those in academia and industry.  As Director, I will work to improve member services while reducing costs.
The current conferences, journals and Xplore are excellent assets, but in a web-connected world, more can be done to support interactive content.
As energy costs go up and travel becomes more difficult, conferences are becoming inefficient uses of time and money.  We need to creatively find low environmental impact ways for the technical community to interact and to form interest groups. These same efforts will help IEEE advance interactions across our worldwide technical community.
Furthermore, systems designs, which had been principally electrical or electro-mechanical in nature, are becoming more multi-disciplinary including nano-, bio-, chemical-, and power- technologies. We should foster ways to interact with much broader technical communities.


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Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh Kumar for Division I

(Nominated by IEEE Division I)
President and CEO
TCX Technology Connexions
San Diego, California, USA
Rakesh Kumar is President and CEO of TCX Technology Connexions, a company which provides management, business and technical ‘bridging the gaps’ consulting services in advanced semiconductor technology and virtual operations. Clients include emerging fabless IC companies, mid-size and large, Fortune 500 IC companies, as well as leading research organizations. Dr. Kumar has authored the book “Fabless Semiconductor Implementation”, published by McGraw Hill, numerous other publications, and is an IEEE Fellow. During 38 years in the semiconductor industry Dr. Kumar has been the VP&GM of Cadence Design’s worldwide Silicon Technology Services business unit, and has held various technical and management positions at Unisys and Motorola. He received the Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1974 and 1971 respectively. He graduated from IIT Delhi in 1969 with a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering. He received an Executive MBA from the University of California, San Diego in 1989. 
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • Joined IEEE as a Student Member 42 years ago. Has been an intense supporter and a promoter of IEEE and volunteerism. Been a Volunteer since the late 1980’s.
  •  Participated in Division I activities for over 30 years.
o    Electron Devices Society (EDS) Distinguished Lecturer (2009 to present).
o    Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Distinguished Lecturer (2008 to present).
  • Fostered cooperation between Division I Societies - CASS (Circuits and Systems), EDS, and SSCS, and CEDA (Council on EDA).
o    Used Leadership skills to drive the formulation and approval of the cross-functional RFIC Virtual Journal.  Pulled together cooperation between various Societies - SSC, CAS, MTT, ED, and AP.
o    Cooperated with CASS and CEDA executives in driving the Design & Test magazine redirection.
  • As SSCS VP and President, has promoted an outreach plan to grow Society presence globally.
o    Facilitated the formation of numerous Chapters (Recife, South Africa, Delhi, Poland, etc.)
o    Promoted volunteer recognition
o    Presented many Distinguished Lectures on behalf of two Division I societies (EDS, SSCS)
o    Supported GOLD (Graduates of Last Decade), and WIE (Women in Engineering) activities
o    Been a champion for enhancing member value.  Helped launch SSCS Webinars of topical interest by distinguished speakers (2012).
  • Spear-headed approval and launch of the SSCS Magazine which focuses on historical, educational and newsworthy content.  Served as Tutorials Editor for five years (2006-2011).
  • Provided leadership to, and chaired CICC (Custom IC Conference), a premier SSCS conference (1990-2004).
  • Fostered MGA and TAB cooperation – represented TAB on the MGA Operations Committee (2011), organized and led TAB participation at the 2011 Sections Congress.
  • Gained IEEE and TAB Financial know how thru participation in TAB FinCom (2009-2010), and served as Society Treasurer (2005-2010).  Coached two Societies/Councils having financial difficulties.
  •  Supported IEEE’s ethical standards by serving on the TAB Ethics and Conflict Resolution committee (2011).
I will work to enhance communication and cooperation among Division I entities with a view to increase Member Value.  Division I Societies/Councils (SCs) are at the heart of mobile wireless products, being dubbed the largest platform in the history of mankind. The technical solutions for complex SoC’s used in these products transcend the Scopes and Interests of our Societies/Councils. Formulating cross-functional offerings to service the respective communities in these overlapping areas will generate much interest in expanding membership.
Improved communication and cooperation will allow the leveraging of efforts and experiences of the various entities within the division. For example, SSCS could learn from the experiences of EDS leadership in their globalization and outreach efforts. Working together we can be more efficient, and accomplish loftier goals.
These are challenging goals that will require cooperation not only from TAB volunteers but also MGA volunteers, and IEEE staff. I will leverage my experience, and demonstrated ability to work with people, and my leadership skills to bring enhanced value to our members and volunteers, improve community participation, and membership.



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Ellen J. Yoffa

Ellen J. Yoffa for Division I

(Nominated by IEEE Division I)
Director, Information & Interaction
IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Yorktown Heights, New York, USA
Ellen J. Yoffa is Director of Information & Interaction at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center. She leads research in a spectrum of technologies from mobile to human language and image analytics to cybersecurity.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Yoffa held research technical executive roles in next generation web technologies and in emerging system technologies. Her responsibilities included the direction of research in system hardware and software ranging from handheld devices to massively parallel computers, sensor networks and web infrastructure. Dr. Yoffa served one year as technical assistant to the President of the IBM Research Division.
Dr. Yoffa spent many years in electronic design automation research and received the 2006 Marie R. Pistilli Achievement Award for Women in Electronic Design Automation. She received a BS and PhD in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an IEEE Fellow.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
During my IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) Presidency, I worked with the Society’s leadership team to obtain approval for the new IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Circuits and Systems, developed initiatives for Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), created a comprehensive “Chapter Chair’s Kit”, and organized an outreach “CASS Workshop in Emerging Technologies” in Region 9 (Latin America).
I successfully negotiated the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s interests in the formation of IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation, aiming to balance CASS member needs for future technical and financial stability with the recognition that technical communities frequently desire empowerment and autonomy.
As chair of the Technical Activities Board Society Review Committee (TAB SRC), I implemented significant re-engineering and streamlining of the review criteria, processes, operations and documentation. (For example, I reduced the review pipeline from over a year to four months for most reviews and improved the committee’s transparency via frequent TAB-level communication.) Throughout this process, I’ve aimed at continuous improvement of the “culture and congeniality” of the SRC reviews.


  • Member, IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee (2012)
  • Member, TAB Finance Committee (2012)
  • Member, TAB Strategic Planning Committee (2007-2012)
  • Chair, TAB Society Review Committee (2008-2011)
  • Member, TAB Management Committee (2008-2011)
  • Member, TAB Restructuring Committee (2011)
  • Member, Women in Engineering Committee (2007)
  •  Member, Technical Activities Board (2006)
  • Member, IEEE Spectrum Magazine Editorial Advisory Board (1996-1998)
  • President, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2006); various positions on CAS Society Executive Committee and Board of Governors (1998-2007)
  • General Chair, IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (1997); various positions on Conference Executive Committee (1993-2001)
  • IEEE Fellow (2002)
  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Meritorious Service Award (2009)
IEEE’s greatest strengths are its technical excellence and the diversity of its membership. But it is essential that the IEEE not be hampered by its own processes and structure. If elected to this position, I will seek new and better ways to use IEEE’s assets to strengthen its leadership role: by infusing innovation into all of our activities – technical and operational – and by better collaborating across technical, geographical and operational boundaries. My intent is to focus on creating a more agile organization that is greater than the sum of its parts and is more responsive to the needs of its members, its technical community, and humanity.



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