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Below are the candidates for 2016 IEEE Division II Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect. 

Division II Societies:

  • IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society
  • IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society
  • IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
  • IEEE Power Electronics Society
  • IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society


F.D. "Don" Tan

Don Tan

(Nominated by IEEE Division II)

Distinguished Engineer and Senior Staff Manager
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Irvine, California, USA

Don is a Distinguished Engineer and Senior Staff Manager with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. He earned his PhD from Caltech and is an IEEE fellow. He is a chief technologist, a researcher in power electronic systems, and an authority in space power management.

His accomplishments include 2 national standards, 4 industry firsts, 5 editorial positions, 7 professional educational and under/graduate courses, 15 patents and trade secrets, recipient of more than 30 awards, served on 70 industry and professional leadership positions, authored >100 research and technology articles and presentations, and >300 technology insertions and product developments with >1,800 space flight designs delivered without a single on-orbit failure. His Adiabatic Point-of-Load program has attracted US$15M customer funding in 5 years and his power product line values at greater than US$200M. His double forward technology was licensed to a major telecommunications company. His technology for in-space electric propulsion is being licensed to industry.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

BOARD/COMMITTEE: Technical Activities Board (TAB), 2013-2014.  TAB Awards and Recognition Committee (TABARC), Division II Representative.

COUNCIL/SECTION/CHAPTER: LA Council, Chapter Program Chair/Vice-Chair/Chair, 1996-2001.  PELS Regional Distinguished Lecturer, 2001-2004.

POWER ELECTRONICS SOCIETY (PELS): Nomination Committee Chair, 2015-present.  PELS President, 2013-2014.  IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, EiC (founding), 2013-present.  Vice-President Operations, 2009-2012.  IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics: Associate Editor, 1996-2000; Guest EiC, 2011. IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications: Guest EiC, 2012.  Fellow Committee, 2010-2013.

CONFERENCES:  Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC): Steering Committee Chair, 2001; General/Program/Assistant Program Chairs, 1996-2000. Steering Committee Member of: Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2009-present; ECCE Global Series, 2009-present; ECE-Europe Series (EPE), 2010-present; ECE-Asia Series (IPEC/IPEMC/ICPE), 2011-present; Power Electronics for Distributed Generation (PEDG), 2009-present.  Honorary General Conference Chair of: 2015 International Future Energy Electronics Conference; 2015 International Conference on Power Electronics – ECCE-Asia; 2014 International Power Electronics Conference – ECCE-Asia; 2013 International Future Energy Electronics Conference; 2013 1st IEEE Workshop on Wide Band-Gap Power Device Applications.

OTHERS: Department of Defense/IEEE Joint Working Group on Open Systems, Chair, 1997-2004.  Standards Association: IEEE std 1515, IEEE std 1573.


  1. As founding Editor-in-Chief, I helped lead the IEEE JESTPE launch in July 2013 and succeeded in getting it indexed by Thompson Reuters in January 2015.
  2. Instrumental in securing TAB approval of the new IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (four participating societies).
  3. Leadership in launching IEEE Power Electronics Magazine within record time (less than 3 months – something many thought was impossible). As the first president from industry, I provided leadership in establishing PELS inaugural Industry Advisory Committee to ensure that the magazine is truly for practitioners.
  4. As Operations Vice-President, my efforts in revitalizing PELS technical activities led to streamlined structure and more autonomy. Now PELS technical committees are unprecedentedly vibrant and organize their own conferences, special issues, and paper awards.




Having volunteered for 20 years, I know that members and volunteers are the life blood of the IEEE. They deliver conferences and publications that distinguish IEEE as the global power house in technical innovation and in technical information curation.

The first priority, if elected Division II Director, is to provide our volunteers with easy processes for conference operation, reporting and closure, and effective tools for publications to monitor financial health.

Another priority is to enhance Division II society collaborations and better representation. For instance, last year, I strongly supported a motion for our Sister Society Meeting to include the Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society. Similar synergies should be explored for other societies.

Finally, I have many years of experience as a mid-level functional manager for a diverse group of employees. I am a doer with an established record of “getting things done." I intend to meet with every society. By listening to you and developing our priorities together, we can maximize our service to our members and volunteers, which in turn will fuel our future successes.


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Hulya Kirkici

Kirkici Hulya

(Nominated by IEEE Division II)

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama, USA

Hulya Kirkici is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Auburn University, USA.  Dr. Kirkici received the B.S. and M.S. in physics from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey; and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU – Poly), Brooklyn, NY, USA in 1990.  She was a visiting scientist/engineer at NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, USA (1999-2000) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, USA (2014–2015). Dr. Kirkici’s research interests are in dielectrics and electrical insulation, high-frequency dielectric breakdown in space/aerospace environments, cold plasmas, and repetitive pulsed power.  She has published numerous journal and conference papers and given invited talks in these related topics (in USA, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, China).  Dr. Kirkici is a Senior Member of IEEE, and members of American Physical Society (APS), Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and American Association of University Women (AAUW).

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • Member, IEEE Finance Committee, 2012-2014
  • Member, TAB Strategic Planning Committee, 2013
  • Member, TAB Finance Committee, 2011-2014
  • Member, IEEE Conferences Committee, 2011-2012
  • Treasurer and Finance Chair, IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB), 2012-2014
  • Member-at-Large, IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB), 2011-present
  • Member, TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee, 2015-present

IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS):
  • President, 2009-2010
  • Vice President Administrative, 2007-2008
  • Vice President-Technical,  2005-2006
  • Secretary and ExCom Member, 2000-2004
  • Ad-Com Member, 1998-2004
  • Ad-Com Corresponding Member (DIEIS rep.), IEEE Industry Applications Society, 2014

IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Society:
  • Distinguished Lecturer

IEEE Sensors Council:
  • Vice President of Technical Operations, 2014-present
  • Ad-Com Member-at-Large, 2013, 2009-2012
  • Chair, Distinguished Lecturer Program, 2014-present

  • Chair, Technical Program Committee, 2014 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference (IPMHVC), 2014
  • Chair, Executive Committee, IEEE IPMHVC 2005-2014
  • General Chair, IEEE Power Modulator Conference, 2004
  • Vice-Chair and Treasurer, IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectrics Phenomena (CEIDP), 2004-2005

  • IEEE Access Editorial Board, 2014-present
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Trans.  Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, 1997-2007, 2012-present
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Trans. Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Power Modulators Special Issue, Aug. 2009
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Trans. Plasma Science, Power Modulators and Repetitive Pulsed Power Special Issue, Aug. 2004
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Trans. Plasma Science, Pulsed Power Science and Technology Special Issue, Oct. 2002

  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, “Novel Dielectrics and Advanced Electrical Insulation Technology,” 2011 IEEE Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO) meeting, (Beijing, China)

  • Sol Schneider Award “for continuing technical and administrative leadership in the power modulator and high voltage communities” presented at 2010 IEEE-IPMHVC.
  • William G. Dunbar Award “for continuing contribution to high-voltage and high frequency insulation research and engineering education” presented at 2014 IEEE-IPMHVC.

  • IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society
  • IEEE Electron Devices Society
  • IEEE Photonics Society
  • IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Society

I am interested in this position because I want to give back to the IEEE community.  I joined IEEE as a graduate student and I have been continuously nurtured, supported and mentored by many IEEE volunteers and colleagues.  As this is a leadership position, my focus will be to foster dialogue among the communities/societies, support the growth to advance technologies, enhance the collaboration between the societies, elevate the technical strength of our scholarly work, support financial transparency, and continue to be part of this great community that makes IEEE what it is.  

I will work towards nurturing communities across cultures to further its reach and innovations in technology for the benefit of humanity.  IEEE volunteers and members, are the drivers behind the technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of communities.  As the Division II Director, I will continue to support IEEE’s mission to the fullest, by listening, engaging, and working together alongside the societies.  I will continue to strengthen the financial health and technical strength of societies through publications and technical conferences.


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