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Below are the candidates for 2014 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


Hulya Kirkici

Hulya Kirkici (Nominated by Division II)

(Nominated by IEEE Division II)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Auburn University
Auburn, AL, USA
Hulya Kirkici is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Auburn University, AL, USA, where she teaches and conducts research. She 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). Dr. Kirkici’s research interests are in electrical insulation and high-frequency dielectric breakdown in space and aerospace environments, cold plasmas, repetitive pulsed power, and high-voltage engineering. She has published numerous journal and conference papers and given invited talks in these related topics (in the USA, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, and China). Dr. Kirkici is a Senior member of IEEE and member 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
Currently, Dr. Kirkici is the Treasurer of IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB), member of IEEE Finance Committee, and a member-at-large of PSPB. She was a member of the TAB Finance Committee (2011-2012) and a member of IEEE Conferences Committee (2011-2012). She served as the President of IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (2009 and 2010), General Chair of the IEEE Power Modulator Conference (2004), and Chair of the IEEE High Voltage Workshop (2002). She has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation (1998-2007 and 2012 to present) and served as a Co-Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Pulsed Power Science and Technology (Oct. 2002) and Power Modulators and Repetitive Pulsed Power (Aug. 2005) and Co-Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Power Modulators and Repetitive Pulsed Power (Aug. 2009) Special Issues. Dr. Kirkici is a recipient of the Sol Scheider Award “for continuing technical and administrative leadership in the power modulator and high voltage communities” from IEEE-IPMHVC in 2010. She was the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer at the 2011 IEEE Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO) meeting in Beijing (China) and delivered a talk titled “Novel Dielectrics and Advanced Electrical Insulation Technology.” 
IEEE is the largest professional society in the world and dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The world is constantly changing with the advancement of technologies and we must adapt to these changes. As a global organization, we are continually growing in membership and technical activities, where we need to bring our technical expertise to those across the globe. Sustaining financial health and enhancing technical strength are important and strictly dependent on the hard work of the community. 
I am interested in this position because I want to give back to the community. Since I became a member of IEEE as a graduate student, I have been continuously nurtured, supported, and mentored by many IEEE volunteers and colleagues. As this is a leadership position, my focus will be fostering the dialogue among the communities, supporting the growth in advancing technologies, enhancing the collaboration between the Societies, elevating the technical strength of our scholarly work, and continuing to be part of this great community that makes IEEE what it is.


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Hirofumi Akagi

Hirofumi Akagi (Nominated by Division II)

(Nominated by IEEE Division II)
Professor and Chair
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tokyo, Japan
Hiro Akagi is Professor and Chair in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology and served as Vice Dean of the School of Engineering for two years. He has 34 years of teaching experience at Nagaoka University of Technology and Okayama University in Japan, and as visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology (1979).
His research activities include power electronics and its applications to industry, utility, and transportation. He has received many awards from IEEE, IEEJ (Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan), and the Science and Technology Award from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. He has authored and coauthored over 100 IEEE Transactions papers with a total of some 19,000 citations in Google Scholar.
He served as 2007-2008 President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
During my two-year term as IEEE PELS President from 2007 to 2008, I have firmly established the annual flagship conference known as the IEEE ECCE (Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition), working with the PELS/IAS leadership team. The conference is jointly sponsored by IAS and PELS within our Division. It has grown up from strength to strength, holding three sister ECCEs in the world: the ECCE-USA in North America, the ECCE-Europe in collaboration with the existing European Power Electronics Association in Europe, and the ECCE-Asia with partnerships rotating mainly among China, Korea, and Japan. Based on the experience of the PELS President, I have bridged a geographic gap between USA and Asia by organizing the 2010 ECCE-Asia/IPEC-Sapporo, the first ECCE-Asia in Japan.
  • Member, Technical Activity Board as President of PELS (2007-2008)
  • Member, IEEE Medal in Power Engineering Selection Committee (2012-present)
  • Member, IEEE Richard H. Kaufmann Award Selection Committee (2011-present)
  • Member, IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award Selection Committee (2008-2010)
  • President, IEEE Power Electronics Society (2007-2008), and various positions on the PELS Administrative Committee
  • Transactions Paper Review Chair of the IEEE IAS Industrial Power Converter Committee (2010-present)
  • Japan Chapter Chair of IEEE IAS (2003-2005)
  • Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE IAS and PELS (1998-1999)
  • Organizing Chair, IEEE-ECCE-Asia/IPEC-Sapporo (2010)
  • General Chair, IPEC-Niigata International Power Electronics Conference (2005)
  • IEEE Richard H. Kaufmann Technical Field Award (2008)
  • IEEE PES Nari Hingorani Custom Power Award (2012)
  • IEEE IAS Outstanding Achievement Award (2004)
  • IEEE PELS William E. Newell Power Electronics Award (2001)
  • Five IEEE Transactions Prize Paper Awards (1991, 1999, 2003, 2004, and 2008)
I believe that services to our members are obligatorily to organize conferences and workshops, to publish periodical Journals/Transactions, to publish technical standards, and so on. I have made keynote or plenary speeches at various IEEE conferences, delivered technical talks at many countries, and held the role of a distinguished lecturer of two of our Division’s Societies. These valuable experiences have made me realize that face-to-face meetings are essentially more effective for decision making than the Internet. I served as a Guest Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics in 2012. In addition, I have served as a Society Treasurer of the IEEJ (Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan) for two years. Living in Tokyo would give me the privilege of having technical relations to our Society members, especially in Region 10 (Asia and Pacific), through face-to-face meetings. On the basis of my experiences in both IEEE and IEEJ, I would like to make technical and administrative contributions with you and for you.


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