Dr. Freeman is President of HAF Consulting, Inc., a Minnesota-based technology consulting and project management company.With over thirty-five years of experience in the communications field, Harvey specializes in designing/managing innovative technology-based solutions.He received his B.S.E.E. degree from University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Illinois.
In his work life, he has founded and ran two companies, handling all of the finances for each.For the past 10 years he has been managing technical projects and achieving a remarkable record of on-time completions and within budget constraints.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Founder and first editor-in-chief of IEEE Network, the IEEE Communications Society magazine on computer communications
Founder and first general chairman, and current standing committee chairman of IEEE INFOCOM, the annual Communications Society conference on computer communications
Founder of IEEE SECON, the annual Communications Society conference on ad hoc and sensor communications and networks
Founder of the Communications Society’s “Tutorial Now” program
Served nine terms on the Communications Society’s and one term on the Computer Society’s Board of Governors
Elected as ComSoc’s Vice President Technical Activities and Vice President of Member Activities
Served as ComSoc’s Treasurer and Chief Information Officer
Two years as a member of the IEEE Educational Activities Board
Harvey handled the finances of the Communications Society in 2000 when it had a budget surplus through 2003 when it moved into a deficit position and put on the TAB (Technical Activities Board) watch list.His careful scrutiny of ComSoc expenses as well as his suggestions for new revenue generating ideas quickly moved ComSoc back into the budget surplus category (and off the watch list).In addition, he has overseen the finances of many of the conferences that he has run, including IEEE INFOCOM for the past 31 years.
These are tough times for the IEEE and its constituent Societies.Industry has eliminated the jobs of many thousands of employees and is cutting back on hours and/or salaries for the employees that remain.Companies are going out of business or are absorbed by larger organizations and either disappear or become much smaller.All of this reduces the flow of revenue into the IEEE and ComSoc while their own costs increase.If I am elected Division III Director, I will use my vast experience in Society and Conference finances to work with IEEE to develop new ways of increasing revenue while also decreasing expenses.I will be able to work with other members of the IEEE Board and Councils to come up with the best solutions and decisions as they apply to ComSoc.
Byeong Gi Lee received his Ph.D. degree from UCLA and worked for Granger Associates and AT&T Bell Laboratories, before joining the faculty of Seoul National University, where he served as the Vice Chancellor for Research. Byeong co-founded the Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN) and the Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications (APCC). He also served as the President of the Korea Information and Communications Society (KICS), the President of the Korea Society for Engineering Education (KSEE), and the 2010-2011 President of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc). Lately, Byeong served as a Commissioner on the Korea Communications Commission (KCC). His fields of research interest include communication systems and integrated broadband networks. He published seven textbooks (in English), including Broadband Telecommunication Technology (Artech House, 1993), and holds 13 U.S. patents with five more patents pending. He is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK).
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Byeong was IEEE Communications Society President in 2010-2011 and is currently serving as Past President. Prior to that, Byeong served many years as a volunteer for ComSoc, including Director of Asia Pacific Region, Director of Membership Programs Development, Director of Magazines, Member-at-Large on the Board of Governors, Vice President for Membership Development, and Vice President for Member Relations. Byeong was also involved in conferences and publications activities, including Technical Program Committee Chair of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2005, held in Seoul, and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Global Communications Newsletter. Byeong also served as a member of the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) and the Ad hoc Society Membership Committee which exerted effort to find a technical home (in addition to geographical home) for every IEEE member.
As the ComSoc President in 2010-2011, right after the 2008 global economic downturn, Byeong successfully rescued the Society from financial turbulence and secured financial stability by generating new revenue sources. Under Byeong’s presidency, ComSoc saw a dramatic increase of membership, from about 43,000 to over 50,000 members. Byeong contributed to innovating ComSoc in the aspects of globalization, young leaders and industry, resulting in a healthier and more agile Society. In 2010, Byeong conceived “ComSoc’s Golden Triangle” vision and implemented it throughout his two-year term supported by a strong volunteer-staff partnership: Byeong’s leadership team created a Vice President position for Standards Activities; established an open-call based editor appointment system; regulated the charters of ComSoc’s major conferences; conducted portfolio analyses of the Society’s conferences, improving systematic and effective management; and incorporated better-balanced geographic representation of Members-at-Large on the Board of Governors. In 2011, Byeong initiated development of ComSoc’s 2020 vision, which will enable ComSoc to keep growing and serving humanity in the converged communications era to come.
IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.We may well be proud of belonging to such an esteemed institute with that valuable goal. Within the IEEE, Societies and Councils are the very entities that conduct technical activities and thereby generate the major portion (over 75%) of IEEE’s revenue. For IEEE to faithfully fulfill the goal of “advancing technology,” it has to strongly support its Societies and Councils. In reality, however, the support is poor and the IEEE operation is not well focused on the advancement of technologies. The IEEE imposes heavy taxes on Societies under the name of “Infrastructure Charges,” placing big financial burdens on Societies (Societies have to work hard to pay the taxes!) IEEE has a large size of paid staff (over 1,000), which is expensive to maintain, but its servicesare often focused away from supporting technical/Society activities. If elected, I will exert every effort to more properly align IEEE’s operation with IEEE’s institutional goal of advancing technology for humanity.