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Candidates for 2014 IEEE Division VIII Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect. 


Donald F. Shafer

Donald F. Shafer (Nominated by Division VIII)

(Nominated by IEEE Division VIII)
Cofounder and Technical Fellow
Athens Group
Austin, Texas, USA
Cofounder and technical fellow, I lead Athens Group engineers delivering international software services for oil exploration, production, and pipeline monitoring systems. I’ve led major semiconductor hardware and software product development groups producing award-winning multimedia hardware and software.
I received a BS from the United States Air Force Academy and an MBA from the University of Denver, CO, USA. I hold both IEEE CSDP and Software Engineering Instructor certifications. I've contributed to multiple books, written 20+ referred articles, and coauthored Quality Software Project Management. I’ve contributed to the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering, IEEE/CSDP training, and webinar programs. My current projects include development of a multi-volume set of Software Engineering Proven Practices for the oil and gas industry based on more than a decade of extensive engineering work done at Athens Group. My current patents deal with control system hardware and software virtualization for functional and performance validation and verification.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
As an IEEE member, I participate in local Central Texas activities emphasizing growing new Senior members, Oceanic Engineering, Signal Processing, Solid State Circuits, and the Computer Societies. As an IEEE Computer Society member, I was able to serve in diverse leadership roles from Editor-in-Chief to Board of Governors Member, Treasurer and Vice President of Professional Activities. These roles gave me a broad perspective of the impressive capabilities of IEEE, our Societies and members. Some major accomplishments:
  • Computer Society Vice President of Professional Activities, 2012-2013 – managing the final release of the 2013 SWEBOK, the PMBOK extensions for software engineering and the SEBoK. Our goal is to provide a unified software engineering presence in and of itself, in project management and in systems engineering.
  • Member of the 2012 Computer Society Strategic Planning Subcommittee, 2011 – championed outreach to underserved industries and new technology initiatives especially Cloud Computing.
  • IEEE USA, Keynote Address, “Taking Responsibility for Technology,” 2011 Annual Meeting – Focused on how the IEEE Code of Ethics can shape our technical and personal responses to engineering challenges.
  • Computer Society Treasurer 2008-2009 – streamlined the financial reporting and placed the emphasis on the Society’s staff financial management.
  • Member of the Computer Society Board of Governors, 2007-2009 – advocated implementation of the Hay Report recommendations and Washington, DC, USA, office sale.
  • Chair, Computer Society Press Operations Committee, 2007 – worked with staff to implement both new publishers and refined publishing models for the Society in support of certification.
  • EIC, Computer Society Press, 2004-2007 – increased breadth of acceptable publications, volunteer involvement, reviewer professionalism and visibility.
Cloud Computing, Smart Grid, Big Data are key technical areas that IEEE TAB, working together with Division VIII, the Computer Society, must address. Our mission is simply stated: “… foster technological innovation and progress by advancing the technical activities of the IEEE for the benefit of the profession and humanity worldwide, and to represent the interests of Societies and Technical Councils within the IEEE.” Although we are multiple societies and engineering disciplines, there is only one IEEE. As your Division VIII Director I will completely support the TAB mission to the benefit of all our IEEE members.
Thank you for being an IEEE member. Thank you for voting.
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John W. Walz

John W. Walz (Nominated by Division VIII)

(Nominated by IEEE Division VIII)
Lucent Technologies (Retired)
Naperville, IL, USA
John W. Walz retired from Lucent Technologies/AT&T with more than 20 years of management/coaching experience, covering positions in hardware and software engineering, quality planning and auditing, standards implementation, and strategic planning. Walz has coauthored three books covering the use of IEEE Software Engineering Standards to support CMMI, ISO 9001, and Lean Six Sigma. He is also a contributor to the Computer Society ReadyNotes and industry webinar programs.
Walz held leadership positions in national and international industry and professional organizations, including U.S. Technical Advisory Group on Quality Management ISO 9001 and Risk Management ISO 31000; American Society for Quality (ASQ) Electronics and Communications Division and its Sarbanes-Oxley Forum; the Quality Excellence for Suppliers of Telecommunications Forum; and the Information Integrity Coalition.
He received his BS and MS in electrical engineering from Ohio State University. 
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
IEEE Accomplishments:
My principle accomplishment in IEEE has been to build a stronger and more effective organization. I addressed and improved the vitality of organizational units, boards, committees, and sub-committees within IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society. I have brought contentious boards together, developed ways of recruiting new volunteers, and promoted the society to practitioners and academics. I have served as president of the society, vice president of technical activities and conferences, and standards boards. 
To IEEE I have brought more than 20 years of industry leadership experience. I have used this experience to bring volunteers together, help them make sound judgments, strengthen the structure of IEEE and help volunteers make plans for the future. I have resolved contentions among different parts of IEEE and helped operating units be successful. 
I have been particularly effective in communicating with volunteers and helping them understand the purpose and benefits of IEEE. I have been successful in helping members understand the value of the society, its goals, policy, organizational design, project plans, budgets, measures, assessments, improvement plans, and leadership. 
  • 2013-2014 Member, IEEE Conference Committee
  • 2013 Chair, ad hoc, Conference Branding
  • 2012-2013 Co-Chair, TAB ad hoc on Industry Practitioners
  • 2012 Member, TAB ad hoc on Society Member Interest Identification
  • 2011-2013 Chair, IEEE Life Sciences Initiatives, Membership, Roadmap, & Branding Committee
  • 2009-2010 Member, IEEE Conference Publications Committee
  • 2008 Member, TAB ad hoc on Standards Development
  • 2014 General Chair, COMPSAC, CS flagship conference
  • 2013 Chair, CS Nominations Committee, CS Inter-society Cooperations Committee
  • 2012 President, IEEE Computer Society (CS)
  • 2011-2013, Member, CS Industry Advisory Board
  • 2011 Chair, CS Planning Committee, CS Constitution & Bylaws Committee
  • 2009-2010 VP, Technical & Conference Activities Board
  • 2007-2008 VP, Standards Activities Board
  • 2007-2013 Member, CS Executive Committee
  • 1985-2006 Secretary, Standards Activities Board
OTHER: Member, IEEE Standards Association
IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and the Computer Society will continue to make tough decisions, prioritizing efforts that will support the IEEE goals and vision, while providing the most benefits to our membership. These benefits include offering innovative, relevant, affordable, and quality products and services to support the professional development of academics and industry practitioners.
Just as I have done as past Computer Society President, I will work with staff and volunteer leaders to remake IEEE and its many units to become relevant, responsive, agile, collaborative, affordable, and supportive to our members and volunteers as measured by their increased engagement. 
As the majority of our membership are industry practitioners, we will work to understand their and their employers' professional needs. These global and local needs will be analyzed against the current IEEE offerings in order to plan improved IEEE offerings' value for future membership and participation.
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