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For IEEE Region 6 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2013-2014; Delegate/Director, 2015-2016.


Thomas M. Coughlin

Thomas M. Coughlin for Region 6

Coughlin Associates
San Jose, California, USA
Thomas M. Coughlin worked for over 20 years in the digital storage industry as an engineer and engineering manager.  He started Coughlin Associates in 2000.  Coughlin Associates publishes reports on digital storage and applications as well as provides various types of consulting services. Tom started the Storage Visions Conference (a partner event to the annual CES) as well as the Creative Storage Conferences.  He was chairman for 6 Flash Memory Summits. Tom has over 70 published articles, book chapters, books and articles and is an inventor on 6 patents.  Tom is an active member in IDEMA, IEEE, SMPTE, SNIA and other technical organizations.  He received his BS in Physics from the University of Minnesota where he also received an MS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science.  He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • 2011-2012 Member of TAB Future Directions Committee
  • 2011-2012 Chair of the Strategic Plan Committee of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society
  • 2009-2012 Member of Technical Program Committee, IEEE CE Society
  • 2012 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect Candidate for Region 6
  • 2008-2009 Region 6 Central Area Chairman
  • 2008 Region 6 Director-Elect Nominating Committee Member
  • 2009-2012 Member of Marketing Committee of the Santa Clara Valley IEEE Consultants Network (CNSV)
  • 2007-2012 Participated as a trainer in the annual SF Bay Area Council IEEE Leadership Training
  • 2007 IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Council Chairman
  • 2007 Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section Chairman
  • 2006 Santa Clara Valley IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Chapter Chairman
  • 2006 Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section Vice Chairman
  • 2005 Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section Treasurer
  • 2004 Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section PACE Chair
  • 2002 Santa Clara Valley IEEE Magnetics Society Chapter Chair (also in 1992)
  • 2010-2012 Vice President of Operations and Planning for IEEE CE Society
  • 2010-2012 Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
  • 2009-2012 Associate Editor IEEE CE Society Newsletter (now Magazine)
  • 2007-2012 Elected Member of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society AdCom
  • 2010 Membership Chairman, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society
  • 2008-2012 Distinguished Lecturer, Consumer Electronics Society
  • 2007-2012 Consumer Electronics ICCE Conference Paper Selection Committee
  • 2011 IEEE Sections Congress Chairman
  • 2011 IEEE IGIC Conference Publicity Chairman
  • 2004 Publicity Chair for IEEE Magnetics Society TMRC Conference (also in 2002, 1996 and 1992)
  • 2004 Local Chairman of International Conference on Ferrites in San Francisco
  • 1995-2007 Reviewer for IEEE Intermag and TMRC conference submissions
My extensive IEEE leadership experience over 34 years at the society and geographic level gives me a broad knowledge of IEEE activities and capabilities. I will leverage my numerous corporate, education and other contacts to enhance Region 6.  I will be an excellent spokesman for and representative of Region 6 interests and activities. 
My goals for Region 6:
  • Represent Region 6 interests at MGA and BoD meetings
  • Increase the transparency and interactivity of IEEE entities in Region 6
  • Bring good initiatives back from the IEEE to Region 6
  • Create initiatives in Region 6 that benefit both large and small sections
  • Support student and GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) members to increase Region 6 member retention
  • Support member job creation, training and employment searches
  •  Increase overall IEEE visibility, influence and value in Region 6 Provide remote access services enabling active participation for all Region 6 members
  • Create valuable Region 6 activities that generate net revenue for the Region
  • Support useful and interesting activities at area and region meetings
  • As Director-Elect, to support the director



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Paul J. Kostek

Paul J. Kostek for Region 6

(Nominated by IEEE Region 6)
Air Direct Solutions
Seattle, Washington, USA
Paul J. Kostek is a Principal with Air Direct Solutions a systems engineering/project management firm. His work involves defining system architecture, system requirements, and software development standards. Paul received his BSEET from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, in 1979.
Paul was Chair of the 2011 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference.  He was the Chair of the IEEE Individual Benefits and Services Committee and was a member of the IEEE-USA Government Fellows Committee and IEEE Insurance Committee.   Paul was the IEEE-USA VP Communications & Public Awareness and on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors in 2007-2009.
In 1999 Paul was the President of IEEE-USA, and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors. He served as President of the IEEE Aerospace & Electronics Systems Society in 2000-2001 and Chaired the American Association of Engineering Societies in 2003. He is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Distinguished Lecturer and an IEEE-USA S-PAC Speaker.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
I have been active in the Seattle Section since 1981 and in a wide range of IEEE volunteer roles including Region 6 (Western USA), IEEE-USA, conferences, committees, and Intelligent Transportation Systems and Aerospace & Electronics Systems Societies.  I continue to serve the Seattle Section as Chair of the Consultants Network Chapter and as Chair of the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (joint Seattle Section /Region 6 Conference) in 2011 and 2012. I also served as Northwest Area PACE (Professional Activities Committees for Engineers) Awards and Area Chair.  I am currently the Region’s Conference Coordinator and I also served as Region PACE Coordinator. 
Major accomplishments:
  • Chaired inaugural Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2011
  • Fund Raising Chair for SC 2011
  • VP Communications & Public Awareness for IEEE-USA 2008-2009
  • President of IEEE-USA 1999
  • Individual Benefits and Services Committee: member 2005-2010; chair 2009-2010
  • Member Insurance Committee 2009-2010
  • Member IEEE-USA Government Fellows Committee 2004-2010
  • VP Communications and Public Awareness IEEE-USA 2008-2009
  • VP Career Activities IEEE-USA 2007
  • President IEEE-USA 1999
  • Member IEEE Board of Directors 1999
  • Region 6 Conference Coordinator 2011-2012
  • Fundraising Chair SC 2011
  • Region 6 PACE Coordinator 1996-1998
  • Chair Consultants Network Seattle Section 2000-2012
  • Chair Seattle Section 1990-91
  • VP Conferences Intelligent Transportation Systems Society 2002–2005
  • President Aerospace & Electronics Systems Society 2000-2001
  • Chair Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2012 & 2011
  • Chair Digital Avionics Systems Conference 2006
  • Chair Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference 2004
  • IEEE Seattle Section Legend Award 2010
  • IEEE-USA Robert Walleigh Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award 2002
  • IEEE Millennium Medal 2000
Thank you for offering me this opportunity.  I have served IEEE at the Section, Area, Region, Societies and Boards (IEEE-USA, Publication Services and Products Board, Technical Activities Board and IEEE Board of Directors) level.  For most of our members the local section is their primary contact with IEEE.  The Region Director position provides an opportunity to serve members and improve their experience as members.  We can’t make the experience for members, but what we can do is provide opportunities, whether for continuing education/skills development, networking or volunteering.  As a member of the Board, the Director also serves the membership by ensuring responsible management of IEEE’s finances and services.  We are a multi-million dollar business and we need to ensure that funds are used to maximum benefit. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Region as Director-Elect.



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