TARIQ S. DURRANI
(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University of Strathclyde
Tariq Durrani joined Strathclyde as Lecturer (1976); appointed Professor (1982); Department Head (of one of the largest in UK) (1990-1994); and Deputy Principal (2000-2006) responsible for university-wide large-scale strategic developments. His research covers Communications, Signal Processing, and Technology Management. He has authored 350 publications; conducted collaborative research with industry, partnered in major European research programs; and supervised 40 Ph.D.'s. He currently holds visiting appointments at Princeton, University of Southern California, Stirling, and UESTC Chengdu.
Tariq has held directorships in eight organizations including UK National Commission for UNESCO and served as consultant advisor to the governments of the UK, Netherlands, Portugal, UAE, US, and European Union.
He is a Fellow of IEEE, UK Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Edinburgh, and IET. He is currently Vice President (International) Royal Society of Edinburgh (2012-2013).
In 2003 Queen Elizabeth honored him with the title OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) "for services to electronics research and higher education."
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Tariq has served on major IEEE Boards including Technical Activities, Educational Activities, Awards and Publication Services and Products; and Conferences Committee, and led key Technical Societies, delivering achievements with long term impact:
President, IEEE Signal Processing Society (1994-1995). Established the IEEE Jack Kilby Medal (1995). Created the highly successful IEEE Signal Processing Letters.
President, IEEE Engineering Management Society (2006-2007). Fostered technology management activities, extended support and services to members across IEEE technical Societies.
Regional Director, IEEE Communications Society for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) (2009-2011). Established IEEE ComSoc EMEA Young Researcher Award, recognizing talented young members.
Vice Chair, IEEE Publication Services and Products Board and Chair TAB Periodicals Council (1996-1997). Established Periodicals Review Committee for improving quality and timeliness of IEEE Transactions.
Vice Chair, Region 8 Technical Activities (2003-2004). Promoted industry liaison, Section reviews, chaired R8 Conferences Committee.
Member, IEEE Awards Board (2006-2008). In partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh, established joint IEEE/RSE Maxwell Medal.
Vice President, IEEE Educational Activities Board (2010-2011). Delivered vision and strategic plan enhancing global engagement. Promoted key programs that support educational needs worldwide at pre-university, university, and professional levels. Promoted the multilingual IEEE flagship portal TryEngineering.org for pre-university students, parents, and school counselors.
Promoted Teacher-in-Service Program (TISP). Reaching over 580,000 students annually through teachers trained in engineering design principles.
Fostered global accreditation to improve engineering education quality in South America, the Caribbean, India, China, and the Middle East. Supported IEEE E-learning Library for continuing education of practicing engineers.
Popularized EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service)—now in 24 countries—extending global reach of IEEE.
IEEE Conferences. General Chair, IEEE Signal Processing Society flagship Conference ICASSP ’89 (1600 attendees); Executive Chair, IEEE Communications Society keynote Conference ICC-2007 (1500 delegates); General Chair, International Engineering Management Conference IEMC-2002 (280 participants).
Member, IEEE Conference Committee (2008-2009).
I shall work ceaselessly to maintain and enhance IEEE as the world’s premier organization of professionals. I undertake to:
Support Members and their Careers
Support for industry members
- Deliver opportunities for professional engineers to enhance their skills base through continuing professional development.
- Establish Panel of Chief Executive/Technology Officers to advise IEEE on strategic issues for greater engagement with industry.
- Encourage practitioner-driven and practitioner-oriented conferences.
- Provide career support to young members and offer reduced membership fees upon graduation.
Maintain IEEE Lead in Technologies and Standards Development
- Promote global IEEE presence in areas such as Big Data Revolution, Green Technologies, Life Sciences, Cyber Security, Transportation, Energy.
- Enhance global visibility and adoption of IEEE Standards. Encourage IEEE Societies to partner with IEEE Standards Association in developing Standards-related activities.
- Ensure major IEEE role in catalyzing solutions to 21st-century Global Grand Challenges.
Promote Innovations in Publications
- Mass Customization of technological information - deliver information products constructed from across all IEEE publications customized to suit individual needs.
- Encourage multilingual translation of journals, serving members worldwide and opening new markets.
Support Globalization and Outreach
- Establish affordable member rates through new membership models and progressive benefits.
- Promote more balanced Regional representation in IEEE leadership positions.
- Deliver IEEE’s Humanitarian Vision in partnership with institutions such as UNESCO, Engineering for Change, World Federation of Engineering Organizations.
- Working with WIE, establish high-level IEEE Prize for "Outstanding Woman Engineer of the Year" to inspire women engineers.
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HOWARD E. MICHEL
(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)
Consultant, HEM Consulting
Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA; and
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA
Howard retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1994, having been a pilot, satellite launch director, and engineer, including in the People’s Republic of China where he served as a senior U.S. Government technical representative enforcing technology-transfer control plans and procedures during two satellite launches. Other achievements include successfully launching seven U.S. satellites by directing launch-base test and integration involving booster, satellite, and telemetry-range hardware; and developing U.S. Department of Defense engineering processes for mission-critical computer systems.
Howard is a consultant for the U.S. DoD and private industry in the area of embedded systems, avionics, instrumentation and systems engineering.
Howard is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMass-Dartmouth. He has secured research funding from U.S. NSF and NOAA. He holds two patents and has published a textbook, 15 refereed journal papers and 70 conference papers, posters or abstracts. He has graduated 3 PhD and 35 MS students.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Recent leadership roles in the IEEE:
- IEEE Board of Directors (2008-2009, 2011-2012)
- IEEE Vice-President, Member and Geographic Activities (2011-2012)
- Member and Geographic Activities Board (2008-2013)
- IEEE-USA Board of Directors (2008-2009)
- Technical Activities Board (2010)
- Region 1 (Northeast US) Director (2008-2009)
- Chaired the IEEE Public Visibility Committee (2009-2010)
- Co-chaired (with VP-Technical Activities) an ad hoc committee to incorporate a basic society membership into IEEE membership (2011-2012)
- Member TA/PSP Products and Services Committee (2010)
- Member ad hoc Corporate Engagement Committee (2012)
- Member Governance Committee (2008-2009)
- Member Strategic Planning Committee (2009)
As Vice President, Member and Geographic Activities
Created and implemented “Metro Area Smart-Tech Workshops” — partnerships between local volunteers, IEEE Societies and professional staff
- Workshops effectively engaged practicing engineers and computer scientists to support their technical and professional needs
- Workshops universally received outstanding reviews (80%-90% satisfaction, 40%+ top box ratings) from attendees
- I continue to work to expand these into all areas of the world
Led a global network of volunteers
- Dealt with international legal compliance and financial issues impacting Sections, volunteers and members around the world
- Managed the development and implementation of an approval process for conferences — personally worked with senior local volunteers in China to implement it
- Piloted processes to empower and reward local geographic units for engaging members
As Region 1 Director, instituted a formal program to work with industry
- Envisioned and created several “industry days” attended by hundreds of members and senior industry managers
- Afforded direct contact between our members and industry leaders
- Continued and expanded this globally as VP-MGA
As Chair, IEEE Public Visibility Committee (PVC)
- Created the IEEE tag line Advancing Technology for Humanity
- Established PVC as a standing committee of the IEEE Board
- Led PV efforts in ten countries, targeting four demographics, on six hot topics—highlighted the brand globally
I will work passionately on four things if elected IEEE President:
Provide tools for career security for all members worldwide
- Provide products and services — continuing education, practitioner journals and conferences, online forums and networking opportunities — to facilitate career security for working engineers and computer scientists just as IEEE does now for academics with our journals and conferences
- Connect academics with practitioners — use IEEE Future Directions and Technology Time Machine to guide and empower practitioners in career choices
Expand globally, including within the U.S.
- Implement regional geographic strategies — member value in Providence is very different than member value in Singapore or Brazil
- Empower and reward Sections/Chapters for adding local value and engaging members
- Increase IEEE’s impact on public policy and sentiment in all our technical areas of interest, including standards development and educational accreditation
Lead “disruptive innovation” in our publishing and conference business
- Provide individualized information 24/7 in customized ways for all 400,000+ members, creating an interactive web of knowledge where researchers and practitioners can communicate and build knowledge together
- Lead in academic publishing; provide a high-quality user experience for authors, readers and reviewers, in all our journals, conferences and future ventures
- Create the platform-of-choice for practicing engineers to find and exchange information
Increase visibility, educate everyone everywhere on IEEE
- Increase prestige, recognition and influence of the profession
- Increase recruitment, bringing the best minds into the profession
- Increase employer support; our members are their lifeblood
- Impact public policy — our members literally invent the world we live in — let’s guide policy-makers worldwide
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