Below are the candidates for 2013 IEEE President-Elect. The 2013 President-Elect will become President in 2014.
J. ROBERTO B. DE MARCA
(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)
Pontifical Catholic University
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California where he earned his PhD-EE. Since 1978 he has been on the faculty of the Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, having held several leadership/administrative positions including Associate Academic Vice President. Dr. de Marca also held visiting appointments in universities and industrial laboratories in Europe, Asia and North America. Twice he served as Scientific Consultant with AT&T Bell Laboratories.
As National Research Council Scientific Director, he authorized the startup money for the national research network paving the way to the widespread Internet use in Brazil. Dr. de Marca was a delegate to several ITU meetings where the wireless 3G standards were developed. In 2008-2010 he served on Finep’s(the largest Brazilian R&D/Innovation funding agency) presidential advisory board.
Roberto was the Brazilian Telecommunications Society founding President and is a member of the Brazilian National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
- Under my chairmanship of the Future Directions Committee, IEEE started successful initiatives in Cloud Computing, Smart Grid and Transportation Electrification. It also started two new conference series, IEEE Technology Time Machine and Smart Grid World Forum, aimed at industry practitioners and corporate leaders.
- As IEEE VP – Technical Activities: I strengthened relationships with other IEEE organizations to address Society membership decrease and development of joint services; established an industry leaders committee to improve the quality of our products for practitioners; launched development of IEEE's technology roadmap; stimulated creation of an RFID Technical Committee and triggered changes in the Society/Council performance review process; led the development of a new strategic planning document for Technical Activities.
- During my term as President, the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) achieved its highest membership; partnered with other organizations to offer new products and services in key technologies such as Internet, optical networking and wireless; added new web-based services; launched the first Global Chapter Chair Congress; had a five-fold increase in Distinguished Lecturer Tours and had a record revenue year.
- As Society volunteer I led teams that successfully changed the structure of ComSoc flagship conferences and added focus to the long term planning of their technical programs. I led the development of IEEE WCNC to become the premier ComSoc Wireless conference. I served as Chair of four IEEE major conferences and recently was co-chair of the first ever on-line ComSoc conference, IEEE GreenCom. Early on in my volunteer career I was the proponent of the creation of very successful and long lasting Student Travel Grant program.
- Chaired the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge through its conception years, when the highly praised data connectivity for remote health locations project and the reliable energy solution that is being adopted by the Haiti government were started.
I will leverage IEEE’s strengths and assets (dedicated volunteers, skilled staff and powerful brand) and apply my leadership skills to steer IEEE into the next decades. My focus as IEEE President will be to:
- Use my proven record of attracting industry participation to strengthen collaboration with Industry. This revitalized partnership will lead to new benefits and services that will allow members everywhere to perceive IEEE as essential to their career development and professional success.
- Guarantee that IEEE will continue to have a leadership role in fostering new technologies and global innovation.
- Enhance the quality of IEEE’s products and membership services by making greater use of Internet and social media platforms.
- Accelerate IEEE’s globalization towards a truly transnational IEEE, ensuring greater worldwide opportunities and participation of members and volunteers, and providing more regionally focused products and services across the globe.
- Strongly support initiatives that result in human-centric technology advances and address essential humanitarian challenges affecting us all.
- Address young professional’s needs: creating continuing education/training opportunities to facilitate career progress; facilitating access to leadership positions in IEEE; and establishing mechanisms for information access at reasonable costs.
- Reward long-term membership and volunteerism with concrete benefits. Increase support for student technical activities.
- Develop a comprehensive long-term strategy to increase the number of youth who pursue science and engineering careers.
- Promote an environment where volunteers find enjoyment and enrichment in their activities.
- Promote business models that enhance membership and financial success across IEEE units.
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TARIQ S. DURRANI
(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK)
Tariq Durrani’s distinguished career includes several positions with Strathclyde in the UK - lecturer (1976), Professor (1982), Head of Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department (1990-1994) and Deputy Principal (2000-2006) with university-wide responsibilities for large-scale strategic developments. His research interests cover Communications, Signal Processing, Technology Management. He has authored over 350 publications; conducted collaborative work with industry; partnered in major European Union programmes; supervised 40 PhDs; and currently holds Visiting Appointments at Princeton, University of Southern California, Stirling (Scotland) and Chengdu (China).
Tariq has held Directorships of eight organizations, including Scottish Funding Council (US-NSF equivalent); UK National Commission for UNESCO. He served as Advisor to the Governments of UK, Portugal, Netherlands, UAE, US and European Union. He is Fellow: UK Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Edinburgh; IET and IEEE. In 2003, Queen Elizabeth conferred on him the Order of the British Empire ‘for services to electronics research and higher education.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
I have had the privilege of serving the major Boards of IEEE, including Technical Activities, Educational Activities, Publication Services and Products, and Awards.
As President IEEE Signal Processing Society (1994-1995), established the IEEE Jack Kilby Medal in 1995; created the highly successful publication IEEE Signal Processing Letters.
As President IEEE Engineering Management Society (2006-2007), fostered technology management activities, extended support and services to members across IEEE’s technical societies.
As Vice Chair IEEE Publication Services and Products Board and Chair of the TAB Periodicals Council (1996-1997), established the Periodicals Review Committee for improving quality, timeliness of IEEE Journals and Transactions.
As Member IEEE Awards Board (2006-2008), in partnership with Royal Society of Edinburgh, established the joint IEEE/RSE Maxwell Medal.
As IEEE Communications Society Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (2009-2011), established IEEE ComSoc Young Researcher Award, recognising outstanding and talented young members in the Region.
As 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 the pre-university, university and professional levels. Supported Standards Education. Promoted the multilingual IEEE flagship portal TryEngineering.org for pre-university students, parents and school counsellors.
Promoted development and delivery of the Teacher-in-Service Program (TISP) to introduce engineering design principles to pre-university students; now reaching over 410,000 students annually. Promoted global accreditation activities to improve quality of engineering education in South America, the Caribbean, India, China and the Middle East. Supported the IEEE E-learning library for continuing education to practicing engineers.
IEEE Conferences - was General Chair of ICASSP'89, the IEEE’s flagship conference on Signal Processing (Glasgow, 1600 attendees); Executive Chair of ICC 2007, IEEE’s keynote conference on Communication (Glasgow, 1500 attendees); General Chair of IEMC 2002, the IEEE International Engineering Management Conference (Cambridge, England, 280 attendees). Member IEEE Conferences Committee (2008-2009).
I shall work tirelessly to ensure IEEE’s growth, relevance and success; world class publications and conferences; services to members; technological leadership, and effective globalization.
I pledge to:Support Members and their Careers
Support for industry members
Maintain Technological Lead and Development
- Deliver opportunities to professional engineers for enhancing their skills base through continuing professional development.
- Establish a 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 from school.
Offer New Approaches to Publications
- Ensure continued IEEE technological leadership in emerging areas through new publications, conferences, inter-disciplinary, and cross-functional initiatives.
- Promote IEEE’s global presence in areas such as Smart Grid, Cloud Computing, Green Technologies, Life Sciences, Cyber Security, Technology Management, Transportation and Energy.
Support Globalization and Outreach
- Mass customization of technological information - offer information products constructed from across all IEEE publications, customized to suit individual needs.
- Encourage publication of multi-lingual journals, serving members worldwide and opening new markets for IEEE’s publications.
- Establish affordable member rates worldwide through new membership models and progressive benefits.
- Promote more balanced Regional representation in IEEE’s leadership.
- Deliver IEEE's Humanitarian Vision through alliances with institutions such as Engineering for Change, UNESCO, and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations.
- Inspire interest in the joy, wonder, and excitement of engineering in school learners - through engagement with pre-university teachers and students.
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