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Candidates for 2016-2017 IEEE Region 1 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.


Babak D. Beheshti

Babak Beheshti

(Nominated by IEEE Region 1)

Associate Dean and Professor
School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
New York Institute of Technology
Old Westbury, New York, USA

Babak D. Beheshti is the Associate Dean and Professor of the School of Engineering, New York Institute of Technology; where he has served since 1987. Babak's areas of interest include wireless sensor networks, wireless and cellular systems, and digital signal processing. Babak has over 20 years of experience in R&D for embedded systems and wireless technology industry, where he has successfully managed joint R&D programs with many Asian, European and US companies including Siemens Mobile, Nokia, Samsung, KDDI and LG.

Babak has been an active member of IEEE since 1991 having held positions at section, region and major board levels. He is currently member of Publication Services & Products Board of IEEE, as well as Region 1 Student Activities Chair.

Babak is a recipient of the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Long Island Section Athanasios Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award, and three IEEE Region 1 Awards, including 2008 Technical Innovation Award.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

BOARDS/COMMITTEES: Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGA): Representative to PSPB, 2014; Member Development Vice-Chair, 2012; Geographic Units Vice-Chair, 2009-2011; MGA SAC (Student Activities Committee): Chair, 2008-2009; Vice-Chair, 2006-2007; MELCC, 2008-2009; Potentials Advisory Board, 2008-2009.  Tellers Committee: Chair, 2003-05; Member, 2001-03.  RAB Student Activities Committee (RSAC): Vice-Chair, 2006-07; Member, 2003-07; Steering Subcommittee Chair, 2003-07; Student Website Contest Coordinator, 2005.

REGION 1: SAC Chair, 2014, 2003-07; Executive Committee, 2003-07; Membership Development Chair, 2002-03; Employment & Career Activities Coordinator, 2002; Industrial Relations Liaison, 2001-03; Board of Governors, 2002-07.

COUNCIL: Metropolitan Sections Council (METSAC): Treasurer, 2001; Member, 2000. 

SECTION: Long Island Section: Senior Past Chair, 2003; Junior Past Chair, 2002; Chair, 2000-01; Membership Development Chair, 2001-03; First Vice-Chair, 1998-99; Section Vice Chair, 1997-98; Treasurer, 1995-97; Newsletter Editor, 2000-05; Seminars Coordinator, 1999-2004.

CHAPTER:  Signal Processing Society, Chapter Chair, 1997-2003. 

CONFERENCES: IEEE Globecom, Organizing Committee, 2014. IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology Conference, Vice-Chair, 2005-06. 

AWARDS: The IEEE MGA Leadership Award, 2014. Region 1 Technical Innovation Award, 2009.  Long Island Section Charles Hirsch Award, 2008.  IEEE Millennium Medal, 2000. IEEE Region 1 Award, 1997.

  • Identified success factors from high-performing Sections based on the creation, administration and survey data analysis from all ten Regions (2010). The information is being used as the foundation for geographic units vitality recommendations.
  • Developed a 5-year strategic plan for MGA Student Activities Committee (SAC) with mission, vision, goals and objectives, providing a smooth transition for incoming SAC chair (2009). The plan aligns with MGA’s vision and contains specific measurable outcomes.
  • Led HKN Working Group B Transition team and completed all tasks by deadline (2009).
  • Coordinated the President’s Change the World Competition judging efforts with the IEEE Corporate Communications, leading to a stellar winning slate in the IEEE awards ceremony (2009).
  • Successfully coordinated, with Staff, the transition of ISBIR to MGA SAC operations (2009).



I believe that my strength as the Region 1 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect will be the combination of my solid understanding of, and the commitment to, the IEEE’s local activities through my long standing ties to Sections and Councils, and with my experience in several leadership positions at the IEEE at the national and global levels.

I have maintained a balance in my career, both as an academician and as a practitioner, in the industry in various positions of leadership. This has given me the opportunity to have a deep perspective of the issues and challenges facing the engineering profession, both from the academic vantage point, as well as the practicing engineers’ outlook.

My commitment to the IEEE members is that I will utilize my skills and experience to bring about effective changes in streamlining IEEE’s member-focused services, and increasing IEEE’s relevance to the practicing engineer by providing networking, access to technology, and technical training. I will also pursue promoting the prestige and value of membership in the IEEE as the world’s largest professional association and our role in the global community.


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Gim Soon Wan

Soon Wan

(Nominated by IEEE Region 1)
Senior Design Engineer
VICOR Corporation
Andover, Massachusetts, USA

Soon Wan graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore with the highest merit diploma in 1992. In 2000, he graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Electrical and Computer Engineering bachelor degree at Merrimack College in USA as the top graduate student. Soon was featured as a technology whiz kid on the Mass High Tech newsletter in 1999. Before he came to USA in 1995, Soon served two and a half years of mandatory military service for Singapore National Army. During his term of service, he received the Battalion Best Officer Award for his outstanding leadership and performance. Currently, Soon is a Senior Design Engineer in the Research and Development Engineering group at VICOR Corporation. He works with a team to design and develop high power density DC/DC power converter with innovative technologies and patented topologies.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • Strategic Planning AdHoc 2015
  • N&A 2009-10, 2013-14
  • IEEE Potentials Board Corresponding Editor 2011-13
  • MGA: N&A 2011-12.  Young Professionals (formerly GOLD): Past Chair 2009, 2011; Chair 2007-08. Member Recruitment & Retention 2010-13.  MELCC 2008.  Membership Development 2007.  Sections Congress: Participant 2005, 2008, 2011; Young Professionals Summit host 2008
  • TAB: Young Professionals Representative 2010.  Young Career Development AdHoc 2008.
  • Humanitarian AdHoc 2010


  • Member: Power & Energy, Power Electronics, Communication
  • ComSoc: Membership Development 2008-10; Young Professionals 2008-10

Region 1:

  • Membership Development Chair 2010-15
  • Student Conference Chair 2013
  • IB&SC (Individual Benefit & Service Committee) Representative 2010-11
  • Strategic Planning 2006-07
  • Young Professionals Coordinator 2006
  • Student Conference Chair 1999

Boston Section:

  • ExCom 2015, Senior Past Chair 2014, Past Chair 2013, Chair 2012, Vice-Chair 2011.  N&A Chair 2013.  Secretary 2010.  Volunteer Coordinator 2009-10.  Treasurer 2009.  Member-at-Large 2008.  Young Professionals Chair 2000, 2003-05
  • PELS Chapter: Chair 2013, Treasurer 2007-12, 2014-15

Merrimack Student Branch:

  • President 1998-99; Vice-President 1997


  • IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference Initiator/Advisor, 2015
  • Boston Metro Area Workshop Chair, 2013
  • IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference: Treasurer 2015, Program Chair 2014, Vice-Chair 2013, Publicity Chair 2011-12
  • Region 1 Student Conference: Steering Committee, Micromouse Competition Chair, 2011
  • IEEE Conference on Innovative Technologies for an Efficient and Reliable Electricity Supply: Conference Initiator, Student Paper Competition Chair, 2010
  • IEEE TePRA, Steering Committee, 2008-09
  • Boston Smart Grid Symposium, Symposium Initiator, 2009
  • GOLD Humanitarian Workshop Co-Chair, 2008
  • Region 1 Young Professionals Conference Chair, 2007


  • Established the Student Transition and Elevation Program (STEP), a standardized yet localized program for facilitating student to young professional transition by introducing IEEE membership opportunities/benefits during the onset of a career.
  • Inaugurated GOLD Humanitarian Workshop. It created awareness among engineering students and young professionals on using their skills and knowledge to aid humanitarian works.
  • Received Best Regional GOLD Award for reinvigorating Region 1 GOLD.

I have held many leadership positions in IEEE – Region 1 (Northeastern USA), Boston Section, Chapter, Young Professionals, Societies, and Conferences. Region 1 has been facing a number of specific trends that affect our membership, and their needs and expectation have been changed over the years. The opportunities and benefits of membership are endless, and yet, many do not believe that IEEE is essential to their careers. If elected, I would use my experience gained from serving many IEEE committees to enhance the operation of Region 1 Board, Sections and Chapters. All officers will receive proper training, knowledge and skills to effectively perform their volunteering tasks. I will also improve the existing tools, and create new tools to improve the volunteers’ productivity. With great volunteers and tools, we can better serve our members, be able to meet their needs, and make them say "wow." Being a young candidate, I can bring fresh ideas and not be afraid to make changes. We need to change to maintain the elite status of IEEE being the largest professional society in the world.


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