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.
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.
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.
Merrimack Student Branch:
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.