Candidates for 2016-2017 IEEE Region 3 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
For over 31 years I have maintained a profitable engineering consulting practice, and for over 35 years I have been an engineering educator. I have maintained a license as a Professional Engineer since 1982. For 14 years I served as Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UAB, and for 5 years I served as an officer in the United States Air Force. I received my engineering education, including a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Alabama. I was selected by the Engineering Council of Birmingham as Engineer of the Year in 2003. I am a recipient of IEEE Region 3 Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award (1999). My wife and I are very proud of our two daughters, both of whom are engineers.
COMMITTEE/BOARD: Information Technology Strategy Committee, IEEE-USA Liaison, 2004-06.
IEEE-USA COMMITTEES/BOARDS: IEEE-USA Board of Directors, 2003-07; IEEE-USA Member-at-Large, 2007; IEEE-USA Vice President Member Activities, 2005-06; IEEE-USA Vice President Career Activities, 2003-04; IEEE-USA Operating Committee, 2003-06; IEEE-USA Nominations and Appointments Committee, 2010-11; Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks Coordinating Committee Member, 2005-06; Awards and Recognition Committee Member, 2005-06; Employment and Career Services Committee Member, 2005-06; Communications Committee Member, 2005-06; Pre-college Education Committee Member, 2005-06; Career and Workforce Policy Committee Member, 2003-04; Intellectual Property Committee Member, 2003-04; Licensure and Registration Committee Chair, 2000-02; Licensure and Registration Committee Member, 1997-2014.
REGION: IEEE Region 3 Secretary, 2010-15.
SECTION: Alabama Section Membership Development Committee Chair, 2004-12; Alabama Section Past Chair, 2002; Alabama Section Chair, 2001; Alabama Section Vice Chair, 1999-2000; Alabama Section Secretary/Treasurer, 1998-99; Alabama Section Prize Paper Selection Committee Chair, 1997; Alabama Section Prize Paper Selection Committee Member, 1992, 1986-87; Alabama Section Attendance Committee Member, 1988; Alabama Section Awards Committee Member, 1980-81.
REPRESENTATIVE: IEEE-USA Representative to NCEES Participating Organizations Liaison Council, 2003-07; IEEE-USA Representative to IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB), 2004-05.
AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: Alabama Section Electrical Engineer of the Year, 2003; Third Millennium Medal, 2000; Region 3 Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award, 1999; Benjamin J. Dasher Award, 1987.
IEEE Accomplishments – I am fortunate to have been part of the IEEE-USA Board of Directors for five years during which time I promoted policies of benefit for our current and future members. These efforts promoted career development, research funding, patent law that does not discourage new products, job security, professionalism, and benefits of engineering careers to students. For over twelve years, several of my IEEE positions have been associated with my work with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying to enhance the careers of licensed professional engineers (P.E.).
Senior Consultant (Retired)
Teradata Corp. (Former NCR Corp.)
Columbia, South Carolina, and St Paul, Minnesota; and
Commander and Pilot, USNR (Retired)
Montague’s last decade at Teradata centered on developing, and mentoring implementation of, Business Improvement Methodologies based on Enterprise Data Warehouse enabled IT business solutions (culminating 26 years with NCR/AT&T GIS/New NCR/Teradata, one evolving organization). Earlier positions at NCR-Teradata included Director of Engineering Network Infrastructure Products, AT&T Inter Business Unit Strategy Team member, Department Chief Technical Officer, and Manager of Advanced Development.
Previously John co-founded Audiobionics, Inc., developing the first pocketable communications terminal providing digital and synthesized voice communications for the speech and hearing challenged community (1981-83). Immediately before that, as VP Engineering and corporate director, John rescued Delta Systems from financial distress and product reliability problems; he also formed and managed Delta GmbH. This was built on 20 years of hardware/software product development experience.
John was a part-time Adjunct Professor (Computer Networking) at the University of South Carolina for several years.
Education: BS-EE, MS-CS, MBA, graduate work in Management of Technology.
IEEE competes with employer and family, for member’s time and member’s financial assets. A management imperative for IEEE leaders is to maximize the value members receive for their investment as an involved member and volunteer, maximizing as well the services, products, and environment for individual and professional growth that come from their membership.
50+ years in the electronics and computing industries, the last half involved in technology/business strategy development and team building in large corporate entities, has prepared me to lead consensus building among IEEE organizational units, addressing the needs and desires stemming from IEEE’s diverse membership, and to advocate for them at the IEEE and IEEE-USA board level. Team work and consensus are needed, but in the end everything is done by individuals, and recognizing individual contributions enhances motivation. Providing support for volunteer leaders and engaged members is the key to a vibrant and growing organization.
I ask for your support and vote. My time and energy is pledged to you should I be granted the opportunity to serve.