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Candidates for 2014-2015 IEEE Region 3 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.


James M. Conrad

James M. Conrad (Nominated by IEEE Region 3)

(Nominated by IEEE Region 3)
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC, USA
James Conrad has spent an equal amount of time working in industry and academia. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA, and his master’s and doctorate in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University, NC, USA. He is currently a professor at UNC Charlotte, NC, USA, and recently served as Associate Department Chair. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, AR, USA, and as an instructor at North Carolina State University. He has worked for IBM, Ericsson/Sony Ericsson, and two start-up companies as a software engineer and project manager.
Conrad is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He teaches and conducts research in the areas of embedded systems, robotics, parallel processing, artificial intelligence, and engineering education. He has published five books in the field of embedded systems and robotics, including three books with IEEE Computer Society Press.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
IEEE Awards:
  • IEEE-USA Outstanding Service Award, 2012
  • IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award, 2008
  • IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Educator Award, 2007
Major IEEE Services:
  • IEEE Region 3, Conferences Committee Vice-Chair, 2011-present
  • IEEE Education Society, Charlotte Chapter, Chair 2007-present
  • General Chair, 2010 IEEE SoutheastCon
  • Co-Program Chair, 2009 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems
  • IEEE, NC Council, Chair 2008-2009
  • IEEE, Charlotte Section, Chair, 2006-2007
  • Advisor, UNC Charlotte IEEE Student Chapter, 2004-2009
  • IEEE Computer Society, Press Operations Committee, 2002-2009
  • IEEE Eastern NC Section Volunteer, 2001-2003
  • IEEE Computer Society, Membership Activities Board, Student Activities Committee, 1993-1995
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Computing Futures Magazine, 1990-1991
  • Technical Program Committee member for many IEEE sponsored conferences
IEEE Accomplishments:
  • Led the revitalization of the Charlotte Section by providing monthly membership development meetings and networking opportunities.
  • Organized the Region 3 SoutheastCon 2010 conference to include extensive industry participation and opportunities for professional development. The conference included the most number of open tutorials and workshops, as well as the largest industry exhibition in recent SoutheastCon history.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." – Charles Dickens.
Does this quote represent IEEE and its goals to engage members?
I belong to another professional organization that is increasing in membership by 8% to 11% a year. They offer fantastic opportunities for professional development via seemingly daily webinars offered by "Communities of Practice." Local chapters have 100-200 members attend their meeting every month. My local chapter has even created satellite meetings to better reach its members. This organization never talks about membership retention because it is not a problem.
Now compare this organization with IEEE. Why must we constantly convince our members to renew each year? Is the benefit not inherently obvious? Are we REALLY providing our members the opportunities they need to be successful? Do we really encourage our members to take part in all of the professional development activities available?
As Director of R3 I will strive to examine these larger, systemic problems of IEEE and work toward revolutionary changes to better serve members.


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John E. Montague

John E. Montague (Nominated by IEEE Region 3)

(Nominated by IEEE Region 3)
Senior Consultant (Retired)
Teradata Corp. (Former NCR Corp.)
Columbia, SC, USA
Montague’s last decade at Teradata centered on developing and mentoring implementation of Business Improvement Methodologies based on Enterprise Data Warehouses enabling 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, 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 of 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 (BS-EE, MS-CS, MBA, graduate work in Management of Technology) was Adjunct Professor (Computer Networking) at USC for several years. He retired as Commander, USNR (pilot, 1992).
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • IEEE MGAB ITCO Member 2012-13
  • IEEE Computer Society MGAB Member-at-Large 2010-11
  • IEEE Computer Society MGAB GUOC Member 2010-12
  • IEEE Computer Society MGAB MDC Member 2010-11
  • IEEE Standards Activities Board NESCOM 1989-90
  • IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee: Vice Chair 1988-95, Treasurer 1986-87
  • Region Professional Activities Operations Committee Chair 2012-13 -- Responsible for Career Enhancement, Employment and Career Services, PACE, S-PAC, Educational Activities, and Government Activities sub-committees
  • Region 3 PACE Chair 2012-13
  • IEEE-USA PACE Committee Region 3 Representative
  • Region 3 Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee Chair 2010-11 -- Responsible for MRRC, WIN, Industry Relations, Life Member sub-committees
  • Region 3 Area 7 Chair 2008-09
  • South Carolina Council: Vice Chair 2012-13, 2006-07; Chair 2008-09; Treasurer 2004-05
  • Columbia Section: Chair 2006; Vice Chair 2005; Treasurer 2004; PACE Chair 2002-04; Membership Development Chair, 2012-13, 2005
  • IEEE Computer Society Region 3 Chapter Coordinator 2009-12
  • Twin Cities Section, various non-officer positions 1977-96
  • Twin Cities Computer Society Chapter, various non-officer positions 1977-96
  • Computer Society Region 3 Chapter Coordinator 2010-12
  • Vice Chair, Computer Society Standards Activities Board 1991-92
  • Policy & Procedures Chair, Computer Society Standards Activities Board 1991
  • Awards Chair, Computer Society Standards Activities Board 1996
  • Publicity Chair, Computer Society Standards Activities Board 1994-95
  • Member of Computer, Communications, Engineering in Biology & Medicine Societies
  • 2002 IEEE SoutheastCon Technical Program Co-chair 1999-2002
  • IEEE 802 Plenary Meeting Organizer (three per year 1986-96; >1000 participants each)
  • IEEE 802.5 Token Ring Standard Working Group Vice Chair 1987-88
  • IEEE Region 1-6 Metropolitan Area Workshop Initiative – Computer Society MGAB Liaison 2010-11
  • Contributor and reviewer of more than 20 IEEE Standards, editor of one.
Many things compete for members' time and financial assets. We must strive to maximize the value members receive for time invested being an involved member and volunteer, competing against employer and family, as well as the services, products, and environment for individual and professional growth that come from the investment of dues; it is our obligation as leaders.
Fifty-plus years in the electronics and computing industries, the last half involved in technology and business strategy development, and team building large entities (companies and/or internal business units) qualify me to lead consensus building of positions among the needs and desires that IEEE’s diverse membership represents, 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. Providing support for volunteer leaders and engaged members is the key to a vibrant and growing organization. Recognizing contributions creates motivation.
I ask for your support and vote. My time and energy is pledged to you should I be granted the opportunity to serve.


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Gregg L. Vaughn

Gregg L. Vaughn (Nominated by IEEE Region 3)

(Nominated by IEEE Region 3)

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Alabama-Birmingham
Birmingham, AL, USA
For over 30 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 five 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, AL, USA. My wife and I are very proud of our two daughters, both of whom are engineers. My older daughter has a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and has written several articles that were published in IEEE journals. My younger daughter is a mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in Business Administration. Thus, I have some very important reasons to promote the future of engineering.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
COMMITTEES/BOARDS: 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, 1997-2012. REGION: IEEE Region 3 Secretary, 2010-13. 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 to 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 12 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.).
IEEE has been of great value to me since I became a student member in 1968. IEEE has published my papers, provided standards for my designs when I worked for industry, guided engineering education, defended the interest of engineers in Congress, and provided me with many friends. In return, I have an obligation to serve in order that future engineers may also enjoy these benefits. I believe I have the experience, knowledge, and skills to effectively serve you as IEEE REGION 3 DIRECTOR-ELECT. For many years I have been both an engineering consultant and an engineering educator. As a consultant, I have worked for both large and small companies. I have 14 years of experience as an administrator in a large university, and I still teach many electrical engineering courses each year. Also, I have served on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors for five years. My primary objective as Region 3 Director will be to promote the involvement of every IEEE member in some IEEE-related activity.


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