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Candidates for 2016-2017 IEEE Region 5 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.


Robert C. Shapiro

Robert Shapiro

(Nominated by IEEE Region 5)


Plano, Texas, USA

Since 1983, Robert C. Shapiro has been a Registered Professional Engineer and Independent Consultant, focused on the Land Mobile Radio and Wireless industries, serving the Public Safety, Electric Utility, Energy, Transportation and Telecommunications industries based in Plano, Texas, USA. Besides providing support for his family, including his wife Ruth and daughter Renee, Robert serves and volunteers in the wireless technical community, on the Telecommunications Industry Association TR8.18 sub-committee, as the Vice Chair, and he is the Chair of Technology Education for the National Public Safety Telecommunications Counsel. Robert has held his Professional Engineering Certification Texas since 1990. He is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America since 2011, and a Member of the IEEE since 1981 and Senior Member since 2003. He has over 30 articles published in industry magazines and in IEEE conferences as poster sessions.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



  • Membership Development Chair, 2006-09
  • West Area Chair, 2010-13
  • Secretary, 2014-present


IEEE Dallas Section:

  • Communications and Vehicular Technology Society Chapters, Membership Development Chair, 1996-98
  • Communications and Vehicular Technology Society Chapters, Treasurer, 1999-2000
  • Communications and Vehicular Technology Society Chapters, Chair, 2001-03
  • Communications and Vehicular Technology Society Chapters, Active Past Chair and Mentor, 2004-Present
  • Membership Development Chair, 2002-03
  • Treasurer, 2004-05
  • Chair, 2006-07
  • Active Past Chair and Mentor, 2008-Present


  • IEEE TAB Representative to GOLD (now called Young Professionals) Committee, 2007-08
  • Member, IEEE Medal for Environmental & Safety Technologies Committee, 2010-12


IEEE Communications Society

  • North American Director, 2003-06
  • Marketing and Industry Relations Director, 2007-10
  • Awards Committee, 2009-12
  • Member at Large, 2011-13

IEEE Vehicular Technology Society

  • Elected Board Member, 2003-present
  • Member, Conference Committee, 2003-present
  • Chair, Land Mobile Committee, 2003-09
  • Webmaster, 2010-present
  • VP, Mobile Radio, 2010-13
  • VP, Membership Development, 2014-present 

IEEE Technology Management Council

  • Board Member, 2011-present
  • VP, Conferences, 2011-12

IEEE Committee for RFID

  • Board Member, 2010-14


  • General Chair, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, 2004 and 2007
  • IEEE Dallas Section Representative, IEEE Globecom, 2005
  • Treasurer, IEEE CRFID Annual Conference, 2007 and 2012


  • Successfully led and supported 3 major IEEE conferences; two Vehicular Technology Conferences and Globecom, each raising over US$200k surplus for the respective IEEE societies and the Dallas and Baltimore Sections.
  • Increased membership of each IEEE entity while serving as Membership Development Chair.
  • Participated in Senior Member upgrade events as a Section leader and mentored new leaders after completing role as Chair of the IEEE Dallas Section.
  • As Chair of the IEEE Dallas Chapters of the Vehicular Technology and Communications Societies, won Chapter of the Year for 3 years.
  • As the IEEE Region 5 South Area Chair, successfully implemented a road show and mentoring program for Section leaders



Leveraging the IEEE’s strengths and my experience and leadership skills, I will help promote a robust culture in IEEE Region 5 and throughout. My focus as an elected Board of Director will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Developing new and innovative programs to engage members and volunteers,
  • Nurturing existing programs, while working towards a balance of efficient use of resources with an effort towards maintaining membership dues.
  • Using my proven experience in attracting industry participation and extensive contacts to strengthen collaboration with Industry, thus allowing practitioners and industrial members to take an active role in the Institute.
  • Continuing the branding of “IEEE” as the go-to place for Electrical Engineering professionals to network, learn and enhance their careers.
  • For Young Professionals, encouraging the creation of continuing education/training opportunities to facilitate early career progress and facilitate access to volunteer leadership positions in the Communications Society.
  • Promote an environment where volunteers find satisfaction in their activities and can balance their expectations and personal career goals.



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T. Scott Atkinson

Scott Atkinson

(Nominated by IEEE Region 5)

Lt. Colonel (Retired)
United States Air Force
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Scott is a long-time, results-focused IEEE volunteer who is dedicated to making a difference for members of our profession and citizens of the broader community who enjoy the technological contributions of our profession. He currently serves as South Area Chair of the IEEE Region 5, and the North American Board of the IEEE Communications Society. He has served the IEEE in many leadership roles for 48 years, most recently as a Vice Chair of the IEEE MGA Board.
He received a BS Degree in Physics from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 1961; an MBA Degree in Management from Pepperdine University in 1980. During his career, he worked for the U. S. Air Force, Lockheed Electronics Company at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center (Houston), Tenneco Inc (Houston) and the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio).  Retiring in 1997, he began serving as a full-time IEEE volunteer.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Active IEEE Volunteer since 1976.


  • Past Chair, MGA Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee (2014)
  • Vice Chair, MGA Board and Chair, Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee (2012-2013)
  • Member, MGA Operations Committee (2012-2013)
  • Member, MGA Sections Congress Committee (2012-2013)
  • Member, MGA Conferences Ad Hoc Committee (2012)
  • Member, IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence Ad Hoc Committee (2010)
  • Member, IEEE Life Members Committee (2009-2010) 


  • Chair, South Area (2014-2015)
  • Chair, Awards (2008-2009)
  • Chair, Industry Relations (2006-2007)
  • Chair, Membership Development (2002-2003)


  • Chair, San Antonio Com/SP Joint Chapter (2012-2015)
  • Chair, San Antonio Life Members Affinity Group (2008-2010)
  • Chair, Central Texas Section (2003)


  • Director, North American Region, Communications Society (2007)
  • Member, Board of Governors, Communications Society (2004-2006)


  • Executive Chair, Globecom 2014, Communications Society (2009-2014)
  • Executive Chair, Globecom 2001, Communications Society (1999-2001)
  • Advisor, Region 5 Annual Conference, San Antonio (2005)


  • OUTSTANDING MEMBER AWARD, Region 5 (2008, 2012)
  • Special recognition by the “IEEE MGA Board” for services rendered to the IEEE as MGA Vice Chair, Geographic Unit Operations, 2012-2013


  • MGA Level
    • Orchestrated Key Updates to the MGA Operations Manual
      • Revised Section Officer Terms
      • Ownership of IEEE Funds
      • Revised wording regarding Section Bylaws and operating procedures
    • Initiated Section Vitality Dashboard Project
    • Proposed Management Training Academy for IEEE volunteer positions
  • Region 5
    • Created five new individual accomplishment awards (2008)
    • Initiated IEEE-Industry Relations Partnership with Southwest Research Institute (2013)
  • Section
    • Brought two Major Communications Society Conferences to Central Texas Section
    • Organized two Life Member Affinity Groups (Austin & San Antonio)
    • Re-vitalized 3 inactive Central Texas Section chapters (EMBS, TEM, Com/SP)

As Director-Elect my focus will be to:

  • Position Region 5 as a highly effective IEEE Region
  • Encourage our local organizational units to focus on programs and activities that truly excite their current and potential members
  • Implement rewards and recognition systems that promote programs and activities for our current and potential members
  • Use IEEE financial skills and knowledge to posture the Region to better serve all IEEE members in the Region
  • Enhance organizational effectiveness for Student Branches
  • Maintain active involvement in the MGA Board, IEEE-USA Board and IEEE Board to ensure equal benefits to Region 5 members
  • Facilitate closer ties between MGA and other IEEE major organizational units to ensure that all members can receive maximum benefit from their IEEE membership
  • Maintain close communications with IEEE leaders in all major organizational units to ensure that the Region is addressing the future needs of IEEE



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