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Below are the candidates for IEEE Standards Association Board of Governor Member-at-Large, 2017-2018.

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.


W.C. “Chuck” Adams, Jr.

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(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)

Distinguished Standards Strategist
Huawei Technologies
Plano, Texas, USA

Chuck Adams, Huawei Technologies Distinguished Standards Strategist, is a member of Huawei’s Corporate Standards and Industry Development office. Chuck has global responsibility for standards strategy, policy, and development.

Chuck is Past President of the IEEE SA and currently serves on the IEEE Standards Board and Corporate Advisory Group, along with multiple SA committees, strategy teams and development programs.

Chuck was employed by IBM for forty-one years, with his last ten years being responsible for worldwide standardization / open source / intellectual property management. His IBM experience includes communications, networking, software development, strategic business planning, finance, and marketing.

Chuck received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management Science from Lehigh University and a Doctorate in Business from George Washington University. He is an IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Life Member, an IEEE Life Senior Member, and a member of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Chuck is the 2009-2010 Past-President of the IEEE Standards Association.  He organized the SA Corporate Advisory Group, serving as its first Chair and broadening the integration of SA industry involvement. He has served on the Corporate Advisory Group, Standards Board, Board of Governors, multiple committees, ad hocs, and policy teams. Chuck was instrumental in structuring and expanding the SA’s International Strategy and Business Development and Global Market Visibility programs and was involved in development of the IEEE-SA intellectual property policies.

As a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, Chuck was the founding chair of the IEEE’s Public Visibility Committee.  Chuck was also a member of the BOD’s international outreach team, developing the initial IEEE European strategy, resulting in the establishment of the IEEE’s European office. He was also involved in the early planning and staffing for the IEEE Asian offices. He supported the SA in developing the European and China standards model.

Chuck is actively involved in the development of the IEEE-SA IoT (Internet of Things) and Open Source strategies, serving as the initial strategy team chair, and was a founding member of the IEEE IoT P2413 development program. He also served as the SA’s organizing Smart Grid lead, representing the SA in communities such as the SGIP and addressing several IEEE Smart Grid conferences on the role of IEEE standards.  

Chuck has authored several papers, spoken on various panels, and coordinated governmental speaking engagements within the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa promoting the IEEE SA, and addressing the importance of SA standards in supporting industry, technology market development models. He has served on the IEEE SA Strategy Committee, including the strategic re-focus developed in 2014.


The IEEE Standards Association is recognized by industry, government and academia as a premier global technology standards community.   My goal is to promote the expanding global relevance of the IEEE SA and to ensure the SA is positioned for the future.  The standards environment is becoming characterized  by broadened cross industry and cross technology integration; by a recognition of the value of cross SDO collaboration; and by the leveraging of new industry driven support models (e.g. test beds, open source implementation, compliance, etc.) to better position standards in the marketplace.  While maintaining the value and integrity of our SA model, we need to ensure the visibility, awareness, and development of a strong member community in future positioning, while ensuring the balancing and leveraging of the IEEE and the IEEE SA resources in achieving our long term objective of being the premier 2020 community.


Mark Epstein

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(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)

Senior Vice President – Development
Qualcomm Incorporated
San Diego, California, USA

Mark Epstein received a Ph.D. from Stanford and M.S. and B.S. degrees from M.I.T. He has been a Fellow at Harvard. As a Senior Vice President at Qualcomm, he is involved with standards activities and the development of wireless communications products. Previously, Mark was Deputy for Communications, Command, Control and Intelligence (C3I) in the Office of the Secretary of the Army, where he guided the Army’s electronics programs. Earlier, he had engineering management responsibilities at Computer Sciences Corporation and Northrop.

Mark currently is on the IEEE-SA Board of Governors and the SA Corporate Advisory Group, and he has served on the Standards Board. Outside the IEEE, Mark is on the Boards of ATIS, TIA and the US ITU Association. He is a trustee at MIT and the Washington D.C. Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Dr. Epstein has 5 publications and 1 patent.

IEEE Activities and Accomplishments

I am a member of the IEEE Power and Energy, Communications and Computer Societies.

My IEEE standards involvement began with my working on 802.20, a standards project for an advanced wide area wireless communications system. This led to my being a member of RevCom, NesCom and then the Standards Board. On these committees, I have tried to encourage keeping the standards process as easy and as fast as possible.

My Standards Board responsibilities evolved to membership on the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group, where I encouraged standards working group participation on either individual or a company bases. I also supported increased IEEE global outreach activities. My Standards Board activities led to my election to the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors and many leadership roles on its committees and that of the IEEE.

I chaired the SA Strategic Planning and Portfolio Management Committee for many years and led efforts to provide better service to our members. I also served on the IEEE New Initiatives Committee and these SA Board of Governor committees:

  • Awards and Recognition Committee
  • Board of Governors Ad Hoc Council
  • Fellows Committee
  • Nominations and Appointments Committee
  • Corporate Advisory Group
  • SA Representative to the ISTO Board of Directors
  • ICAP Steering Committee
  • Standards Conduct Committee
  • Strategic Planning Advisory Group
  • Global Coordinating Committee
  • Chair of Ad Hoc on Global Standards Collaboration
  • Chair of Ad Hoc on Corporate Member Value Proposition
  • Chair of Ad Hoc on Member Retention

In all of the above committees, I encouraged the Standards Association to improve services to its members and provided my perspectives on manufacturing, intellectual property rights and international activities. My objective is always to ensure that the IEEE Standards Association remains the best place for standardization of new ideas and technologies.


As a member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, I will continue to strive to further enhance the international recognition of the IEEE and the reputation of the Standards Association as the best place for technically excellent and market relevant standards. It is important that the IEEE-SA receive perspectives outside the IEEE in the areas of manufacturing, IPR and international activities. Future technical standards will be increasingly affected by changes in policies that will be influenced by court rulings, actions of government agencies and rulings of international organizations. I will bring to the Board of Governors my long experience in all these key areas through my involvement in outside standards-related organizations such as ATIS, TIA, USITUA, GSC and the ITU.


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Robert S. Fish

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(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)


NETovations Group, LLC; and
Department of Computer Science
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Robert S. Fish (SMIEEE) received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.  Currently, he is President of NETovations Group, LLC, a consulting company specializing in networking technology innovation.  He is also on the faculty of the Computer Science Department of Princeton University.   Previously, he was Chief Product Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations at Mformation Technologies, Inc. creating software for mobile device management.  From 1997 through 2006, Dr. Fish was Vice President and Managing Director of the Panasonic Digital Networking Laboratories with labs in Princeton, San Jose, Santa Barbara, and San Diego which invented and promoted the standardization of technologies for embedding networking into consumer devices. Prior to that, Rob was Executive Director of Multimedia Communications Research at Bellcore after starting his career at Bell Laboratories.  His department created some of the US's earliest broadband video communications and residential broadband networking trials.  He holds 17 patents and has numerous publications.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Dr. Fish is a long time volunteer within the IEEE.  He was a member of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors (SA-BoG) and is VP - Industry & Standards Activities for the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).  He was a founding member of the IEEE-Standards Association Corporate Advisory Group (CAG), and has been chair of SA’s Global Coordination Committee (GCC) and of the SA Standards Conduct Committee.  In all these roles he has strongly promoted attracting and maintaining corporate and individual membership and global support and participation in the IEEE SA standards process.

Prior to becoming VP - Standards, Rob was secretary of the ComSoc Standards Development Board (Com-SDB).  Within ComSoc, Rob has been a strong advocate for increasing the resources the society devotes to standards activities.  For instance, while on COM-SDB, he helped initiate the P190X series of communications technology related standards.  Seeking to give more visibility to IEEE standards, he was a co-editor of the series “IEEE Standards for Communications and Networking” published in IEEE Communications Magazine.  The success of this series has now been followed by the inauguration this year of an ongoing Communications Standards supplement to Communications Magazine.  In addition, bringing industry and advanced research together has been a priority.  One example of this is the IEEE Conference on Communications on Standards in Communications and Networking (IEEE-CSCN), planned for Berlin this year, featuring both industry and academic contributions to communications standards.

In other IEEE activities, Dr. Fish was a member of ComSoc’s Board of Governors and Chair of the ComSoc GLOBECOM/ICC Management and Strategy Committee.  He represents SA on the IEEE Conferences Committee where he chairs an ad-hoc on industry engagement.  Rob co-founded the IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC) and serves as Chair of the CCNC steering committee.  In 2007, Dr. Fish received the Distinguished Service Award from ComSoc’s Multimedia Technical Committee.


As a unit of the nonprofit IEEE, IEEE-SA is truly an impartial player in voluntary, non-governmental standardization, serving to create broadly available and broadly supported technical standards. As an SA BoG member, enhancing the partnership between SA volunteers, corporate members, and staff will be a top priority.  Initiatives that nurture global industry outreach and stable entity membership are highly desired.  Global recognition for IEEE-SA’s standardization process must remain a priority.  SA should cultivate relationships with other global standards organizations based on mutual recognition.

Follow-up on recent initiatives in Smart Grid, Cloud Computing, IoT, and SDN should be pursued.  Initiatives on topics such as the 5G mobile communications, “Big Data,” and augmented reality present a great potential for new standards by mobilizing the deep technical resources and intellectual firepower present within IEEE.  In addition, new additions to the traditional standardization processes, for instance, support of “open source” processes, should be considered.


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