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Below are the candidates for IEEE Standards Association Board of Governor Member-at-Large, 2015-2016.

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


Philip C. Wennblom

Philip Wennblom

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)

Director of Standards
Intel Corporation
Santa Clara, CA, USA

Phil Wennblom has 30 years of semiconductor industry experience. In his current role as Director of Standards for Intel Corporation, Phil is responsible for company-wide standards policy, and his team leads Intel’s participation in key standards setting organizations worldwide.

Phil serves on the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors. He is Chairman of the INCITS Executive Board, and he chairs the Standardization Policy Committee of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Phil also serves on the board of the United States Information Technology Office (USITO).

Prior to becoming Director of Standards, Phil held a number of positions in Intel’s Mobile Platforms Group, including Engineering Manager, Director of Strategic Planning, and Director of Mobile Technology Development. Phil joined Intel in 1984 as a design engineer. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


I was a member of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Advisory Group (CAG) from 2004 through 2011 and served as the vice chair of the CAG for two years. Since 2006, I have been a member of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors (BOG). I have contributed to IEEE-SA business planning, serving as chair of the Business Ad Hoc Committee of the BOG for two years. In this role I was a champion for diversifying and strengthening the IEEE-SA business model. I also served as chair of the International Ad Hoc Committee for three years.

In the last two years, I have chaired an ad hoc committee that was established to enhance the reputation of the IEEE as a global standards-setting organization. IEEE standards are developed for global markets by technical experts from many different countries and regions. Greater recognition of the global nature of IEEE standards will benefit the many companies, governments, and individuals who use IEEE standards.


Involvement of expert volunteers is essential to the success of the IEEE-SA. The IEEE-SA must continue to attract technical experts, encourage them to bring their ideas and proposals to IEEE, and make it easy for them to develop IEEE standards. The standards process in the IEEE-SA must be robust, respected, and efficient. We must value and protect the integrity of the IEEE standards process as a top IEEE-SA priority.

Increasingly, standards are developed for use in global markets by experts from all parts of the world. The IEEE-SA must continue to improve as a truly global standards-setting organization. And we must gain visibility as a global standards-setting organization, recognized for our excellent technical standards.

Finally, the IEEE-SA must operate as a viable business. Today we are successful; we must take care to maintain and strengthen our business model into the future.



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Dennis B. Brophy

Dennis Brophy

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)

Director of Strategic Business Development
Design Verification Technology Division
Mentor Graphic Corporation

Dennis Brophy is Director of Strategic Business Development in the Design Verification Technology division of Mentor Graphic Corporation, where he manages a global interoperability program to promote product integrations with the company’s functional verification products. He directs company standards strategy and has a long history of successful collaboration with industry peers for end-user benefit.

Dennis has been in the electronic design automation industry for the past 34 years. He was first with Hewlett-Packard for five years where, as a software engineer, he worked on early PCB design automation systems and later became a product manager and launched HP’s electronic design automation services business. He then joined Mentor Graphics, where he has held several positions the past 29 years.

Dennis received a B.S. from the University of California at Davis, CA, USA, in electrical engineering and computer engineering. He was awarded the Accellera Systems Initiative Leadership Award (inaugural awardee, 2012).

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


Current IEEE Standards Leadership roles

  • Secretary of the IEEE 1800 SystemVerilog Working Group
  • Secretary of the IEEE 1666 SystemC Working Group

Past IEEE Standards Leadership roles

  • Member of IEEE SA Board of Governors (BoG) (2010-2013)
  • Chair of the IEEE SA Corporate Advisory Group (CAG) (2010-2013)
  • Vice-Chair of the IEEE SA Corporate Advisory Group (2008-2010)
  • IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award Committee Chair 2010, 2011
    • Past Chair 2012
    • Member 2007, 2008, and 2009
  • Member of IEEE SA Standards Board (2005-2008)
  • IEEE SASB Revision Committee (2004-2006)
  • IEEE SASB Patent Committee (2005-2006)
  • Chair IEEE 1481 Delay and Power Calculation System (1996-1999)
  • Chair IEEE 1076.4 VHDL Initiative Towards ASIC Libraries (VITAL) Technical Advisory Group (1995-1998)

Society Memberships

  • Computer Society
    • Design Automation Standards Committee
  • Circuits and Systems Society
  • ComSoc


  • IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC)
    • Panel Committee Member (2003-2004, 2012-2013)
    • Panel Committee Chair (2005-2006)
    • Executive Committee Member (2005-2006)
    • New Initiatives Chair (2007)
    • Strategy Committee Member (2009-2010, 2012-2013)
  • Design & Verification Conference
    • Steering Committee (2013)


  • IEEE 1800 Working Group Chair’s Award, 2006 and 2013
  • IEEE 1666 Working Group Chair’s Award, 2013
  • IEEE 1481 Working Group Chair’s Award, 1998


My standards-development history has been one to bring industry together with technologists on a global basis mindful of regional standards groups and national systems that support this—with success. I have brought this same energy and commitment into the SA to collaborate with others to create a thriving corporate standards-development process that is internationally recognized and respected augmenting our individual expert process.

We should encourage use of our prestigious standards-development platform by those who may not know the multiple ways to engage with the IEEE-SA. As we do this, we can foster standards development in more technology areas. To be more agile, we should explore additional methods to promote incubation of promising standards ideas to grow the SA and expand its global reach. We should also strengthen the bond with IEEE Societies, our technology partners, where subject-matter experts can launch promising standards in new areas.




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Mark Epstein

Mark Epstein

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)

Senior Vice President – Development
QUALCOMM Incorporated
San Diego, CA, US

Mark Epstein received a Ph.D. from Stanford and M.S. and B.S. degrees from M.I.T. He is a Senior Vice President at Qualcomm, where he is involved with standards activities and the development of wireless terrestrial and satellite 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 has served on the IEEE-SA Board of Governors and the Standards Board. Outside IEEE, Mark is on the Boards of ATIS, TIA, CDG, and the US ITU Association. He has been a trustee at MIT and a board member of the Washington D.C. Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Dr. Epstein has 21 publications and one patent.

IEEE Activities and Accomplishments


I am a member of the IEEE Communications, Computer, and Power and Energy 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 Corporate Advisory Group, where I encouraged standards working group participation on either individual or 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 leadership roles on its committees.

I chaired the SA BOG Strategic Planning and Portfolio Management Committee for many years and led efforts to provide better service to its members. I also served on these 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
  • Ad Hoc on Global Standards Collaboration
  • 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 strive to further enhance the international recognition of 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 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, CDG, and the ITU.