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Below are the candidates for IEEE Standards Association Board of Governor Member-at-Large, 2016-2017.

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


Philip B. Winston

Soon Wan

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)

Chief Engineer, Protection and Control Applications
Southern Company
Forest Park, Georgia, USA

Phil has over 42 years of power utility engineering experience focused in system protection and operations at Georgia Power Company/Southern Company where he presently serves as Chief Engineer, Protection and Control Applications.
Phil has served on the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board for the last 5 years, including participation on several Committees and AdHoc groups. Phil presently serves as the NesCom (New Standards Committee) Chair and as a member of ProCom (Procedures Committee). He has also served on the Board of Governors Awards Committee.

Phil has been actively involved in the PES Power System Relaying Committee since 1985, including 20 years of service in leadership positions. He is also involved in regional and national organizations responsible for utility standards and disturbance analysis.

Phil holds a BS from Clemson University, a MS from Georgia Institute of Technology, both in Electrical Engineering, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Phil has been actively involved in the PES Power System Relay Committee since 1985, and has served on the Standards Association Standards Board since 2011.

IEEE/PES/PSRC (IEEE Power and Energy Society, Power System Relay Committee):

  • Officers: (Vice Secretary, Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair) 1999-2006
  • Chair, System Protection Subcommittee 1997-1998
  • Vice Chair & Chair, Line Protection Subcommittee 1990-1995
  • Standards Coordinator 2011-2014

IEEE Standards Association:

  • Member of Standards Board 2011-2015
  • Member of NesCom 2013-2015, Chair in 2014-2015
  • Member of ProCom 2013-2015
  • Member Board of Governors Award Committee 2013
  • Member of RevCom 2011-2012

IEEE SA Standards Medallion 2014 "For the continuous advancement with outstanding dedication to power system relaying standards."

IEEE PES Distinguished Service Award 2006 “For Outstanding Leadership and Distinguished Service to the Power System Relaying Committee.”

IEEE PES Atlanta Chapter 2000 Outstanding Engineer Award “For Contributions to Electric Power System Industry.”

IEEE PES 2000 Chapter Regional Outstanding Engineer Award “For Outstanding Contributions to the Power Engineering Profession and to the IEEE Power Engineering Society Activities in Region 3.”

IEEE PES 1992 Working Group Award “For Outstanding Technical Report - For the Tutorial Detection of Downed Conductors on Utility Distribution Systems Activities.”


My standards experience started with my participation on the PES PSRC. Initially, the standards we worked on were not always technology driven, nor were they fast-tracked to completion. But my recent experiences in serving as a member of the Standards Board over the past 5 years, has significantly changed my perspective.

Technology based standards development is a fast-tracked, global activity and, in some cases, is centered in countries that have not been closely aligned with IEEE. As such, increasing the global reach of IEEE is essential to its future success. In order to support this initiative, IEEE must focus on increasing cooperation with other SDOs, international companies, and universities, while also maintaining existing relationships with the technical community and corporate partners. Additionally, IEEE must persist in its efforts to adapt to an ever-changing environment in order to strengthen its global standing while continuing to meet the needs of its customers.


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W.C. "Chuck" Adams

Peter Eckstein

(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 SA Board of Governors 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, 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, and he serves on the SA European policy team. 


Chuck is actively involved in the development of the IEEE-SA IoT (Internet of Things) strategy, 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. He is currently an initial member of the IEEE SA Open Source Ad Hoc, which is evaluating evolving standards market support models.



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.


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