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Below are the candidates for 2014 IEEE Technical Activities Vice President-Elect.


James D. Isaak

James D. Isaak (Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities)

(Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities)
Industry (Retired)
Bedford, NH, USA
Jim worked 30 years in the computer industry with Digital Equipment, Charles River Data Systems, Data General, IBM and Intel; and five years teaching at SNHU. His roles included software engineering, test engineering, customer support, management, marketing, product management and strategic planning. For 15 years Jim participated in US and international standards efforts helping to build consensus and broad adoption, including chairing the POSIX/UNIX/Linux activities. He has one patent and has published and presented many papers, some academic, but most practitioner oriented. Participation in the Leadership New Hampshire program has provided Jim with appreciation for the value of social capital, which has been part of Jim's research into facilitating innovation. He has served on IEEE Boards, X/Open, SSIT, Computer Society and the Standards Association. Most recently Jim has been facilitating STEM programs for pre-university and life-long learning programs.
Jim received his MS-EE Computer Engineering degree and BS from Stanford University.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • Recipient of the Hans Karlsson Award: "in recognition of outstanding skills and dedication to diplomacy, team facilitation and joint achievement, in the development or promotion of standards in the computer industry where individual aspirations, corporate competition, and organizational rivalry could otherwise be counter to the benefit of society"; the Millennium Medal, CS Outstanding Contribution Award and CS Golden Core award
  • Helped address the economic and leadership challenges we faced in 2003/04 while on the IEEE Board of Directors and ExCom
  • Promoting IEEE's role in innovation, leadership development, STEM education and career development as Computer Society President (2010), 2013 member of the EAB Pre-university Education Coordinating Committee (2013), and chairing the IEEE Marketing & Sales Committee (2009/10)
  • Facilitating IEEE & TAB Society visibility in Second Life, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo Groups associated with leadership roles
  • Champion for applying online technology: supporting digital libraries, web standards, online communities in IEEE's IT Strategy Committee (Chair), MGA ITOC (2011), MGA vTools (2011/12) and CS/EPSB committees
  • Advancing awareness of technology impact as a member of the Board for the Society on Social Implications of Technology (since 2004), and participant in IEEE-USA CCIP/CCP (since 2002)
  • Developing local technical, STEM and professional programs as Computer Society Chapter Chair/Vice Chair (2004/06), 2013 NH Section Publicity Chair and partnerships with colleges, and local organizations
  • As a CS Board member: facilitated improved collaboration between the Computer Society, IEEE and IEEE-USA,
  • Supporting IEEE growth in the MGA Membership Committee, TAB Future Directions Committee (2011/12), and TAB Society Review Committee (since 2012)
  • CS VP for Standards, and VP Technical Activities
  • IEEE-USA Congressional 2013 Fellowship candidate, 2013 NH Congressional Visits Day Representative
  • Prior roles include Spectrum Editorial Advisory Board; Standards Association Board of Governors, Standards Board, representative to ANSI Information Infrastructure Standards Panel, and the Internet Society Advisory Board
We lose 80,000+ members per year adding up to over 1 million prior members worldwide. We must deliver real value for members with positive impact on their career growth to stem this outflow.
The rapid evolution of technology, globalization, and new business models requires agility and continuing growth for our professionals and also continuing innovation by IEEE to support these professionals. Social media and instant communities are essential for nimble engagement. I have proposed a potentially patentable method for IEEE to develop a differential advantage here.
Our traditional subscription-based business model will not last; we must develop 21st-century approaches to both facilitating information exchange and funding these activities.
IEEE's perception among industry leaders must be improved, as well as broad visibility for the benefits that technologists bring to society. Effective programs here will increase organizational support for members, attract students into STEM careers, and reinforce the pride of professionals and members of IEEE.
Being retired, I have the time, enthusiasm, creativity, and background to help create IEEE 3.0. I ask for your vote, your ideas, and your active engagement in re-engineering IEEE.
More details on my Web site, LinkedIn, Facebook, blog and Twitter pages; see


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Douglas N. Zuckerman

Douglas N. Zuckerman (Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities)

(Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities)
Telcordia Technologies (Retired)
Ocean, NJ, USA
An active volunteer for more than 30 years, Dr. Zuckerman is IEEE Division III (Communications Technology) Director, was 2008-2009 President of the IEEE Communications Society, and previously held leadership positions in Conferences, Publications, and Membership Development. He received his B.S., M.S., and Eng.Sc.D degrees from Columbia University, NY, USA, and is an IEEE Fellow. His professional experience, mainly at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies, USA, spans the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks and applications. His work heavily influenced early standards for management of telecommunications networks. Presently semi-retired, he is still active in standards as a representative to the Optical Internetworking Forum. Much of his professional life has been dedicated to IEEE activities. His service resulted in the following honors: IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Communications Society’s McLellan Award for meritorious service, its Conference Achievement Award, and the Salah Aidarous Memorial Award.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: For over 25 years, Doug’s innovative, energetic leadership across IEEE has responded to members, worldwide, through active service on key organizations across IEEE. Currently, he’s on the IEEE Board of Directors, chairs the IEEE Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee, is on the IEEE Corporate Engagement Committee, and was TAB representative to the IEEE Career and Professional Development Committee.
As ComSoc President, he established a strategic vision and with ComSoc’s leadership:
  • Improved information sharing using social networking tools
  • Achieved greater global chapter and sister society teaming
  • Expanded the Society’s lecture programs
  • Reduced submission to publication time of ComSoc journals
  • Strengthened ComSoc’s standards role
  • Offered viable educational programs and industry-valued certification
  • Engaged more recent graduates and women in Society activities
  • Revised ComSoc’s governance to better align its leadership with global demographics
In TAB and its entities, he:
  • Initiated studies on “bundled” Society-IEEE membership
  • Identified improvements for specific Societies and Councils
  • Helped define new revenue distribution algorithms
  • Contributed to e-health, humanitarian technology, earth observation, and cloud initiatives.
IEEE Activities - COMMITTEES/BOARDS: Technical Activities Board (TAB), 2008-09, 2012-13. Committees: Products & Services, 2007-08. TAB Management, 2009-11. Society Review, 2010-11. Member Engagement and Life Cycle, 2010. Earth Observation AdCom, 2008-10. Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee Chair, 2013. Career and Professional Development, 2012. Corporate Engagement, 2012-13. SOCIETY: IEEE Communications Society: President, 2008-09. Board of Governors, 1995-2013; VP Society Relations, 2006-07; VP Membership Services, 2004-05; VP Membership Development, 2002-03; VP Technical Activities, 2000-01; Director Meetings and Conferences, 1996-97; Chair Strategic Planning Committee, 2006-07; Chair Staff and Facilities Committee, 2008-09; Chair IEEE/ComSoc Coordinating Committee, 2010-11. CONFERENCES: IEEE GLOBECOM General Chair, 2009. IEEE/IFIP NOMS/IM, General Chair, 2012. AWARDS: Aidarous Memorial Award, 2006. Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences, 2002. McLellan Meritorious Service Award, 2000. IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000. IEEE Fellow, 1996.
Changes in industry structure and the world economy, together with "open access" trends, are presenting major challenges and opportunities to IEEE. Our technical Societies and Councils hold the key to IEEE’s future in responding to these challenges. As TAB Chair, I shall lead major efforts on addressing the needs of all our Societies/Councils. Outside of TAB, as VP TA, I shall advocate greater recognition of our unique role as the primary source of IEEE’s intellectual property. I shall also work closely with TAB to define our goals and how to achieve them. Areas that look to have potential interest and importance to TAB and our constituencies include:
  • Budget Reform – Clarify and improve financial statement transparency to allow informed decisions.
  • Simplify Rules – Simplify complex conference and publication rules to ease participation.
  • Openness/Inclusiveness – Improve openness and inclusiveness in all our activities.
  • Leadership Demographics – Engage more non-US volunteers in top leadership roles using nomination and balloting strategies.
  • Industry Engagement – Establish “special interest groups” within TAB and the Societies/Councils to engage more industry.
  • Standards Activities – Create a “standards committee” to focus and coordinate cross-Society/Council involvement with IEEE-Standards Association.
  • Education – Leverage TAB’s competences to grow Education into a major activity, comparable to Publications and Conferences.


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Vincenzo Piuri

Vincenzo Piuri (Nominated by Petition)

(Nominated by Petition)
University of Milan
Milano, Italy
Vincenzo Piuri (IEEE Fellow, 2001) is Full Professor in Computer Engineering at the University of Milan, Italy (since 2000), where he has also been Department Chair (2007-2012). He was Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy (1992-2000), visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA (summers 1996-1999), and visiting researcher at George Mason University, VA, USA (summers 2012-2013).
His main research interests are: theory and industrial applications of neural networks, pattern analysis and recognition, machine learning, intelligent measurement systems, biometrics, signal and image processing for industrial applications, fault tolerance, application-specific digital processing architectures, and arithmetic architectures. He published innovative results in over 350 papers in international journals, international conference proceedings, and book chapters.
Vincenzo Piuri has received several awards for scientific and IEEE service contributions.
He is an active member of IEEE CIS, ComSoc, CS, CSS, EMBS, IMS, PHOS, RAS, SMCS, SPS, BIOMC, SYSC, and WIE.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Vincenzo Piuri is in his 30th year of continuous and active service in IEEE, first as a student and more recently as Society President and member of the IEEE Board of Directors. He has been actively involved in many aspects and at many levels within IEEE activities and operations, including conferences, publications, education, member activities, finances, and management. Specifically:
  • Chaired, co-founded, or promoted foundation of several technical committees (e.g., in CIS, CS, IMS, SYSC, BIOMC), and supported restructuring of technical activities in various Societies/Councils for higher efficiency and effectiveness
  • Organized successful large conferences (e.g., iThings 2013, SSCI 2009, IMTC 2010 / 2009 / 2004, IJCNN 2010 / 2009 / 2000), and created CIVEMSA/CIMSA (now in the eleventh year)
  • Served as Editor-in-Chief (ISJ) and Associate Editor (T-NN, T-IM, CI-M), nurtured new publications (e.g., CI-M, T-AMD, T-CIAIG), and promoted development of existing journals (T-IM, T-NN, T-FS, T-EC, ISJ) to also address industry needs
  • Created and developed educational activities (e.g., summer schools, tutorials at conferences, on-line, and in the IEEE e-Learning Library)
  • Promoted outreach to various technology-centric communities, facilitated creation of over 30 Chapters worldwide, chaired Chapters and a Student Branch, nominated Senior Members and Fellows, and proposed new awards
  • Served on many boards and committees (e.g., IEEE Board of Directors, Technical Activities Board, Strategic Planning Committees of TAB and PSPB), was Society President, served as Vice President (Publications, Members Activities, Education) and Administrative Committee Member of Societies/Councils, and cooperated in organizing or re-structuring Societies/Councils
In these activities he has always sought deep understanding of problems while contributing to the development of strategies for solutions and implementations and building consensus that resulted in effective outcomes and results.
Nowadays technology plays a key role in changing the world for the benefit of humanity: IEEE must continue to be the global lead in this scenario. With the extraordinary expertise that our technology-centric communities can offer, together we can face this challenge and enhance our profession by:
  • Being the trusted source for high-quality innovative and timely knowledge in current, interdisciplinary and novel fields, increasing responsiveness to the needs of scientists, practicing professionals, and students, and attracting new communities and the general public
  • Promoting inclusive internationalization and preserving diversity of technological expertise, profession, culture, geographical origin, gender, and age, while acting holistically in the evolving international scenarios and nurturing our local identities and communities
  • Empowering technology-centric communities worldwide by addressing their needs with a human-centered approach, seeking for more networking opportunities through social networks and new media sources, broadly engaging the young generations, and intensifying synergic alliances with local and international associations
I will be glad, honored, and proud to be part of this effort, share my experiences, and catalyze technical activities and collaborations worldwide.