Kristi Brooks is a design engineer for Ideal Aerosmith, a leader in providing precision motion simulation and HWIL missile flight motion simulation test systems to high-tech companies around the world.Kristi received her BSEE from North Dakota State University (NDSU).Upon graduation she worked for General Motors, John Deere and a consulting firm as a Controls System Engineer before moving to her current position at Ideal Aerosmith.
Kristi currently serves on the IEEE Foundation as Director and Secretary. Her 24-year service to IEEE also includes leadership roles in the Red River Valley Section and Region 4. Volunteering has a two-fold benefit for Kristi: she is able to contribute her time and talents to a worthy endeavor and has been mentored by some wonderful people. Outside of IEEE, Kristi is active in her church, working with 5th grade girls once a week and stepping in to various positions as the need arises.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
COMMITTEES/BOARDS: GOLD Committee MGA appointee and Secretary (2004-2006).Tellers Committee: Member (2005-2008); Chair (2008).Design Squad Liaison (2006). IEEE Foundation: Director (2006-present); Secretary (2011-present). CLE Corresponding Member (2012).
REGION 4: WIE Regional Coordinator (2006, 2011-present). GOLD Regional Coordinator (2002-2004). IEEE-USA SPAC Committee Regional Coordinator (2004-2011). Sections Congress Coordinator (2005).
SECTION/CHAPTER: Red River Valley Section: Chair (2000-2001); Vice Chair (1999-2000); Secretary/Treasurer (1998-1999).
STUDENT BRANCH: North Dakota State University Branch Secretary (1989-1990).
Established a GOLD presence in Region 4:Prior to taking the position of Regional GOLD Coordinator, most members of the Region did not realize the untapped resource of recent graduates in their Sections.With a combination of emails, phone calls and face-to-face meetings, the number of GOLD affinity groups in the Region increased from two to eight while I was the Regional GOLD Coordinator.I mentored my successor to take over the reins and he was able to strengthen GOLD activity even more within the Region.
Developed Key Documentation for the GOLD Committee: After the GOLD Committee was restructured in 2006, I worked on developing an Operations Manual to help the Committee continue to operate seamlessly in future years.I was also in charge of reorganizing the website to make it easier to navigate and more user-friendly.
Helped create new S-PAW Program for SPAC Committee:In an effort to continually improve services to the students via the SPAC committee, we developed several presentations in the form of an all-day workshop for college students.My workshop was about time management.The first S-PAW held in the fall of 2006 was deemed extremely successful by both the students in attendance and members of the hosting section.This pilot program has been tabled for now, but it created several new and fresh speakers for the National Speaker List.
If elected to the Member-at-Large position, I will take the responsibility seriously.IEEE is facing declining U.S. membership and we need to consider how to use our resources to stay relevant to all members.This may entail changing the way we communicate with some members to make them aware of the many programs currently in place that are of interest to them.Over the 30+ years IEEE-USA has been in existence, programs have been developed that do a wonderful job of serving the majority of our members.I will advocate keeping the programs that make sense.I am excited to have an opportunity to learn more and as a result be able to do more.Being available to listen and open to change is essential for all positions on the IEEE-USA Board; and I believe I have those qualities.
Mr. Ogan recently worked as a Senior Research Engineer at Georgia Tech Research Institute on the Missile Defense Agency program and radar systems. Prior experience at Raytheon included development, design and testing of advanced Electronically Scanned Phased Array (AESA) radar systems for the F/A-15 and F/A-18 aircraft. Skills include certified Six Sigma Specialist, MATLAB radar modeling simulations and device characterization, Integrated Product Design Performance IPDP lead using DOORS ® software for systems allocations.
Mr. Ogan was an Industry Adjunct Instructor at the University of North Texas, developing and teaching a project-oriented course on Radio Frequency Identification (RFId) for engineering on a National Science Foundation grant.
Professional experience also includes, telecommunications and space communications systems for military and commercial applications in ground based, airborne and space based electronics.
Mr. Ogan holds a Federal Aviation Administration Private Pilot license and an FCC amateur radio technician license KB9KKL.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
COMMITTEES/BOARDS: AESS Board of Governors, Excom, Huntsville Section 2009-2010, Region 3 Excom Area 6 Chair 2010-2012
STUDENT BRANCHES: Supported and made presentations to IEEE Student Branches at University of Waterloo 2010, Alabama A&M 2010, University of Alabama – Huntsville 2009, University of North Texas 2003-2004
SOCIETIES: Member of Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society Board of Governors 2006-2011, Treasurer 2012, Computer Society, Communications Society 1999-2005 and Computer society 2005-2012
CONFERENCES: Radarcon98 Excom and Exhibits Chair 1998, GlobeCom2004 Excom and Exhibits Chair 2003-2004, MTT Symposium 2003 Registration, Fort Worth, TX 2003
OTHERS: IEEE Senior Member (since 1999), participated in IEEE-USA sponsored Congressional visits in 2004 and 2011.
Participated in planning and execution of technically and financially successful conferences - Radarcon98, MTT Symposium2003, and Globecom2004.
Efficiently led the Dallas Section with over 5,000 members and 15 active societies. Supported conversion of the printed section newsletter to electronic distribution for cost savings of US$35,000 annual savings.
After the hurricane Katrina in 2005, supported and promoted Joe Savage for IEEE-USA Outstanding Professional Award for his work in organizing and helping engineers in devastated coastal areas.
As Mississippi program and vice-chair, arranged over 10 tours of electrical power generation equipment companies to recognize exports of over US$650 million annually.
Served on the Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society Board of Governors with 55 chapters and ~5,000 members worldwide from 2006-2011 and held three successful Chapter Summits in 2005, 2008 and 2011.
Promoted section and chapter rejuvenation through presentations given at IEEE panel discussions at the 2008 Sections Congress.
I have been an IEEE member for 23 years and a Senior IEEE member for 15 years working in industry and academia. I am now retired which provides time for volunteer activities for IEEE with the support of my spouse.
Participated in senior member upgrades, career development, networking and training.
Recognized technical companies who employ the most IEEE members, had technical meetings and provided innovation environments.
Emphasized that engineering education is a lifelong process.
Benefited from IEEE educational information and networking opportunities.
On Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society Board, I worked on improving member communication through electronic resources such as websites, eNotice, LinkedIn and email.
I believe that American technology is world class but the USA must dedicate resources for Research & Development to remain competitive. I support IEEE diversity including growth of women in engineering to give balanced approaches to technology product developments.