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Below are the candidates for 2015-2016 IEEE-USA Member-at-Large.

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


Gim Soon Wan

Soon Wan

(Nominated by IEEE-USA)
Senior Design Engineer
VICOR Corporation
Andover, Massachusetts, USA
Soon Wan graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore with the highest merit diploma in 1992. In 2000, he graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Electrical and Computer Engineering bachelor degree at Merrimack College in USA as the top graduate student. Soon was featured as a technology whiz kid on the Mass High Tech newsletter in 1999. Before he came to USA in 1995, Soon served two and a half years of mandatory military service for Singapore National Army. During his term of service, he received the Battalion Best Officer Award for his outstanding leadership and performance. Currently, Soon is a Senior Design Engineer in the Research and Development Engineering group at VICOR Corporation. He works with a team to design and develop high power density DC/DC power converter with innovative technologies and patented topologies.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • N&A 2009-10, 2013-14
  • IEEE Potentials Board Corresponding Editor 2011-13
  • MGA: N&A 2011-12.  Young Professionals (formerly GOLD): Past Chair 2009, 2011; Chair 2007-08. Member Recruitment & Retention 2010-13.  MELCC 2008.  Membership Development 2007.  Sections Congress: Participant 2005, 2008, 2011; Young Professionals Summit host 2008
  • TAB: Young Professionals Representative 2010.  Young Career Development AdHoc 2008.
  • IEEE Humanitarian AdHoc 2010


  • Member: Power & Energy, Power Electronics, Communication
  • ComSoc: Membership Development Program 2008-10; Young Professionals 2008-10

Region 1:

  • Membership Development Chair 2010-14
  • Student Conference Chair 2013
  • IB&SC (Individual Benefit & Service Committee) Representative 2010-11
  • Strategic Planning 2006-07
  • Young Professionals Coordinator 2006
  • Student Conference Chair 1999


  • Boston Section: Past Chair 2013, Chair 2012, Vice Chair 2011.  N&A Chair 2013.  Secretary 2010.  Coordinator 2009-10.  Treasurer 2009.  Member-at-Large 2008.  Young Professionals Chair 2000, 2003-05
  • Boston PELS Chapter: Chair 2013, Treasurer 2007-12

Student Branch:

  • Merrimack: President 1998-99; Vice-President 1997


  • 2013 Boston Metro Area Workshop Chair
  • IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference: Program Chair 2014, Conference Vice-Chair 2013, Publicity Chair 2011-12
  • 2011 Region 1 Student Conference: Steering Committee, Micromouse Competition Chair
  • 2010 IEEE Conference on Innovative Technologies for an Efficient and Reliable Electricity Supply: Conference initiator, Student Paper Competition Chair
  • 2008, 2009 IEEE TePRA, Steering Committee
  • 2009 Boston Smart Grid Symposium: Symposium Initiator
  • 2008 IEEE Young Professionals Humanitarian Workshop Co-Chair
  • 2007 Region 1 Young Professionals Conference Chair

Major accomplishments:

  • Established the Student Transition and Elevation Program (STEP). It provides a standardized yet localized program for facilitating transition from student member to young professional, by introducing IEEE membership opportunities and benefits during the onset of a career.
  • Inaugurated the 2008 GOLD Humanitarian Workshop in Boston. It created awareness among engineering students and young professionals on using their skills and knowledge to aid humanitarian works.
  • Reinvigorated Region 1 GOLD in 2005. R1 won the Best Regional GOLD Award.

I have held many leadership positions in IEEE – Boston Section, Chapter, Region 1, MGA Young Professionals, TAB, N&A, ComSoc, and Conferences. If elected, I will use my experience gained from serving many IEEE committees to enhance the experience of IEEE-USA membership. Recognizing members’ need and expectation have changed over the years, I want to focus on increasing membership in North America to have the greatest effect in influencing trends affecting our members’ interests and well-being. I have a strategic plan with four action items, and the highest priority is to partner with local Sections and Technical Chapters to encourage the professional and personal development of the members. I will use the IEEE and IEEE-USA cutting-edge publications, career and professional development programs, technical conferences, pre-university programs, and student activities to help our members in developing new technologies, new concepts, and hence develop new products that will bring more values to the membership.




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Scott M. Tamashiro

Scott Tamashiro

(Nominated by IEEE-USA)
Sr. Principal Systems Engineer
El Segundo, CA, USA
Scott is a member of his Department’s technical staff for Raytheon in El Segundo, CA, USA. He holds a BSEE with a Math Minor from Cal Poly Pomona and a MSEE from the University of Southern California. He has 15 years of experience in the field of reliability and maintainability analysis of a variety of ground, space, and airborne systems. He is a Raytheon Subject Matter Expert & Six Sigma Specialist and ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer. He also teaches for USC’s System Safety Certificate Program.
Scott currently serves as IEEE Region 6’s Project Manager (Western US). He enjoys volunteering, and his past committee and representative efforts have spanned local, regional, technical activities, IEEE-USA, MGA, GOLD, and Standards. He also loves to spend time with his wife and two young kids at home or visiting someplace new. He is also the head statistician for the two local Major League Soccer teams.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
COMMITTEES/BOARDS: IEEE Volunteer Leadership Training Committee (2013-present), IEEE Admission & Advancement (A&A) Committee – Region 6 Representative (2009-2010); IEEE Standards Association: Standards Board – Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD, now IEEE Young Professionals Program) Representative (2007-2008); IEEE-USA OpCom - GOLD Representative (2006); IEEE GOLD Committee (2002-2004, 2006-2008); Transnational Committee – IEEE-USA Liaison (2005); IEEE Regional Activities Board (RAB) Awards and Recognition Committee (ARC) (2003-2004).
REGION 6: Project Manager (2013-present); OpCom – Sections Coordinator (2012); ExCom – Secretary (2009-2011); ExCom – Secretary/Webmaster/SAMIEEE (2007-2008); ExCom – GOLD Representative (2003-2004); OpCom - GOLD Representative (2002).
SECTIONS/CHAPTERS: Coastal Los Angeles: Member, Reliability Society Los Angeles Chapter Chair (2001-2003).
TECHNICAL: Reliability Society: Member, AdCom (2006-2011). Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society: Member.
OTHERS: GOLD Committee – Secretary, 2007; RAB GOLD Achievement Award, 2007; Senior Member, 2006; GOLD 10th Anniversary Game Contest, 2006.
Part of small committee to develop IEEE’s Volunteer Leadership Training program that successfully rolled out as a pilot in 2013 and as a regular program in 2014; Received Region 6 Director’s Special Award (‘11) for dedicated and valuable support to the region as its long-time secretary, efficient meeting facilitator, and meeting planner; Received RAB GOLD Achievement Award (‘07) for initiating collaboration and bridging gap as the liaison between Standards Association and GOLD, one of the last IEEE entities without a GOLD presence; Member of small team to develop Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis for Reliability Society (‘08) to prioritize future activities; Created most of the puzzles and games for the worldwide 10th Anniversary GOLD Online Challenge (‘06); As Region 6 GOLD Coordinator, created Quick Start package and increased the number of GOLD Affinity Groups in the region from 5 to 10 in two years while helping educate sections and the region about GOLD, which at the time was a relatively new member designation.
If elected, I will be a valuable resource for IEEE-USA to use to bridge any gaps. While it will be everyone’s job to help reverse the critical issue of IEEE’s declining U.S. membership, there are a diversity of activities that can’t be ignored such as public policy, career support, efficient communication, and engaging Young Professionals. I will give the same attention and dedication to any task assigned to me. I like to listen and think outside the box to find ways to do things better and more efficiently, which has helped me become the youngest member of my Department’s technical staff and being offered to teach for USC. My family’s and Manager’s support have been key to me running for this position and I hope to have yours, too.


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