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Below are the candidates for 2015 IEEE-USA President-Elect.

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


Peter Alan Eckstein

Peter Eckstein

(Nominated by IEEE-USA)
Senior Principal Engineer (Retired)
Northrop Grumman Corporation;
Adjunct Professor
Suffolk County Community College,
Queensborough Community College, and
United States Merchant Marine Academy
Peter A. Eckstein received the B.S. degree in Electrical Technology from the New York Institute of Technology in 1967. He received an M.S. in Applied Physics from Adelphi University in 1971 and an M.S. in Management Engineering in 1974.
Eckstein is retired from Northrop Grumman Corp., where he held various engineering managerial positions of increasing responsibility. He was primarily involved in the design and development of support equipment for Navy avionic electronic warfare systems.
In addition, Eckstein is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Suffolk County Community College, where he is responsible for lecture and lab development of calculus and algebra based physics courses, at Queensborough Community College, where he teaches physics and astronomy, and at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where he teaches physics and engineering.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • Vice President for Government Relations, 2008, 2009


  • IEEE Board of Directors, 2012, 2013
  • IEEE-USA Board of Directors, 2008, 2009, and 2012, 2013
  • IEEE MGA Board of Directors, 2012, 2013
  • MGA Strategic Direction and Environmental Assessment Committee, 2010, 2011
  • IEEE as a Model Global Association Ad Hoc Committee, 2009
  • Admissions and Advancements Committee: 1988-1993
  • Tellers Committee: Member, 2003-2005; Chair, 2006
  • IB&SC: RAB liaison, 2005; Member-at-Large, 2008, 2009
  • Ethics Hearing Panel: Member, 2003-2005
Region 1:
  • Director, 2012-2013
  • Secretary, 1988-89 and 1998-2007
  • Audit Chair, 1998-1999
  • Worcester County, 2001-2003, Member of Executive Committee
  • IEEE EMS BoG: Member, 2003-2007; Secretary, 2004
  • AUTOTESTCON ’84: Vice-Chair – Tutorials Committee
  • ELECTRO’85 and ’86: Vice-Chair – Tutorials Committee
  • ELECTRO’87 and ’89: Chair – Tutorials Committee
  • ELECTRO’90 and ’91: Secretary of the Board of Directors
Metropolitan Sections Activities Council (METSAC):
  • Tutorials Vice-Chair, 1984-1985
  • Tutorials Chair, 1986-1989
  • Third Millennium Medal, 2000
  • Region 1 Award, 2005
IEEE Accomplishments While no one person is ever solely responsible for affecting major changes in as large an organization as IEEE, I have been a major influence in the following: 
  • Re-structuring the Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop that has resulted in nearly doubling the number of Section Officers receiving training in the operation of their office.  They also receive cross-training so they may progress to higher positions within IEEE.
  • As the IEEE-USA Vice President for Government Relations, I have, directed the development of twenty-six major Position Statements utilized on Capitol Hill to educate and influence elected officials on issues that affect the welfare of our members and the nation.  These range from energy policy to workforce and employment issues to intellectual property and patent reform.
  • Developing the algorithm utilized by the IEEE Tellers Committee to determine the need for recounting votes to avoid contested elections.



IEEE periodically surveys our members. Public policy influence ranked high on importance with very low rating on satisfaction. Yet IEEE-USA was created, in part, to support public policy interests. My experience on both IEEE and IEEE-USA Boards and as IEEE-USA Vice-President gives me insight into this dissatisfaction. A nearly total lack of effort at local level prevents members from understanding/participating in public policy efforts.

Federal representatives want to address our needs but have difficulty understanding how legislation affects us. Although IEEE-USA prepares position statements and amicus briefs to help, and members write them, the most effective communications are face-to-face.

We can influence at the federal level by meeting state/local officials. They are a much louder voice than we are individually. IEEE-USA participates in annual Congressional Visits Day, an opportunity to meet our Representatives and Senators. Only a few dozen participate because of travel and costs involved. Members may not know that officials have local district offices.

If elected, I will initiate a program to help members meet with officials to influence public policy, and utilize Regional Government Activities Committees as communications channel for state/local level issues. It will provide information/resources to directly impact issues affecting our members, and our profession.


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Keith D. Grzelak

Keith Grzelak

(Nominated by IEEE-USA)
Wells St. John PS
Spokane, Washington, USA

Keith Grzelak worked at General Motors and Ford Motor Company as a safety and crashworthiness engineer. He supported numerous vehicle platforms. With the support of his employers, he attended law school, became a patent lawyer, and currently represents engineers and scientists. He has worked in many technical areas covering electrical, mechanical and medical systems. He has worked for a broad range of entities, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-up businesses, including universities and faculty start-up entities.

He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and his MS in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Technological University. He received his MS in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University. He received his JD from Michigan State University (Detroit College of Law).

He is currently a director of Wells St. John PS in Spokane, Washington where he supports technology companies, and is active in teaching courses to STEM workers on technology policy and legal issues.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

COMMITTEES/BOARDS: IEEE-USA Vice President for Government Relations (2011-2012); IEEE-USA Board of Directors (2011-2012); IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Policy Committee (IPC), member 1993-2014, Vice-Chair (2005-2006), Chair (2007-2010 and 2014); IEEE-USA Committee on Communications Policy (CCP), member 2012-2014; Participant in preparing IEEE-USA position on the Administration's cyber-security policy proposal; Government Relations Council (GRC), member (2009-2014), chair (2011-2012).

REGION: Participant in Region 6 annual meeting (2010, 2013 and 2014).

SECTIONS/CHAPTERS: Participant in local Spokane and Palouse Section meetings and activities.

SOCIETIES: IEEE Computer Society, member (1993-2014); IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, member (1994-2014).

CONFERENCES: Presenter at IEEE-USA Annual Meeting (2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014); Organizer of IEEE IP Professionals seminars for members on technology law (

IEEE Accomplishments:

  • Representative to IEEE-USA board on numerous amicus curiae briefs filed with US Supreme Court on behalf of IEEE-USA members.
  • Spokesman for IEEE-USA on STEM policy issues to national press.
  • Active participant in setting/revising immigration policy strategy.
  • Active member in submitting extensive rule-making comments to Federal agencies relating to technology policy.
  • Co-founder of IEEE IP Professionals initiative.
  • Organizer of conferences on technology law and policy for members.
  • Lecturer for IEEE-sponsored seminars at national, regional, and section meetings.
  • Active participant in Congressional visits and meetings with Judiciary Committee staff and Federal Agencies regarding legislative and public policy issues.
  • Organizer and participant in Congressional staff presentations on technology issues.
  • Active promoter of IEEE-USA membership to non-members.
  • Active lecturer on technology policy issues to outside organizations.

Actively supported local, regional and national level programs for IEEE-USA members ranging from technology policy, innovation, public policy, education and entrepreneurship. Served on ad hoc committee to identify membership issues and trends. Identified member, committee and staffing changes while serving as IEEE-USA Vice President for Government Relations, as well as while serving on IEEE-USA Board.


To maintain and grow our membership, it is necessary that we effectively support our members' careers and improve our ability to shape public policy on STEM issues. If our members do not have viable careers, we will lose significance. Our younger members socialize in new ways. IEEE-USA needs to adapt so that we support job creation and communicate in ways that engage new members. To carry out this mission, I will initiate a plan as President-Elect to engage members and identify changes that can be adopted during my tenure as President to:

  • Identify new communications channels for members.
  • Restructure committees to be more issue and member driven.
  • Educate members on career and public policy issues using new channels.
  • Train members to use new channels to deliver public policy awareness, educational and career management programs to members.
  • Improve understanding of member interests based on their educated awareness of policy and career issues.
  • Shape public policy goals to align with identified member interests.
  • Investigate affiliate membership to expand potential membership base.
  • Improved member engagement with Congressional representatives with clearly identified policy issues.

For additional information, visit my Web site; contact me on Skype: patentlake; or reach out to me on LinkedIn.




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