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Below are the candidates for 2017 IEEE-USA President-Elect.

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


Charles P. Rubenstein, PhD, CEng

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(Nominated by IEEE-USA)

Professor of Engineering and Information Science
Pratt Institute
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Charles Rubenstein is a tenured professor of engineering and information sciences at Pratt Institute in New York and has been a visiting professor at Farmingdale State College (SUNY), Farmingdale, New York. He has an earned doctorate in bioengineering (Polytechnic Institute of New York) and a master’s in library and information science (Pratt Institute).

An internationally known distinguished lecturer for IEEE’s S-PAC program and Engineering Management and Computer Societies, he has delivered workshops and tutorials on Android Application Design, IEEE Leadership Skills, HTML and eCommerce, wireless technology, as well as "Scalability of IEEE Membership" presentations world-wide.

He continues to have leadership roles in Region and technical Society executive committees. Currently Chair of the IEEE-USA Conferences Committee, he was responsible for increasing IEEE-USA’s conference portfolio from a few technical co-sponsorships to a three-year average surplus of over US$50,000 across a dozen financially co-sponsored conferences - several of which he created and chaired.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

My creative strategic thinking coupled with hands-on tactical leadership and a depth of knowledge of the IEEE and IEEE-USA activities comes from serving four years on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors, on the IEEE Board of Directors (Region 1 Director 2010-2011), and as a member of the Educational Activities (EAB), Member & Geographical Activities (MGA), Publication Services and Products (PSPB), and Technical Activities (TAB) Boards.

My more than 30 years of exemplary IEEE volunteer leadership planning and accomplishing IEEE activities have earned me IEEE’s Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Professionalism Award, the IEEE-USA Citation of Honor, Centennial Outstanding Young Engineer Medal, Third Millennium Medal, and the Regional Activities Board Innovation Award.

Currently, as charter Chair of the IEEE-USA Conferences Committee, in four years I increased IEEE-USA’s conference portfolio from a few technically co-sponsored events with essentially no income to a dozen financially co-sponsored conferences, several of which I created, with an average of US$30,000 in annual surpluses and a total income of about US$165,000.

Not just planning and coordinating, but doing has been my trademark. I am the creator/coordinator of the IEEE Booth (a joint Region 1, IEEE-USA and EAB effort) at what will be five annual World Maker Faire New York events (2012-2016). I serve as IEEE conference 2016 treasurer for IEEE ETHICS, Wireless in Space and Extreme Environments (WISEE), International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo (ICCVE), the IEEE-USA Young Professional’s Future Leaders Forum and, as a Women in Engineering (WIE) member, the WIE USA Forum East - a joint WIE, IEEE-USA, IEEE Region 1 and Region 2 effort in its second year.

My leadership roles this year include being member of the IEEE Conferences Committee, IEEE Region 1 Student Activities Chair, Region 1 Conferences Coordinator and Sections Congress 2017 Coordinator and Member-emeritus of the Technology and Engineering Management Society AdCom.


Our IEEE-USA President is the face of IEEE-USA’s activities, mission and goals to the public and our spokesperson in matters of the American engineer and technologist to the US Congress and external organizations as well as internally to IEEE’s technical and geographic units.

My priorities as your IEEE-USA President include working with YOU, staff and Congressional leaders to revamp the H-1B ‘guest’ visa program - addressing its abuses and pushing for green cards and immigration paths to increase and protect US JOBS! Equal jobs for Equal pay!

With so many alternatives to IEEE membership in the US, growing membership by re-establishing a strong grassroots infrastructure (USA for PACE) is a natural priority.

Critical also is stabilizing and maintaining IEEE-USA Conference offerings as well as working with and empowering our Students, Young Professionals, WIE and Life Members. In the not too distant past IEEE-USA was IEEE’s professional activities training and political networking arm. Nearly all leadership in the US stemmed from IEEE-USA programs resulting in MANY of IEEE’s current leadership. Positioning IEEE-USA as a catalyst in technology-related global policy issues is all the more critical to our role within a more global IEEE.

Working together, we will accomplish these goals and others!


Edward G. Perkins

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(Nominated by IEEE-USA)
Tualatin, Oregon, USA
Edward G. Perkins received the BSEE and MSCS degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and the MS ECE degree (2004) from Portland State University.

Ed consults in IT Governance, enterprise risk management and risk auditing; process automation; and technology documentation and holds a Certified Internal Auditor designation and Certified Enterprise Risk Manager certification. He has over 30 years industry experience, in electronic design automation, program and project management, mixed-signal test development, design services management, chip architecture development, software development, and real time systems programming. He has worked as design services manager for a telecom start-up, as a program manager in the Virtual Test Division of IMS in Beaverton, Oregon, and 16 years at Digital Equipment Corporation, 10 years in the central engineering CAD department where he was responsible for management of CAE services and support to engineering groups worldwide and before that as principal software engineer in real-time operating systems.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
IEEE COMMITTEES/BOARDS: MGA Membership Recruitment and Recovery Committee, Chair 2013-14; IEEE Board of Directors, 2011-12; IEEE Audit Committee, Chair, 2012; IEEE Conferences Committee, Member 2009-10; IEEE Publication Services and Products Board, Member 2009; IEEE Admissions and Advancement Committee, Member, 2006-08.

IEEE-USA COMMITTEES/BOARDS: Vice-President, Professional Activities, 2013-14; IEEE-USA Board of Directors, 2011-14; IEEE-USA Career and Workforce Policy Committee, Chair, 2007-08; Vice Chair Policy 2009-10; Resource Member 2011-14; Member, 2005-06.

REGIONS: Region 6: Director 2011-12; Conferences, Chair 2009-10, 2015; Membership Development Committee, 2005-08.

COUNCIL/SECTIONS/CHAPTERS/AFFINITY GROUPS/: SECTIONS: Oregon Section, Chair, 2003-04; Professional Activities Committees for Engineers (PACE), Chair, 2001-02, 2005-08; Worcester County Section, Chair, 1981-82; CHAPTERS: Oregon Section CPMT/CAS Chapter Secretary 2013-15; Computer Society Chapter and Communications Society Chapter, Program Committee, Member, 2000-01, 2007-08; Worcester County Computer Society Chapter, Chair, 1981-82.

SOCIETY/TECHNICAL COUNCIL: Nanotechnology Council, Secretary, 2012-16.

IEEE-HKN: Member, Gamma-Delta Chapter.

CONFERENCES: IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech), Chair, 2013-2014, Program Chair 2015; IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), Advisory Committee 2010-16. 

AWARDS: Region 6 Director’s Special Award, 2014, 2009; IEEE-USA Citation of Honor, 2008; IEEE-USA Regional Professional Leadership Award, 2005.
  • IEEE-USA VP Professional Activities: led revamping of PACE funding process, instituting the concept of direct grants, revised the Committee charter to add a focus on training; directed rebranding and refocusing of Student Professional Activities, re-launching in 2014 as SPA-x for its 35th year. 
  • Founded the IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech). 
  • As Region 6 Director, supported development of the flagship IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, now in its 5th year. 
  • Created “Career Survival in the New Millennium”, workshop for IEEE-USA Career and Workforce Policy Committee (CWPC).  Seminar became model for Careers Program at MGA Metro Area Workshops. 
  • Led development of CWPC Immigration Position on H-1B guest worker and EB (Green Card) visa reform.

IEEE-USA faces challenges. A slow decline in yearly U.S. membership reduces funding. New and younger members are looking for a professional awareness experience, and expect to interact using modern means. Essential work in policy, STEM and careers in Washington is not translated effectively to the local level. Concrete steps are required to address these challenges and improve IEEE-USA’s relevance:
  • Improving communication about what IEEE-USA does for members.
    • Reinvigorate communication pathways for the 21st century.
    • Provide alternate delivery mechanisms for materials and messages.
  • Play to strengths; shore up weaknesses
    Strengths: National efforts in support of the Profession
    Weaknesses: translation from national efforts to local actions
    • Local member groups to provide a focus for actions.
    • Mobilize members to address pressing policy issues.
    • Provide Volunteer Training opportunities at Regions & via web.
    • Develop Conferences addressing key focus areas: Policy, R&D, IP, Workforce, Careers, etc.

I am honored to be nominated and am committed to ensuring that IEEE-USA is responsive to the needs of our members, practitioners, students and the public. I will provide hands-on tactical leadership for IEEE-USA to address our challenges. I have the track record of results and experience to make this happen. I would appreciate your vote.



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Sandra L. “Candy” Robinson

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(Nominated by IEEE-USA)
Software Engineering Manager
Lockheed Martin MST
Midlothian, Texas, USA 
Candy Robinson is currently a Software Engineering Manager for Lockheed Martin MST, assigned to the F-35 program. She worked as a design and software engineer for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory, and for the Boeing Company.  She has published papers at the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and for the SWE National Convention. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster, ACM member, IEEE Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP), and Life member of SWE. She has served in many career guidance activities, including MathCounts, TISP, Girl Scout badge workshops, science fair judging, career fair presentations, Expanding Your Horizons conference chair and presenter, and Future Cities judge. She received a BSEE degree from the University of Texas at Austin (1977), an MSCS degree from the University of California at Davis (1986), and an MBA in Engineering and Technology Management from the University of Dallas (1999).
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • Audit Committee Chair, 2011
  • Audit Committee Member, 2010
  • Member, Institute Advisory Board, 2009-2011
  • Member, EAB Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee, 2009
  • Member, GOLD Committee, 2009
  • Chair, MGA Pre-University Committee, 2008-2009


  • Region 5 Government Activities Coordinator, 2014-2015
  • Region 5 Director, 2010-2011
  • South Area, Chair, 2006-2007
  • Women in Engineering Coordinator, 2004-2005


  • Fort Worth Section Membership Development Chair, 2014-2015
  • Computer Society Fort Worth Chapter Vice Chair, 2008-2010
  • Dallas Section Chair, 2002-2003
  • Dallas Section Vice Chair, 2001-2002
  • Dallas Section Treasurer, 2000-2001
  • Dallas Section Secretary, 1999-2000
  • Computer Society Dallas Chapter Chair, 1998-1999
  • Computer Society Dallas Chapter Program Chair, 1997-1998  


  • IEEE Metrocon Cutting Edge Technologies Track Co-Chair, 2013


  • Regional Activities Board Achievement Award, 2005
  • Region 5 Outstanding Member Award, 2003
  • Outstanding Service Award, Computer Society Dallas Chapter, 1998 


  • As Director of Region 5, responsible for strategic leadership, organizing and leading several executive committee meetings per year, as well as oversight and management of the Region budget and Region business. Served on Board of Directors for IEEE, IEEE MGA, and IEEE-USA. 
  • As first Women in Engineering Coordinator for Region 5, created a listserv and increased the communication and dialog among women in the Region. Awarded 2005 Regional Activities Board Achievement Award for this work. 
  • Successfully led the Dallas Section as Chair resulting in Outstanding Large Section award in 2003. 
  • Spearheaded Teacher-in-Service training program for IEEE members in the Dallas area, resulting in recruiting strong leaders who annually orchestrate outstanding Teacher training days in Fort Worth. 
  • Created Government Activities committee in Dallas. Served as Region 5 Government Activities Coordinator, and recruited Region 5 members to visit D.C. each year.


As IEEE-USA President, I will serve the USA members, the profession, and the public.

IEEE-USA must continue to support the professional careers of its members by understanding economic issues that impact members, and making policy recommendations that support members from employment through retirement. Providing greater public awareness of engineering will strengthen our profession and have a positive impact on society.

IEEE-USA must better understand member needs at the local level and enable Sections to serve those needs. Members must be aware of the work the IEEE-USA does for the profession and the benefits available. IEEE-USA must continue to communicate sound technology policy recommendations to Congress that promote U.S. prosperity, including immigration reform, intellectual property protection, and innovation incentives.

We nurture the future of our profession through Washington student Internships, precollege outreach activities, and strong IEEE student branch connections.

A strong partnership that involves industry, academia, the public, and IEEE-USA staff creates a powerful and dynamic team that truly serves USA members, the profession, and the public. The key to our effectiveness is more member involvement and engagement.
If I am provided the opportunity, I will serve with integrity and accountability to the best of my ability.


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