The biographies and position statements of the 2019 IEEE Secretary candidates are listed below.
Jerry Hudgins

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Professor Hudgins is a native of West Texas. He attended Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Texas, where he received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1985. Dr. Hudgins served as Associate and Interim Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of South Carolina prior to joining the University of Nebraska as Chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department in 2004. Currently, he is also the Director of the Nebraska Wind Applications Center. Dr. Hudgins' work involves power electronic device modeling, thermal performance, power electronics design, and renewable energy. From 2000‐2007, he was an Electrical Engineering program evaluator for accreditation (ABET). He is a Fellow of the IEEE, has published over 140 technical papers, and worked with numerous industries. Dr. Hudgins also serves on the Board of Directors of the municipal electric utility, Lincoln Electric System.

Region Activities

Have not participated in many regional activities in terms of leadership, publications, etc.

Society Activities

• President, Industry Applications Society (IAS), 2003

• President, Power Electronics Society (PELS), 1997‐1998

• Vice‐President, IAS, 2001

• Vice‐President of Operations (formerly Technical VP), PELS, 1996

• President‐Elect, IAS, 2002

• Treasurer, PELS, 1988‐1995

• Past‐President, IAS, 2004

• Senior Past‐President, PELS, 2001–2002

• Junior Past‐President, PELS, 1999‐2000

• Chair, PELS Fellows Evaluation Committee, 2009‐present

• Member, PELS Fellows Evaluation Committee, 2007‐2008

• Member, IAS Fellows Evaluation Committee, 2008

• Associate Editor (TransactionsReview Chair), IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Power Electronic Devices and Components Technical Committee, 2006‐2009

• Chair, Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department, IAS,1996‐1997

• Vice‐Chair, Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department, IAS, 1994‐1995

• Chair, Power Electronics Devices and Components Technical Committee, IAS, 1986‐1994

Kathleen Kramer

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Kathleen A. Kramer (S88–M90–SM01) is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, where she served as Director of Engineering (Dean) from 2004-2013. She has also been a Member of Technical Staff at several companies, including ViaSat, Hewlett Packard, and Bell Communications Research. Author or co-author of over 100 publications, she maintains an active research agenda in the areas of multisensor data fusion, intelligent systems, navigation, and cyber security in aerospace systems. Her teaching interests are in capstone design, signal processing, and wireless communications., She is a leader in engineering accreditation activities. She received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering magna cum laude with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Region Activities

Kathleen A. Kramer is the 2017-2018 Director of IEEE Region 6, the Western USA. This is region is headquarters to several of the top technical companies in the world and is the largest of the USA regions, with nearly 1/3 of US members.

As Region Director-Elect, her leadership focus within the region was on engaging and reforming for the success of student activities. As Director, this was extended to transformations for other emerging members in the Region, including Young Professional and Women in Engineering programs. Region programs were expanded and initiated so that pilots involving these practices, such as IEEE Rising Stars and YP Entrepreneurship Activities, and industry-oriented Women In Engineering Region Summits organized.

As Region Director (and as Director-Elect), she focused on collaboration across and with the other regions, helping to initiate and leading, with other region directors who were then directors-elect the inter-regional collaborative sessions, later known as Sparks! at Sections Congress 2017 in Sydney. Another major initiative was work with others in IEEE to share with and help local IEEE learn and apply Public Visibility knowledge, skills, and abilities to empower and enable their good works. Good governance has been a focus for improvement in IEEE and its Region 6 in 2014-2017. in 2017, unanimous approval was obtained for completely new region bylaws as part of a major effort.

Society Activities

Kathleen A. Kramer is a 2016-18 Vice President of the Aerospace & Electronics Systems Society and in that role manages the society's Distinguished Lecturer and Tutorials Program, including selection and support of lecturers, but also the Robert T. Hill Dissertation Award and Serving as Associate Editor Educational Activities for a society publication. Major accomplishments in recent years include the geographic and technical expansion of the Distinguished Lecturer program, work with others to establish the AESS Resource Center, and development of nominations for the dissertation award. She is also the Chair of the Technical Operations Panel on Cyber Security - leading panel related activities including guest editing a 2017 and 2018 two part special issue on Cyber Security in Aerospace Systems. She also provides committee support to two IEEE AESS conferences and was 2016 chair of the IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference.

Lawrence Wong

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Wai-Choong (Lawrence) Wong is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). He is currently Deputy Director of the Smart Systems Institute at NUS. He has held various management positions in NUS, including Head-Department of Electrical Engineering (2008-2009), Director–Computer Center (2000-2002), Director–Center for Instructional Technology (1998-2000). He was Executive Director of the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR) from November 2002 – November 2006. Prior to joining NUS in 1983, he was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Crawford Hill Lab, NJ, USA (1980-1983).

He received the B.Sc. (1st class Honors) and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Loughborough University, UK, in 1976 and 1980, respectively. His research interests include wireless and sensor networks, ambient intelligent platforms, localization and source matched transmission techniques with over 300 publications and 5 patents in these areas.

He has been actively involved in IEEE activities since 1984, taking on numerous volunteer leadership positions, including VP-MGA, MGA Vice Chair for Strategic Management and Analysis, Region 10 Director, Singapore Section Chair, Singapore Computer Chapter Chair, and chairmanship of numerous IEEE conferences.

Region Activities

•As Region 10 Director in 2011-2012, various new initiatives and programs were started, including the launch of the 2nd Region 10 Conference series, establishing a rigorous process of OU petition verification, streamlining the Region 10 awards program, and fostering a vibrant affinity group program, in particular WIE and GOLD.

• Built a robust, sustainable and empowered IEEE Singapore Section as Section Chair in 1993-1996 that led to significant growth in activities and membership in Singapore. Chapters grew in strength with enterprising projects. Universities benefited from these with several sponsored and endowed student awards.

• As IEEE Region 10 Awards Committee Chair in 1995, I started the IEEE Region 10 Outstanding Volunteer Awards.

• As IEEE Region 10 Electronic Communications Coordinator in 1997, I launched the IEEE Region 10 website, and rallied the support of Councils/Sections/Chapters across Region 10 to leverage on the newly available EWH server to host their respective websites.

Society Activities

• Executive Chair, IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2017. Planned and organized a successful conference with quality technical program, memorable social program and sound financial returns.

• Started the conference series, Singapore International Conference on Networks (SICON) in 1989, which subsequently became the International Conference on Networks (ICON) in 2000. This conference series has successfully facilitated collaborations between IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter and regional IEEE OUs with its hosting across the region.

• Actively led numerous IEEE conferences as either General or General Co-Chair since late 1980s, such as IEEE International Conference on Networks (ICON), IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems (ICICS), etc.

Forrest D. “Don” Wright

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Mr. Wright is the President of Standards Strategies, LLC, an ICT Standardization consulting firm. He is the retired Director of Worldwide Standards for Lexmark International and previously IBM and has over 39 years of experience in standards, engineering, software development and marketing. He is an MEng EE from the University of Louisville (TBP, HKN). He is President of the IEEE Standards Association (2017- 2018), member of the IEEE Board of Directors, and senior member of the IEEE. He previously served as Computer Society VP of Standards, IEEE-SA Treasurer, Member of IEEE FinCom, IEEE-SA Awards and Recognition Chair, IEEE-SA Standards Board Chair, IEEE Admission and Advancement Committee Chair, and on the IEEE Awards Board. He is a member of the Computer Society, ComSoc, CE Society, SSIT, Professional Communications, and TEM Society. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the IEEEISTO and previously served as Chairman. He previously served as Chair of the INCITS Executive Board and the US Head-of-Delegation to JTC 1. He was a member of the Board of Directors of ANSI.

Region Activities

Member, Vice Chair, Chair and Past Chair of Admission and Advancement Committee.

Society Activities

* 2015 Computer Society Vice President of Standards

* Chair Computer Society Microprocessor Standards Committee

* Chair of 7 Computer Society standards

Why should we select you to serve in this position?

Having served as a member of the BoD, as President of the SA, as a Society Officer, as chair of an MGA committee and in other IEEE leadership roles, I have an understanding of the breadth of IEEE. Having had the responsibility of running IEEE and other meetings, I understand the advance work needed to construct an agenda, develop and provide supporting material, read and act on governance documents, and ensure the proper maintenance of those governance documents. I have significant experience in the SA in keeping governance documents current, updating them when necessary, and in making sure they are understandable by all.

I have a long history of working well both leading and being on a team. I also work well with staff and believe a strong partnership between staff and volunteers is the best way to get work done.

Collaboration is the hallmark of standardization. My experience there is directly applicable to working with the 3Ps and others to build and execute an effective agenda.

I also have a strong background in Robert's Rules of Order which is useful in maintaining meeting organization, order, and control.

Position Statement

There are always ways to improve and a mindset of continuous improvement through captured learning is especially effective. Asking participants what went well, what didn't and how things can be improved is the right approach.

In addition, I think the BoD and the Governance Committee could be improved by:

1. Continue the regular and periodic review and updating of BoD-level and OU-level governance documents.

2. Evolve and improve the usability of the BoD agenda tools.

3. Update, if necessary, educate, and promulgate the corporate document classification system.

4. Investigate improvements to the teleconference (now WebEx) meeting tools to improve usability and consistency.

5. Identify and implement a tool to show status on BoD (and certain committee) tasks and action items as a "dashboard" rather than a static document largely available only at the BoD meeting.

6. Continue to survey and then act upon the ideas identified through the after meeting BoD survey.

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