The biographies and position statements of the 2020 IEEE Secretary candidates are listed below.

Kathleen Kramer

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Kathleen A. Kramer
IEEE Secretary

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.

Section 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.

Qualifications

Qualifications related to my service as a Board Member:

1. IEEE Secretary and chair of the Governance Committee.  Supporting effective board meetings, preparations for these, and their evaluation. Committee efforts to support governance across IEEE but also to review individual committees' governance and the structuring of major governance reviews.

2. As Region Director, chaired the Region Committee and its Executive Committee. One of my major achievements as Region Director to completely revise my region's bylaws (an intermittent effort for many years prior) and its committee's voting membership, though an open collaborative process.  Supported governance, including formations, dissolutions, and elections across all organizational units in the region.

3. IEEE Audit Committee service. This committee has a very important role itself supporting good governance of IEEE, including such goods as transparency, trust, and avoiding conflicts of interest.

4. As IEEE Director, I have always seen that there is a key responsibility in actively supporting good board governance, one that I wholeheartedly embrace, and in enabling success of the board and its officers, both those in the majority and those who are less well represented while also exercising my duty of care to the membership and the public.

In addition to those that relate directly to my recent board service, I offer very extensive qualifications and experience as a leader in numerous committees and boards. Two of these:

1. IEEE Commissioner to the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, with serious governance responsibilities worldwide.

2. Chair, Rank and Tenure Committee, University of San Diego

Position Statement

The most essential role of the Secretary is to guide the IEEE in good governance practices. Successful leadership of the Governance Committee enables governance to provide a fundamental framework for IEEE to achieve its goals, allowing us to change for the better and move forward.  The Secretary, as part of this effort, must also take the lead in supporting effective meetings, meaningful inclusion, and the work of the Board. I offer integrity, trustworthiness, support for transparency and a passion for the "systems engineering" that good governance by, and for, our board can provide.

 

John Walz

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John Walz
IEEE Secretary

John W. Walz, retired from Lucent Technologies / AT&T with more than 20 years of management/coaching experience, covering positions in hardware and software engineering, quality planning and auditing, standards development and implementation, and strategic planning. John is a recognized expert in the field technical systems frameworks, ISO 31000, and Governance, Risk management and Compliance.

Walz has coauthored three books supporting the use of IEEE Software Engineering Standards to support CMMI, ISO 9001, and Lean Six Sigma. He is also a contributor to the Computer Society ReadyNotes, industry webinar programs, and IEEE 730:2015 Software Quality Assurance Processes.

During his tenure as a volunteer leader for the IEEE, John has remained steadfast in his efforts, regardless of service position, in support of reporting clarity and transparency.  His belief is that parliamentary procedure should be an enabler to support fairness and participation, it should be the standard for facilitation discussion and group decision-making, and that boards should limit the use of executive session as much as possible.  His actions throughout his IEEE volunteer career support this.  He is recognized as a fair, practical and efficient leader.  His long service across the Institute will enable him to support the President.

John received his BS and MS in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and inducted into both Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. He Is therecipient of the 2019 Richard E. Merwin Award for Distinguished Service from Computer Society.

Region Activities

As 2014-2016 Co-Chair, Board New Initiatives, Established a Seed Grant for Sections and Chapters  Technical Meeting Recordings and Distribution for R4 and R6; I designed a process to create new recordings IP revenue for participating Societies and their Chapters. Presented training workshops to R3, R4, R5, R6, & R9. This was institutionalized by MGA.

Member of TAB-MGA Affiliate Dues ad hoc and Membership Development ad hoc.

Section Activities

As Chair, Financial Operations Manual (FOM) Review, guided the team of three Past-Treasurers and two FinCom members to complete changes to four FOM Sections.

As Finance Chair, worked with OU Treasurers to build the 2018 budget with 2.5% Operations Net and to scale back growing deficit to achieve 2017 budget goal.

As Audit Chair, worked with ORIMS to formalize volunteer / staff enterprise risk management into IEEE Policy. Worked with Finance to accurately determine Reserves Risks for using Budget Spending Rules.

As IEEE Director, served on two IT ad hoc to better integrate revenue producing OUs with central IT capabilities, with a focus on reducing the rate of rising expenses. Also served on TAB ad hoc to restructure my Society for sustainability.

As TAB Finance Committee Member, supported Transparency efforts so prioritization and process improvements.

As Conference Committee member, supported expansion of academic conferences to include industry practitioners with potential of higher attendance and conference net.

As IEEE Conference Publications Committee member, reviewed processes for improvements resulting in reduced indexing expenses and stopped obsolete conference paper acquisition payments.

As Computer Society President, supported efforts for financial recovery and future growth for improved revenues through new products.

As Society Technical and Conference VP, initiated a Vitality criteria, assessment, and coaching process that resulted in sunsetting under performing technical areas.

As Chair Society Conferences finances ad hoc, provided revenue growth and expense reduction recommendations to the Treasurer and the Board.

Qualifications

As Division Director (2 terms) resulted in significant experience with IEEE Board of Director (BoD) governance processes and observation of the execution of IEEE Secretary duties. Championed for clear and transparent reporting of Board actions while serving on the BoD.

As Chair of both Audit and Finance Committees with demonstrated  leadership experience in these critical BoD positions that interacted with both the IEEE Governance Committee and IEEE Secretary.  Positions required attention to accurate records keeping, reporting, and compliance.

As Audit Chair, worked with staff to formalize volunteer / staff enterprise risk management into IEEE Policy with Board approval. As Past Audit Chair, worked with finance staff and FinCom Financial Improvement to replace Charter of Accounts and related financial systems for 2018 to 2021.

As TAB Treasurer, worked with S/C and IEEE Treasurers and staff to arrest growing TAB deficit to achieve 2017 budget goal, and built the 2018 budget with 2.5% Operations Net, resulting in the largest Operations actual net. As Past-Treasurer TAB, worked with Investment, Risk, and Foundation for Financial Operations and related IEEE Policy updates with Board approval.

As President of IEEE Computer Society, had significant experience with adjudication of complex governance issues, similar to cross IEEE OU boundaries. As CS President-elect and chair of the CS governance committee, instigated CS Constitution change to move Board of Governors (BoG) size and President term length into Bylaws; approved in member election. Both bylaws were changed to meet current need.

Position Statement

As Secretary, I will work to ensure every meeting agenda, and subsequent minutes, map into the Board Strategic Agenda and shows the Board's effort, accomplishments, and lessons learned in both strategic and tactical areas. Subsequent Boards will be able to trace prior expected benefits, risk, opportunities, and rationale through accessible indexed archives.

As Chair of the the Governance Committee (GovCom), I commit to work on OU strategic alignment as our groups of volunteers and contributors are often left out of the strategy and technical discussions and decisions. I will leverage the power of IEEE governance and  technology to ensure  our OU leadership are informed as the IEEE BoD makes critical strategic realignments.  It is extremently important that as the Board shifts strategic direction that the OUs are kept informed.

GovCom must speed up the five-year review process for all 20+ Committees of the IEEE,  I plan to incorporate OU best practices..

I will commit to working toward an "Open IEEE" so that every Committee of IEEE has the infrastructure for their agenda along with their documents archive that will supportthe successful transition and on-boarding of new members and leaders, and allowing Officers and Board oversight.

Wai-Choong "Lawrence" Wong (by petition)

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Wai-Choong (Lawrence) Wong
IEEE Secretary

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.

●   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.

●   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.

Section 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.

Qualifications

I have been a volunteer and volunteer leader in several positions at the chapter, section, region, MGA and Board levels since 1984. These include being elected as chapter chair, section chair, region director and VP-MGA. As a result of my involvement and contributions in these various roles as well as other volunteer portfolios, I have the opportunity to learn and appreciate the diversity and complexity of issues relevant to the position for which I'm now nominated. Having the benefit of being exposed to the different aspects of IEEE, such as MGA and technical societies, I understand the richness and potential of IEEE, while appreciating some of the challenges that IEEE face.

At my day job, I have taken on a number of management roles, including Executive Director of the Institute for Infocomm Research, a research organization with about 500 research, professional and administrative staff, Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, NUS (which is one of the largest departments in the university with a faculty strength of about 100), Director of the NUS Computer Centre and Director of the NUS Centre for Instructional. The scale of these units range from small units with annual budgets of about US$0.5M to larger units with annual budgets of about US$75M. These roles enabled me to contribute both in terms of managing daily operational routines as well as charting strategic and long-term directions. As such, I can bring these experiences to build a better IEEE.

Position Statement

I believe enhancing value to members is of paramount importance to grow. IEEE's position and branding is under threat if we only just maintain the status quo. Member benefits, professional content and engagement are key. IEEE needs to be responsive to the livelihood issues of members, while on technical and professional aspirations, IEEE's quality content is a major draw, though more needs to be done, particularly in making IEEE attractive to underserved communities. It is important to recognize the changing environment, such as the globalization of membership, changing demographics of engineers, competitive market forces, and others. IEEE needs a clear and pragmatic strategic and tactical action plan to deal with these challenges.In meeting the challenges and opportunities that IEEE faces, and as a nominee for the position of IEEE Secretary, I propose the following key areas of focus:

1.  Work closely and be effective Point-of-Contact and intermediary, both vertically and horizontally between the IEEE Board, OUs and corporate.

2.  Be a vehicle and channel to contribute to continuous improvements in governance

3.  Drive improvements in Standard Operating Procedures to enhance IEEE governance effectiveness

4.  Identify possible areas of administrative and governance improvements leading to higher productivity, effectiveness and quality of service.

Forrest D. Wright (by petition)

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Forrest (Don) Wright
IEEE Secretary

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 was President of the IEEE Standards Association (2017-2018), member of the IEEE Board of Directors (2017-2018), and senior member of the IEEE. He has been a member of EBCC (2018-2019) and vice chair of EBCC (2019). 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,  the IEEE Awards Board, and IEEE N&A. He is a member of the Computer Society, ComSoc, CE Society, SSIT, and TEM Society. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the IEEE-ISTO 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.

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

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

Section Activities

·         Computer Society Vice President of Standards (2015)

·         Computer Society BoG & Exec Committee (2015)

·         Chair Computer Society Microprocessor Standards Committee

·         Chair of 7 Computer Society standards

·         Vice Chair, ComSoc Standards Development Board

Qualifications

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 governance structures and activities. To that end, 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 remains an important approach.

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

1. Continue the regular and periodic review and updating of BoD and IEEE Committees 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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