The biographies and position statements of the 2019 IEEE Vice President and Vice-President Elect, Member and Geographic Activities candidates are listed below.
Kukjin Chun

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Kukjin Chun received B.S. degree in 1977 from Seoul National University and M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department of University of Michigan in 1981 and 1986, respectively. He was an assistant professor at Washington State University in 1986-1989 and he joined Seoul National University in Korea from 1989 June. He is now a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seoul National University, where he served as department chair in 2009-2011 and as the Director of the Inter-university Semiconductor Research Center in 2005-2006. He was President of the Institute of Electronics Engineers of Korea which has the longest history and largest membership in Korea. He has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea since 2007. He received The Order of Science and Technology Merit of Korea which is the highest recognition from the Korean government.

IEEE ACTIVITIES


COMMITTEES/BOARDS
• IEEE Board of Directors, Member, 2017-2018
• IEEE MGA Board, Member, 2017-2018
• IEEE Audit Committee, Member, 2017-2018
• IEEE MGA Operation Committee, Member, 2017
• IEEE MGA Sections Congress Organizing Committee, Member, 2017
• IEEE MGA Award Committee, Member, 2015
• IEEE MGA SDEA Committee, Member, 2013-2014


REGION 10
• IEEE Region 10, Director, 2017-2018
• IEEE Region 10, Director-Elect, 2015-2016
• IEEE Region 10 N&A Committee, Member, 2015-2018
• IEEE Region 10 Award and Recognition Committee, Chair, 2013-2014
• IEEE Region 10, Vice-Chair, 2011-2012
• IEEE Region 10 Section/Subsection Elevation Committee, Chair, 2011-2012
• IEEE Region 10, Secretary, 2009-2010


SECTION
• IEEE Seoul Section, Chair, 2007
• IEEE Seoul Section, Secretary, 2004
• IEEE Seoul Section, Web Coordinator, 2005-2006


CONFERENCES
• IEEE SENSORS 2015, General Chair, 2015
• IEEE NEMS TPC, Member, 2009-2014
• IEEE SENSORS TPC, Member, 2008-2014
• IEEE Tranceducers Conference International Steering Committee, Member, 2006-2013
• IEEE MEMS TPC, Member, 2001-2003


Other activities are listed in other items of this form.


QUALIFICATIONS
I have been an active volunteer leader of IEEE and Korean National Institute as well as my university which gave me an opportunity to serve and be trained with good understanding of how to conduct the business and strategy to achieve the purpose and functions in accordance with its charter. As Director of Region 10, I am responsible for a big group of volunteers serving the needs of 125,000 members of 36 countries in the most part of Asia-Pacific and Oceania where there are 58 Sections, 1,435 student branches and 628 Chapters. I try to establish Section or Subsection in all the countries of Region 10 and to solve ongoing problems of inactive student branches, dormant chapters and poor conferences collaborating with section chairs, which demonstrated interpersonal skills with sensitivity to cross-cultural and transnational issues.
I began my IEEE volunteer leadership as the chair of Seoul Section, serving roughly 3,000 members in Korea. Additionally, I have served on the Audit Committee, MGA Board, MGA Operation Committee, MGA SDEA Committee, MGA Award Committee, and Sections Congress Organizing Committee where I initiated and organized networking session among a few hundred IEEE volunteers and new guideline dedicated to Region 10 for the Section elevation. I have gained experience by serving in leadership positions in several on my other professional career. I have managed budget and strategic direction of an electrical engineering department with 120 faculty and staff and an interdisciplinary research center with 70 faculty and engineers from electrical, chemical, mechanical and material science disciplines. When served General Chair of the IEEE SENSORS 2015 conference and the principal investigator of 40M USD project involving 16 companies and research
institution, I experienced in providing direction and guidance to the design and implementation teams that carry out the mission.


MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
As a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, I initiated and organized SPARKS! session just before the opening ceremony of 2017 Sections Congress when about 400 delegates from all ten Regions networked and shared their experiences on ten MGA-related topics. This session will be implemented in 2020 Sections Congress as one of regular session. As Region10 Director, I encouraged new geographical units (Subsection) in Myanmar, Bhutan, Cambodia, where there were no representing IEEE geographical units. I revitalize dormant student branches and Chapters of Region 10 where about 50% of SBs and 30% of Chapters are inactive with
collaboration from Section Chairs. I am also trying to alleviate conference issues of inferior paper quality and improper management with IEEE conference committee, MCE and Audit committee. Region 10 has 1,435 student branches and over 600 Chapters and hosted about 700 conferences in 2017.


As Region10 Vice-Chair, I established a new guideline for the elevation from Subsection to Section as well as Chapter formation. This guideline reflects and considers large population and culture of Asia. As Seoul Section Chair, I formed 13 student branches in Korea where a few student branches remained inactive.


I served the following positions and received the highest honor:
• IEEE Region 10, Director, 2017-2018
• IEEE Board of Directors, Member, 2017-2018
• IEEE MGA Board, Director, 2017-2018
• IEEE Audit Committee, Member, 2017-2018
• IEEE MGA Operation Committee, Member, 2017
• IEEE Sections Congress Organizing Committee, Member, 2017
• IEEE Region 10 N&A Committee, Member, 2015-2018
• IEEE Region 10, Director-Elect, 2015-2016
• IEEE MGA Award Committee, Member, 2015
• IEEE MGA SDEA Committee, Member, 2013-2014
• IEEE Region 10, Vice-Chair, 2011-2012
• IEEE Region 10, Secretary, 2009-2010
• IEEE Seoul Section, Chair, 2007
• IEEE SENSORS 2015, Busan Korea, General Chair, 2015
• The Order of Science and Technology Merit of Korea, 2017


POSITION STATEMENT
IEEE MGA (Member and Geographic Activities) strides to ensure member opportunities through continuous engagement by inspiring, enabling, empowering, and engaging members since membership is a core value of IEEE and members shape IEEE's future. IEEE membership has grown over the last 20 years but is flat in recent years. The retention rates for members has also dropped in the same period, especially students and first year member retention. Survey tells us that members of Societies are more satisfied than IEEE members who do not belong to Societies.


I will work passionately on three things for the IEEE as a 21st Century Professional
Membership Organization if elected IEEE MGA Vice-President:


1. Foster more value of membership and member satisfaction with tailored services and products
• Enhance direct and indirect member benefits for higher grade members, Young Professionals, Women in Engineers and students
• Add Region-specific member value for different geographical, cultural, and ethnic diversity
• Collaborate with other IEEE operational units to provide higher quality products and services as well as continuing education


2. Promote healthier and stronger geographical units
• Strengthen membership retention (student to YP, higher grade member, student member, the first year member)
• Encourage collaboration between Section and Chapters for more member exposure to state of the art technology
• Empower dormant geographical units (Student Branches, Chapters, Affinity Groups)


3. Build up more society membership and members from industry practitioners
• Increase prestige, recognition, and visibility of IEEE members, especially for industry practitioners
• Enhance the members' growth and development through their life cycle with tailored products and services
• Promote more presence of IEEE societies and industry members in Regional activities such as Smart Tech for technical innovation


DISCLOSURES
None

Bernard Sander

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Dr Bernard (Bernie) Sander is retired from Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies where he spent over 31 years in the development of radar and switching systems. Bernie has held several technical and management positions with Bell Labs/Lucent, including hardware and software development in wire-line and CDMA switching, systems engineering and project management. Projects included many successful international deliveries. In retirement Bernie has consulted at Northwestern and Marquette Universities. Bernie has been recognized for outstanding personal commitment and contributions to Affirmative Action at Bell Labs-Indian Hill. Bernie received the IEEE-USA Professional Leadership Award in 2013 for contributions to the Science Kits Program. Bernie and his wife Toni of 45 years have volunteered in outreach programs to couples preparing for marriage and in marriage enrichment. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.


Dr. Sander has degrees in Electrical Engineering from St Louis University (BS), California Institute of Technology (MS) and Washington University in St Louis (DSc).


IEEE ACTIVITIES
• Region 4 Director 2017-2018. Member of Continuous Improvement Committee.
• Chair IEEE-USA Awards Committee 2015-2016. Member 2017-2018
• Board Liaison for Humanitarian Activities Committee 2017 -2018
• Region 4 Treasurer 2011-2014
• Region 4 Central Area Support Chair 2008-2014
• Program Committee for Chicago Section Technical Conference and Exhibition 2011-2014
• Board Member for “Science Kits” 2011-2014
• Committee on Communications Policy Member 2011-2018
• Chicago Section Advisory Chair and Nominating Committee Chair 2009-2010
• Chair – Chicago Section 2007-2009
• Vice-Chair Chicago Section 2007
• Treasurer – Chicago Section 2005-2006
• Chair – Fox Valley Subsection 2003-2005
• Chair – Student Branch at St Louis University


QUALIFICATIONS
• Currently serving as Director of Region 4 - with roles as IEEE-USA Awards committee and liaison for Humanitarian Activities Committee
• Ability to provide high-level view and summary in reports, yet attentive to detail in insuring that the reports are complete and accurate. Critical skill in my years as Region Treasurer.
• Leadership skills in running meetings, engaging volunteers and achieving objectives.
• Willingness and ability to learn new tools and adopt new approaches to problems.
• Positive attitude - Sees problems as opportunities.
• Works well with other volunteers - approachable and easy to work with.


MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• Active support and board liaison for Humanitarian Activities Committee in enabling it to accomplish its mission. Very proud of direction this effort has gone in last 2 years.
• Chair of the IEEE-USA Awards Committee 2015-2016 - successful focus on diversity of awardees. Have continued as member of Committee in enabling the accomplishment of IEEE mission and objectives of committee.
• Did some major restructuring of Region meetings to make them more useful for section leadership in the region, more productive face to face time and use of webex for reports etc. Have also held several joint meetings with Region 6 in exposing section leadership to new ideas and opportunities. Organized region
into committees with focus on some of the major challenges facing the region – member engagement, unit engagement and member retention. Have made progress in several areas but still learning in other areas.
• Served as treasurer of Region 4 including the introduction of NetSuite to the sections. Provided training and support for section treasurers in accomplishing 100% reporting for the sections in region.
• Establishment of Student Branch in Rwanda during 6 month stay in Kigali, Rwanda. This led to an invitation to participate in some of the IEEE AdHoc on Africa meetings in helping to shape the direction and provide support where needed. I was also able to participate in the 2018 meeting in Athens, Greece.


POSITION STATEMENT
IEEE and the Member and Geographic Activities OU face an ever increasing set of challenges as the organization attempts to be relevant and financially solvent in a changing world. A primary focus of my term as MGA VP would be making the products and services offered by IEEE relevant for the careers of all
members and potential members – with particular focus on Women, Young Professionals, students and industry practitioners. A second major focus would be achieving a more equitable representation model for the changing demographics of the regions. Some of the drivers in creating a direction and a plan are the growth of Regions 10 particularly student membership, the changes underway in Africa and the aging of membership in North America. The models also are complicated by the need to balance geographic and technical area representation. An associated challenge is the funding for all the activities that MGA supports – conferences, career services, awards and publications. The traditional sources of funding (conferences and publications) are threatened by new models and need to evolve.


We also need to continue with the things we do well – conferences, career services and awards. I do, however, see a need for IEEE to improve the diversity of the award recipients. Our models for recognition seem heavily weighted towards European and North American Academic contributors. An area I would
hope to see improvement is recognition of engineering achievements in other geographic areas (Africa and South America) as well as cultural diversity.


IEEE in accomplishing its mission of advancing technology for humanity has provided me with many opportunities to grow and to change the world. I look forward to the opportunity to continue contributing to a wonderful organization. Thanks for your support.


DISCLOSURES
No conflict of interest.

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