A dedicated leader whose volunteer efforts have spanned many IEEE major organizational units at all leadership levels, Loretta Arellano has shown remarkable initiative in identifying and developing opportunities to carry out the Institute’s mission of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Balancing her professional career—where she was an expert in reliability, maintainability, and logistics at Raytheon Company—with her IEEE service, Arellano has inspired teams and promoted cooperation among IEEE organizational units. In 2013, she was instrumental in meeting the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board’s goal of modernizing the volunteer experience. Recognizing a need to train promising volunteers, she proposed and created what is now known as the Volunteer Leadership Training Program (VoLT) to identify and develop leaders from the ranks of IEEE’s local organizational units. The program introduces aspiring leaders to leadership skills and all aspects of IEEE operations and involving each of IEEE’s major organizational units. Each VoLT trainee is assigned a mentor who shepherds the volunteer through a practical project designed to provide practical leadership experience. The volunteer participates in interactive webinars along with completion of a leadership project. The end result is a volunteer who is prepared to assume higher levels of responsibility in leading IEEE activities. For better efficiencies of staff and volunteer resources, Arellano also implemented a plan to integrate the MGA’s training activities into a single committee, providing a one-stop approach to volunteer training and leadership development. She mergedVoLT, the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE), and the MGA Training Committee into one committee whose mission is to focus on all aspects of volunteer training. Among her many positions, she has served as Region 6 Director, Division 6 Director, and was President of the IEEE Reliability Society.
An IEEE Senior Member and an Institute for the Advancement of Engineering Fellow, Arellano is senior manager (retired) with Raytheon. She lives in Sun Valley, CA, USA.
With volunteer service spanning the Society level to the IEEE Board of Directors, John T. Barr, IV has been instrumental in effecting change to make IEEE a better organization. Known for his honesty and transparency and putting the facts of a situation above anyone’s ownership of an idea, Barr’s leadership style has proven invaluable in helping IEEE achieve its goals. As the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Periodicals Packages Committee (2002‒2004) Chair, Barr led creation of a performance-based algorithm to fairly distribute IEEE Electronic Library (IEL) revenue to Societies based on online readership of articles, replacing an outdated formula and emphasizing the role that electronic delivery would play in the technical publishing. As Finance Chair of the IEEE Publications Products and Services Board (PSPB) (2005‒2008), Barr created a product development funding mechanism for platform enhancements of IEEE Xplore (IEEE’s largest revenue source) by budgeting annually a portion of IEEE’s electronic publishing revenue. This guaranteed development budget helped transform Xplore into the leading database for technical engineering information and helped protect IEL revenue. As IEEE TAB Treasurer (2009‒2012), Barr led the development of the first formal IEEE Reserves Policy to set an appropriate level of reserves needed to ensure that IEEE can survive considering unknown risks while still using its resources to support its mission. Barr joined the IEEE Board of Directors as Treasurer (2013‒2014) and implemented the first comprehensive, multiyear summary of IEEE’s infrastructure expenses to provide a consolidated view of infrastructure including the depreciation and maintenance costs of IT-related projects. At the Society level, Barr’s contributions to the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) included roles as President (2002), 2006 International Microwave Symposium General Chair, and 2012 Radio & Wireless Week General Chair.
An IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of the 2013 IEEE MTT-S N. Walter Cox Award, Barr was a Research and Development Manager / Director (retired) with Agilent Technologies/Hewlett-Packard, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
Moshe Kam has dedicated his career to breaking down the barriers that limit access to the engineering profession, and to helping people from all backgrounds understand what engineers do. As an IEEE volunteer he has transformed IEEE’s educational activities to spur interest in engineering by new audiences and facilitate the pursuit of engineering as a career path by young students worldwide. In 2005 Kam spearheaded TryEngineering.org, IEEE’s most popular and successful online education program. This portal serves as the predominant source of pre-university engineering education for students, parents, and school counselors. The success of TryEngineering.org led to the development of the IEEE’s TryNano.org and TryComputing.org portals. Kam also championed the development of IEEE’s version of the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) project. Developed by Purdue University but originally implemented mostly in the United States, EPICS provides students with the opportunity to create technological solutions for their communities in cooperation with nongovernmental organizations and humanitarian groups. Using IEEE’s resources and working with fellow volunteers, Kam expanded EPICS’ reach around the world with over 40 projects, including a project that supplied reliable electricity to rural schools in Uruguay and a joint industry–IEEE venture to provide solar-energy-heated water for an orphanage in South Africa. Kam has also expanded the IEEE Teacher-in-Service Program, which trains IEEE volunteers to work with pre-university teachers on lesson plans in engineering and engineering design, thereby bringing hands-on engineering activities into the classroom. Another area where Kam induced change was IEEE’s participation in accreditation of engineering programs outside the United States. Going beyond the traditional IEEE educational workshops on accreditation, he played a pivotal role in developing training programs for program evaluators in Peru, assisting accreditation programs in China, and creating a new accreditation body for Caribbean nations.
An IEEE Past President, IEEE Fellow, and recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000), Kam is Dean of the Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, USA.
The pioneering efforts of Fumio Harashima at both the Society and Institute levels in promoting the activities and benefits of IEEE helped grow Region 10 (Asia and Pacific) into the strong and vibrant region that it is today. An expert in power electronics, mechatronics, and robotics, Dr. Harashima has for decades played a significant role in expanding IEEE's reach in Japan and other Asian countries through his many leadership activities and by enlisting many new members who have become active contributors. He has actively promoted the globalization of IEEE activities and has been recognized by governments around the world for his tireless efforts in encouraging collaborative research across national borders. Instrumental to Dr. Harashima’s influence on globalization and diversification have been the many important positions he has held within IEEE. He served as President of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society from 1986 to 1987, during which time he helped identify new technological directions deserving focus. Dr. Harashima also served as IEEE Secretary in 1990 and on the following IEEE boards: Board of Directors (1990), Executive Committee (1990), Awards Board (2001–2003), Nomination and Appointment Committee (1991–1992), Fellows Committee (1970–1972, 1991–1993), and Finance Committee (1990). He has also served as organizing chair for a number of well-known international IEEE conferences, including the International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Systems (1988-1999), International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (1994), International Conference on Robotics and Automation (1995), and the Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference (2013). He has also actively pursued collaboration with private industry, providing groundbreaking research and commercialization efforts for low-power consumption using inverters and power control technology in electric vehicles.
An IEEE Life Fellow and Fellow of the Japanese Federation of Engineering Societies, Dr. Harashima is a Professor Emeritus with the University of Tokyo, Japan.
V. Prasad Kodali has worked tirelessly as an IEEE volunteer at many levels for four decades to promote the growth and visibility of IEEE in India and other countries. Dr. Kodali has served IEEE at the Society, Section, and Regional levels as well as IEEE secretary and as a member of Institute-level boards and committees. Dr. Kodali was the first person from India elected by the membership to serve as director of Region 10, which encompasses the Asia Pacific area. As director, Dr. Kodali made a policy of initiating discussions with national engineering societies in Japan, Australia, and India for cooperation agreements that eventually led to the development of programs in Japan, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, and Australia that were instrumental in growing Region 10’s membership to one of the largest within IEEE. As Chair of the IEEE Educational Activities Board’s Transnational Committee, Dr. Kodali brought together educational activities chairs from Regions 7 through 10 to identify common concerns so these transnational members could receive the greatest benefit from IEEE educational programs. Dr. Kodali was also instrumental in the success of the volunteer-driven exhibits project displayed at the Birla Science Center in Hyderabad, India in 2013, which was designed to spur interest in engineering and sciences among high school students. Dr. Kodali’s other volunteer positions include founder and chair of the IEEE India Council’s Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society/Communications Society Joint Chapter and the following Institute-level groups: IEEE Constitution, Bylaws and Policy Statements Committee; IEEE Executive Committee; IEEE Finance Committee; IEEE Ethics Committee; IEEE Long Range Planning Committee; IEEE Fellows Committee; IEEE Membership Development Committee; IEEE Life Member Committee; IEEE Accreditation Policy Council; IEEE Awards Board; and IEEE Publications Board.
An IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of the 1984 IEEE Centennial Medal, Dr. Kodali retired in 1997 as an adviser to the government of India’s Department of Electronics, New Delhi, India.
Barry L. Shoop has made contributions across the breadth of IEEE that have changed the very fabric of its operations and governance, from local geographic units to the Board of Directors. His strategic vision has allowed him to lead the way to revolutionary changes within IEEE in the way IEEE thinks about, supports, and treats its members. One of Dr. Shoop’s most impactful accomplishments was his leadership in 2007-2008 as chair of the Regional Activities Board (RAB) Enterprise Engineering Project Ad Hoc Committee, which transformed RAB into the Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) group. One of the largest IEEE transformations in recent history, this change made the member a priority by focusing on involving members in all IEEE organizational units through programs and activities. As the 2010 vice president of MGA, he developed the Regional Geographic Strategy, which focuses on unique circumstances and commonality of the local geographic region to improve membership value and drive recruitment and retention. As the 2008-2009 IEEE secretary and chair of the IEEE Governance Committee, he led the Committee’s transformation from being focused solely on governing documents to being a resource for making IEEE governance more effective. In 2008, as the chair of the Business Management System Ad Hoc Committee, he made recommendations on how to improve IEEE’s IT system that resulted in changes to the entire IEEE IT enterprise, including structure, governance, and architecture.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Shoop is professor and deputy head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, USA.
Hugh Rudnick has worked at all levels within IEEE to improve the value of IEEE membership and extend the benefits of technology throughout the world. His work has especially benefitted members in IEEE Region 9 (Latin America and the Caribbean). He began to make an impact as president of the IEEE Chile Section in 1982, when membership doubled and the Section’s first technical chapters were founded (Computer Chapter and Power Engineering Chapter). As director of Region 9 (2002–2003), Dr. Rudnick instituted a Spanish/Portuguese electronic technical publication that became a recognized periodical indexed by the ISI Web of Knowledge. Besides creating regional technical products, he also established a regional robotics competition that attracts international participants. An expert on electric power systems and power deregulation, Dr. Rudnick, member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), instituted his vision for a “global PES” while serving on the Society’s governing board (1996–2003). With his support, PES held its first annual general meetings outside of North America. As a PES Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Rudnick has traveled extensively to local IEEE Chapters worldwide to deliver technology updates and strengthen the bond between Chapters and the Society. He has also made important contributions to IEEE Power and Energy Magazine as a member of its editorial board.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Rudnick is currently a professor with the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, where he has worked since 1974.
An active and dedicated IEEE volunteer, Levent Onural has expanded IEEE’s mission of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity around the world. Dr. Onural’s first major accomplishment was founding the IEEE Turkey Section in 1989. Where others had previously failed due to required high-level government approval at that time in Turkey, Dr. Onural’s persistence paid off as he navigated the difficult course to successfully establish the section. As director of IEEE Region 8 (2001-2002), which is comprised of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Dr. Onural dealt with many issues including the sensitive issue of U.S government sanctions against certain countries that prevented IEEE from holding section activities in some countries in Region 8, or from publishing technical papers of authors from these countries. Dr. Onural saw this as an affront to IEEE’s mission and was instrumental in driving IEEE to work with the U.S. government to resolve the issue in IEEE’s favor. Dr. Onural’s dedication to student education was exemplified as Region 8 Student Activities Committee chair (1995-1998) and as vice chair of student activities for the IEEE Regional Activities Board (1998-1999), initiating many strong programs that increased the number of student chapters in Region 8 and around the world, improved the quality of student membership and promoted member retention. Dr. Onural was elected IEEE secretary in 2003 and developed modifications to the IEEE constitution that were critical to ensuring its long-term stability.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Onural is currently a professor and dean of engineering at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, where he has taught since 1987.
Raymond David Findlay’s knowledge of the history of electrical engineering and IEEE, his dedication to member services and student activities and his belief in IEEE as a transnational technical society can be seen in his over 40 years of dedicated volunteer service. Known for an ability to effect change in people to produce positive results, Dr. Findlay has made an impact on IEEE at all levels. His greatest contribution was perhaps the leadership he provided as IEEE president-elect and president during 2002. At this time, IEEE’s general fund was hit hard when its investments took a downturn. Dr. Findlay led the efforts to eliminate the deficit and put IEEE back on the path to financial prosperity. During his term as vice president of the Regional Activities Board from 96-97, he promoted dues levels that made IEEE student membership attractive to undergraduates and supported programs that encourage retention. He also introduced the “Centers of Excellence” concept to the IEEE Foundation. As IEEE Region 7 director from 94-95, Dr. Findlay was instrumental in effecting the merger of IEEE’s Region 7 with the Canadian Society of Electrical and Computer Engineering to form “IEEE Canada.” He became the first president of IEEE Canada in 1995, and following his service the IEEE Canada board elected him Director Emeritus. Dr. Findlay’s professional focus is low frequency electromagnetic fields and losses in electrical power devices, in which he has more than 200 publications.
An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Findlay is an Emeritus Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
James H. Beall, an IEEE Life Fellow, has demonstrated unparalleled leadership to IEEE for over 40 years. With contributions at the Institute Region, Society levels, committee work and section activities, in particular the Florida West Coast Section, Beall is known for his pride in IEEE and an ability to elevate his colleagues to a higher level of performance while striving to adhere to the ideals of IEEE.
Mr. Beall served on the IEEE Standards Board for seven years and as director of Standards Activities in 1983–84. While on the Standards Board he coordinated the development and revisions to IEEE standards as well as reviewed IEEE standards projects for due process.
Mr. Beall has served on the Technical Activities Board, the Regional Activities Board and the USA Board. He has chaired many committees within the IEEE Industry Applications Society, serving as the Society’s president in 1980 and on its Executive Board for 12 years. He was Director of Division II in 1985–86 and Region 3 Director in 1996–97. Mr. Beall also served on the Chicago Section Executive Committee and was chair of its Northwest Subsection. His contributions to IEEE conferences include Centennial Committee Chair of the 1984 Industry Applications Society Conference and organizer of the IEEE Power Engineering Society 1998 Winter Power Meeting.
In all of his IEEE positions, he has provided technical leadership. Mr. Beall retired from AT&T Teletype Corp. in 1984 and is currently an engineering consultant in New Port Richey, Florida and remains an active member of the Florida West Coast Section, Florida council and Region 3.
Through his leadership, Maurice Papo has influenced improvements in the strategic planning process of one of the IEEE’s major operating boards and mentored many new volunteers. Dr. Papo has held a variety of volunteer positions and has been active in IEEE committees for close to 25 years, beginning with the executive committee for the France Section in 1983.
His most notable positions were director of Region 8 (Europe, Middle East and Africa), and vice president of the Regional Activities Board (currently Membership and Geographic Activities). While serving as Region 8 Director, Dr. Papo initiated major changes in the operation of its committee, including the establishment of the positions of vice-chairs and development of volunteers from the region.
In his role as vice president of RAB, he improved the effectiveness and efficiency of operations through delegation of responsibilities and authorities. Dr. Papo encouraged major enhancements to the integrity and independence of the nominations and appointments procedures to encourage the appointment of transnational members within IEEE at all levels. He served as the vice-chair, strategic planning and nominations committee, and was involved in the restructuring of the Region 8 Bylaws. Dr. Papo, a former chair of the IEEE France Section, also served as IEEE Secretary and the on IEEE Educational Activities and Publications Boards.
Dr. Papo is an independent senior consultant and is active in numerous engineering societies. He spent 35 years at IBM, where he held a broad range of executive positions in Europe and the United States, primarily as R&D director. An IEEE Life Fellow, he holds more than 75 international patents. He received his bachelor’s degrees from École Polytechnique and École Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, both in Paris, France.
Luis T. Gandia has devoted 27 years of service to the IEEE, including eight as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors. A true leader with a global vision of what the IEEE represents, Mr. Gandia has served as an inspiration to many IEEE members worldwide.
Mr. Gandia is known for promotion of globalization efforts of IEEE and maintaining IEEE’s competiveness, by focusing efforts in Latin America to form effective team groups to reinforce the activities of the chapters in most of the countries. Mr. Gandia played an integral role in improving the effectiveness of the IEEE Power Engineering Society in South America, including developing an incentive system, instituting a series of chapter chair retreats, bringing together chapters from all over the world to exchange ideas. As the IEEE Secretary he exhibited a practical sense of fiscal discipline and undertook efforts to simplify IEEE’s Policies and Procedures. As RAB VP, he strived to make significant efforts to develop plans to increase membership. He is also a member and past president of the Puerto Rico Society of Engineers, and a member and past vice president of the Puerto Rico Institute of Electrical Engineers.
In 1962 Mr. Gandia established his own corporation, L. Gandia & Associates, Inc. where he acts as a liaison between manufacturers of electrical equipment and the power generating, distribution and transmission industry.
An IEEE Life Senior Member, Mr. Gandia has received numerous IEEE awards, including the IEEE Millennium Award and the Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award. He received his bachelor’s in electrical engineering with a concentration in power engineering from the University of Puerto Rico.
Antonio Bastos is an IEEE volunteer whose outstanding dedication and leadership has expanded IEEE’s recognition throughout South America and around the globe. Recognized for his distinguished service to the IEEE, he has served as a prominent leader in all levels of the organization who has inspired his colleagues to reach new heights in their professions.
An IEEE volunteer since 1972, Mr. Bastos was one of the founders of the IEEE Bahia Section in Brazil and has worked unceasingly since then to increase IEEE's reach in Latin America through conferences and other technical activities. In 1996, he was elected Region 9 Director where his key accomplishments included implementing a strategic planning process to revitalize the region’s management, establishing electronic communication among sections, expanding interaction with societies’ educational activities, creating leadership development programs and forming new sections, chapters and student branches.
Throughout his long career as an IEEE volunteer, Mr. Bastos served successfully in important IEEE leadership positions, including as Region 9 Director, IEEE Secretary, Regional Activities Vice-President; and Chair of the IEEE Nominations and Appointments Committee. Additionally he served as a member of the IEEE Assembly and the Educational Activities Board. Mr. Bastos is an example of a local volunteer in a remote section, who, through his service and leadership, progressed from a simple member to a distinguished IEEE leader.
A consulting engineer with Fundacao Norberto Odebrecht in Bahia, he is a career electric power engineer and engineering manager. His experience bridges planning, design and construction of power systems, as well as power distribution management and management of large organizations.
An IEEE Senior Member, Mr. Bastos is the recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the RAB Williams Middleton Distinguished Service Award and several plaques and certificates recognizing his service to several IEEE units.
Daniel R. Benigni, senior analyst at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has made significant contributions toward shaping today's IEEE. He is a selfless volunteer and passionate supporter of the organization, demonstrated by the critical roles he has served on more than 25 committees and boards, including the IEEE Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Regional Activities Board, IEEE-USA Board, and Publication Services and Products Board. He was instrumental in transforming the US Activities Board into the IEEE-USA.
As general chairman of the IEEE 2002 Section Congress in Washington, D.C., he helped to influence the IEEE Foundation's financial support for the well-received core leadership educational program. He also created the operating and finance committees of the Regional Activities Board, thus establishing clear responsibilities in these areas.
Mr. Benigni began his career with the U.S. Department of Defense, designing large data management systems for interactive ship designs. He has been at NIST since 1982, developing ANSI and ISO standards for computer graphics and product modeling. In 1998, he became NIST's first Acting Chief Information Officer and is currently responsible for its IT strategic, operational and architecture planning.
An IEEE Senior Member, he has received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the National Engineering Award, the highest award given by the American Association of Engineering Societies.
Dr. Jerry Yeargan is widely known as a skillful and charismatic diplomat who excels at the art of creative compromise. He has demonstrated these qualities over a long and distinguished career of service, most recently as IEEE representative director on the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Board of Directors and as ABET president.
He played a seminal role in the merger of ABET and the Computer Science Accreditation Board, enabling unprecedented synergy in the accreditation of computer science, computer engineering and software engineering programs.
An IEEE Fellow, he has served on the IEEE Board of Directors as vice president of Educational Activities and as president of the IEEE Education Society. Dr. Yeargan also has participated in numerous committees including the IEEE Strategic Planning Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and former chair of the ASEE Electrical Engineering Division.
Dr. Yeargan’s many honors include the IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Service Award, the IEEE Education Society Achievement Award, the Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineers Award, the Halliburton Outstanding Faculty Award, and the University of Arkansas College of Engineering Outstanding Service to Students Award.
Dr. Yeargan is a Distinguished Professor and the Texas Instruments Chair of Mixed-Signal and Linear Microelectronics in Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he has taught since 1967. He holds one patent and has published more than 100 papers.
Charles W. Turner has gone to extraordinary lengths to serve the IEEE and the members of Region 8 (Europe, Africa and the Middle East), where he is secretary. In addition to organizing meetings, writing a guide for volunteers and strengthening ties between the Institution of Electrical Engineers and IEEE, he has been particularly effective in bringing the IEEE's services to the former Soviet Union. By obtaining funds and distributing research publications to engineers and libraries, he has made membership more feasible for those in developing economies. Dr. Turner served the IEEE United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Section as chair, vice chair and secretary. Additionally, he has been director of Region 8 and IEEE secretary, serving on the IEEE Board of Directors from 1993-1995.
Dr. Turner began his career in industry in 1957 with EMI Electronics in West London, before completing his Ph.D. in microwave electronics at Stanford University in 1961. He then taught at Brunel University in London and the University of California at Berkeley. In 1971, he was appointed Siemens Professor of Electrical Engineering at King's College, London, serving in that post until his retirement in 2000.
He has published over 100 technical papers in the fields of microwave electronics and acoustics, and co-authored a textbook, Principles of Superconductive Devices and Circuits, with T. Van Duzer.
He was elected to the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering in 1987, is an IEE Fellow and a Senior Member of IEEE. His many honors include Leverhulme and Fulbright awards, and a U.K. National Physical Laboratory Metrology Award.
With over 30 years of service, Dr. Robert T.H. (Bob) Alden has helped improve the IEEE in countless ways, particularly in the introduction and application of electronic communications.
His many IEEE service titles include vice president, Regional Activities; Region 7 (IEEE Canada)director; and Hamilton Section chair. He helped drive the IEEE-wide adoption of e-mail, and aided staff in developing electronic support services and in planning the original IEEE Web site, which launched in 1995. Serving as Chair of the IEEE Electronic Communications Steering Committee from 1994-1997, Dr. Alden helped lay the groundwork for the IEEE e-mail aliases, Web hosting and mailing lists. Today, he continues to serve the IEEE Canadian Foundation and a new ad-hoc committee on IEEE service improvements.
As early as 1992, his regular column in The Institute, called “Traveling the Information Highway with Bob Alden,” introduced members to the applications of electronic communications and the many wonders of the Internet long before the import of that medium was widely appreciated. His career took him to the Sangamo Company in Toronto, Canada, the University of Toronto, McMaster University, the University of Sydney and finally, back to McMaster, where he is now professor emeritus. He led the development of the Power Research Laboratory at McMaster in 1984, and became its first director.
Dr. Alden is a Senior Member of the IEEE. His numerous awards include the William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award, IEEE Canada’s Outstanding Service Award, the Larry K.Wilson Transnational Award and IEEE Third Millennium and Centennial Medals.
For 50 years, Arthur P. Stern’s efforts have been dedicated to IEEE and its predecessors, IRE and AIEE. He has served in many capacities, including as Director and Officer from 1970 to 1977, and as President of the IEEE in 1975. In these roles, he worked to strengthen the Institute’s technical activities, its relations with industry and its evolving professional endeavors.
A founder and Chairman of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, he held most offices, including President, of the Circuits and Systems Society. He chaired AIEE’s Electronic Circuits Committee and participated in the trail-blazing IRE Committee 4.1 on Solid-State Circuits. He chaired numerous Committees, including Long Range Planning, Transnational Activities and US Competitiveness and served on the Awards Board. He was Guest Editor of the Proceedings and of the Transactions on Circuit Theory.
Born in 1925 in Budapest, Hungary, Arthur Stern attended rabbinical seminaries and the University of Budapest. In 1944, he was deported to concentration camp Bergen Belsen. Upon liberation, he attended the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva and earned a Dipl. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1948, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, where he later became an instructor. In 1955, he obtained an M.E.E. from Syracuse University.
He came to America and joined General Electric in 1951, where he pioneered in color television. He published the first technical paper on transistor radios, did seminal work in transistor circuits and led GE’s initial efforts in integrated circuits. He left GE to be Engineering Director of Martin Marietta’s Electronics Division, and later Operations Director of its subsidiary Bunker-Ramo Corp. He became Vice President of The Magnavox Company in 1966, where he guided development of spread spectrum systems and led the introduction of satellite navigation to commercial ships and to navies worldwide. He was a leader in developing key elements of the Global Positioning System. He retired in 1991 as Vice Chairman of Magnavox and President of Magnavox Advanced Products and Systems Company.
A Fellow of the IEEE, he is a recipient the IEEE Centennial and Millennium Medals. He is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.