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The biographies and position statements of the 2018 IEEE Secretary candidates are listed below.

 

John Baillieul

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Biography

John Baillieul has held appointments in three departments at Boston University; he is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is former Chairman of two departments. Professor Baillieul is active in the IEEE Control Systems Society where he served as President in 2006. He has also served in various capacities on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. From 1992 to 1998, he was Editor-in-Chief of this journal, which was the most highly cited of all journals in Electrical Engineering in both 2006 and 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to nonlinear control theory, robotics, and the control of complex mechanical systems. He received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He is also Fellow of SIAM and a Fellow of IFAC. Baillieul has held leadership positions in both TAB and PSPB, including past IEEE VP of Publication Services and Products.

Region Activities

I am less active in the region than I am in IEEE centrally (TAB/PSPB Products and Services Comm, and past Chair of PSPB)) or than I am in my society (Control Systems). Nevertheless, I do contribute occasionally participate in Region activities such as a Region 1 student conference in the Fall of 2011 where I gave a lecture entitled "IEEE Publishing From Its Dawn to the Present."

Society Activities

I have been quite active in the Control Systems Society -- including:

  1. Editor-in-Chief of the flagship journal: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (1992-1998)
  2. Vice-President for Technical Activities, Vice President for Publications (2001-2002 and 2004 respectively)
  3. 40-th President, 2006
  4. General Chair of the Flagship Conference, 48-th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2009.
  5. 2011, IEEE Control Systems Society Bode Lecture and Prize

Why should we select you to serve in this position?

I am an IEEE Fellow (elected 1992) and have served in many volunteer positions at all levels within the IEEE. I have a deep understanding of both the publishing and conference businesses, both of which are of primal importance to the IEEE. I am also familiar with IEEE governance and currently expanding my involvement by serving on the Governance Committee. I believe the experience that I am now gaining together with the many IEEE roles that I have had in the past will allow me to perform all the varied duties of secretary of the IEEE.

Position Statement

Apart from the specific details of the various governance related duties assigned to the IEEE Secretary, I believe that significant new challenges are now confronting the IEEE. As the largest professional membership society in the world, the IEEE's mission to serve both its members and humanity at large has become increasingly complex and fractionated. The most important item in the published description of responsibilities of the Secretary is that the person who holds the position is expected to ". . . identify, encourage, nominate and mentor candidates for higher volunteer positions within IEEE." More than ever before, the IEEE needs to nurture and groom future leaders who have the experience needed to help guide our core businesses in publishing, conferences, and emerging forms of technical information sharing, while at the same time having the wisdom and insight needed to be effective in allocating highly constrained resources to the humanitarian activities that have become increasingly important in recent years.
 

 
 

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William Walsh

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Biography

Bill is currently serving as IEEE Secretary in 2017.
Bill is a Systems Engineer, Line Manager, and Program Manager with over 35 years experience in the electronics, systems, communications, and test engineering fields. He is currently employed with United States Navy in Dahlgren, Virginia, where he is the Strike Weapons Systems Engineering Chief of Operations. He is responsible for program planning, organizing, development, and execution of many high quality engineering design and development projects as well as strategic planning and contract management. Bill attended Drexel University, earning a BSEE degree. His graduate work focused on systems engineering. Throughout his career, Bill has held increasingly responsible positions with several engineering firms, leading projects for the Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) customers. Projects have focused on development and implementation of security system architectures, US Navy shipboard, weapons, and avionics systems, and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information (C4I) laboratory integration activities.

Region Activities

(S’80-M’81-SM’03) IEEE Board of Directors, 2009-10 & 2017; IEEE Secretary , 2017; IEEE- USA Board of Directors 2009-10 & 2013; IEEE USA Secretary-Treasurer 2013; MGA Board of Directors 2009-10; Member, IEEE Governance Committee, 2012-14 & 2017; Member IEEE Finance Committee 2013; Member, Humanitarian Ad Hoc Committee 2011-12
2009-11; Co-Chair, Humanitarian Ad Hoc Committee, 2010; MGA Liaison to Standards Association, 2011; Member MGA OpCom Committee 2010; Member, IEEE Conferences Committee 2008;

  1. Member of the IEEE Board of Directors and an active participant in proactive committees of the Board, worked on aimed to reflect a more strategic Board capability, leaving the tactical implementation efforts to the organizational units (OUs).
  2. As Co-Chair of the Humanitarian Ad Hoc Committee, I was one of the founding signatories in the Engineering for Change, LLC, (E4C) partnership between IEEE and ASME.
  3. As Director, re-organized the structure of the Region 2 Executive/Operations Committee to better mirror and develop parallel activities for the various IEEE OUs that the Region is responsible to support to its members in the Sections. This includes MGA, IEEE-USA, and EAB.
  4. Reinvigorated Region 2’s professional activities through efficient and effective use of available budget to coordinate and implement a variety of successful projects across the Region.

Society Activities

Member of the AESS Board of Governors - 2014-2019; Vice President, Industry Relations, 2017

Administrative Editor & Member of AESS Publications Editorial Board 2011-Present; As Administrative Editor for the AESS publications of Systems Magazine and Transactions of the AESS, responsible for many editorial and publishing tasks
in support of the AESS Editorial Board, including development of updated approach to the magazine development and production, working as Associate Editor on various special issues, and restructuring the vendor contracts to provide for a more cost-effective, integrated approach to the managing editing and production of these two important IEEE technical journals, resulting in improved products along with a significant reduction in expenses/costs.

Why should we select you to serve in this position?

I currently serve as IEEE Secretary for 2017. I have also been a Region Director on the IEEE Board of Directors. I served as Secretary-Treasurer for IEEE-USA. I also currently serve on the IEEE Aerospace Electronic Systems Society Board of Governors. I have been an active member of the Governance Committee. This extensive experience, from both TAB and MGA perspectives, has put me in a unique position to continue to be an effective leader on the Board of Directors and a proactive Chair of the Governance Committee. Presently, in both my engineering leadership position with the United States Navy and as an active volunteer within IEEE at its highest level, I have been working in very specific and successful ways to address strategic, management, and governance issues and approaches in both organizations. I have found that my responsibilities with my employers and my professional positions in industry have provided both experience and perspective that I apply to the volunteer leadership positions I hold in IEEE. My time on the BoD, my direct leadership experience at the highest levels of both an IEEE Society as well as an IEEE Region, and my significant experience on the Governance Committee will allow me to continue to contribute to the needs of the IEEE BoD in 2018 and assist in being more effective and efficient in serving our membership.

Position Statement

I have been working as IEEE Secretary to align the Governance Committee with the IEEE strategic agenda. It is imperative that the IEEE Board of Directors continue to develop efficient approaches to communication, governance, and integration of its initiatives within the organization. As Secretary, I will continue to assume the responsibility of providing leadership, in collaboration with the President and each/all members of the Board, to see these initiatives through successfully, and to ensure that processes 2 / 2 are followed, communicated, optimized, and properly implemented. I will also continue to lead the ongoing assessment of our governing documents from the perspective of how we best relate to and serve our evolving membership base, with its changing demographics and social and technical interests. I will work collaboratively with members of the Board and Organizational Unit leaders, bringing together those of differing views, building coalitions, and forging consensus on issues to create positive solutions. My overall IEEE leadership experience, coupled with many years of participation as an active member of GovCom, has given me a unique perspective of the IEEE as a whole. Working with committee members and staff, I will continue to focus GovCom’s efforts to assist the Board on strategies for organizational efficiencies, training and development of the next generation of Board leadership, and good communication techniques - keys to IEEE’s long-term success. Through solid leadership, integrity, and effective communications, I look forward to assisting the GovCom, the Board, and IEEE address all of the important challenges that it faces heading into 2018.

 
 

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