Below are the candidates for IEEE Division I Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2021; Delegate/Director, 2022-2023.

Division I:

  • Circuits and Systems Society
  • Council on Electronic Design Automation
  • Electron Devices Society
  • Nanotechnology Council
  • Solid-State Circuits Society


The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.



Franco Maloberti

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(Nominated by IEEE Division I)

Emeritus Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering and Informatics

School of Engineering

Pavia University

                                  Pavia, Italy



Franco Maloberti is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Pavia, Italy. He received the Laurea Degree in Physics summa cum laude from the University of Parma, Italy, and Dr. Honoris Causa from the Inaoe, Puebla, Mexico. He was a Visiting Professor at ETH-PEL, Zurich, and EPFL-LEG, Lausanne. He was the TI/J. Kilby Chair at TAMU and the Microelectronic Chair at UT Dallas. He is an Honorary Professor, University of Macau, China SAR. Franco Maloberti’s research interests are in the design and analysis of data converters, analog interfaces, and sensor systems. He has written more than 600 publications, eight books and holds 38 patents. He is the Chairman of The Academic Committee of the AMSV Key Lab. Macau, China. 


He received the 1999 IEEE CAS Society Meritorious Service Award, the 2000 CAS Society Golden Jubilee Medal, the IEEE Millenium Medal, and the 2013 CAS Society Mac Van Valkenburg Award. 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Committee/Societies/Chapter Activities

  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Society: Vice President, Region 8, 1995-1997
  • IEEE Sensor Council: CASS Representative, 2001
  • IEEE Sensor Council: President-Elect 2001; President 2002-2003; Past-President 2004-2005
  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Society: Board of Governors, 2003-2005
  • IEEE TAB/PSPB Products & Services Committee: Member, 2005, 2006-2008
  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Society: Vice President - Publications, 2007-2008
  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Society: President-Elect 2014-2015; President 2016-2017, Past President 2018-2019
  • IEEE TAB: Member, 2002-2003, and 2016-1017
  • IEEE Fellow Committee: Member, 2016-2017
  • IEEE CAS North Italy Chapter: Chair, 2016
  • IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society: CAS Representative, 2018-2019
  • IEEE CAS Society: Distinguished Lecturer, 2012-2013
  • IEEE SSC Society: Distinguished Lecturer, 2009-2010



  • IEEE Transaction on Circuits and Systems II, Associate Editor, 1998-1999



  • IEEE Sensors: General Chair, 2002
  • IEEE Sensors: Technical Program Chair, 2003
  • IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS): General Co-Chair, 2018
  • IEEE Conference on PhD Research in Microelectronics and Electronics (Prime): Founder, and Chair of the Steering Committee, 2005-2020
  • IEEE European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC): Steering Committee, 1994-1998
  • IEEE International Conference on Electronics Circuits and Systems (ICECS): Steering Committee, 1990-2016
  • IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC): Technical Committee, 2006-2007



  • Led creation of “IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.”
  • Co-author and book coordinator of “A Short History of Circuits and Systems.”
  • Created the CAS Industrial Lecturer Program, 2017.
  • Created and Editor of the Book Series “Tutorial in Circuits and Systems: Low Power Circuit Design Using Advanced CMOS Technology”, nine books published since 2017.


The responsibility of a Division Director as part of the Board of Directors is to serve the members and to progress the organization for optimally providing learning opportunities, delivering knowledge with technical publications and communication tools, and gathering members to share technical information through conferences and meetings. The goals are particularly important for the increasing social role of technology. I am aware that members are our customers, and they must see products and services that compensate costs and voluntary efforts. They remain loyal affiliates by considerations of supply and demand. For members in countries with low income, an affordable membership fee is crucial.


If elected, I will establish communication channels with members and will focus on the implementation of initiatives responding to the member's desires. I will work for harmonizing the professional interests of Societies and Councils of Division I, and I will work on bringing values to our members in different regions and professional segments. I will favor a shaping of the IEEE fees to match the average income in different countries better.

Samar K. Saha

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(Nominated by petition)

Chief Scientist

Prospicient Devices,

Milpitas, California, USA; and

Adjunct Faculty, Electrical Engineering Department

                                  Santa Clara University

                                  Santa Clara, California, USA



Samar Saha received PhD in Physics from Gauhati University and MS in Engineering Management from Stanford University. Currently, he is the Chief Scientist at Prospicient Devices and an Adjunct Professor in the Electrical Engineering (EE) department, Santa Clara University, California.


Since 1984, he worked in various technical and management positions at National Semiconductor, LSI Logic, Texas Instruments, Philips Semiconductors, Silicon Storage Technology, Synopsys, DSM Solutions, Silterra USA, and SuVolta. In academia, he was an EE faculty member at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; Auburn University; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.


He authored over 100 research papers; two books, entitled, FinFET Devices for VLSI Circuits and Systems, Taylor & Francis (2020) and Compact Models for Integrated Circuit Design: Conventional Transistors and Beyond, Taylor & Francis (2015); one book chapter on Technology Computer Aided Design; and holds 12 US patents. He is an IEEE Fellow.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


Committees/Board: Chair, TAB Educational-Activities Ad-hoc Committee (2018); TAB Presidents Forum (2016-2017); Periodicals Committee (PerCom) (2013-2014); Conference Publications Committee (2012).


Electron Devices Society (EDS): Executive Committee: Senior Past President (2020); Junior Past-President (2018-2019); President (2016-2017); President-Elect (2014-2015); Elected member, Board-of-Governors (2009-2014); Publications Vice-President (2009-2013). Committee Chair: J.J. Ebers Awards (2020-); Nominations and Election (2018-2019); Celebrated Member Recognition (2016-2017); Young Professional Career Award (2014-2015); George Smith Award (2009-2013); Paul Rappaport Award (2009-2013); Compact Modeling Technical Committee (2005-2008).


Region/Chapters: EDS Santa Clara Valley-San Francisco Chapter: Chair (2008); Vice-chair (2007); Treasurer (2006-2007); Executive/Advisory committee (2003-present). Region 6 sub-committee for EDS Regions & Chapters – North America/West: Chair (2008); Vice-chair (2007).


Conferences: Co-General chair, the IEEE 4th Electron Devices Technology and Manufacturing (EDTM) Conference (2020); Co-founder/Co-General chair, IEEE International Flexible Electronics Conference (IFETC) 2018; Co-founder/General chair, 1st CAD-TFT International Conference (2008); IFETC Steering Committee (2019-present); EDTM Steering Committee (2017-present); Meetings Committee (2005-2006).


Publications: Guest-editor, Journal of Electron Devices Society (J-EDS) Special Section, Vol. 7, August 2019; Guest-editor, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (T-ED) Special Issue (SI), Vol. 60, February 2013; Head Guest-editor, T-ED SI, Vol. 56, September 2009; Vol. 53, September 2006; Founding Editor-In-Chief, QuestEDS (2007-present); Editor, EDS Newsletter, Regions 5 & 6 (2008).


Others: Chair, Steering Committee, Journal of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (2013); EDS Representative, Council of Electronic Design Automation, CEDA (2005-2008); Editorial Steering Committee, IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing (2006-2008).


Major Accomplishments:


  • Launched 1st IEEE EDTM Conference, Toyama, Japan (2017); cofounded and launched 1st IEEE IFETC, Ottawa, Canada (2018); committed and signed 100% financial sponsorship of European Solid-State Device Research Conference (2018);
  • Established 1st EDS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE (2017);
  • Established EDS’s first Five-year Strategic Planning (2017);
  • Established five annual undergraduate fellowships award and one annual Lester Eastman award (2019);
  • Launched the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (2011); the IEEE Journal of Electron Devices Society (2013).




As Division I Delegate/Director, I will execute my commitment to the IEEE and Division I Societies/Councils (S/Cs), and nurture the volunteers to grow and contribute to IEEE to their fullest extent at what they do the best. With the help and cooperation of volunteers, I am committed to grow the IEEE Division-I S/Cs in all key areas of endeavors including:


  • Promote global interdisciplinary engineering education and research by closely working with the Division-I S/Cs as well as IEEE/non-IEEE entities;
  • Facilitate life-long career support and resources for members by ensuring interdisciplinary education programs: advance members' interests by establishing services in support of their professional growth; encourage inter-society cooperation within Division I through synergistic actions, collaborative events, and joint activities; and create member benefits to establish strong relationship with industry and practicing engineers;
  • Increase value of Division I membership by adding benefits, features, and access opportunities in all IEEE Regions globally and in emerging economies and facilitate career advancement for young professionals and women-in-engineering in their technical field-of-interest;
  • Increase visibility of Division-I membership and strengthen global opportunities.



Rakesh Kumar

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(Nominated by IEEE Division I)

President & CEO

Technology Connexions Inc.

Poway, California, USA


Dr. Rakesh Kumar is a semiconductor industry veteran with a distinguished technical industry career, is an entrepreneur, and an educator. He is the founder of two start-ups and made many technical and leadership contributions at Cadence, Unisys, and Motorola.  He developed leading semiconductor technologies.  As VP&GM at Cadence he built a successful Silicon Technology services business championing the integration of silicon, design and EDA in chip and system design.  He enabled the Fabless industry revolution and authored “Fabless Semiconductor Implementation”.  He is an IEEE Life Fellow, was inducted into the Technical Activities Hall of Honor.  His many IEEE contributions including Chair of the Roadmaps Committee, Co-Chair of DataPort, past President of SSCS, TA Chair for 3 Sections Congress events.  He teaches Entrepreneurship at UC San Diego.


He received the Ph.D. M.S. and B.S. diplomas in EE in 1974, 1971 and 1969 respectively, and an Executive “MBA” from UCSD in 1989.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



Dr. Kumar has served in a wide range of leadership roles.  His efforts have led to enhancements within Technical Activities as well as increased globalization and increased cooperation across various OU’s.  He was inducted into the TAB Hall of Honor.  He fosters cross-functional cooperation and innovation using his technical know how and leadership skills.


Recent Leadership Roles:

  • Chair of IEEE Technology Roadmaps Committee
  • Co-Chair of DataPort
  • Strategy Adviser and Magazine Board Chair, Solid-State Circuits Society
  • Sections Congress – 2020 Advisory panel, 2017, 2014, 2011 TA Chair
  • HKN Board of Governors - Regions 5-6
  • Board of Governors – SSCS, SSIT


Technical Activities Leadership:

  • TMC 2016-17
  • Strategic Planning 2014-16
  • Vice-Chair Entrepreneurship 2015-16
  • Chair Society Turnaround Committee (SSIT) 2012-14
  • MGA Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee, TAB Representative 2011
  • Ethics and Conflict Resolution 2010
  • TAB FinCom 2007-09


Society Leadership (SSCS)

  • President 2012-13; Vice-President 2010-11; Treasurer 2005-10; CICC Representative to SSCS AdCom 2000-04; Nominations Chair 2014-15; Chair, Magazine Advisory Board, 2014-present.
  • As SSCS President/President-elect, promoted outreach for global presence
    • Facilitated formation of 12 new Chapters (15% growth in 2 years)
    • Led programs that transformed declining Society membership trend to positive annual growth (~2.5%) in 2 years
    • Promoted volunteer recognition - Fellow nominations increased by 80%
    • Enhanced educational activities - >15 tutorials/short courses available online, 7 Distinguished Lecture “Tours” in Regions 8-10 (participated in 3)
    • Launched successful SSCS Webinar program
    • Distinguished Lectures on behalf of SSCS and EDS
    • Supported GOLD/YP and WIE activities
    • Championed/promoted member value
  • Spear-headed approval and launched IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine focused on historical, educational and newsworthy content (2005-06). Tutorials Editor for five years.
  • Used Leadership skills that drove the formulation/approval of cross-functional publications:
  • IEEE RFIC Virtual Journal – Fostered cooperation between SSC/CAS/MTT/ED/AP Societies
  • JXCDC – IEEE Journal on Exploratory Computational Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits (sponsors SSCS/Magnetics/NanoTech C/CAS/Computer; technical co-sponsors EDS/C Superconductivity/CEDA)


While Division I Societies/Councils are the cornerstone of the semiconductor revolution they could use transformational leadership to work smarter and attract more industry Practitioners and millennials, who can’t live without our technologies but are not swarming to careers in our disciplines.  My extensive Technical, Leadership, Educator and Entrepreneurship experience and team-builder reputation are an ideal mix for this.  Through cooperation we can create inter-disciplinary and educational solutions that meet our member needs and attract a larger community to our ranks.  If elected, I will:

  • Encourage interaction, communication and collaboration among the Division I Societies and Councils. 
  • I will enthusiastically support the development of new inter-disciplinary programs, services and products with more applications based, and educational content.  I will also actively explore technical applications of technology to solve social and humanitarian issues which are a high priority for women engineering students - thus improving diversity of our membership. 
  • Represent interests of the S/Cs at the Board.  I will support current efforts for providing increased value to their members and will promote transparency in governance and finances.