Candidates for 2024 IEEE Division X Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.

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

  • Metin Akay (Nominated by IEEE Division X)
  • Okyay Kaynak (Nominated by IEEE Division X)
  • Ravinder S. Dahiya (Nominated by IEEE Division X)


Division X Societies:

  • IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
  • IEEE Control Systems Society
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • IEEE Photonics Society
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
  • IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society



Balloting for the 2023 IEEE Annual Election ended at 12:00 pm EDT (16:00 UTC) on 2 October 2023. The unofficial election results will be announced on 6 October 2023.

Metin Akay

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(Nominated by IEEE Division X)

Founding Chair
John S Dunn Endowed Chair Professor
Houston, Texas, USA


Dr. Akay is the founding chair and JS Dunn Endowed Professor of the new Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Houston. He was awarded with honoris causa by the Aalborg, the Silesian Technology and Pecs Universities. He authored over 20 books, 120 journals papers and 200 conference papers and abstracts. He delivered more than 100 keynote and plenary talks at the well-respected international conferences including ICASSP twice. Dr. Akay is a recipient of the IEEE EMBS Early Career and Service Award, an IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the prestigious Vladimir Kozma Zworykin Award by the IFMBE. In addition to IEEE, he is a fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), the American Institute of Medical Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His research focuses on neurotech for addiction, brain cancer chip and coronary occlusion.



I will be your voice on the IEEE Board of Directors and represent the Division X Societies on developing and implementing new initiatives beneficial to the needs of our members. My aims are to (1) increase public awareness about exciting innovative technologies for the advancement of human health and wellbeing by organizing forums in areas of climate, space and manufacturing that engage the passion of our students and academic, industrial, healthcare leaders; (2) promote global diversity by encouraging underrepresented leaders to engage in our conferences, publications, technical and membership activities; (3) encourage our industry professional members to assume leadership roles in our technical activities and conferences/workshops. (4) make our conferences more appealing by focusing on innovations, career growth/development while making attendance more affordable; (5) increase the visibility of IEEE, showcasing how engineering innovations have impacted humanity and fostered economic growth; (6) Expand Open Access to provide better service and visibility.

Together, we need to envision, lead and implement innovative and transformative solutions to solve challenges facing humanity through engineering/technology.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

As Division X Director-Elect I am keen to work closely with our members, other directors, communities and the public to increase the awareness of engineering innovations and technical activities within IEEE.  I see my role as motivating, inspiring, rewarding our members and mentoring the next generation of leaders.

I served as the President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (2021-2022), IEEE EMBS ADCOM since 1997, IEEE Press, Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE T-BME, JBHI and several other IEEE journals, and on the Steering Committee of the FDC and IEEE Brain Technical Community.

Some of my achievements include:

Created and chaired the first Neural Engineering Conference sponsored by IEEE, NIH and NSF in 2003, which benefited the careers of many IEEE members, now distinguished professors and leaders in Neurotech companies.

Promoted engineering and healthcare innovations by editing 20 special issues including the Processing of the IEEE to highlight the fields of Neural Engineering, Biomedical Informatics.

Created and chaired several highly successful Public Forums for Public Engagement and Awareness, including (1) COVID-19 Health Care, (2) Data Science in Healthcare, (3) Healthcare Industry (medical devices, biopharma, biotechnology, life sciences, and neurotechnology) with 1000-3000 participants. More than half of the speakers were women/minority.  

Led joint forums with international universities, including the first IEEE EMBS Forums with Tel-Aviv University in Israel (2022) and with NUS in Singapore (2023) on Data Science in Healthcare and Medicine.  Launched IEEE EMBS Regional Conferences in China, Europe, Africa and South/Central America and Middle-East.

Launched the Annual IEEE EMBS summer school/academy on BIO-X in 2001, which has trained more than 550 students.  More than half are woman and currently hold faculty positions in universities and/or leadership roles industry.

Supported to improve the impact factor for IEEE EMBS RBME and 12 IEEE EMBS Journals and Magazine.

Okyay Kaynak

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(Nominated by IEEE Division X)

Professor Emeritus
Bogazici University
Istanbul, Turkey   


Okyay Kaynak received the BSc (with first-class honors) and Ph.D. degrees in EEE from the University of Birmingham, U. K., in 1969 and 1972, respectively. From 1972 to 1979, he held various positions in industry, including 3.5 years in Saudi Arabia, working as a project engineer. In 1979, he joined Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. Currently, he is an Emeritus Professor. He has held long-term Visiting Professor/Scholar positions at various institutions in Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany, the USA, Singapore, and China. He has authored three books, edited five, and authored or co-authored more than 450 papers that have appeared in various journals, books, and conference proceedings (Hirsch-index: WoS 54, Google Scholar: 66). He has received several prestigious awards, such as the Humboldt Research Prize (2016), Doctor Honoris Causa, Obuda University, Hungary (2020), and the International Academy Award of Turkish Academy of Sciences (2020). He is a member of this academy.



During the last decade, we have been witnessing tremendous (and perhaps disruptive) advances in science, engineering, and technology, in the face of which, I will strive to:

  • Contribute to the design, implementation, and deployment of new initiatives that will turn what may be considered as threats of today into opportunities.
  • Help IEEE develop and implement new products and services to better serve its members and the public, especially in Asia-Pacific, and Africa.
  • Promote an IEEE-wide strategy for increasing the involvement of industrial practitioners and researchers in IEEE in the form of a “Triple Helix of IEEE, Industry, and Academia Towards Knowledge Generation.”
  • Be an advocate of UNESCO's sustainable development goals in the actions of the IEEE Board.
  • Encourage TAB Societies and Councils to promote more cooperation and foster collaboration to build future relationships and partnerships among them (e.g., joint special sections of their publications).
  • Last but not least, listen to ideas and opinions from TAB Societies and Councils (especially from those of Division X), and evaluate and carry them to the General Assembly.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • Member, IEEE TAB/Products and Services Committee (2022)
  • Vice President (Organization & Planning), IEEE SMCS (2022)
  • Member, IEEE Future Directions Committee (2019-2022)
  • Member, BoG, IEEE SMCS (2016-2018, 2019-2021)
  • Member, BoG, IEEE Control Systems Society (2019, appointed)
  • Representative, IEEE IES to IEEE Systems Council (2019-2021)
  • Member, IEEE TAB/Products and Services Committee (2017)
  • Member, BoG, IEEE Education Society (2000-2002, 2014-2016)
  • Chair, IEEE MGA VC (Strategic Planning and Analysis) (2012)
  • Chair, IEEE MGA Strategic Directions & Environmental Analysis Committee (2011)
  • Chair, IEEE MGA Ad Hoc Conferences Committee (2011)


  • Chair, Turkey Section (2011-2012).
  • Founding chairperson of SMCS (2011), ES (2005), CIS (2003) and IES/RAS (1994) Chapters, Turkey.


  • Has served as Editor-in-Chief of 3 (TMECH, TIE, and TII) and AE of several IEEE journals. Presently he serves as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of T-ICPS (IEEE Transactions on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems) and on the Editorial Board of IEEE Access 2019-present.


  • Has served as the chair of numerous international IEEE meetings.


  • IEEE/IES Dr.-Ing. Eugene Mittelman Achievement Award (2011)
  • IEEE/SMCS Outstanding Contribution Award (2011)
  • IEEE/IES Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award (2005)
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000)


  • When I was the MGA VC SPA, we established a strategic plan for a better, stronger, and wider member engagement. Although Japan was chosen as the pilot country, the plan was designed as a transportable one.
  • I was the leading person in the group who conceived, designed, developed, and brought to life 3 major interdisciplinary IEEE publications, namely, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (1966), IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2005), and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (2022). This accomplishment has required strong written and oral communication skills and organizational abilities.
  • The above publications were created due to the new technology directions defined by the committee that I led in IES when I was the President.

Ravinder S. Dahiya

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(Nominated by IEEE Division X)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Ravinder Dahiya is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. His multidisciplinary research group (Bendable Electronics and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) group) focusses on flexible/printed electronics, electronic/tactile skin, and their application in robotics, wearables and interactive systems. He has authored or co-authored about 500 publications, books and submitted/granted patents and disclosures. He has led or contributed to many international projects. Prof. Dahiya is President of IEEE Sensors Council. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Journal on Flexible Electronics (J-FLEX) and also the founder of IEEE International Conference on Flexible Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS). Prof. Dahiya has received several awards, including Technical Achievement award from IEEE Sensors Council, Young Investigator Award from Elsevier, Marie Curie Fellowship, Monbusho Fellowship, and 12 best journal/conference paper awards as author/co-author. He is the Fellow of IEEE and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.



As Division X Director I will work with the IEEE Board of Directors and Division X Societies and Councils to:

  • Improve the synergy between Division X’s Societies and Councils, by keeping active communication channels and assisting them to explore joint publications, conferences and standards.
  • Enhance the membership value by identifying the needs of members from different regions, age groups, career objectives, and sectors.
  • Boost the Sections/Chapters/Joint Chapter and assist them in local technical activities driven by Societies/Councils.
  • Help IEEE become the leader in providing sustainable solutions to global challenges such as climate change, health, food, and hunger. Division X Societies/Councils are ideally placed to address these global challenges.
  • Help Division X Societies/Councils to continue to expand Open Access publications while supporting the traditional publishing models.
  • Strengthen industry linkages and industry membership base by exploring ways to provide reliable technological information for skill upgradation of industry professionals.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Major Contributions:

  • Founded and launched the IEEE Journal on Flexible Electronics (joint publication of IEEE Sensors Council, IEEE Electron Device Society and IEEE Circuits and Systems Society).
  • Founded and launched the IEEE International Conference on Flexible Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS).
  • As part of the IEEE initiative on climate change, Prof. Dahiya is leading the task force on 'Sustainable Technologies'.
  • Founding Chair, IEEE United Kingdom, and Ireland Section Chapter of IEEE Sensors Council.

Select IEEE Positions:

  • President, IEEE Sensors Council (2022-2023)
  • General Co-Chair, IEEE Sensors Conference (2023)
  • Workshop and Tutorials Co-Chair, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2023
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Journal on Flexible Electronics (J-FLEX) (2021-2022)
  • General Chair, IEEE International Conference on Flexible Printable Sensors and Systems (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Sensors Council (2016-2021)
  • Member-at-Large, IEEE Sensors Council (2018-2019)
  • General Co-Chair, IEEE ICECS – 26 IEEE International Conference on Electronics Circuits and Systems (2019)
  • Founding Chair, IEEE United Kingdom, and Ireland Section Chapter of IEEE Sensor Council (2015-2018)
  • IEEE-RAS (Robotics & Automation Society) representative to AdCom of IEEE Sensors Council (2014-2017)
  • Technical Program Co-Chair, IEEE Sensors Conference (2017, 2018)
  • General Chair, IEEE PRIME 2015
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Sensors Journal (Term: 2012-2020)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Robotics (Term: 2012-2017)
  • Guest editor of 12 Special Journal Issues in IEEE journals such as Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and IEEE Internet of Things Journals