Below are the candidates for 2020 IEEE Division II Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect. 

Division II Societies:

  • IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society
  • IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society
  • IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
  • IEEE Power Electronics Society
  • IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society

Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb

Headshot of Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb

(Nominated by IEEE Division II)

Harris Saunders, Jr. Chair Professor
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb is the Harris Saunders, Jr. Chair Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her BSMS summa cum laude from University of Padua, Italy in 2001 in Materials Engineering, and her PhD from Penn State University, USA in 2005. Following her doctoral work, she was a senior research R&D engineer at QUALCOMM MEMS Research and Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2007. In 2014 she held a joint-faculty appointment at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. At Georgia Tech, she is an affiliate with the Center for the Science and Technology of Advanced Materials and Interfaces, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Materials Characterization Facility. Prof. Bassiri-Gharb’s research interests are in functional materials and most prominently ferroelectric, piezoelectric and electro-chemo-mechanically active materials for applications to sensors, actuators and transducers.  


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (UFFCS): President-Elect 2016-2017; President 2018-2019
  • Joint IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics, International Workshop on Acoustic Transduction Materials and Devices & Workshop on Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (ISAF/IWATMD/PFM), Atlanta, GA, General Chair, 2017
  • Newsletter of IEEE UFFCS: Associate Editor 2007-2011;  Editor-in-Chief 2012-2013
  • IEEE UFFCS Best Student Paper Award, 2004
  • IEEE UFFCS Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award, 2013 
  • IEEE UFFC, Educational Committee officer, 2006-2010
  • IEEE International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics, Organizing Committee, 2006, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • IEEE UFFCS Ferroelectrics Standing Committee, 2007-present; Group IV, Applications Chair: 2013-2017
  • IEEE Nanotechnology Council Administrative Committee, UFFC-S Liaison, 2008-2014
  • IEEE Women in Engineering, UFFC-S liaison, 2008-2013
  • IEEE UFFC, elected Administrative Committee Member, 2010-2012
  • IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, Associate Editor, 2011-present
  • IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Expo-North America, Women in Engineering Breakfast Speaker, 2017
  • IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Member, 2018-present
  • IEEE TAB AdHoc Financial Transparency (FinTrans) Committee, AdHoc Subcommittees on Publication Costs and S/C Conference Cost and Revenue Calculations/Reports, Member, 2017-2018
  • IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) AdHoc Diversity and Inclusion Committee: Member 2019-present; AdHoc Subcommittee on Harassment, Chair, 2018-present


  • Created the UFFCS Summer Schools, topical instructional laboratory and lectures held in diverse geographical locations, and with travel support for UFFCS student members. 
  • Implemented Society-wide video recording of tutorial, invited and plenary talks at all IEEE UFFCS Symposia (videos available on the UFFCS YouTube channel for the general public: 
  • Created UFFCS Star Ambassadors program to support the regional travel of Young Professionals to create technical connections and raise awareness of IEEE and UFFCS activities. 
  • Created a more diverse IEEE UFFCS governing body through increased appointment of women, racial minorities, Regions 8-10, and Young Professionals.
  • Led, at IEEE TAB level, a committee to create new guidelines to reduce e-bullying and harassment. 


I have worked in industry and academia, lived on three continents, and for most of my volunteer activities I have been one of the youngest in the room. I have been an IEEE member since college, in spite of an atypical career path and diverse experiences. Like myself and my home Society, more and more IEEE members join us from outside the historical IEEE demographics. I shall focus on creating strategies to encourage and foster more diversity in IEEE – be that gender, geographical area, career stage, field-of-interest, or professional affiliation. I shall promote discussions on issues of ethical conduct with respect to publishing, conferences, research, and cultural awareness. 

Our Division is very strong technically. I aim to increase cross-pollination of technical content and joint-society symposia. Additionally, I shall pursue lean approaches to reduce the burden of bureaucracy and related overhead within IEEE at large. My ultimate goal is increased affordability of IEEE publications and conferences (particularly within the Open Access-created landscape). 

Together we shall strive to build a community that benefits humanity.

Ruth A. Dyer

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(Nominated by IEEE Division II)

Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Emeritus
Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas, USA

Ruth Dyer acquired 20 years’ experience as a senior-level university administrator and in other leadership positions before retiring recently with 35 years’ service at Kansas State University (KSU).  She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biochemistry from KSU and the Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky (UK).  She is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Association of Women in Science, a 2003-04 American Council on Education Fellow, a member of the UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, and she serves on the UK College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council. 

Her awards in teaching, research and advising include the Outstanding KSU Instructors and Advisors Award (1997), the KSU College of Engineering’s James L. Hollis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1996) and its Paslay Award for Outstanding Teaching and Research (1994), and KSU’s Eta Kappa Nu Distinguished EECE Faculty Member Award (1986, 1994). 


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • Chair, IEEE CRFID Advisory Committee, 2018-present
  • IEEE TAB AdHoc Committee on Contracts, 2018
  • IEEE TAB AdHoc Committee on Design for Ethics, 2018
  • IEEE TAB, 2016-17
  • IEEE TAB AdHoc Committee on Financial Transparency, 2016-17
  • IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation & Measurement Committee, 2010-13

Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) Leadership

  • Junior Past President, 2018-19
  • President, 2016-17
  • Executive Vice President, 2014-15
  • Vice President: 
    • Finance, 2011-13
    • Publications, 2010
    • Membership, 2006-07
  • Chair:
    • Nominations and Appointments Committee, 2018-19
    • Society Management Committee, 2014-15
    • Fellows Coordination Committee, 2014-15
    • J. Barry Oakes Memorial Fund AdHoc Committee, 2011-13
    • Chapter and Student Activities Committee, 1999-2006


  • Technical Program Co-Chair, 2011 IEEE International I&M Technology Conference (I2MTC)
  • General Conference Co-Chair, 2010 IEEE I2MTC
  • Member, Board of Directors, I2MTC, 1999-2011


  • Guest Editor, IEEE I&M Magazine, June 2018
  • Co-Guest Editor, Special Issue on I2MTC of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, May 2012
  • Editorial Board, IEEE I&M Magazine, 2010-13; 2016-17

Elected Membership and Awards

  • Recipient, IMS Distinguished Service Award, 2011
  • Elected Member-At-Large, IMS AdCom, 1999-2006; 2008-11


  • Collaborated with Division II society presidents to share concerns about timely contract approval with TAB VP.  The 2018 IEEE TAB AdHoc Committee on Contracts developed recommendations to revise contract-approval process.
  • Developed budgeting process involving expense monitoring and annual metrics-based evaluation to ensure alignment of expenses with IMS strategic plan.  
  • Created budget tutorial so IMS AdCom members understand our current and historical revenue and expenditures and the IEEE budgeting process/timelines.  Copy was requested by IEEE. 
  • Coordinated I&M Publications and Society Reviews in 2017, with several best practices recognized by IEEE.
  • Led creation of IMS Africa Initiative for membership development.
  • Established Regional Liaisons to enhance outreach for society activities.
  • Helped establish IMS student-travel and best-paper awards.

IEEE is a valuable global technical community that relies on its members’ creative contributions to “advance technology for humanity.” IEEE activities/initiatives must grow membership and foster its members’ professional advancement and careers, and its policies/procedures must effectively facilitate its Societies’/Councils’ work.

To enhance IEEE’s value, I will: 

  • Be responsive to issues members and societies are facing and ensure all voices within IEEE are considered where improvements to IEEE can be effected.  
  • Advocate and develop strategic responses to challenges such as changes impacting global-publication business models, including OA and Plan-S; revenue-sharing within IEEE; and financial stability of smaller Societies/Councils. Ensure transparency to achieve effective results.
  • Capitalize on the richness of diversity among IEEE members by ensuring all under-represented groups actively participate and have a voice.    

I have experience from interdisciplinary research and leadership positions in academe, IEEE and other organizations in listening to concerns, gathering necessary data for decision-making, asking hard questions, expecting accountability and transparency, fostering collaboration, cultivating inclusive environments, and achieving consensus.  These skills will allow me to serve effectively as Division II Director.