Below are the candidates for 2020 IEEE Division II Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.
Division II Societies:
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.
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.
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).
Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) Leadership
Elected Membership and 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:
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.