Below are the candidates for IEEE Division III Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2015; Delegate/Director, 2016-2017.
Division III: Communications Society
The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.
VIJAY K. BHARGAVA
(Nominated by IEEE Petition)
University of British Columbia
Vijay Bhargava is a Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where he served as the Department Head during 2003-2008. As a distinguished speaker for IEEE entities he has lectured in 66 countries and has rudimentary knowledge of several languages. He received his PhD from Queen's University, Canada. Vijay has held visiting appointments at Ecole Polytechnique, NTT Research Lab, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is Honourary Professor at UESTC, Chengdu and Gandhi Distinguished Visiting Professor at IIT Bombay.
Vijay served as Founder and President of Binary Communications Inc. (1983-2001). He is co-author of Digital Communications by Satellite (Wiley: 1981). He has co-edited Reed-Solomon Codes and Their Applications (IEEE Press: 1994), Cognitive Wireless Communication Networks (Springer: 2007), Cooperative Wireless Communications Networks (Cambridge: 2011) and Green Radio Communication Networks (Cambridge: 2012). Vijay’s current area of research is on spectrum and energy efficient fifth generation wireless systems.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
The Director of Division III represents the Communications Society (ComSoc) on the IEEE Board of Directors. Just as I have done as ComSoc President, I will work to ensure that our Society:
CELIA L. DESMOND
(Nominated by IEEE Division III)
World Class Telecommunications
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Celia Desmond, President, World Class – Telecommunications, providing training in telecommunications management, has lectured internationally. As Director - Industry Liaison for Stentor, she was external technical linkage, and instrumental in establishing new culture and processes for service development and governance. At Bell Canada, Celia provided strategic direction to corporate planners, ran technology/service trials, standardized equipment, and provided technical and project management support to large business clients. Recent projects include major Canadian bank’s network conversion to MPLS, and introduction of project management practices in a leak detection company.
She authored Project Management for Telecommunications Managers (Springer), and Project Management for Telecommunications Projects (Wiley).
Celia received the Donald J. McLellan Award for meritorious service to IEEE Communications Society, Engineering Institute of Canada John B. Sterling Medal, and the IEEE Millennium Medal.
Celia holds MSc. Engineering, B.Sc. Mathematics & Psychology, Ontario Teaching Certificate and PMP certification. She taught kindergarten, high school, and at three universities.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Established ComSoc Wireless Engineering Technologies Certification – lead effort from near beginning through development and past initial offering. This required an active team of over 100 volunteers and staff, approximately US$2M budget. Pull through training provides US$500K yearly.
As ComSoc President, moved ComSoc to an IEEE building, and found solution which worked for ComSoc and IEEE.
Managed ComSoc during the difficult post 911 years, held 50th anniversary celebration, published book with citations from previous Society Presidents, held celebration event at Globecom, published oral histories on ComSoc website, an extra issue of ComMag, and digital archive 2-DVD set.
Led IEEE Canada through the Millennium years, moved R7 website to IEEE server, got 21 committee charter documentations and approvals, updated bylaws and set-up annual US$3000 student VTC Scholarships. Streamlined R7 e-newsletter, added e-notice feature.
During TAB/RAB Visits – found ways to help local members, including special arrangement for multiple universities in Uruguay buy IEL, and payment in rupees for members in India.
As Division III Director I will work with volunteers and members to strengthen industry support of IEEE by identifying and implementing new and better deliverables of value to industry. I will work with all members of the BOD to become more and more one IEEE, working together to unite IEEE organizations. I will use my experience in many IEEE Boards and committees to help each group to understand the others and find ways we can work together for the common good.
I will ensure that IEEE introduces and focuses on policies which support and strengthen the technical Societies and Councils. This needs to start with helping all Board members understand the business of Societies. I will work with IEEE and ComSoc to introduce services and products which serve our current and potential members, with a view to improving retention and increasing recruiting.