Below are the candidates for 2018 IEEE Division IV Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect. 

Division IV Societies:

  • IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society
  • IEEE Broadcast Technology Society
  • IEEE Consumer Electronics Society
  • IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
  • IEEE Magnetics Society
  • IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
  • IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society
John P. Verboncoeur

Headshot of John Verboncoeur

(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)

Associate Dean for Research; and
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Dean for Research
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, USA

John Verboncoeur (M’94,SM’08,F’13) received a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley (UCB) in 1992. Faculty appointments include Associate Research Engineer (UCB-EECS 1996), Professor (UCB-Nuclear Engineering Associate-2001, full-2008, Chair Computational Engineering Science 2001-2010), Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU) 2011+, Professor of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering 2015+, Associate Dean for Research 2014+. His research interests are in theoretical and computational plasma physics. He has authored/coauthored over 350 journal articles and conference papers, with over 3,500 citations. He is an Associate Editor for Physics of Plasmas, and Past President of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. Technology startup activities include development of one of the big three consumer credit reports, work on the hardware/software of the US Postal Service Mail Forwarding System, command and control software in the defense sector, computerized exercise equipment, and a pioneering cloud-based healthcare management system.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • TABin2030 AdHoc (Chair, 2016)
  • TAB Management Committee 2017
  • TAB Food Engineering AdHoc (Chair, 2017)


  • Assisted in the founding of South-Eastern Michigan Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Chapter 2015


  • Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society President 2015-2016
  • Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Vice President 2013-2014
  • Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Nominations Chair 2017
  • Fellow (2013) Citation: For contributions to computational plasma physics and plasma device applications
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. Special Issue for Plenary and Invited Papers of the PPPS2013
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. Special Issue on High Power Microwaves (2008)
  • Reviewer for IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci.
  • Reviewer for IEEE Trans. Dielectric and Electrical Insulation
  • Reviewer for IEEE Trans. Electron Devices


  • International Vacuum Electronics Conference (session chair 2010)
  • International Conference on Plasma Science (session organizer 2009-2011, technical area coordinator 2012)
  • International Conference on Plasma Science (acting technical program chair 2012)
  • International Pulsed Power and Plasma Sciences (technical program co-chair 2013)
  • International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference (technical area coordinator 2014)

IEEE Recent Accomplishments

  • As Chair of TABin2030 AdHoc in 2016, successfully led the analysis of, and organized the opposition to, the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment
  • As Chair of the TAB Food Engineering AdHoc in 2017, leading over 20 societies in the application of technology to food production, processing, and delivery; develop conferences and publications
  • As VP of NPSS, repaired rift with EMBS over co-sponsored journal (Transactions on Medical Imaging)
  • As VP and President of NPSS, worked with EMBS to create new journal (Transactions on Radiation and Plasma Medical Science)
  • As VP of NPSS, moved several technical committees from appointed to elected status, resulting in broadened volunteer participation in governance
  • As President of NPSS, started initiative to improve NPSS journal impact factors using email blasts, editor-select papers, and elimination of page charges



As an IEEE member/volunteer for 25 years, I understand the technology, networking, leadership, and strategic development opportunities from the academic, government, and industry perspectives. We must evolve our offerings and business model, while maintaining the underlying IEEE ethos: volunteer driven, supported by responsive staff, delivering value to all members through excellent technical, standards-setting, educational, and developmental products and services.

I will be an independent voice of reason in pursuing:

  1. Strategic growth: product/service innovation in a rapidly evolving technology landscape leveraging member diversity of technologies and cultures.
  2. Financial transparency: leveraging society and academic administrative budget experience of a US$50 million diverse research portfolio, improving IEEE financial clarity is the key to driving sound decisions IEEE-wide.
  3. Fairness in governance and policy: safeguard member rights, and volunteer control of IEEE, while modeling unquestionable ethics.
  4. Professional development: emphasize technical and leadership development of members at all levels with top mentors.

Division IV has a strong history as a leader within IEEE, and I would be honored, with your help, to continue that tradition.

Elie K. Track

Headshot of Elie Track

(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)

nVizix LLC
Stamford, Connecticut, USA

Elie Track is founder and CEO of nVizix LLC, a company that focuses on developing and commercializing a new high efficiency vacuum solar cell. He also continues his lifelong work in superconducting electronics with a focus on commercialization. This included technology transfer of the Primary Voltage Standard designs from NIST to Hypres, Inc., where he was President and CEO (1994-2000), and remained Sr. Partner until recently. He was Visiting Professor of Physics at Fairfield University (2003-2005). He is an IEEE Fellow (2014). Since 1998, he has been Chair and Program Chair of major conferences/workshops in superconductivity, including the 2014 Applied Superconductivity Conference. He was President of the Yale Science and Engineering Association (YSEA, 2007-2010) and chaired the Coalition for the Commercial Applications of Superconductors (CCAS, 2008-2010). He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University and authored/co-authored 45+ publications in the field.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



  • Member of the TAB Future Directions Committee 2011-2016
  • Co-founder and co-Chair of the IEEE Rebooting Computing initiative (started as a TAB initiative and currently a NIC initiative) 2012-present
  • Member of the Advisory board for transitioning the Biometrics Council from provisional to permanent status
  • Member of the Advisory board for the successful creation and commissioning by TAB of the Council on RF ID 2015-present
  • Member of the Advisory board for the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS) 2016-present

SOCIETY: Council on Superconductivity

  • VP-Pubs: 2006-2010; VP (President-Elect): 2006-2010; President: 2011-2014; Treasurer (2015-present)


  • Co-founded in 2013 the IEEE Rebooting Computing initiative which established, in 2016, the International Roadmap of Devices and Systems (IRDS), the successor to the ITRS roadmap to carry the technology beyond the end of Moore’s Law and ensure a central role for IEEE. Successfully demonstrated interdisciplinary success within IEEE which brought twelve IEEE Organizational Units together.
  • Initiated and shepherded the system for IEEE members to indicate interest in a particular Council. This is now data that is recorded and allows Societies to determine how many of their members are interested in a given Council (leading to maintaining, adding, or discontinuing their sponsorship).
  • Combining his industry and academic experience and knowledge of IEEE, advised (and continues to advise) two Councils and one Society in efficient and relevant operations.



IEEE is a unique organization successfully promoting information exchange and fostering creativity. Managing diverse constituencies and fields is always a challenge and this is particularly true at IEEE. The result is complexity and differing systems and constraints which lead to inefficiency. Importantly, lack of transparency in the financial operations ensue, to the detriment of IEEE and its stakeholders. Distilling a simple picture is indispensable to improving the efficiency of IEEE. When successful, such distillation brings clarity that is praised by everyone. Achieving such distillation is a difficult task. My goal is to simplify IEEE interactions and operations, including interactions between Societies and Councils within a Division, as well as IEEE financial operations, publications, conferences, and initiatives. With the principle of simplification as a guide the members, volunteers, and staff will focus their ideas and contributions and successfully achieve the goals of simplicity, efficiency, and transparency. My own goal is to be a catalyst for such a change for the better. IEEE is good. Let’s make it great!