Below are the candidates for 2018 IEEE Division IV Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.
Division IV Societies:
JOHN P. 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.
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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:
Division IV has a strong history as a leader within IEEE, and I would be honored, with your help, to continue that tradition.
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.
SOCIETY: Council on Superconductivity
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!