Below are the candidates for 2020 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
Manfred "Fred" J. Schindler

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(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)

Newtonville, Massachusetts, USA

Fred Schindler has spent his career in industry working on RF, microwave and mm-wave semiconductors, leading the development of advanced RF semiconductor technology and products for commercial and defense applications. He is currently an independent consultant and is Chief Technology Officer of Anlotek Ltd., an RF technology company. Previously he worked as Engineering Director at Qorvo and RFMD, where he founded its Boston Design Center. He also worked as Engineering Manager at IBM, ATN-Microwave and Raytheon. Fred earned a BSEE from Columbia University in 1979 and an MSECE from UMass-Amherst in 1983. He holds 11 patents and has published over 40 technical articles. He has been active in the IEEE, MTT-S, TAB, PSPB and IEEE Conferences since 1990, including service as MTT President, Chair of the IEEE Conferences Committee and Chair of the International Microwave Conference. He has contributed a column on Microwave Business to IEEE Microwave Magazine since 2011.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • IEEE Conferences Committee Chair (2015-2018), Member (2013-2014, 2019). As Chair, my emphasis was improving engagement with and between conference volunteers, and revising the organization to increase volunteer involvement. Also Chair: Nominations, Appointments and Recommendations (2019), Conference Quality (2017), Conference Applications Review (2018-2019), Conference Portfolio Review (2017-2019), Conference Organization Integrity ad hoc (2019), Event Innovations (2019). Member: Technical Program Integrity (2014-2019).
  • International Microwave Symposium, General Chair (2009). Also Chair: Executive Committee (2011, 2014-2015), Exhibition Management Search (2007-2008), PCO Search (2010-2011), Technical Program (2000), Protocol (2012), TP Member (1995-2003, 2012-2014, 2016-2020), Advisor (2012-2016, 2019).
  • Radio and Wireless Symposium, Founding Chair (2006), Executive Committee Chair, (2005-2007, 2010-2015), PAWR TP Chair (2014-2016)
  • GaAs IC Symposium TPC (1989-1992)
  • Conference Financial Management BoD ad hoc, (2017-2019)


  • Focused on better engagement with Society/Council conference leadership and increased information sharing.
  • Member (2003, 2015-2018). Also Member: FinCom (2015-2018), Financial Health (Watch List) ad hoc (2018-2019), Sections Congress ad hoc (2017), Hall of Honor Committee (2018-2019), Strategic Planning Committee (2019), Contract Approval Process ad hoc (2018)


  • Drove to increase collaboration by Conferences and Publications leadership.
  • PSPB Member (2015-2018)
  • IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Editorial Board (1994-2000)
  • IEEE Microwave and Wireless Component Letters, Editorial Board (2000-2008)
  • IEEE Microwave Magazine, Business Issues Editor (2010-2019)

Cross Organization

  • Marketing Automation MGA/TAB ad hoc, Co-Chair (2015)
  • Future of Information and Convening BoD ad hoc (2015)
  • TAB/PSPB Strategic ad hoc, Group Co-Chair (2019)
  • IEEE Roadmap Strategy and Governance ad hoc (2019)


  • MTT-S – As President (2003) during financially stress, I led through a turnaround. VP 2002, Secretary 1993, AdCom Elected Member, 1994-2002, Chair: Membership Services, (2000-2001), Meetings and Symposia, (1996-1997), Operations (1999), Budget (2002), Long Range Planning (2005), MTT-19 TC (2010-2015), Electronic Information (1994-1996), Marketing-Publicity (1995-1998), MMIC Historical Exhibit (1993-1998)
  • CRFID Advisory Committee Member (2018-2019)



IEEE faces significant present and future challenges. Ongoing issues with high overhead and administrative costs will be exacerbated by pressures on IEEE’s publishing income driven by the Open Access movement. The IEEE Board will need be cautious with initiatives and willing to make significant structural changes to position IEEE for future stability and success. TAB will continue to drive IEEE’s technical leadership and be the largest source of income. IEEE’s structure must encourage innovation and reward success.

The communities that IEEE fosters have always been its greatest assets. They need to be sustained, encouraged, grown. Administrative burdens and bureaucratic barriers need to be eased to allow communities to prosper and encourage volunteers to contribute. IEEE can’t afford to discourage its volunteers. We need to overcome structural barriers between established communities, and that inhibit new communities. As IEEE evolves, it’s the contributions and commitment of volunteers that will ensure success.

As a society leader and IEEE Conferences Chair, I believe I have the insights, dedication and experience to help IEEE prosper, and overcome our impending challenges. 

Charles M. Rhoads

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(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)

Principal Fellow / RF Technology Area Director
Raytheon Company / Space and Airborne Systems
McKinney, Texas, USA
BSEE 1976, MSEE 1978, PhD 1983 – The Ohio State University

Dr. Rhoads joined Raytheon/SAS in 1983. He is a Principal Fellow, and the RF Technology Area Director.  He has responsibility for RF technology strategy and IRAD execution in the areas of Radar, EW, and (some) communications systems.  Previously he was with the Advanced Products Center, responsible for technology developments in antennas, phased arrays, radomes and aircraft integrated forebodies for broadband radars, DF sensors, and communications applications.

Dr. Rhoads’ graduate work at the OSU ElectroScience Laboratory involved design, construction, and measurement of IR FSSs.   He is an OSU/CoE Distinguished Alumnus and previously chaired the ECE Industrial Advisory Board. He is a member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board, a member of Eta Kappa Nu, and a Registered PE.  He has a number of publications and patents in the areas of resonance-based target ID techniques, IR FSSs, low-cost arrays, and RF MEMS.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Dr. Rhoads is an IEEE Fellow.  He became a student member in 1977 with primary interests in the Antennas and Propagation Society (APS) and the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTTS).  At various times in his career, he has been a member of other technical societies.  He began his service to IEEE in 1986 as Co-Chair of the Dallas Chapter of APS.  He became the Chapter Chair in 1987. During his tenure as chair, the Dallas Chapter won the APS “Best Chapter” award.  During and following his term as APS Chapter Chair, Dr. Rhoads helped with planning and arrangements for the APS International Symposium held in 1990 in Dallas, TX.  The symposium was unique in that it was held jointly with the MTTS Society International Symposium.  Dr. Rhoads was the lead for the APS Symposium Registration Committee and helped negotiate the registration agreements which impacted the negotiated event revenue sharing distribution.  Working this collaborative event was challenging, but it was also a significant success.

Dr. Rhoads was elected to the APS Administrative Committee (AdCom) and served a three year term (2000-2002).  He was then elected APS Society President-Elect in 2006, and then served as President in 2007.  Dr. Rhoads then served on the AdCom as Past-President with vote from 2008-2011.  He continued to serve AP-S as a member of the Past-Presidents’ Council, the Industrial Relations Committee, and as reviewer for the Student Paper contest.



Participating in IEEE activities, especially at the society level, has been significant to my career and professional development.  As Division IV Director, I want to help ensure that IEEE and our societies continue to best serve our members going forward by providing opportunities for technical collaboration and professional growth.  An area where improvements can lead to significant benefits is in additional collaborative activities between the societies and councils.  The 1990 joint symposium between APS and MTTS, and additional organizations (e.g. URSI), is an example.  Such collaborations are required in the business community and can lead to increased opportunities.  Helping these effective collaborative activities move from concept into action and developing the relationships for them to succeed requires a high degree of organizational transparency and trust. Since I have worked on several collaborative developments, I can facilitate these activities across all seven societies and the two councils in Division IV.  Also, emphasizing transparency and trust across IEEE will help improve operations and will ultimately be in the best interests of all IEEE members and technical organizations.