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Below are the candidates for 2016 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


Tapan K. Sarkar

Tapan Sarkan

(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)

Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York, USA

Tapan K. Sarkar received B.Tech. (IIT, Kharagpur, India), M.Sc.E. (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada) and M.S. and Ph.D. (Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY). He was an engineer at General Instruments, a faculty member at RIT, Rochester, NY and a research fellow at Gordon McKay Laboratory, Harvard University. He is now a Professor at Syracuse University. He has authored or coauthored more than 360 journal articles and numerous conference papers, 32 chapters in books and 15 books. He has an H-index of 60 with 14,901 citations. He received three Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand, France, in 1998; Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, in 2004; and Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, in 2012. He is president of OHRN Enterprises, Inc., a small business incorporated in New York State (1985) performing research for government, private and foreign organizations in system analysis. He is a professional engineer registered in New York.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • Member, Electromagnetics Award Board, 2004-2007.
  • Member, TAB-PSPB Committee, 2013.


  • Chairman, IEEE Syracuse Section AP-S/MTT-S Joint Chapter, 1995-2000.


  • Distinguished Lecturer, Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S), 2000-2003, 2011-2013.
  • Elected Member, AP-S AdCom, 2005-2007.
  • President-Elect, AP-S, 2013.
  • President, AP-S, 2014.
  • Chair, AP-S Nominations Committee, 2015.
  • Chair, AP-S Past-Presidents Council, 2015.
  • Associate Editor, Feature Articles, Antennas and Propagation Newsletter, 1986-1988.
  • Associate Editor, Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 2004-2010.
  • Associate Editor, Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, 1986-1989.


  • Chair, Technical Program Committee (TPC), IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium and URSI Radio Science Meeting, 1988.
  • Member, TPC, numerous IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposia and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meetings.
  • General Chair, Plenary Speaker, Tutorial and Short Course Speaker, and Session Chair, many AP-S sponsored conferences.
  • Chair, Technical Program Review Committee #1, IEEE International Microwave Symposium, 2008-2010. Member (before 2008 and after 2010).
  • Organizer, Panel Session, IEEE International Microwave Symposium, 2012.
  • Initiated three new AP-S financially sponsored conferences (Antenna Applications and Measurements, Computational Electromagnetics and RADIO), while serving as AP-S President and President-Elect.


  • IEEE Fellow, 1992.
  • Associate Editor, Digital Signal Processing – A Review Journal.
  • Best Paper Award, Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, 1979.
  • Started three membership initiatives: in Region 9 under AP-S Region 9 Coordinator, in ASEAN countries, Region 10, and in Africa, Region 8, to promote IEEE and also Electromagnetic research and education.
  • Initiated two new Journals while serving as AP-S President:
  • Multiscale and Multiphysics Computational Techniques (AP-S & MTT-S; Phase I proposal approved).
  • Electromagnetics in Medicine and Biology (AP-S, MTT-S & EMB-S, Letter of Intent approved, Phase I proposal prepared).


I will stimulate outreach efforts to increase IEEE members and chapters in those countries, of Regions 8, 9 and 10, specially needed, and to project IEEE as a member-friendly society, devoting time and effort to analyze member needs. Another goal will be to identify, encourage, nominate and mentor candidates for higher volunteer positions within IEEE. Also facilitate communication and cooperation among the seven societies and councils in Division IV which in turn will help resolve any conflicts and will promote communication, cooperation and problem resolution across IEEE in general.

I will favor projects related to educational tools and tutorials, very much needed nowadays in multidisciplinary areas. A better integration of industry members is also needed so that they are aware of the advantages of working in the frame of IEEE. I will try to facilitate the communication of needs, concerns, and actions between TAB and IEEE Board of Directors.

I will promote future directions initiatives involving multiple societies focused on manufacturing real products and directed towards humanitarian technology along the line of IEEE SIGHT initiative.


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Jennifer T. Bernhard

Jennifer Bernhard

(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)

Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois, USA

Jennifer T. Bernhard (S’89, M’95, SM’01, F’10) earned the B.S.E.E. degree from Cornell University in 1988.  She earned the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Duke University in 1990 and 1994, respectively, with support from a NSF Graduate Fellowship. From 1995-1999, Prof. Bernhard was an Assistant Professor in the ECE Department at the University of New Hampshire, where she held the Class of 1994 Professorship.  Since 1999, she has been with the ECE Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is now a Professor.  In 2012, she was named the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering.  Prof. Bernhard’s research interests include reconfigurable and wideband microwave antennas and circuits, wireless sensors/sensor networks, high speed wireless communication, and electromagnetics for industrial, agricultural, and medical applications, and has five patents in these areas. She has authored over 250 publications and has advised 59 graduate students.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • PSPB, Member-at-Large, 2014-Present.
  • Women In Engineering Committee, PSPB Representative, 2014-Present.
  • PSPB, TAB Representative, 2012.
  • TAB, Ad hoc Committee on Affiliates, 2012.
  • TAB Strategic Planning Committee, 2009-2011.
  • TAB, Antennas and Propagation Society President, 2008. 


  • NH IEEE State Executive Committee, 1996-1998.


  • UNH IEEE Student Branch Advisor, 1996-1998.

SOCIETY: IEEE Antennas and Propagation (APS):

  • Distinguished Lecturer Committee, 2011-2014.
  • Constitution and Bylaws Committee, 2011-2014; Chair, 2003-2007.
  • Past Presidents Council, 2009-Present.
  • Nominations Committee, Chair, 2009.
  • URSI Liaison, 2009-2011.
  • Administrative Committee, 2007-2012.
  • President, 2008.
  • Administrative Committee, 2004-2006.


  • Guest Editor
    • Special Issue on Antenna Design and Integration in Smart Sensors, IEEE Sensors Journal, August 2014 (Joint between Sensors Council and IEEE APS).
    • Special Issue on Antenna Systems and Propagation for Cognitive Radio, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, March 2014.
    • Special Issue on Multifunction Antennas and Systems, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, February 2006.
  • Associate Editor
    • IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 2001-2007.
    • IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 2001-2005.


  • Technical Program Chair, IEEE International Workshop on Antenna Technology: Small Antennas and Novel Metamaterials, 2006.
  • Technical Program Chair, IEEE APS Conference on Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communications, 2000.
  • Nearly 20 international steering/technical program committees for IEEE meetings.


  • Led major modernization of the APS Constitution and Bylaws, 2003-2005.
  • As APS President:
    • Led successful AP Publications/Society reviews.
    • Established the Editor-in-Chief position for website.
    • Initiated membership of APS in Council on Electronic Design Automation and Sensors Council.
    • Initiated first outreach program to Region 9, including new Chapters, Distinguished Lecturer visits.
  • Introduced double-blind review process for the AP Symposium’s student paper competition, resulting in significant increases in authors from Regions 7-10 and women authors from all regions being recognized as finalists/honorable mentions (from 0% to nearly 30%).  Advised organizers of the IEEE-MTT International Microwave Symposium in double-blind review implementation. 

While Division IV encompasses a wide range of fields, we often address similar technologies and face common challenges.  These challenges include finding new and efficient ways to increase member value, to develop interdisciplinary technical cooperation, and to steward resources.  To strengthen and deepen ties between our Societies, I will bring our Division together to build a set of best practices in the areas of member benefits/outreach, volunteer engagement, inclusion and recruitment of members of underrepresented groups, open/accountable governance, and new technology directions.  Critical to the success of these efforts will be the establishment of robust communication pathways between Society leaders.  Additionally, I will organize representatives from across the Division to develop partnerships to advance emerging interdisciplinary technical activities.  Finally, I will promote transparency in operations, finance, and planning at every level within the IEEE.  This transparency allows our volunteers, the foundation of our Societies, to be confident that the resources and results produced by their hard work and dedication are allocated wisely toward the IEEE’s overarching goals of technical excellence and service to the global community.


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John T. Barr, IV

John Barr

(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)

R&D Manager/Director (Retired)
Agilent Technologies / Hewlett-Packard
Santa Rosa, California, USA

John Barr received a BSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1971, a MSEE in 1974 from Stanford University and a MS in Engineering Management in 1982, from Stanford.  Co-Op at Scientific Atlanta 1967-70.  Retired after 37 years from Agilent Technologies / Hewlett-Packard in 2008. He served in various engineering R&D roles, including as the R&D Manager/Director for Agilent’s Wireless Semiconductor Test Solutions. Later served as Agilent’s EEsof Product Marketing Manager for RFIC EDA.

John’s technical activities started with the development and design of RF & Microwave component measurement systems, including design of RF downconvertors, IF detectors and automation of these systems. This work in conventional and six-port network analyzers led to five patents and ten published papers covering vector error correction, time domain conversion and multi-parameter measurement systems. This evolved into a concentration in the development of high throughput manufacturing semiconductor test systems for RFICs and wireless communications ICs.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • IEEE Board of Directors 2013-2014
  • IEEE Treasurer 2013-2014, FinCom 2007-2015
  • Investment Committee 2010-2014
  • Ideation Committee 2013-2015
  • Infrastructure Strategy and Growth AdHoc 2014-2015
  • Technical Activities Board (TAB):  Member 2002, 2005-2006, 2009-2012; Treasurer 2009-2012; FinCom 2005-2015; Management Committee 2005, 2009-2012
  • MGA Individual Benefits and Services 2013
  • TAB/PSPB Products & Services: Member 2002-2006, Chair 2005-2006
  • Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) 2005-2008; Finance Chair 2007-2008; Vice-Chair 2006; Strategic Planning 2005-2008
  • New Initiatives 2008
  • Marketing & Sales 2006
  • Large/Small Societies Issues AdHoc 2006


  • Redwood Empire Subsection: Co-Founder 1982, Chair 1984, Program Chair 1985-1986
  • Georgia Tech Student Chapter, Vice-Chair 1970-1971 

Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S)

  • AdCom 1994-2005
  • President 2002, Vice-President 2001, Treasurer 1998-2000
  • Numerous chair roles: Membership Development 1992-1993; Membership Services 1994-1995; Operations 1996-1997; Long Range Planning 2004; Conferences 2008; Memorials 2014-2015; Parliamentarian 2014-2015
  • T-MTT & L-MWC Reviewer 1986-Present
  • Also member of “Instrumentation and Measurement Society” and “Society on Social Implications of Technology”

IEEE Conferences

  • International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2006 General Chair
  • Radio & Wireless Week (RWW) 2012 General Chair
  • RWW2011 TPC Chair
  • IMS TPRC (Microwave Measurements) 1990-2001, 2008-2015
  • IMS Technical Session Chair - multiple times


  • IEEE Fellow 2002
  • IEEE-Stds-378 Scattering Coefficient Measurements 1988-1992
  • IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award Committee 2005-2008

Major Accomplishments

  1. Successful IMS2006 general chair. Led large committee (60+), 11,000+ attendees, 1,000+ technical presentations and 900+ exhibition booths.  Also MTT-S Radio Wireless Week TPC Chair and General Chair (2011-2012), a multidisciplinary conference with cross-society sponsorship/participation (APS/ComSoc/EMBS).
  2. Worked with TAB/PSPB on R&D funding mechanism for IEEE Xplore.
  3. In various roles led efforts to increase data-driven, fact-based decision making: including “most read content” periodical revenue distribution and IEEE Reserves Policy based on needs (versus arbitrary percentage).
  4. As IEEE Treasurer provided BoD improved financial reporting transparency / understandability including the implications of their actions.
  5. TAB mentor to SSIT’s society re-engineering process.

Division IV is a diverse group of eight societies/council based on fundamental principles of engineering and foundational as engineering and academic study is increasingly multidisciplinary.  As Division Director, I would encourage inter-society events, enhancing the value of the IEEE to these communities.  

Many members are unsure of the IEEE value to them.  The IEEE and Societies are working to addressing this, and if elected, I would support the societal efforts and work within the BoD to provide the needed organizational and financial support to address these unmet needs.

The most valuable IEEE asset is our volunteers. We need to improve the volunteer experience, provide better training, mentorship and less bureaucratic overhead – these are areas the BoD and Division Directors can have a positive impact.

With a long history of interacting with many societies, past BoD member, a deep understanding of the IEEE interworkings and a passion for the success of the IEEE mission – I will be an effective Director and worthy of being your BoD representative.

I look forward to being a part of an ever more successful IEEE.


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