IEEE Annual Election Candidates - Division IV
Below are the candidates for 2024 IEEE Division IV Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.
The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.
- Charles M. Rhoads (Nominated by IEEE Division IV)
- Charles M. Jackson (Nominated by IEEE Division IV)
Division IV Societies:
- IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society
- IEEE Broadcast Technology Society
- IEEE Consumer Technology Society
- IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
- IEEE Magnetics Society
- IEEE Microwave Theory and Technology Society
- IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society
Charles M. Rhoads
CHARLES M. RHOADS
(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)
Principal Fellow and RF Technology Director
Raytheon Technologies / Intelligence and Space
McKinney, Texas, USA
BSEE-1976, MSEE-1978, PhD-1983 – The Ohio State University (OSU).
Dr. Rhoads joined Raytheon Technologies in 1983 and retired at the end of 2020. He was a Principal Fellow and RTX/RIS RF Technology Director with responsibility for technology strategy and IRAD execution for Radar, EW, and RF Communications systems. Previously he was with the Advanced Products Center, developing antennas, phased arrays, and radomes for broadband systems.
Dr. Rhoads’ work at the OSU ElectroScience Laboratory was involved with activities related to target ID based on natural resonances, and the design, fabrication, and measurement of IR Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSS). He is an OSU/CoE Distinguished Alumnus and previously chaired the ECE Industrial Advisory Board. He was a member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), and a Registered PE in Texas. He has numerous publications and patents in the areas of resonance-based target ID techniques, IR FSSs, low-cost arrays, and RF MEMS.
Leading IEEE activities, especially at the society level, was 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 by providing opportunities for technical collaboration and professional growth. An area where improvements can lead to significant benefits is in additional collaboration between societies and councils. The 1990 joint APS-MTTS symposium, is an example. Such collaborations are required in the business community and can lead to increased opportunities and successes for our members. 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 Division IV societies, the two councils in Division IV, and explore additional opportunities with other divisions/societies. 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.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Dr. Rhoads became an IEEE student member in 1978 with primary interests in the Antennas and Propagation Society (APS) and the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTTS); he has also been a member of several other societies. He began serving IEEE volunteer activities in 1986 as Co-Chair of the Dallas Chapter of APS, and became Chapter Chair in 1987. During his tenure as chair, Dallas won the APS “Best Chapter” award. During/following his term he helped with planning and arrangements for the APS International Symposium held in Dallas (1990). The symposium was challenging as it was held jointly with the MTTS International Symposium, and multiple related events. Dr. Rhoads was the lead for APS Registration and helped negotiate agreements and event revenue sharing. This collaborative event was highly challenging, but also a significant success for all parties involved.
Dr. Rhoads was elected to the APS Administrative Committee (AdCom) and served a three-year term (2000-2002). He was elected APS President-Elect in 2006, and served as President in 2007; this included serving as a member of TAB. Dr. Rhoads then served APS 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 Student Paper contests.
During 2021-2022 Dr. Rhoads served as the Division IV representative on the TAB Awards and Recognition Committee (TAB/ARC); this group is tasked with reviewing/approving all new awards and recognition activities within TAB’s purview. In addition, during the middle of 2022, Dr. Rhoads was invited to participate and served on a small taskforce to review the classification of different categories of S/C awards (in particular, Society Technical Committee awards) and the approval process for such awards.
Charles M. Jackson
CHARLES M. JACKSON
(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Huntington Beach, California, USA
Charlie Jackson has retired from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California. Charlie has been active in a broad range of microwave and millimeter-wave technologies. After receiving his doctorate at UCLA, he worked at Hughes, TRW, Ditrans, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. While recovering from cancer, Charlie pursued a lifelong dream of designing and measuring the acoustical properties of woodwind musical instruments; he now uses 3D printing to make them. He is available to give a talk on "Microwaves and Woodwinds" as part of the MTT Speakers bureau. While at Northrop Grumman, Charlie supported space based programs. He is a member of MTT, APS, and UFFC. Charlie is a Fellow of the IEEE, has 5 patents, and has published more than 30 articles. He has been active in IEEE chapter, section, conference, and society activities. He is currently Chair of the IEEE Conferences Committee.
The Division Director position is important because, on the one hand, it provides representation to the BoD, and on the other hand, it provides a way for the Division IV Director to compare and share best practices for the societies in the division.
Here are my focus areas:
Best practices for increasing member engagement and participation. I will look at the best practices for each of the societies in Division IV, and benchmark some other societies outside the division.
When half the IEEE memberships does not join a society, member engagement is an issue that needs to be addressed.
Dealing with Open Access. Each Society is working on ways to face the changes that Open Access will bring about. This problem is being dealt with on a number of levels, and we need to keep our eyes on it.
Improving conferences. With my background in IEEE conferences, I will review all Division IV conference portfolios, and find best practices to socialize. Are there opportunities for two societies to share a venue? Identify common issues.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
2023 IEEE Conferences Committee Chair (2nd Term).
2002 IEEE Meetings and Services Committee Chair (1st Term) (The name changed, but they are the same position).
REGIONS: 2016-2022 Region 6, Southern Area Coordinator and other roles.
SECTIONS/CHAPTERS: Held numerous positions in the Coastal Los Angeles Section and MTT Chapter. Currently treasurer for the CLAS Section, the APS and MTT Chapter. Various years from 1986 to present. Organized a 1-day APS and MTT chapter event for 10 years; CLASTECH.
SOCIETIES: Charlie Jackson is a Past President of the IEEE-MTT Society. He is a Member of MTT, APS, and UFFC. Led the MTT Digital Library project (1997-1999). Led the MTT translation project to translate Microwave Magazine articles into Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese (2008-2010). He is currently serving as the MTT parliamentarian.
CONFERENCES: SusTech 2018 local arrangements, 2020 Steering Committee Chair, 2021 TPC Chair, Chair of 2005 International Microwave Symposium, 2010 Radio and Wireless Symposium, 2013 International Wireless Symposium in Beijing, and CLASTECH, a local MTT and APS Chapter meeting. Finance chair of the 1999 International Microwave Symposium. He is the Steering committee chair of the IEEE Online Forum on Climate Change Technologies.
OTHERS: Region 6 Award for Leadership & Professional Service Award (2015) based on years of service to the Sections in the Southern Area. Chair of MTT committees Nominations and Appointments (2008-2010), MTT Awards (2014-2016), MTT Strategic Planning (2009-2011).