Below are the candidates for 2016 IEEE Division IV Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.
Division IV Societies:
TAPAN K. SARKAR, PHD, PE
(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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
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.
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.
SOCIETY: IEEE Antennas and Propagation (APS):
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.
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.
Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S)
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.