Below are the candidates for 2022 IEEE Division IV Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect. 

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.

 

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

 

Alistair P. Duffy

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ALISTAIR P. DUFFY

(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)

Professor
De Montfort University
Department of Electrical Engineering
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
 https://www.linkedin.com/in/alistairduffy/

I am Professor of Electromagnetics at De Montfort University (DMU) in the UK and the Director of the University's Institute of Engineering Sciences. I have worked at DMU for 26 years and, in that time have served as Head of School, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and in various other teaching, research, and administrative leadership roles. My career started in a small electronics company in South Wales where I was fortunate enough to work in roles ranging from buyer through design engineer to marketing engineer, subsequently reading for my Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham and recently being awarded my D.Sc. from Cardiff University.

Other than the IEEE I have served in volunteer leadership roles in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), most recently as Chair of the Executive Committee for the Electromagnetics Technical and Professional Network.

I enjoy playing double bass with local orchestras. 

 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
(M’94-SM’04-F’15)

In 2008/9 I was a Distinguished Lecturer for the EMC Society.

In 2010 I was elected to the EMC Society Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large. I was subsequently elected twice more to the Board.

During my time on the EMC Board I was appointed as Chair of the Standards Development and Education Committee (SDECom), continuing until taking up the position of Society President. Some achievements as Chair of SDECom, working with colleagues on the committee and on the Society's Technical Committees, are to build the portfolio of standards activities to having one of the highest levels of activity for a society of our size; we have expanded the range of standardization topics to include Risk Management, Signal Integrity and with the upcoming 'virtual sandpit', Power Integrity (for which we will also reach out to other Societies and Councils for participation). We have also introduced 'Continuity Groups' to bridge the hinterland between standard completion and revision as well as further integrate technical committees into standards activities and provide broader engagement opportunities.

Prior to being President-Elect, I was VP for Conferences (and previously the Global Symposium Coordinator), where we introduced our Global EMC Conference (GEMCCon), an international conference but focused on community networking. These have been held in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, India and China (which was planned from the outset as a hybrid conference).

As the Society President, I led the transition of our 2020 flagship Symposium from “in-person” to “virtual” in the very short time available. I believe this was both a technical and financial success and involved new approaches to delivering technical and networking events and the exhibition, all of which are equally vital to a successful Symposium.

I currently also serve on the IEEE TAB Committee on Standards, Conference Application Review Committee, and TAB Finance Committee.

 

Statement

I believe no Society or Council exists in a bubble and there are ideas and practices in one that can contribute to the operation and goals of another. I see my role, should l be entrusted with the Division IV Director (Elect) position, of fostering those interactions and helping identify where collaborations can be beneficial for all parties; how to capture and share best practice, and how to work together to solve common problems, adapting collaboratively to our changing world. Similarly, the distinction between Technical and Geographical activities are diminishing: that is clear with the number of virtual events that have been held in the last year and the anticipation of hybrid events going forward.

Hence, my plans are primarily to build conversations, break barriers, challenge conventions, and catalyze collaborations that can then help the individual Societies and Councils increase their engagement with members and prospective members, providing enhanced services, create more profound impact in the wider profession, and do this in a financially sound way.

Peter N. Clout

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PETER N. CLOUT
(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)

Retired
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
www.peterclout.com

Peter Clout founded Vista Control Systems, a spin-off from Los Alamos National Laboratory, in 1989 and retired from the company at the end of 2017. Vista Control Systems develops and supports a software product used in government, research, and industry for collecting, displaying and storing real-time data. Prior to founding Vista, he developed control systems for two particle accelerators at Los Alamos. Further back, he was for three years at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Hamburg, Germany and 5 years at Daresbury Laboratory in England working on standards for CAMAC and developing data acquisition systems. Peter has degrees in Physics from University College, London (B.Sc.) and the University of York (D.Phil.). He spent 9 months computer programming prior to University College London. His entire career has thus been involved with computer programming and the electronics for real-time systems for research, industry, and government applications.

 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
(SM’85-LS’15-LF’19)

  • As Secretary of NPS, quickly completed and distributed the minutes of meetings with all attachments, thus ensuring that members promptly had the information they needed. As President I managed the Society through difficult financial times, maintaining a business-like approach at AdCom meetings.
  • Since 1998, as NPSS Communications Committee Chair my membership recruitment support, mostly with a membership desk at our conferences, and mailings, have held NPSS membership steady. This promotion of NPSS activities has helped our conferences and journals expand significantly.
  • When I served as your Division Director from August 2010-December 2012, I worked to increase the sharing of experiences and developing cooperation between the Presidents of the Division increasing the value of the Board Series for all the members of Division IV.
  • As the new Chair of TAB Society Review Committee, I quickly cleared a 2½ year backlog of reports and simplified the submission forms to concentrate on only useful information. Society and Council reviews were held with a constructive and collaborative approach in marked contrast to previous years. For this contribution the Technical Activities Board passed a motion of thanks.
  • As a member of the TAB Ad-Hoc committee on the proposed Hall of Honor and then as Chair of that committee, helped define and launched this valuable recognition and its web presentation of the honorees.
  • I hold two Society-level awards, one for entrepreneurship and one for service to the NPSS and I have just been honored with election to the TAB Hall of Honor for services to Technical Activities.
  • Accomplishments in process are to work on greatly improving the initiative funding process (allowing initiatives funded under the 50% rule to get underway at the start of the year) and to review existing and generate new financial operations documentation.

 

Statement

The principles I bring to anything I do in IEEE, including the Board, is to serve the communities working within our field of interest. Primarily this service is through publications, conferences, technical meetings, and technical social interaction. The principle is to empower fellow IEEE volunteers to make decisions as close as possible to the point where the rubber hits the IEEE road and to make sure that they have the resources that they need. How can the Internet expand our reach while restoring the personal interaction we are missing now; the chat in the corridor, the dinner after a long day in the meetings with colleagues you see just once a year?

One personal goal is to change initiative procedures to be more stable and effective. This requires changes at the Board level as well as at TAB.

Faced with a difficult decision, I look for the right question to ask and then the decision becomes clear. “Does this help and support front-line volunteers to better meet the mission and vision statement of IEEE?”

Bruce P. Strauss

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BRUCE P. STRAUSS
(Nominated by IEEE Division IV)

Retired
Potomac, Maryland, USA

I earned my undergraduate and doctoral degrees from MIT and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Professionally, I spent ten years at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, five years in industry, ten years as a consultant, and twenty-two years at the Department of Energy. I retired from DOE in 2019. My work over the majority of my career has been on the management of very large scientific projects.

I have been very active in the field of superconductivity. I am a founder of the Applied Superconductivity Conference, Inc. (ASC, Inc.) and have served as its corporate treasure and conference chair.   I have been an officer of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity since 2000 serving as Treasurer, President-Elect, and President.

I am a recipient of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Max Swerdlow Award. I am a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), and Sigma XI.

 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
(M’98-SM’00-F'05-LF’21)

Chair, 2007 MT-20, IEEE International Magnet Technology Conference, Philadelphia

Chair, 2014 MT-23, IEEE International Magnet Technology Conference, Boston

Organizing Committee, Annual IEEE Low Temperature Superconductor Workshop, 2001-2019

Treasurer, IEEE Council on Superconductivity, 2001-2015

President-Elect, IEEE Council on Superconductivity 2015-2017

President, IEEE Council on Superconductivity, 2017-2020

Member, IEEE Presidents’ Forum Ad Hoc, 2020

Managed IEEE Technology Milestone Award for the Fermilab Tevatron

IEEE Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Superconductivity Community, October 2012

 

Statement

If a great meteor killed off the dinosaurs, then COVID-19, as well as open access, have the possibility of doing that to professional societies such as IEEE. Operating units (OUs) need to make informed projections of changes in conference, meetings, and publication revenues. OUs need to fully understand the impacts of open access publications. IEEE Corporate needs to increase both the knowledge of, and the planning for these major changes to the IEEE operating model.

In a talk given to the February Technical Activities Board meeting it is now clear that publishing in a respected peer reviewed journal is an elite economic privilege. Publication fees will be a burden. The economic justification for OA has been turned around. Those who could not read now cannot afford to publish.

The Institute needs to reassess its membership marketing and focus on the segment of early career engineers and scientists.  We are clearly not resonating with this group.