Below are candidates for 2018 IEEE Division VI Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect. 

Division VI Societies:

  • IEEE Education Society
  • IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
  • IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society
  • IEEE Professional Communication Society
  • IEEE Reliability Society
  • IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology
  • IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society
Greg Adamson

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(Nominated by IEEE Division VI)

Digital Risk Innovation; and
Associate Professor
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department
University of Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Greg Adamson, Past-President of the Society on Social Implications of Technology, works in financial services, with blockchain and cybersecurity. An Associate Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne he has worked with internet technologies since 1991, in government (quarantine, air services, health), and not-for-profits, in Australia, UK, and Asia. He gave the ethics keynote at the World Engineering Conference in Kyoto in 2015. He chairs the IEEE Special Interest Group on Blockchain, the IEEE Internet Initiative (3I) sub-committee on Policy, the IEEE Ad Hoc on Ethics Programs, the TAB Ad Hoc on Ethics for Design, and the IEEE TechEthics program. He initiated the ground-breaking “IEEE conference series on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century” (Boston 2014, Melbourne 2016). He is a former Victorian Section Chair.  

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

As an IEEE member for 25 years his innovative programs grow membership and engage new communities for IEEE. Recently he initiated the SIG on Blockchain ( and key activities on ethics. He established the IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century with prominent supporters including Amar Bose, Vernor Vinge and Vint Cerf, and the IEEE Conference on Technology & Society in Asia with keynote Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy. While President of Social Implications of Technology membership growth went from -9% to +6.6%. The Victorian Section grew from 2,000 to 2,200 members while he was chair. In late 2016 he supported a Young Professionals initiative lecturing on ethics and advanced technology to students in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


  • Chair, IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on IEEE Ethics Programs 2017
  • Member, Ethics and Member Conduct Committee 2017
  • Chair, TAB Ad Hoc on Ethics for Design 2017
  • Chair, 3I Ad Hoc Policy Subcommittee 2015-2017
  • IEEE MGA Membership Recruitment and Recovery Committee 2017


  • Social Implications of Technology Vice-President 2013-14, President 2015-2016, Past-President 2017
  • SSIT Membership Chair 2011-2013
  • SSIT Distinguished Lecturer 2016-present
  • Member: Computer, Communications, Women in Engineering, Social Implications of Technology, Industrial Electronics, Education, Technology and Engineering Management, Professional Communication, and Systems, Man, and Cybernetics


  • Founding Chair, IEEE Conference on Technology & Society in Asia, Singapore 2012
  • Founding Chair, IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century, Boston 2014, Melbourne 2016
  • Chair, inaugural IEEE Industry Summit on Blockchain, Vancouver 2017


  • Division VI Distinguished Leadership Award 2016
  • Chair, IEEE Special Interest Group on Blockchain 2016-2017
  • Joint Co-Chair, IEEE Standards Association Digital Inclusion through Trust and Agency Industry Connection Program 2017
  • Member Executive Committee IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems 2016-2017
  • IEEE Public Visibility spokesperson on Blockchain
  • IEEE Victorian Section Vice-chair 2010-2011, Chair 2012-2013


Division VI Societies play a critical role in developing the skills essential to the success of technologists and IEEE today. These skills build trust in the profession through education, management, and communication, quality issues including product safety and reliability, understanding of technology and society, and the application of electronics in industry. As Division Director, I commit to:
  • Raise the profile of Division VI Societies to help us play the critical “trust” role we can play in IEEE’s future.
  • Help make this theme of “trust” a key part of IEEE’s strategic direction. This includes supporting IEEE’s participation in technical policy development, providing training to members to help them meet their obligations under the IEEE Code of Ethics, and ensuring we meet the needs of rapidly changing technology with enormous impacts on the world around us.
  • Continue to develop new initiatives that build a strong volunteer voice in Division VI and IEEE. In particular, encourage a cross-Society solution to the challenge that none of our societies currently have dedicated staff support.
Manuel Castro

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(Nominated by IEEE Division VI)

Director and Professor 
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)
Madrid, Spain

Manuel Castro received Industrial Engineering degree and Ph.D. from the ETSII/UPM, Spain. He received the Extraordinary Doctoral Award and the Viesgo 1988 Award, and 1999 UNED's Social Council Award. He works in systems applications of simulation, solar system and advanced microprocessor simulation to distance learning applications and systems, acting as senior technical Director.

He is Director of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and was UNED's New Technologies Vice-Rector, UNED’s Information Services Center Director, Engineering School Research and Doctorate Vice-director and Engineering School Academic Affairs Vice-director. He worked 5 years in Digital Equipment Corporation as senior system engineer. He publishes technical, research and teaching books and articles for journals and conferences and multimedia materials.

He co-chaired FIE 2014 (IEEE-ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference) and REV 2016 (Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentations sponsored by IAoE) both in Madrid, Spain. He is co-editor of IEEE-RITA (Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologías del Aprendizaje). 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
A rich collaborative and engaged life at IEEE combined with other professional engineering societies activities bring my best reference and qualifications. I have been actively involved (and started to push towards sustainability) in leading Student Branch, Section, Chapters and Society, while having a good overview of the IEEE activities in MGA, EA and TA as well as collaborating in other IEEE activities such as Standards and Accreditation.  

Keeping in mind the Institute’s many accomplishments and diversified needs, a major effort of my volunteer activities has been in the management and sustainability of organizational units and its activities aimed to provide members with professional development opportunities that lead to leadership positions.
  • IEEE Technical Activities Board member and IEEE Presidents’ Forum member (2013-2014).
  • MGA Nominations and Appointments member (2012-2013).
  • MGA Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee member (2011-2012).
  • MGA vTools Committee member (2011).
  • IEEE Sections Congress participant (2011 and 2014).


  • President of the IEEE Education Society (2013-2014).
  • Senior Past President (2017-).
  • Junior Past President (2015-2016).
  • President-Elect (2011-2012).
  • Member at large of the Administrative Committee (2005-2010).
  • Board of Governors (2011-2016).


  • Member of IEEE Standards Association.
  • Founding member of the P1876 - Networked Smart Learning Objects for Online Laboratories, Working Group of the IEEE Standards inside the IEEE Education Society.


  • IEEE Region 8 Educational Activities Subcommittee Chair (2015-2016).
  • IEEE Sections Educational Outreach Committee Member (EAB) (2016).
  • IEEE Region 8 Committee Member (2010-2011, 2015-2016).
  • Chair of the IEEE Spain Section (2010-2011).
  • Chair and Founder of the Spain Chapter of the IEEE Education Society (2004-2006).


  • Advisor (2010-2017) and Counselor of the UNED Student Branch (2004-2010).
  • Founder of the UNED Student Branch Chapter of the IEEE Education Society (2011).
  • Founder of the UNED Student Branch (2004).


Inside Division VI we must focus on the sustainability of the Societies, Chapters and Student Branch Chapters. Our Chapters are now in a cornerstone, in a general downsize, and increasing the number and the volatility of our Student Branch Chapters (mainly in Region 10) is a new opportunity to develop activities there and engage our members and students in synergy with our Division’s vision. Division VI Societies have a vast wealth of expertise in knowledge domains that have common interest across IEEE (ethics, communication, management, reliability, product safety, education), being major source-of-revenue and services such as exploring new service areas like conference co-sponsorship, courses or publications.

We are in a cross-road inside our World; virtual activities, collaborative environments, professional short-term vision, are affecting and changing our IEEE and the way our members expect the relations and evaluate the effectiveness of the provided services.

We need to move forward developing new activities and automatic methods of recognizing using the metaphor of games or MOOCs to improve collaboration in their volunteer work attracting them to the leadership.