Below are candidates for 2020 IEEE Division VI Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.
Division VI Societies:
Chair of the Advisory Board of Directors
San Jose, California, USA
Michael chairs the advisory board for CinicAI, Inc. a startup developing cancer detection technology. At Intel, Michael was the Chief Technical Officer of the Client Division, leading customer innovation, design cost reduction, security, and technical staff development. His efforts at Intel awarded him the prestigious Intel Quality Award in 2015. His career included academic and industry positions, mostly in industry. He held teaching and research positions at Princeton and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. At Illinois, he was a member of Al Gore’s internet advisory board. A director at Sun Microsystems he championed standards, on UNIX and Internet. At AT&T he was one of the architects for the BellMac 32 processor and also led software projects including a Real-Time Unix design and Unix System V file system. He has multiple patents, publishes technical papers and frequently presents keynotes. Michael is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for Tsinghua University.
SOCIETY/COUNCIL/TAB: Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS) President, Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Senior AdCom, Computer Society Member. Created IES Industry Forum series that has successfully engaged industry in over 20 conferences. Started the program in IES and expanded it in TEMS conferences. In IES it increased industry engagement from about 2% to 15% at conferences. Industry Forum program for IES and TEMS has brought industry into IEEE events and stimulated networking between industry and academic research. Chaired the 2018 TAB AdHoc on Best Practices, active in initiatives IoT and Future Networking. Led the development of TEMS, with stronger leadership, new conferences having values for industry and research, greatly modernized publications and membership growth.
CONFERENCES: Chaired IECON 1999, ITMC 2011, DEST 2013, ISIE 2015, Industry Summit 2015, TEMSCON 2017, TEMS-ISIE 2018, started Industry Forum Series for IES and TEMS. Industry Forum is now part of every TEMS conference, typically in 2-3 IES events each year. Annually, Michael gives multiple keynotes worldwide. In 2018, TEMS-ISIE (Beijing), India Industry Forum (Bangalore), IECON (Washington, DC) and multiple external events where IEEE programs were addressed.
PUBLICATIONS: IES Magazine Associate Editor. Several publications including “Open Service Gateway Architecture” in IECON 1999 proceedings that led to fog computing model today, and “Using Smart Edge Internet of Things (IoT) Devices for Safer, Rapid Response with Industry IoT Control Operations” in Proceedings of the IEEE on IoT Security. Regular “Letters from the President” in TEMS LEADER magazine and frequent Industry articles in IEM.
STANDARDS: Rejuvenated standards engagement within IES as IES Standards Chair 2008-2012. Started the first standards session at ICIT that led to the first IES standard. IES standards activity has been productive since then.
CHAPTERS/SECTION/REGIONS: Silicon Valley Section Vice-Chair 2015, Presenter Sessions Conference 2017. Active in TEMS and Computer chapters for years.
I have been engaged in Division VI for an extended period leading and forming the new TEMS Society to bridge between technology and business; engaging in IES to create and establish the Industry Forum program and the new Under 35 Initiative. I have given many keynotes, run conferences and started conference series, provided publications, etc. I have always been focused in bringing the value of the IEEE to industry.
I feel Division VI has some business challenges, which we can address together. First, I wish to make sure Division VI is represented in TAB committees so they add value to the Division VI societies. If elected, I will start organizing a Division VI conference, one that focuses on the value of IEEE to industry. Division VI has many of the skills and provides much research that industry needs, by approaching the problem in a unified way we can attract industry as well as research and provide a facility for cooperating and exchange of value.
I would be grateful for opportunity to achieve these goals.
Director, IST-Africa Institute
President & CEO, IIMC
Prof. Paul M Cunningham is Director, IST-Africa Institute, a not-for-profit strategic collaboration with African ministries responsible for Innovation, Science and Technology.
Founded in 2002, IST-Africa focuses on strengthening ministry policy and strategy capacity, and helped African universities secure over €200 million in research funding over the last ten years. Supported by European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa is a member of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and recognized by ITU as a WSIS 2018 Prizes Champion.
As President & CEO, IIMC, Paul leads teams providing technological, strategic, and policy expertise to government organizations and research programs.
Affiliated with IUM (Namibia), and Wrexham Glyndŵr University (Wales), Coordinator of mHealth4Afrika, Paul has an interdisciplinary background (Trinity College Dublin; Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music; UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School; DSV, Stockholm University) and was recognized by Enterprise Ireland as an Irish Champion of EU Research (2015, 2017).
IEEE has enormous capacity to achieve wide social impact through its global reach, technical breadth and contributions to Global Standards, Public Policy, Sustainable Development, Continuing Education and Certification, and Ethics in Technology.
Division VI Societies have a key role to play through our expertise addressing critical engineering, scientific and technology related “soft-skills” gaps. While as Division VI Director, I will continue to support collaboration and capacity building across TAB, an equally important opportunity is building a strategic partnership with MGA to demonstrate our value proposition to the many IEEE members who are not Society members. Contributing to capacity building through Regional Meetings and Conferences will showcase our talents and provide opportunities to grow membership and revenues.
As Division VI Director, I will be consultative, focusing on ensuring the perspectives, concerns, expertise and insight of Division VI Societies inform and influence strategic discussions, particularly related to Public Policy, Sustainable Development, Continuing Education, Ethics in Technology and Standards. While acting in the best interests of IEEE, I will champion Division VI priorities and concerns in IEEE Assemblies.