Below are the candidates for IEEE Division IX Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2019; Delegate/Director, 2020-2021.

Division IX:

  • Signal Processing Society
  • Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
  • Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
  • Information Theory Society
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems Society
  • Oceanic Engineering Society
  • Vehicular Technology Society

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

Ferial El-Hawary

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(Nominated by IEEE Division IX)

BH Engineering Systems Ltd., and
Professor (Retired)
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dr. Ferial El-Hawary (M'82-SM'85-F'99-LF’13) received B.Eng. from University of Alexandria, and M. Sc. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, in Electrical Engineering; and the Ph.D. in Oceans Engineering from MUN, Canada. Dr. El-Hawary is the President of BH Engineering Systems Ltd. and former Professor, Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University, Canada where she established and directed the Modeling & Signal Analysis Research Laboratory. Her sustained research is devoted to OCEANS Applications with significant impact in Marine Industry. Published widely in IEEE Journals. She is Editor-in-Chief of The Ocean Engineering Handbook CRC Press, 2001 - 2nd Edition 2004. Served as Associate Editor of IEEE Oceanic Engineering Journal. Experience in Academic Institutions for over 25 years. As a founder of BH Engineering Systems Ltd., established professional development courses linking academic innovations to Multi-disciplinary industrial needs. Fellow Marine Technology Society (MTS), Fellow Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), and Life Fellow IEEE.  

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

1.   As OES V.P. International Activities, led the creation of OCEANS Conferences held in R7, R8 and R10. Since then OCEANS Conference is a global event.

2.   Developed OES Chapters in R7, R8, R10 and SMC Chapter in R7. Supported the formation of the first IEEE HKN Student Chapter in R7.

3.   As Director of R7 (2008-2009), established three standing Committees on History, Canadian Humanitarian Initiatives (HIC) and Teacher In-Service & Pre-College Education.

4.   Established the International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC’2014) bi-annual Conference of R7.

5.   Supported developing a database of multi-media for Division IX Societies.  


  • 1997 OES Distinguished Service
  • 2008 SMC Outstanding Contribution
  • 2007 EAB Meritorious Achievement in Continuing Education
  • 2002 R7 Eastern Canada Council Merit
  • 2001 R7 Outstanding Service
  • 2017 “Murugan Memorial” Canadian Atlantic Section
  • 2005 MTS Compass International
  • 1985 Fellow MTS, and 1999 Life Fellow IEEE



  • Board of Directors 2008-2009
  • Board MGA 2008-2009
  • Conference Services 2006-2007
  • MGA Pre-University 2009
  • Honorary Membership Committee 2017-2018
  • Section Congress 2004-2005 and 2007-2008



  • Founder & Chaired OES CAS Chapter 1985-2017
  • Established OES Chapters in R7, R8, R10 and SMC Chapter in R7
  • Organized numerous Workshops, Panel Discussions and Conferences in R7 and R8.


Oceanic Engineering (OES)

  • VP International Activities 1994-1995
  • Chaired Membership Development 1992-1994 and 2014-2015
  • Administrative Committee 1986-2000 and 2002-2017
  • Conference Publication Committee 2013-2014
  • Fellow Evaluations since 2015

Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC)

  • Founder and Chair since 2015 SMC Technical Committee on UMSE
  • Chaired SMC 2007 and 1985 Conferences

Power & Energy (PES)

  • Chaired PES LESCOPE 2002 till 2007
  • TP Chair PES LESCOPE 1997 till 2001
  • OC Chair PES EPEC 2010


  • Successfully Chaired OCEANS 2008 and OCEANS 2011, 2007, 2004, 1997, 1987 OC
  • Founder and Chaired R7 International Humanitarian Technology Conference 2014 and 2015 and 2017 OC
  • Co-Chair Section Congress'08  


  • As a Multi-disciplinary Ocean Engineer, I will promote joint cross-disciplinary initiatives in Division IX to encourage collaboration between Societies to focus and promote overlapping advanced technologies.
  • The challenge for Division IX is finding products and services and leverage benefits to members responding to their needs and aspirations.
  • Advocate strengthening and expanding the role of the Young Professionals and Graduate Students within Division IX Societies.
  • Work to grow a truly global organization and embrace membership from IEEE ten Regions based on my past experience as Membership Development Chair.
  • Work to develop more Industrial Scholarships in our areas of interest to raise societies visibility and encourage continuity of student and graduate student memberships.
  • Recruit more volunteers and have fair participation from different groups of IEEE.
  • Consider Special Networking Event between Division IX Societies.
  • Follow up on the efforts made by TAB and Division IX on Strategic Planning and work on implementing the necessary action items.
  • I have the experience, enthusiasm and abilities to contribute to IEEE. I will be honoured to serve as Division IX Delegate/Director (2020-2021).

Rabab Kreidieh Ward

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(Nominated by IEEE Division IX)

Professor Emeritus
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Rabab has 43 years of post-doctoral experience in leadership, education and research. She was IEEE Signal Processing Society president, Director of a research institute of 160 professors (1996-2007), held high leadership positions at University of British Columbia and was member of advisory boards and committees of international organizations including NRC, NSF, RSC, BC ASI, PIMS, QNRF. She published 530-refereed journal and conference papers in signal processing. Her work was transferred to US and Canadian industries.

Rabab holds many firsts for women in engineering, e.g. the first woman appointed as professor in engineering in British Columbia, Canada (1981) and Zimbabwe (1975).

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, IEEE, CAE and EIC. She holds the top research, mentoring, professional, and service awards from her university, IEEE Signal Processing Society (including the Society Award), various women’s organizations, British Columbia’s Association of Professional Engineers and Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



  • Chair, TAB Ad-Hoc Committee on Africa and Education (2016-2017)
  • Member-at-Large, TAB Strategic Planning Committee (2017), TAB Management Committee (2018)
  • IEEE WIE Voting Committee (2018)


  • President/President-Elect, IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) (2014-2017)
  • V.P. Conferences, SPS (2003-2005)
  • Member of SPS Board of Governors (2002-2005, 2008-2010, 2014-2017), Fellow Reference Committee (2008-2010), Conference Board (2006-2007), Editorial Board of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2006-2009)


  • Awards Committee (2013-2014, 2017)
  • V.P. Western Canada (1990-1995), Canadian Society for Electrical and Computer Engineers (folded into IEEE)
  • Co-founder, Vancouver SPS Chapter (2004)     
  • Chair, IEEE Vancouver Student Chapter (1985-1987)


Chair/Co-Chair of:

  • Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (2016)
  • International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (2013)
  • International Conference on Image Processing (2000)
  • International Symposium on Circuits & Systems (2004)
  • Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology (2016)
  • Multi-Media Signal Processing Workshop (2012)


1)   Led IEEE TAB effort on Africa and Education; put 24 educational and professional development courses/workshops/tutorials in six African countries (2016-2017).

2)   As President of SPS, introduced several programs targeting industry practitioners, chapters, young professionals and women, including the Distinguished Industry Speaker program, awards for industry and chapters, SPS Blog, educational webinars, travel grants for practitioners, and professional development events for young professionals.

3)   Introduced a redesigned SPS website, enhanced SPS social media presence, extended the Student Career and the Women Luncheons to all SPS major conferences. Introduced special accommodations to allow all nationals affected by travel bans to participate in SPS conferences.  

4)   To broaden the visibility of engineering and signal Processing among high school students and the public-at-large, produced/directed six PR videos. The video “What is Signal Processing” received 45,000 hits on YouTube (in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic). Another video “Under the Radar” won an award and was on the entertainment program of all Air Canada flights in 2017.


My priorities are to serve IEEE members worldwide and promote their career advancement.

If elected I will work towards:

1.    Providing our members the means for upgrading their expertise, expanding their networks, and achieving leadership success. These include offering technical and professional advancement tutorials, practical workshops, hands-on training, on-line courses (with certificates upon successful completion), promoting mentoring of industry practitioners to students, strengthening/supporting local chapters, and creating more publications for industry practitioners.

2.    Enhancing IEEE public relations with the media, government, and other organizations

3.    Supporting outreach efforts to under-represented groups and promoting diversity and inclusivity regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, nationality and technical specialization.

4.    Facilitating mutual exchange among IEEE Societies, while respecting their differences and addressing their specific needs.

I will work diligently, listen to you and your Society, communicate your concerns to the Board and seek input from your Society on all related matters.  As an IEEE volunteer for 30 years and having served on Boards of international organizations, I have the experience and leadership skills to enable improvements that benefit all members.