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Candidates for 2014-2015 IEEE Region 5 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.


Francis B. Grosz, Jr.

Francis B. Grosz, Jr. (Nominated by IEEE Region 5)

(Nominated by IEEE Region 5)

Electrical Engineer/Physicist and Principal
Omni Technologies, Inc.
New Orleans, LA, USA
Francis Grosz received B.S. degrees in Physics and Engineering Sciences in 1970 and an M.S. in Engineering in 1973, all from the University of New Orleans. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, IL, USA, in 1979. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Eta Kappa Nu member, and served on two NCEES Committees. Francis has worked as a Broadcast Engineer at WWL-AM/FM/TV, as a Senior Engineer/Principal Engineer/Engineering Specialist at Litton Data Systems, as a Senior Electrical Engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory, and taught at the University of New Orleans and Tulane University. In 2001 he was named an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus of the University of New Orleans. He is currently a principal and Electrical Engineer/Physicist at Omni Technologies, Inc. He holds two U.S. patents and FCC First-Class Radiotelephone and Amateur Extra licenses. His major non-engineering interests include reading, cooking, and growing roses.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
COMMITTEES: Student Activities Committee, 2004-07; IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee, 2001; MGA Nominations and Appointments Committee, 2010-11.
REGION: Region 5 Awards Chair, 2000-01; Region 5 East Area Chair, 2002-03; Region 5 Student Activities Coordinator, 2004-07; Education Committee Chair, 2008; Conference Committee Vice-Chair, 2009; East Area Chair, 2010-13. 
SECTIONS: New Orleans Section, UNO Branch Counselor (Ex Officio), 1986-88; New Orleans Section Secretary, 1995-96; New Orleans Section Vice-Chair, 1996-97; New Orleans Section Chair, 1997-00; Past Chair, 2000-01; Student Activities Chair, 2001-03; Awards Chair, 2002-13; Director, 2008-09; Secretary, 2010-12; Director, 2013. 
STUDENT BRANCH: University of New Orleans Student Branch Counselor, 1986-88. 
CONFERENCES: International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), Vice Chair, 1990; IEEE/PES Transmission & Distribution Conference, Internet & Computer Vice-Chair, 1999; IEEE/IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Conference, Publications Chair, 2001; IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference, Assistant Treasurer, 2006; IAS Society Annual Meeting, Local Committee Chair, 2007; IEEE Globecom Conference, Technical Program Co-Chair, 2008; IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference, Technical Program Co-Chair, 2010. 
AWARDS: Millennium Medal, 2000; Outstanding Electrical Engineering Teacher, University of New Orleans Student Branch, 1985; Section Edward R. Freitag Award, 2007; Region 5 Outstanding Member, 2008.
Region 5 has done well in the past; I believe we can do better in the future. The Region Director-Elect and Director must work effectively to lead both the Region and the Institute.
I believe strongly in building consensus because this gets everyone working enthusiastically toward a common objective and accomplishes our goals. We must continue to supply and upgrade the training and support we provide our constituents and provide opportunities for our members not currently active to become involved. We must continue and increase our efforts in all areas of Professional Activities to help guarantee our members a satisfying lifelong career in Electrical Engineering. The key to retaining our members’ involvement is to continually reinforce their belief that IEEE is one of the most valuable uses of their time. 
My profession as an Electrical Engineer is important to me. Volunteering in IEEE is the primary way that I have chosen to contribute to it, and I hope that you as a Region 5 member feel that I can be most effective as your Director-Elect.

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Robert E. (Edge) Nowlin

Robert E. (Edge) Nowlin (Nominated by IEEE Region 5)

(Nominated by IEEE Region 5)
IBM (Retired)
Fayetteville, AR, USA
Edge Nowlin has 40+ years of experience in computer/electrical engineering fields working as consultant/project manager/systems engineer with IBM. He began work as a launch engineer on the Apollo Moon Project and did follow-on work in radar, communications, and computer applications. The last 9 years of his career, Edge focused on internal professional certification of IBM’s higher-level technical personnel. Edge retired from IBM 1 October 2006.
Edge has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas, a M.S. in Telecom Management from SMU, and has done post graduate work in nanotechnology. He was 2007 Conference Chair for Region 5 and Chair of the Transportation and Aerospace Committee for IEEE-USA, and has been a Program Evaluator for the Technology Accreditation (TAC) and Engineering Accreditation Commissions (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He has also served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Chief Learning Officer.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • Committee Chair, IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy 2005-06
  • Committee Vice-Chair, IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy 2003-04
  • Region 5 East Area Chair 2005-06
  • Chair, Ozark Section 2012-present and 2003-04
  • Chair, 2007 Region 5 Conference, Fayetteville, AR
  • Program Evaluator, Technology Accreditation (TAC), Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
My career with IBM has compelled me to be a quick study and one willing to adapt to new situations with diplomacy and sensitivity. I effectively used those skills while I served on the IEEE-USA Committee for Transportation and Aerospace Policy. As a member of this committee I helped develop the position statement that was a major contributor to re-establishing a final mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
I've had the opportunity to develop a Christmas Dinner tradition within the Section, which has continued to grow in participation each year.
IEEE has always been the unbiased advocate of technology. Within our organization are the most creative and leadership-capable people in the world. By acting on a core value, Service to Humanity, we could increase participation, community building, trust, and respect along with other core values.
I believe that within the organization are the ideas needed to develop Region 5 into a beacon of how service can benefit both the served and the server.
One such idea may well be working with local governments to establish us as the go-to source of unbiased technical information. Some of this is done ad hoc now; think of the benefit if we become that RECOGNIZED source. This is one of many ideas drifting within the organization; I would work to bring the best of such ideas to the surface to enhance our regional reputation for service.
Teamwork will move this organization forward. I have seen it take a company from near bankruptcy to again being a recognized world leader and would use that approach to direct myself.


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