Ali Abedi

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 1)

President and CTO, Activas Diagnostics LLC; and
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Maine
Orono, Maine, USA

Ali Abedi is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Center for Undergraduate Research at the office of VP Research, University of Maine, Orono. Ali served as Principal Investigator on several NASA, Army, and NSF funded projects including Wireless Sensing of Lunar Habitat and Ultrasonic Leak Detection and Localization for the International Space Station. He received his BSEE and MSEE from Sharif University of Technology in 1996 and 1998, followed by PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo in 2004.  He held visiting researcher appointments at Queens University (2004), University of Maryland (2012), NIST (2012) and NASA (2016).  Dr. Abedi is Co-founder/CTO of Activas-Diagnostics company a pioneer in non-invasive brain injury detection, co-author of over 90 publications in IEEE Journals and Conference Proceedings including 7 books and 2 awarded patents. He received several awards and recognitions from NSERC, JSPS, CSA, IEEE, and NASA. 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

COMMITTEES: MGA Ad Hoc Conferences (2012), Member Benefits (2012), CLE (2012-13), VOLT (2013-14), GUOS (2014-15), USA PACE (2014-15)

REGION: Chapters Coordinator (2009-11), Student Conference Chair (2006), Paper Contest Chair (2012 and 2017), PACE Coordinator (2014-15)

SECTIONS/CHAPTERS: COM/CS Joint Chapter: Founding Chair (2005-08, 2013-17), Chapter Treasurer/Webmaster (2005-17); Maine Section: Student Activities (2011), Section Chair (2008), Vice-Chair (2007, 2016-17), Secretary (2006, 2015)

STUDENT BRANCHES: Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada) Distinguished Visitor Program Student Chair (2002-04); Sharif University Student Chapter (Iran) newsletter volunteer (1996-98)

SOCIETIES: Associate Editor IEEE/KICS Journal of Communications and Networks JCN (2013-16), Editor IEEE Sensors Journal Special Issue (2013-14), Lead Guest Editor IEEE/KICS JCN Special Issue (2013-14), IEEE COMSOC North American Board (2014-17), Associate Editor IEEE RFID Journal (2016-Present).

CONFERENCES: General Co-Chair IEEE Northeast Industry Day (2010), Chair IEEE Fly By Wireless (2010), General Co-Chair IEEE WiSEE (2013), TPC Co-chair IEEE WiSEE (2014-17), Publications Chair IEEE Globecom 2014, Track-Chair IEEE PIMRC 2014, Tutorials Co-Chair, IEEE VTC 2015.

OTHERS: Facilitated/organized several Student Professional Activities conferences in Maine Chapter (2005-17), presented 23 invited lectures in various sections around the world.

Major accomplishments:

  1. Chaired largest (first time in Maine) student conference in R1 in 2006 with over 150 participants. Raised US$25,000 to support the conference. Received RAB Friend of IEEE Award in 2006.
  2. Revitalized Maine Chapter of COM/CS in 2005 after years of inactivity and increased the events frequency from 0 to 6/year. Received COMSOC Best North American Chapter Chair Award in 2007.
  3. Participated at IEEE-USA Science and Technology Day at US Congress (2008-16).
  4. Managed to build two mazes for the R1 uMouse Conference at UMaine (2006, 2012).
  5. Created IEEE Fly By Wireless Workshop (2010-11) and grow it to IEEE WiSEE Conference by bringing NASA, ESA, and CSA together (2013-17). Received IEEE R1 Award for this activity.


Working at both academic and industry settings prepared me for a balanced contribution to IEEE. Member retention is my high priority, which can be achieved by delivering new benefits in innovative ways such as: hybrid online and physical lectures; moderated panels and tutorials on hot technical topics; and job creation and networking opportunities to provide direct value to our members.  I will focus on members' and volunteers' needs equally and rethink the way local chapters used to provide value. Modern communication technologies can facilitate chapters’ collaborations to provide enhanced value for members. I served IEEE in different capacities in both technical and regional levels, and the industry as principal investigator on several funded research projects and member of Board of Directors.  These experiences are used to efficiently manage the IEEE budget to the advantage of members. High quality theoretical and applied publications need to be equally emphasized to support industry and academia according to IEEE Strategic Plan by promoting continuing educational activities, student activities, and public awareness.

Eduardo F. Palacio

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 1)

P&L Technical Management Solutions
Stony Brook, New York, USA

Ed Palacio has 40 years of experience in directing development and production of complex military electronic systems. He has held P&L responsibility at the Business Unit and Sector levels, as well as functional lead positions in Program Management, Engineering and Operations. Currently he is President of P&L Technical Management Solutions, a Small Business focused on technology, program, and business development for the military and civilian market.  Prior to this, he was VP of Program Management and Business Operations for ITT/Exelis Electronic Systems. Before joining ITT, Ed was VP of EDO Corporation’s Electronic Warfare Sector. He has been a member of multiple advisory boards in academia and professional organizations and currently teaches at Stony Brook University’s Department of Technology and Society. Ed holds a BEE from the Cooper Union School of Engineering and Science and two MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Technology Management from the Polytechnic Institute of New York.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Offices and Committees:


  • Center for Leadership Excellence 2015
  • Nominations and Appointments 2008-2010
  • Tellers Committee 1996-2002 (Chair 2001/2002)

Member and Geographic Activities Board/Regional Activities Board:

  • MGA Vice-Chair 2008/2009, 2016/2017
    • Chair: Member Development/Member Engagement and Life Cycle 2016/2017
    • Chair: Strategic Direction and Environmental Assessment 2008/2009
  • Member Benefits and Portfolio Advisory 2014/2015
  • RAB Vice-Chair 2006/2007 and 2004/2005
    • Chair: RAB/TAB Sections/Chapters Support 2006/2007
    • Chair: Student Activities 2004/2005


  • R1 Student Activities Coordinator 2000-2003
  • R1 Council Chair 1995
  • METSAC: Chair 1994, Treasurer 1995


  • Long Island Section: Chair 1993-1995, Vice-Chair 1991-1993


  • Long Island Section Harold Wheeler Award “for Exemplary Leadership in the Development of Electronic Warfare Systems” (2016)
  • Long Island Section Alex Gruenwald Award “for strengthening the professional development of engineers” (1999)
  • Region 1 Award for Leadership (1996)

IEEE Volunteer Accomplishments:

Given the nature of IEEE volunteer work, accomplishment comes in committees with many people contributing to the final goal. I have been very fortunate to chair various committees where significant accomplishments have occurred. The 2016 MELCC was able to instill processes that moved SAC, YP and WIE towards a data driven process that linked program and initiatives to direct member satisfaction gaps and needs.  The 2008/2009 Strategic Direction Committee established a Balanced Scorecard process that moved MGA Strategy to MGA programs and initiatives by using “I, as a member of the IEEE…” to express our envisioned future and drive our actions. The 2004/2005 Student Activities Committee established the IEEEXtreme 24-hour Programming Competition, now an extremely successful Institute-wide event. Lastly, during my term on the ELECTRO Board of Directors, that Board brought to a close an ELECTRO show that was neither member focused nor financially viable.


A Regional Director has two very distinct responsibilities. On the one hand, the Director’s job is to lead the activities of his/her Region and Local entities towards providing the member with a satisfying experience and a perception that true value is being provided for their annual fee. Our membership is quite varied and diversity is our strength, however, that diversity demands that we understand our memberships’ wants, desires and needs to be able to properly address their value proposition.  On the other hand, by the very nature that he/she sits in Institute-wide governing boards, the Director must act as a steward of the IEEE, and in those instances, must act on the side of what is best for the IEEE as a whole. I believe that my industry experience as a Senior Executive, coupled with my broad view of the IEEE, give me the perspective to address both roles successfully.