Bala S. Prasanna

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BALA S. PRASANNA
(Nominated by IEEE Region 1)
 

Senior IT Manager/Executive (Retired)
AT&T and IBM
Holmdel, New Jersey, USA

With a rewarding and exhilarating career of over 35 years that began by joining the workforce during the nascence of the Information Technology revolution, I have architected, developed, managed and supported several multi-million-dollar mission-critical software systems. I have taught computer science, information technology, and career management courses at various universities. I was mentored by some of the best and brightest in the industry throughout my career in various job roles as college professor, principal technical staff member, and senior IT manager/executive at SUNY, Bell Labs, AT&T & IBM and consistently ranked high among peers for leadership, management, humanistic skills and a record of results. I am an IEEE Senior Member and have been a volunteer for over 25 years. I have served on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors, IEEE Region 1 ExCom and Board of Governors (present) and as New Jersey Coast Section Chair. See more at https://youtu.be/ofeYJ4wsQic.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
(M’89-SM’00)
 

I have significant insight and experience into all aspects of the Region Director, thanks particularly to my time served as Region 1 Treasurer (9 years and counting) and IEEE-USA Board Member (2 years). At the grassroots level, having served in various roles including chapter and section chair, I have a fundamental top-down and bottom-up understanding and appreciation of how things work and what needs fixing.

Working with disparate teams, and being in the thick of high visibility situations, has taught me well to endure and come out with heads held high and a win-win outcome for all involved.

IEEE Activities:

  • IEEE Region 1 EXCOM/BOG, Treasurer 2010-present (Audits, Timely Reimbursements, oversee Compliance of all region OUs)
  • IEEE FINCOM Member 2016, 2017 (assessment increase for IEEE-USA)
  • IEEE-USA Board Member – Secretary/Treasurer 2016 & 2017 (reappointed) (Strategy sessions for a new IEEE-USA, Budget)
  • IEEE METSAC Vice Chair
  • IEEE-USA PACE/SPAC National Speaker – (National & International, over 70 talks)
  • IEEE Region 1 SPAC Coordinator
  • IEEE NJ Coast Section – Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Awards Chair (present), Section rejuvenation

Awards/Recognitions:

  • IEEE Third Millennium Award 
  • IEEE Region 1 Award

Publications:

  • IEEE technical publications on Software Reliability Engineering

Statement

As IEEE Region 1 Treasurer, I provided unblemished and accurate reporting, supported audits, provided timely service to volunteers, and led and oversaw completion of region-level compliance by section/chapter treasurers. My time spent investigating, understanding, analyzing, and putting forth a moderate solution in several critical issues have made me a person to lean on by region leaders.

As IEEE-USA Secretary/Treasurer and FINCOM member, I was hands-on in learning and providing my input on financial matters from top-down perspective.

I consider it an honor and privilege to be nominated by region 1 leadership as candidate for Region Delegate/Director.

If elected, I would work closely to empower fellow volunteers in policy and practical matters to be able to deliver maximum benefits to membership, be diligent in overseeing how every dollar is received and spent, and build and broaden relationship with peer volunteer leaders and IEEE staff to implement what is best for Region 1.

Greg T. Gdowski

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GREG T. GDOWSKI, PhD
(Nominated by IEEE Region 1)



Executive Director and Associate Professor
Center for Medical Technology & Innovation
University of Rochester
Biomedical Engineering Department
Rochester, New York, USA
http://www.rochester.edu/college/faculty/gdowski/

Dr. Gdowski studied at Boston University and received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 1996. He has worked in the academic research, industry, and incubation settings. He served on the faculty in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester from 2001-2010 where he established and managed a NIH-funded research laboratory in vestibular sensory processing. From 2010-2012, he worked at Blue Highway (a Welch Allyn subsidiary) located at Syracuse University, as a Senior Research Engineering Fellow. At Blue Highway he managed ideation, invention, incubation, and subsequent innovation opportunities for Welch Allyn. In 2012, he returned to the University of Rochester and serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Medical Technology & Innovation. The Center manages a unique MS program and coordinates educational and entrepreneurial activities related to the development of novel technological solutions to clinical problems. As Executive Director, he has mentored over 60 MS students.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
(A’01-M’01-M’08-M’12-SM’15)
 

I have served as the Chair of two Sections within R1 (Rochester and Syracuse) over a five year period. In those roles, I have managed the largest annual meetings in the Western Area of R1 including: the Syracuse Fellows Night and the Rochester Joint Chapter and summer meetings. As Rochester Section Chair, I managed the Section’s Centennial Celebrations and hosted the R1 Board of Governors meeting. One of my goals was to improve the communication with our members. I created new web pages and enhanced the overall appearance of email communications to members resulting in the Section meeting both of its MGA recruitment and retention goals.

At the Regional level, I have served on the R1 Board of Governors for seven years. For the last four years, I have served as the Information Management Coordinator and Webmaster. I have been responsible for revitalizing the R1 webpages and serve as the main conduit for conveying information to members across R1. I have created training videos and have led sessions for R1 in utilizing vTools to engage members. In 2018, I joined the R1 Executive Committee as the Western Area Chair and manage five western NY Sections within R1.

Selected IEEE Activities

Region

  • R1 Board of Governors (2011-2012, 2014-present)
  • R1 Executive Committee (2018-present)
  • R1 Information Management Coordinator and Webmaster (2016-present).  
  • R1 Western Area Chair (2018-present).  

Sections/Chapters:

  • Rochester Section Chair (2014-2017). 
  • Syracuse Section Chair (2011-2012). 
  • Rochester Section Webmaster (2015-present).
  • Rochester Section Vice Chair (2009-2010, 2013-2014). 
  • Rochester EMBS Chapter Chair (2008-2010).

IEEE Awards:

  • IEEE-USA Regional Professional Leadership Award (2015): demonstrated leadership efforts in advancing the professional aims of IEEE in Region 1, specifically in revitalizing the Rochester Section and the photonics community.  
  • R1 Technical Excellence Award (2014): technical innovation & leadership in the fields of biomedical engineering & neurobiology.

Statement

One of the greatest challenges is to find new ways to increase membership value. My roles as the R1 Information Manager and Western Area Chair has given me the experience in working with the leadership across R1. This will greatly help me in developing strategies and motivating the R1 leadership in building a better IEEE community through the following goals and priorities:

  1. Improve the sense of community across R1.  More extensive communications are needed from the Region to Sections and our membership.  Members will perceive greater value in being connected to a regional network with diverse activities and professionals.  
  2. Prioritize membership recruitment and retention throughout R1. Regional recruitment will be targeted at large schools with low numbers of undergraduate members.  The R1 Student Conference will be expanded by adding career development workshops and opportunities for graduate students.
  3. Increase the promotion of women engineers and young professionals (YP).  More active recruitment of women and YPs to R1 leadership.  More active role in promoting R1 Women in Engineering (WIE) across all Sections.