For IEEE Region 2 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2019-2020; Delegate/Director, 2021-2022.

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

Barry C. Tilton

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 2)

Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Engineering
Vricon Systems LLC
Oakton, Virginia, USA

Barry Tilton is Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Vricon Systems LLC. He has over 32 years’ experience as an Electrical Engineer in the aerospace field, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer.  A 20-year veteran of the US Air Force, he had over 1000 flight hours as test director, and worked as Chief Engineer, Chief Scientist, and Program Director for the US Defense and State Departments as well as several international efforts with countries on five Continents.

Barry earned his BSEE from USC and MSEE from Northrop University. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and AIAA, and a Fellow of the American Geographical Society.   He was twice Chair of the IEEE Northern VA Section, and currently serves as the IEEE Region 2 Technology Policy Coordinator.

Barry is married to the former Elaine Belen, and has three children.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Barry C. Tilton, P.E. is a Senior Member of IEEE, who has both been involved with (and served in positions of leadership in) the organization and community for over 33 years.  He has been a member of IEEE since 1986, and has been involved as a member, author, conference attendee and thought leader in the AESS and GRSS for most of that time, in Los Angeles, Colorado and Virginia. Upon retirement from the US Air Force, Mr. Tilton became active in leadership of several technical activities and MGA efforts in Region 2.   

He has been Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair (twice) of the NoVA Section of IEEE, and was recognized in 2010 as Volunteer of the Year.  He Chaired the Joint NoVa/DC SSIT Chapter for two years.  He has supported IEEE as representative to the Future Cities finals four times.  He currently mentors the NoVa Section sponsored (and award winning) Oakton High School Robotics Club.  He has been Region 2 Technology Policy coordinator for over 5 years, actively addressing Region concerns in technology management and regulation from his proximity to the National decision makers.   

Barry has served as Chair-Elect and Chair of the IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy, where he took leadership roles in preparing the full technical programs for two successive IEEE-USA annual meetings.  He has also run sessions at National and Region gatherings on many occasions.  Barry has also actively supported the Government Affairs Committee of IEEE-USA for several years.


Greetings!  I am honored to be a candidate for Director-Elect of our fine organization. Working within my Section, the Region, and with IEEE-USA has given me critical opportunities to grow. If given the opportunity to lead the Region, I will focus on three qualities…Vision, Involvement and Passion.

As the pace of change in our society accelerates, it is extremely challenging to succeed professionally when standards, policies and protocols are in constant flux.  As leaders, we must have VISION – the ability to discern what changes will produce what results – and how to appropriately react and adjust.

Once the path forward is understood, we must be INVOLVED.  It is not enough to take personal advantage of change, it is our professional responsibility to help society adapt to the changes for the betterment of all.

Finally, approaches to problem solving, outreach and community support must be infused with PASSION.  Leading through change can be exhausting, and it is the passionate professional who will carry on – ensuring success.

I look forward to meeting with your Sections and Chapters.

Philip M. Gonski

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 2)

Project Manager
Burns Engineering
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philip M. Gonski, P.E. has been active in both the volunteer and professional community in the Philadelphia Area. After graduating from the University of Illinois – Urbana, Philip started his career at Sargent & Lundy, LLC, designing new power plants. Among his notable projects were the design of a biodiesel power plant on the island of Oahu, and later the design of one of the largest combined cycle power plants in the world in Saudi Arabia. While working at S&L, Philip took evening courses in Energy and Power Engineering and earned a Master’s Degree from University of Illinois-Chicago.

Philip currently works at Burns Engineering in downtown Philadelphia as a project manager for industrial and energy clients, with a focus on advanced microgrids.

In his free time, Philip enjoys the Philadelphia arts, traveling the world with his wife and jogging along the Schuylkill River Path, which runs through the heart of Philadelphia.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Philip has been an IEEE member for the past 13 years and is a Senior Member. During this period, he has served in the following volunteer positions:

  • IEEE Philadelphia Secretary
  • IEEE Philadelphia Treasurer
  • IEEE Philadelphia Chairman (3 Years)
  • IEEE Region 2 East Area Chair (Present)

During this volunteer work for the Philadelphia Section, Phil was instrumental in developing a new website for the Section that was better able to represent the dynamic nature of the region. During his tenure as IEEE Philadelphia Chair, the Section hosted multiple Arduino and STEM outreach programs, as well as the first IEEE WIE Summit.

He also organized a career fair that saw approximately 15 companies in attendance. The event was well attended and led directly to several IEEE members gaining employment.

In addition to IEEE involvement, Phil is active in other technical and outreach organizations and has been a volunteer at local science fairs and Future City competitions.

His work in the IEEE and Professional community culminated in his selection as the IEEE Philadelphia ‘Young Engineer of the Year’.


Our Region has been incredibly fortunate to contain some of the most dynamic Sections, with dozens of quality conferences and professional events. These events, such as the IEEE WIE Forum, have been incredible at providing for the networking opportunities that are crucial to IEEE’s continued viability.

My vision for the Region is one where both professionals and academics can find value in their membership. Perhaps the most critical, is for us to convince companies that there is value in sponsoring their employee’s membership. As an IEEE member who made the transition from student member to full member, I know firsthand that justifying the personal expense of dues was difficult without corporate sponsorship. In fact, I am among those who did not renew their membership after graduation.

Like any organization, we need a value proposition to our members. I would plan to continue and build upon successful events, and help foster new initiatives for professional development and networking. The choice to join IEEE must be a clear one, which can only occur through increased outreach programs.

Emilio M. Salgueiro

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Emilio M. Salgueiro
(Nominated by IEEE Region 2)

Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Temple University, and
Retired Consulting Engineer
Unisys Corporation
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Emilio Salgueiro’s technical interests are in Computer Architecture, Performance, and Capacity Planning of large complex computer systems. He is Adjunct Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University. He retired from Unisys Corporation after working very successfully as a Consulting Engineer for the System Analysis, Modeling and Measurement Performance Group. His area of expertise is in the private industry as well as Academia.  As a Consulting Engineer Emilio worked in the System Performance Analysis and Capacity Planning, Manager in the System Analysis Modeling and Measurement department, and acted Director of Performance Engineering. Published MIPS ratings for all Unisys Mainframes. He obtained his academic education at the National University of Mexico (BSEE and BSME 1980) and Pennsylvania State University (ME ES, and post Master’s in AI 1990). He authored many proprietary papers, managed a multi-year research agreement with PSU and four+ years as Lecturer at Pennsylvania State University Malvern Campus.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

I have been an active volunteer for IEEE in multiple Boards and Committees.  I currently serve as Region 2 Secretary; my participation in this position provided me with broad acquaintance with IEEE Region 2 structure, understanding of organizational units at the regional and technical level. I also served on the IEEE-USA Professional Activities Committees for Engineers (PACE) Committee representing Region 2 for many years, this provided me with good understanding of the IEEE-USA’s structure, nationwide IEEE-USA’s organization units at the national, regional and technical levels. I am very proud of supporting efforts to serve member interests with more programs, better communication and more opportunities for professional development. I also served on the Philadelphia Section Executive Committee in various positions, Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. In the technical area, I am proud to be co-Chair of the Philadelphia Computer Society Chapter.


It is exciting to be nominated for Region 2 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect during a time of change in our profession. Having worked at industry, academia, and served IEEE through multiple volunteer positions, has prepared me well for this role. Being retired from industry, gives me a great opportunity to serve better our Region.

I see great opportunities of growth for our region in the area of member retention, emphasis on high quality publications that meet the needs of practitioners, continuing education, and advocacy of the profession. Delivery of new benefits in innovative ways such as:

  • Participation in the Industry Advisory Board.
  • Moderated panels and tutorials to allow members remain globally competitive.
  • Networking and Career opportunities to provide direct value to our members.
  • Attract students at all levels on leadership and professional IEEE opportunities.
  • Increase the number of volunteers from among our members by providing shorter, flexible and modular volunteer assignments.

Region 2 needs a Delegate/Director with the time, experience and expertise to identify strategies that can broaden our base. I ask for your vote, support and involvement.