Jill I. Gostin

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 3)
Principal Research Scientist
Deputy Director, Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL)
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Jill Gostin received her MS in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has worked at GTRI since 1985. Her work has focused on algorithm assessment, software test and evaluation, and radar systems and software. Her numerous publications, multiple service and technical awards, and management of large programs all contributed to her achieving the positions of Principal Research Scientist and Deputy Director of ICL. Ms. Gostin’s extensive volunteer activities include STEM outreach and frequently serving as a panelist for discussions on women’s roles in technology fields. In 2016 she was named the Georgia Women in Technology Woman of the Year for mid-size businesses, an award recognizing women technology executives for their accomplishments as leaders in business, as visionaries of technology, and who make a difference in their community. She currently serves as the IEEE Computer Society lead for the IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence XPRIZE competition.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • Served as Project Manager for the Region 3 Volunteer Integration Process (VIP) Project during its first two years. The on-going project automates the process of providing training and support to volunteers in a new role, providing start-to-end training tailored to each position and each volunteer. Training options include job descriptions, a calendar, automated reminders, links to online resources, a mentor, etc.
  • Working with the MGA Training Committee to review the Center for Leadership Excellence content, update the website, and provide Action Plans for key leadership roles.
  • Developed and began implementation of a process for evaluating MGA Awards. Defined extensive metrics, gathered from multiple sources, to improve the awards process.
  • For the Computer Society, contributed to a Chapter of the Future model, and developed and presented a Webinar on Chapters to a world-wide audience of members and volunteers.


  • Women in Engineering, Computer Society Representative (2016)
  • MGA Geographic Unit Operations Support (2015-2016), Awards (2013-2017)
  • TAB Awards (2015-2016), TAB Member Benefits (2015-2016)
  • IEEE-USA Awards (2013-2015, 2017)


  • R3 Awards Chair (2013-2015), Volunteer Integration Process Project Manager (2014-2015), Leadership Development / Regional Support Chair (2016-2017), Leadership Training Chair (2016-2017), Conferences Committee (2013-2014)


  • Atlanta Section Chair (2012-2013), Vice Chair (2010-2011), Treasurer (2007-2009), MD Chair (2010-2011), Student Branch Coordinator (2011)
  • Atlanta Computer Society Chapter Chair (2012-2013)


  • Computer Society (CS) Board of Governors (2014-2016, 2017-present), CS Member and Geographic Activities Board (2014-2016, 2017-present), Election Chair (2014), Representative to Sensors Council (2014), Nominations Committee (2015, 2017), Portfolio Review Committee (2016-2017), Representative to WIE (2016)
  • Sensors Council VP Finances (2017-present), Treasurer (2015-2016), Finance Committee (2015-2017), Member Society Relations Committee (2014-2016), Distinguished Lecturer Committee (2015), TrySensors.org AdHoc Chair (2017)


  • Treasurer, SENSORS ’16, SENSORS ’17, ISOEN ’17, VCACS ‘17
  • General Chair, Atlanta SmarTech Metro Area Workshop (2013)
  • Administrative Chair, AESS RadarCon 2012
  • Tutorials Chair, SoutheastCon 2009


As Director, I want IEEE to help others as it helped me: in achieving technical and leadership success, expanding professional and personal networks, and providing opportunities for service and outreach. I envision Region 3 becoming an increasingly essential part of each members’ technical and professional achievements through strong and well-supported local Sections that are responsive to our members’ needs and interests. Strategies toward that end will include:
  • Expanding Member Engagement / Student Activities by providing STEM event resources, including activity descriptions with materials needed and cost estimates, and creating a model for implementing Technical Projects and adding a new Technical Project award
  • Improving Section Support by providing resources and methods for sharing meetings and speakers across Sections
  • Creating online resources for Section Professional Activities, and developing a Professional Activity Workshop model

I will focus on the ever-changing needs of our members, will work to ensure that our volunteers have the tools they need to support our members, and will be an advocate for our members at all times and at all levels within IEEE.

John Kenneth "Ken" Pigg

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 3) 

Lead Engineer
Duke Energy
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Ken Pigg received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee. 
He has more than twenty years of experience in the design of nuclear power plants and industrial facilities, including design of one of the first “soft controls” systems installed in an American nuclear power plant.  Ken also has ten years of experience on the business side of technology.  He has worked in sales / sales engineering for power distribution equipment, industrial controls, and information technology systems.  Ken is currently working on a team that is overseeing the development of new, next generation nuclear power plants.
Ken has also served in other volunteer leadership roles including vice-president of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers, treasurer of a private school, and treasurer of a home owners association.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • EAB voting member – 2014 & 2015
  • EAB Continuing Education Committee Chair – 2014 & 2015
  • EAB Continuing Education, Products and Services Subcommittee Chair – 2013
  • EAB Awards and Recognition Committee – 2014 & 2015
  • EAB Section Outreach Committee – 2012 and 2013
  • MGA Allocations and Expenses Ad Hoc Committee – 2011
  • MGA Conferences Ad Hoc Committee – 2011
  • TAB Conference Publications Committee – 2011
  • IEEE Conferences Committee – 2012, 2013, and 2014, and 2015
  • IEEE Conferences Committee, Helping Geo Units Understand Ad Hoc – 2014
  • IEEE Conferences Committee, Future Conference IP Ad Hoc – 2015 & 2016
  • MGA Student Activities Awards Subcommittee – 2015 & 2016
  • IEEE MOVE Project Treasurer – 2016 & 2017


  • Region 3 Treasurer – 2016, 2017
  • Region 5 Treasurer – 2006, 2007, & 2008
  • Region 5 Webmaster – 2004 & 2005
  • Region 3 Educational Activities Chair – 2012 & 2013
  • North Carolina Council Treasurer – 2013


  • Eastern North Carolina Section Chair – 2013 & 2014
  • Eastern North Carolina Section Treasurer – 2012, 2015
  • Oklahoma City Section Chair – 2003
  • Oklahoma City Computer Society Chair – 2001 & 2007


  • Region 5 Conference Registration Chair – 2004
  • Region 5 Conference Webmaster – 2004


  • Sections Congress, Primary Delegate – 2002 & 2014


  • IEEE Eastern North Carolina Section Leadership Excellence Award
  • IEEE Eastern North Carolina Joint PES/IAS Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award
  • IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society (IEEE-HKN)

We need membership growth to remain healthy.  Members and prospective members must see value from their membership.
We must do a better, more consistent job of engaging members at the local level.  We need to develop new, innovative ways of engaging members.

We need to do a better job of executing section operations.  This takes local volunteer leaders that understand what needs to be done and the have resources to help get it done efficiently.  Efficient tools will also help with the recruitment and retention of new volunteer leaders.
Students are the future of IEEE.  We need to get them more engaged, especially with the local section so they see the value of membership after they graduate.
My priorities as Region 3 director:

  • Explore, promote, and facilitate better ways to engage members at the local level
  • Identify and advocate for better tools for section operations 
  • Work to get more section volunteer leadership positons filled
  • Get student branches more engaged with their local section and strengthen those relationships