Eric Grigorian is Chief Engineer and Chief of GTRI Applied System Laboratory’s Aviation System Division, and a recipient of GTRI’s Distinguished Performance Award in Program Development. Prior to GTRI, he was the Director of Engineering and Manufacturing for Yulista Aviation, responsible for full life-cycle support of product development and production of systems for the US Army Prototype Integration Facility. He was VP of Engineering and Manufacturing at AAR Integrated Technologies, developing product for DoD in support of Command and Control Systems. He has over 37-years of engineering career supporting commercial and defense industries. He holds 2 US Utility patents, is a Senior Member of the IEEE and was recipient of 2020 University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Alumni of Achievement Award, 2019 James Beall SoutheastCon Recognition Award and 2006 IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award. He has received numerous additional awards from previous employers and local technical societies.
As an active IEEE volunteer for over 37 years with technical and executive experience that include cross-domain management of technical teams nationally and internationally, I have the leadership skills to organize and enhance member benefits and engagement. As my continued efforts to serve IEEE members of Region 3, I plan to focus on:
Pat Donohoe received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University (MSU) and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Donohoe joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU in 1986 where he recently retired with the title of Professor and Paul B. Jacob Chair. His primary research interests include computational electromagnetics and radar. Dr. Donohoe has served as principal or co-principal investigator on 67 sponsored research projects with a total funding of $36.9M, and has authored over 100 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Mississippi and a member of Eta Kappa Nu. Dr. Donohoe has served as an ABET evaluator and is currently active with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, serving as chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Exam Committee.
Committees/Boards: MGA Student Activities Committee Chair (2017-2018), MGA Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee (2017-2018), TAB Representative – Selection Committee for Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (2018-2020), MGA Student Activities Committee (2013-2019), Regional Activities Board Nominations and Appointments Committee (2005-2006), Regional Activities Board Vice Chair – Student Activities (2001), Regional Activities Board Student Activities Committee (1996-2003). Region 3: Region 3 Executive Committee (1992-1994, 1996-2010, 2013-2016, 2019-present), Region 3 Secretary (2019-present), Region 3 Student Activities Chair (1996-2000, 2013-2016), Region 3 Educational Activities Chair (2002-2008), Region 3 Educational Activities Vice-Chair (1999-2002), Region 3 Professional Activities Operations Committee (1996-1999), Northeast Mississippi Subsection Executive Committee (1987-1996), Student Branch Counselor - Mississippi State University (1986-1996), Region 3 Area 6 Chair (1992-1994). Societies/Publications: Associate Editor - IEEE Transactions on Education (2001-2012), Associate Editor - IEEE Potentials (2002-2004), Member of Antennas and Propagation, Microwave Theory and Techniques, Electromagnetic Compatibility, and Education Societies; Member - Eta Kappa Nu. Awards: Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award (1996), Region 3 Director’s Choice Award (2017).
My 41 years of IEEE membership span time as a student and 34 years in academia, throughout which I have been active in both geographic and technical activities. Serving in leadership positions at the Section (subsection), Region, and Board levels, my volunteer service includes a broad range of organizational components including student, technical, educational and professional activities. I have held various Region 3 leadership roles with long-term experience in SoutheastCon planning. The experience of leading large IEEE committees with members from all ten regions has given me an understanding of transnational and trans-regional issues within IEEE. I have been active in leading Student Branch leadership training workshops in Region 3. My volunteer experience has yielded a broad understanding of the organizational units of IEEE, the member life cycle, and the diverse nature of member engagement across the organization.
As Region 3 Director, my overarching goal would be to establish effective member engagement and development across the Region, which is a considerably challenging task, given the diversity of members and wide-ranging benefits available to the members. The achievement of this goal requires (1) a collective effort from Section and Region leadership, (2) a clear understanding of what IEEE members find beneficial to their professional and educational growth at each stage of the member life cycle, and (3) the vision necessary to implement well thought-out strategies within the framework of the current organizational structure. As an organization, IEEE continues to struggle making members and prospective members aware of all that IEEE has to offer. Section and Region leadership should collaboratively develop strategies to improve member and nonmember awareness of IEEE benefits. These strategies should be designed as processes that are not impacted by the continual churn of volunteers in the organization. The implementation of the strategies must be local and led by Sections, Chapters and Student Branches in Region 3.