Theresa A. Brunasso

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 3)
Founder and President
D&S Microwave
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Theresa Brunasso, Founder and President of D&S Microwave, is a 30-year veteran in the field of Electrical Engineering. Prior to starting D&S Microwave, she spent more than 20 years at EMS Technologies. At EMS, Theresa served as Microwave Engineering Manager, Director of Technology Development, and provided innovative design and development expertise for numerous programs, including JSTARS, XM Radio, DarkStar, NSTAR, Milstar, Advanced EHF, IntelSat and the Mars Science Lab. Since starting D&S Microwave she worked with clients including LTC Engineering Associates, General Dynamics SATCOM, Sierra Microwave Technology, Flight Display Systems, COM DEV USA, Cobham and GTRI. Theresa holds an Engineer’s Degree and M.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, and a B.S. in Physics from the University of West Florida. She is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society, a Senior Member IEEE, and an officer of the Georgia Engineering Foundation.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • PACE Committee 2015 to present
  • TAB Conferences Committee starting 2019


  • Region 3 Professional Activities Committee Chair 2017 to present


  • Atlanta Section Chair 2016 & 2017
  • Atlanta Section Vice Chair 2015 
  • Atlanta Section Secretary 2013 & 2014 
  • Atlanta PACE Chair 2012, 2013 & 2014 
  • Employment Assistance Volunteer 2011  
  • Region 3 PACE chair 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 
  • Atlanta WIE Secretary 2011-2015  


  • IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTTS)
  • IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (APS)


  • Awarded the Atlanta Section Volunteer of the Year in 2011 for developing employment assistance activities.
  • Awarded the Region 3 Professional Leadership award in 2012 for developing multiple PACE activities.
  • Awarded the Region 3 Outstanding Volunteer award in 2018 for work as Atlanta Section Chair and Region 3 Professional Development Committee chair.
  • As Atlanta Section Chair, we started two chapters (TEM & ED/PHO), won honorable mention for member retention in 2016, and won the Region 3 award the for most Senior Member elevations in 2017.


My primary goal is to provide more Region support for local Sections and Councils. I believe that the biggest impact on members occurs at the Section level, and our region has the largest number of Sections in the U.S. I know that some of our Sections are struggling. I would work to have events and meetings in different sections to provide both exposure and support. In addition, I would work to replace the IEEE-USA PACE funding that is vanishing in a few years, so that Sections and Councils can continue to provide Professional Activities for their members.

Eric Grigorian

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 3) 

Chief, Aviation Systems Program Office
Chief Engineer, Applied Systems Laboratory
Principal Research Engineer
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Applied Systems Laboratory
Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Eric Grigorian is Chief Engineer and Chief of GTRI Applied System Laboratory’s Aviation System Program Office, and 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 Vice-President of Engineering and Manufacturing at AAR Integrated Technologies (2010-2012), developing product for US Air Force, US Army, and US Marines in support of Command and Control Systems. He has over 35-years of direct engineering career supporting commercial and defense industries. He holds 2 US Utility patents and 1 Provisional patent. He is an IEEE Senior Member, recipient of 2019 James Beall SoutheastCon Recognition Award and 2006 IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award. He received numerous additional awards from previous employers, IEEE, and local technical societies.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • General Chair, IEEE SoutheastCon 2019, 2016-Present
  • Member, IEEE USA US Government Community of Interest Ad Hoc Committee, 2018-Present
  • Organizing Committee Member, IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments, 2017-2018
  • Member, IEEE Region 3 Conference Committee, 2016-Present
  • Member, IEEE Region 3 Award and Recognition Committee, 2016
  • Chair, IEEE Region 3 Area 6, 2015-Present
  • IEEE Section representative to Huntsville Area Technical Societies (HATS), 2012-Present
  • Chair, IEEE Huntsville Section, 2012-2013 
  • Chair, IEEE Huntsville Section Conference Committee, 2009-Present
  • Co-Chair, IEEE SoutheastCon 2008, 2006-2008
  • Chair, IEEE Huntsville Section 50th Anniversary Organizing Committee
  • Chair, IEEE Huntsville Section Joint Communication, APS, MTT (JCAM) Society, 2003 
  • Steering Committee, IEEE RadarCon 2003, 2002-2003
  • Steering Committee, IEEE AutoTestCon 2002, 2001-2002
  • Chair, IEEE Huntsville Section, 2001-2002 
  • Vice-Chair, IEEE Huntsville Section, 1999-2000 
  • Chair, IEEE Huntsville Section AESS Society, 1998-1999 
  • Chair, IEEE Huntsville Section Educational Activities, 1997-1998
  • Chair, IEEE UAH Student Chapter, 1982-1984 
  • Vice-Chair, IEEE UAH Student Chapter, 1981-1982 
  • Vice-Chair, UAH Eta Kappa Nu Chapter, 1982-1983 
  • Member, IEEE, 1981-Present



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, my priorities would be to promote our members career advancement.  I will work to:

  1. Provide our regional members with the means to expand their skill set, increase communication and collaboration with others within their technical expertise and across other domains, and promote participation in leadership opportunities.
  2. Expand interaction of Young Professionals (YP) with YPs of other technical societies, provide mentorship, and expand networking opportunities to engage participation in leadership roles.
  3. Expand IEEE Region 3 Section’s visibility within their respective communities through increased promotion of IEEE value proposition.
  4. Increase collaboration and joint exchange of information among IEEE and other technical societies.
  5. Reach out and extend support to members that are in geographical areas not served by the existing Sections/Subsection structure.