Below are the candidates for IEEE Region 4 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2019-2020; Delegate/Director, 2021-2022.

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

Johnson A. Asumadu

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 4)

Western Michigan University
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

IEEE Senior Member, Active Volunteer for over 20 years at the Section and Regional Levels. Holds PhD Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Missouri – Columbia. Has one foot in academia and the other foot in industry with over 23 years as faculty (Tuskegee University – Tuskegee, AL and Western Michigan University - Kalamazoo, MI) and over 20 years in industrial consulting, including the World Bank. Worked in research labs including US Air Force Research Lab. Has chaired Sessions of IEEE Societies’ Conferences (PELS, PES, Control, IAS, IMS), reviewed conference papers and journal papers, and other special publications and reports. Published over 120 consulting reports, technical papers, conference records, journals, and holds Patents. Has been active member of 5 IEEE societies (PES, PELS, IE, & Control, Computer).

Very Instrumental in starting a new section of Square D Company (now Schneider) called PowerLogic for digital power measurement instrumentation.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



  • West Michigan Section: Treasurer, 2018
  • West Michigan Section: Chair, 2014-2017
  • West Michigan Section: Vice Chair, 2012-2013
  • West Michigan Section: Awards & Recognition Committee Chair, 2002
  • West Michigan Section: Student Activities, 2009
  • West Michigan Section: Webmaster, 2008
  • West Michigan Section: Educational Activities, 7/1997-06/1998
  • West Michigan Section: Engineers' Week Steering Committee - IEEE Representative, 01/1999-03/2004
  • West Michigan Section: Membership Development, 2005-2007, 2008-2013
  • West Michigan Section: Acting Membership Development, 2013-2015


  • Western Michigan University Students Chapter: Counselor, 09/2002-12/2017
  • West Michigan Society Power Electronics/Power & Energy Systems Chapter: Treasurer, 2016


  • Region 4: Awards & Recognition Committee Chair, 2017
  • Region 4: Electronic Communications Coordinator, 2001-2002


  • 2000 1st IEEE/EIT2000 Conference Proceedings, Chicago, IL, June 8-11 2000: Web Master/Organizing Committee Member
  • 2000 1st IEEE/EIT2000 Conference Proceedings, Chicago, IL, June 8-11 2000: Session Chair
  • 2001 2nd IEEE/EIT2001 Conference Proceedings, Oakland, MI, June 6-8 2001: Web Master/Organizing Committee Member
  • 2004 35th IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference, Aachen, Germany, June 20-25: Session Chair
  • 2011 IEEE Power and Energy Conference (PECI 2011), Urbana-Champaign, Illinois: Session Chair
  • 2017 IEEE 3rd International Future Energy Electronics Conference and ECCE Asia, June 3-7, 2017, Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Session Chair


  • 1st IEEE/EIT2000 Outstanding Paper Award
  • Member Recruitment and Recovery Committee Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Member Recruitment for West Michigan Section During 2015 Membership Year.”


  • One of the Founding Members of IEEE/Electro-Technical Conference in Region 4 which has grown to be very successful.
  • Setup PES/PELS and Affinity Group Chapters in West Michigan Section.
  • First to issue PDH Certificates to Members for attending Technical Activities/Distinguished Speakers events organized by the West Michigan Section.
  • Saw the Growth of Electromagnetic Chapter.



GOALS: Sections Oriented Outcomes

  • Use R4 resources to help Sections form chapters and affinity groups. Valuable chapter is Power and Energy Society (PES). Work with IEEE to make changes needed to facilitate the formation of chapters and groups.
  • Help Sections to provide certificates (PDHs and CEUs) to members who attend workshops/seminars/technical activities organized by the Sections.
  • Sections may apply to R4 for resources in organizing social activities.
  • Student Chapters: Use R4 resources to help student chapters for membership growth.
  • Leverage the student chapters to support K–12 programs to promote interest in STEM.
  • Work with MGA, IEEE-USA, and national IEEE to promote the interests of R4/Sections/Members
  • Assist Sections in the same geographical area to organize technical activities together and share costs/resources. For example, Southeastern and Toledo Sections can share costs/resources if they organize technical activities in Ann Arbor (35 miles from Toledo).
  • BRANDING: Is an IEEE Section in your area known? R4 assists Sections to register with the Better Business Bureaus in cities where Sections are located and active.

Tarek Lahdhiri

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 4)

Strategy Leader
General Motors
Global Validation Department
Warren, Michigan, USA

Dr. Lahdhiri received his MS-EE in Communication Systems in 1990 and PhD in Control Systems in 1995. He is currently working for General Motors LLC in Warren, Michigan, where he is Strategy Leader for Real-Time Control Systems Simulations within the Global Validation Department.

Dr. Lahdhiri is a Senior IEEE Member, licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Michigan, certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), Black Belt DFSS certified by General Motors LLC, and holder of the Electrical Validation Journeyman and Vehicle Validation Apprentice Certifications, General Motors, Warren, Michigan, USA.

Dr. Lahdhiri has been involved with several universities, where he held the positions of Research Associate, Adjunct Professor, and Lecturer at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan, and University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan. He taught several classes in many Electrical Engineering disciplines and was involved in many research projects.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Dr. Lahdhiri has been involved and active IEEE member for more than 26 years. He started as a student member in the Central Tennessee Section. Then he moved to Region 4, where he started being active and held the positions of PACE Chair, Southeastern Michigan Section (SEM) and IEEE Student Counselor, University of Windsor (IEEE-SEM Section), and member of the IEEE-USA 1998 GOLD Committee. These assignments gave him a better and broader idea about IEEE. He then moved to the Region and IEEE-USA levels, where he held the position of Region 4 Membership Development Chair, member of the IEEE RAB Industry Relations Committee (IRC), member of IEEE-MGA Nominations and Appointments Committee, IEEE-USA Career Workforce Policy Committee Career Outreach co-chair, and member of the IEEE-USA Employment & Carrier Services Committee. He is currently the Region 4 PACE Chair and Vice President of IEEE-USA Career and Member Services/Professional Activities.

Dr. Lahdhiri has been promoting raising the awareness and the need of soft skills for engineers through IEEE-USA PACE, ECS, and CWPC committees. He contributed in the development and deployment of several IEEE-USA packages in following topics: Project Management for Engineers, Design For Six Sigma (DFSS), Leadership Skills, Resume Development, Job Interview, Career Development, Job Transition. He provided more than 100 free Professional Seminars, Workshops, and webinars across all six regions in the United States.

Dr. Lahdhiri has been promoting many IEEE events through the PACE program: IEEE-USA Annual Meetings, Future Leader Forums, IEEE WIE, K-12 STEM, Government Relations, students SPACs, and Career events.

Dr. Lahdhiri received several awards: 2012 IEEE-Region 4 Jack Sherman Award, 2007 IEEE-USA Citation of Honor, 2004 IEEE-USA Leadership Achievement Award, 2003 IEEE Southeast Michigan Best Involvement Award, and 2001 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award.


I have dedicated my time and effort to enhance IEEE member services.

My activities are member driven and I believe that the only way to growth for our Region 4 is to:

  • Engage our members and interact with them at the Section/chapter level.
  • Increase the effectiveness of the current product and services and develop new ones that fit our member needs.
  • Timely reaction to the challenges in today’s dynamic workplace.
  • Build stronger relations with industries.
  • Leverage my IEEE, industry, and academic experience to bridge the gap between academia and industry.
  • Promote YP, WIE and Student Activities.
  • Increase collaboration between the different Committees.
  • Establish University and Corporate Liaison positions at the region level.
  • Devote more resources to assist with the continued rejuvenation of all sections within the Region.
  • Implement new initiatives to decrease the declining number of members within the Region.
  • Collaboration with other Regions.
  • Balanced Budget while getting the best service to our members.

I would like to be given the opportunity to leverage my IEEE, professional, and educational experience in better serving our members.