Below are the candidates for IEEE Region 4 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2015-2016; Delegate/Director, 2017-2018.

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

Hamid Vakilzadian

Hamid Vakilzadian

(Nominated by IEEE Region 4)

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
Lincoln, NE, USA

Hamid Vakilzadian holds a B.S.E.E. and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from the University of Arizona. He worked as a design engineer, quality-control engineer, field engineer, and consulting engineer in the power area before receiving his doctorate in ECE and joining UNL in 1985.

Vakilzadian is tenured faculty in the EE Department at UNL, teaching courses in digital systems and modeling and simulation (M&S) of discrete and continuous systems, and conducting research in teaching areas and neural networks, informatics, and data mining.

Vakilzadian’s 30+ years of service to IEEE includes leadership roles in the Region, Section, and Chapter and an editorial role in Education Society and Transactions of M&S. Vakilzadian has been a guest professor at the universities of Hamburg and INSA Rouen, Senior member of IEEE since 1991, and Editor of the special issues of M&S in Education.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



Over three decades of service to Regions 4 and 6.

IEEE-USA Professional Activities Committee for Engineers (PACE)

  • Contributed to development of policies/practices, Annual Meeting Organization Committee (2007-10), Sections’ XCOM training; Annual Meetings speaker
  • Brought additional IEEE-USA PACE funds to support more Region 4 projects

Region 4

  • Technical Activities Committee Chair: Helped to develop funding proposal for organization of technical workshops for R4 practicing engineers/technologists; helped Sections organize five workshops (2011), and promoting Sections to organize more annually since then; contributing Sections’ technical activities growth (2011-present)
  • PACE Chair: Organized professional workshops; recommended speakers, topics, and best practices; recommended precollege, professional, and government activities projects for Region support; promoted Annual Meetings participation; provided training at Region meetings; supported programs benefiting K-12 students, university Student Branches, and professional members resulting in steep growth in PACE activities (2007-10)
  • West Area Chair: Coordinated sections’ activities including training, membership growth and participation, professional development, and Student Branches interaction (2003-06)
  • Strategic Planning Committee: Helped develop the Region’s short- and long-term goals, and ways to achieve them (2003-06)


  • Contributed to organization of regional conferences, organizer/General Chair of 2005 International Conference on Electro Information Technology (eit); professional and technical activities for practicing engineers organizer
  • Technical papers reviewer (2003-10), Best Paper Award judge (2003-06). Organizer/general chair: International Conference on Simulation in Engineering Education (1992-98), Leadership Skills Workshop (2004-09), Project Management for Engineers Workshop (2004-05), Power Quality Workshop (2005, 2013), contribution to organization of technical workshops in Region 4 Sections

Nebraska Section

  • Chair, 2003; Vice-Chair, 2002; Secretary/Treasurer, 2001; Nominations and Appointments Chair, 2004; Student Senior Designs Projects reviewer/judge, 2003-05; Computer Society Chapter Vice-Chair/Chair, 1998-2000, 2012-present


  • Education Society, Reviewer, 1999-2004


  • IEEE-USA Regional Professional Leadership Award; Nebraska Section Award for Leadership, Management, and Contribution to the Section; Region 4 Conference Committee Awards, 2003-04, 2014; SCS Distinguished Service Award, 2011


My goals for Region 4 are:

While developing new and creative ways to enhance value to IEEE members is of prime importance, we must take on the challenge of engaging young professionals, new graduates, and small businesses. We should regard this challenge as an opportunity to develop new programs and business models. My broad range of service to IEEE has provided me with a knowledge base regarding the organizational, financial, and operational structure of the Region and the institute. Capitalizing on many years of professional experience working with not only students but all levels of academia and industry, I will seek membership input on opportunities, concerns, and potential solutions. I will work to develop closer ties among and between Sections, Chapters, and Student Branches by expanding membership services; promoting high-quality, relevant conferences; encouraging joint activities; and increasing student participation. With more than 30 years of involvement in IEEE activities, including strategic planning, finance, Region and Section leadership, and chairing both large and small conferences, I have the experience and vision to move Region 4 forward.


Bernard T. Sander

Bernard Sander

(Nominated by IEEE Region 4)

Lucent/Bell Laboratories (Retired)
Naperville, IL, USA

Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Sander is retired from Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies, where he spent over 31 years in the development of radar and switching systems. Bernie has held several technical and management positions with Bell Labs/Lucent, including hardware and software development in wire-line and CDMA switching, systems engineering, and project management. Projects included many successful international deliveries. In retirement, Bernie has consulted at Northwestern and Marquette Universities in the design and construction of equipment used for research in human movement studies.

Bernie has been recognized for outstanding personal commitment and contributions to affirmative action at Bell Labs-Indian Hill. Bernie and his wife, Toni, of 46 years have volunteered in outreach programs to couples preparing for marriage and in marriage enrichment. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Dr. Sander has EE degrees from St. Louis University (B.S.), California Institute of Technology (M.S.), and Washington University in St. Louis (D.Sc.).

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


I am a Life Senior member and have been a member of IEEE since joining the Student Branch as an undergraduate. Positions I have held as an IEEE volunteer:

  • Program Committee for Chicago Section Technical Conference and Exhibition, 2011-2014;
  • Board Member for “Science Kits”, 2011-2014;
  • Committee on Communications Policy Member, 2012-2014;
  • Region 4 Treasurer, 2011-2014;
  • Region 4 Central Area Support Chair, 2008-2014;
  • Chicago Section Advisory Chair and Nominating Committee Chair, 2009-2010;
  • Chair, Chicago Section, 2007-2009;
  • Vice-Chair, Chicago Section, 2007;
  • Treasurer, Chicago Section, 2005-2006;
  • Chair, Fox Valley Subsection, 2003-2005;
  • Chair, Student Branch at St. Louis University.

Recent accomplishments where I have had the opportunity to contribute to our profession include the following:

  • Chicago Section First Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition-Member of Program Committee. Program was rated very successful by members of the Chicago Section and by exhibitors who provided a great deal of financial support. Plans are being made to build on our successful start with a conference to be held in November 2014.
  • “Science Kits Project”: served as Board Member for team that established this highly successful program to introduce students to STEM opportunities as they make career-choice decisions.
  • Recipient of the Regional Professional Leadership Award presented at the IEEE-USA meeting in 2013 in Portland, OR, USA.
  • Introduction of NetSuite to Region 4 by providing multiple training classes and support for all Section officers of the Region in the introduction of the improved accounting tools.
  • Rejuvenation of Fox Valley Subsection by establishing a structure that continues to provide members with technical talks and networking opportunities.


Membership in IEEE has provided me with access to current technical information, as well as learning opportunities for leadership and networking. I have found IEEE members to be generous with their time, their knowledge, and their skills. Today, I am more knowledgeable and a better leader and have a great support network. As Director-Elect/Director, I will continue my efforts to provide all members of IEEE with growth-filled experiences in building technical and leadership skills.

Dedicated IEEE volunteers have initiated a number of efforts over the past several years focused on improving the member value and experience. As Director-Elect/Director, I would support those efforts as they change IEEE into an ever more dynamic organization for the benefit of members. Specific opportunities include membership growth, expanding participation in IEEE meetings and conferences, and efficiency, making good use of the resources we have available. IEEE will continue to grow as its members grow through skills enhancement, leadership development, student engagement, professional activities, conferences, and member rejuvenation efforts. Your support and vote are much appreciated.