Below are the candidates for IEEE Region 4 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2021-2022; Delegate/Director, 2023-2024. 

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

Tarek Lahdhiri

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Tarek Lahdhiri, PhD, PE, PMP, BB-DFSS, SMIEEE
(Nominated by IEEE Region 4)

Strategy Leader, Control Systems Simulation and Automation

Global Validation Department

General Motors LLC

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 Detroit, where he is holding the position of Strategy Leader for Real-Time Control Systems Simulations and Automation within the Global Validation Department.


Dr. Lahdhiri is an IEEE Senior Member, licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Michigan, licensed Project Management Professional (PMP), Black Belt DFSS certified by General Motors LLC, and holder of the Electrical Validation Journeyman and Vehicle Validation Apprentice Certifications issued by General Motors, Detroit, 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 activities and he moved to the Region and IEEE-USA levels. He held the positions of Region 4 Membership Development Chair, member of the IEEE RAB Industry Relations Committee (IRC), IEEE-MGA Nominations and Appointments Committee (N&A), IEEE-USA Employment & Carrier Services Committee (ECS), co-chair of IEEE-USA Career Workforce Policy Committee (CWPC), and Vice President of IEEE-USA Career and Member Services/Professional Activities (2018-2019). He is currently the Region 4 PACE Chair and the PACE Liaison within the IEEE-USA Career and Professional Development (CPD) Committee.


Dr. Lahdhiri has been an advocate in promoting and 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 (PM) for Engineers, Design For Six Sigma (DFSS), Leadership Skills, Resume Development, Job Interview, Career Development, Job Transition. He provided over 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 award, 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 for growth for 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.  

Vickie A. Ozburn

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Vickie A. Ozburn
(Nominated by IEEE Region 4)

Sr. Software Engineering Manager

Collins Aerospace

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Vickie Ozburn is an IEEE Senior member and active volunteer for over 13 years at the Section and Region Levels. She has over 30 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense Industry at Collins Aerospace. She has held several technical and management roles including software development, engineering management, project management, quality, currently leading a diverse team of remote employees.


Vickie has held several positions in our section and regional committees, which set strategies and goals for the Region 4 area.  She brings forth many creative ideas and initiatives.  In addition to simply suggesting things, she lays out explicit courses of action and steps to assist our members obtain those goals. Vickie has dedicated her efforts to help assist others, both professionally and personally.


Vickie holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Mount Mercy University, B.A. in Business from Coe College, and MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Board and Committees:
MGA Membership Recruitment & Recovery Committee, 2013-present
IEEE Humanitarian Activities Events Subcommittee Member, 2019-present
IEEE Tellers Committee Vice-Chair, 2018
IEEE Tellers Committee Member, 2016-2017

Region 4:
Region 4 Membership Development Chair, 2013-present
Member of Ad-Hoc Retention and Growth Committee, 2019-present
Ad-Hoc Membership Transition Committee Chair, 2017-2019
WIE AI Leadership Summit Partnership Chair, 2019

Annual ProCon Conference Chair, 2004-2017
Cedar Rapids WIE Chair, 2012-present
Cedar Rapids Section Awards & Recognition Committee Chair, 2012-2014
Cedar Rapids Section Chair, 2011
Cedar Rapids Section Vice-Chair, 2010
Cedar Rapids Treasurer, 2009

Significant Achievements:

Cedar Rapids Section Ted A. Hunter Award for outstanding individual service in furthering the purposes and objectives of the Cedar Rapids Section and IEEE

Founding member of Cedar Rapids Section WIE Affinity Group

Formed PES Society as Section Chair

Chair of the Annual ProCon Professional Development Conference for 13 years, in 2017 celebrating the 20th annual conference


I have dedicated my time and effort to promote and grow membership. The IEEE’s strengths are not just technological, but also found in the spirit and capabilities of our members. I will use this opportunity to leverage those capabilities to grow our membership and engage members to use their skills and diversity of thought to address real-world problems.

● I will work to execute the IEEE mission and to build the vision needed for us to remain essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals

● Build on the work we have done for the past 2 years on Membership Transition/Engagement

● Work with area and section chairs to keep dialog channels open through virtual meetings and leveraging best practices

● Provide more support and guidance to our Sections and Younger Leaders

● Focus on IEEE programs (Humanitarian (HAC), SIGHT, EPICS, Smart Village) to connect Sections to local Communities

● Provide support to our students, Young Professionals, LMAG, PACE and WIE through mentorship, engagement and activities at the Section levels, Student Branch, and Regional levels