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.

Kathy Hayashi

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Kathy Hayashi
(Nominated by IEEE Region 6)

Senior Staff Engineer
San Diego, California



Kathy has been involved in the semiconductor industry her entire career - developing, deploying and analyzing advanced software tools used to create computer and mobile phone chips. At Unisys Corporation, she worked in research and development designing advanced in-house CAD software tools.  Through acquisition, she transitioned to Cadence Design Systems where some previous tools were incorporated into commercial EDA tools. She then brought her professional leadership as Director at Syntricity, a San Diego based semiconductor startup.

Kathy has held a variety of leadership roles in technical development, applications engineering and information technology.   She currently works at Qualcomm Inc., working with semiconductor workflows in large scale compute environments.

Kathy is on the Executive Board for the San Diego Dance Theater and has been on Technical Advisory Boards for local community colleges. She is also a member of a San Diego Athena Forum for Executive Women.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Kathy has served in a wide range of leadership roles, interfacing within many levels of IEEE. She has a track record of projects that embrace innovation and community leadership.


Leadership Roles

  • IEEE San Diego Section, Chair (2019-present)
  • IEEE San Diego Section Consumer Electronic Society - Chair (2017-2018)
  • IEEE San Diego Section Women in Engineering Affinity Group - Founder, Chair (2015-2017), Vice-Chair (2017-2018)
  • IEEE Women in Engineering Region 6 Coordinator (2017-2019)
  • IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, Chair (2019-2020), Vice-Chair (2017-2018)
  • IEEE 5G Summit Committee member for SD Section (2019)
  • IEEE GLOBECOM San Diego WIE Panel and Luncheon – Chair (2015)
  • IEEE Technology Time Machine –Women in Engineering Panel, History and Future of Semiconductors (2016)



  • 2019 MGA Innovation Award for outstanding innovation and leadership
  • 2019 IEEE Region 6 Section Director’s Award for outstanding and innovative leadership, while leading and inspiring the next generation
  • 2017 IEEE HKN – ETA KAPPA NU Honor Society



  • IEEE Evening of Innovation – Provided the vision and execution of the “Evening of Innovation” in San Diego, highlighting a panel discussion of IEEE award winners (2019)
  • IEEE Women in Engineering Leadership Conference – Chair of the largest annual IEEE WIE event (2019-2020)
  • IEEE CDMA Milestone and Dedication Ceremony – Led milestone initiative for the first milestone in San Diego commemorating CDMA and dedication ceremony (2017)
  • IEEE WIE Women In Technology Summit on Emerging Technologies – Chair and Organizer, San Diego (2016)
  • IEEE GLOBECOM Panel - Chair and Presenter of IEEE WIE Panel on ‘Global Innovation’ highlighting the need for collaboration and innovation both locally and worldwide (2015)



Throughout the region, IEEE volunteers are community leaders with the vision and skills to spread IEEE’s mission across the areas they serve. Understanding their unique and diverse areas, they are able to work collaboratively across industry, education and government institutions to transform and inspire their communities.

Focus on Community – By understanding the regions they serve, IEEE members can establish strong community connections to provide focused impact

Strengthening the Infrastructure – Improving communications and operations to seamlessly provide invaluable oversight, communications and coordination from Region to Area to Section

Robust budget – Focus on judicious budget management and diversification to minimize any risks or impacts

Diversity – Diversity should be a focus in all that we do. Not a separate initiative, but integral to building productive and functioning teams, events and recognitions


For those who are active members of IEEE, the personal, global and technical impacts are clear. Working together, we can help others reach new and richer career heights by realizing the full benefits of IEEE.



Scott M. Tamashiro

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Scott M. Tamashiro
(Nominated by IEEE Region 6)

Sr. Principal Systems Engineer
Raytheon Technologies
Raytheon Intelligence & Space
Cerritos, California, USA



Scott is a member of his Department’s technical staff for Raytheon Technologies.  He holds a BSEE with a Math Minor from Cal Poly Pomona and a MSEE from the University of Southern California.  He has 21 years of experience in the field of reliability and maintainability analysis of a variety of ground, space, and airborne systems. He is a Raytheon Subject Matter Expert & Six Sigma Specialist and ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer.  He also teaches for USC’s System Safety Certificate Program.

Scott currently serves as IEEE-USA Secretary/Treasurer after being an active member of Region 6’s OpCom from 2007-2018.  He enjoys volunteering and his past committee and representative efforts have spanned local, regional, technical activities, IEEE-USA, MGA, Young Professionals, and Standards.  He also loves to spend time with his wife and two kids at home or visiting somewhere new.  He is also the head statistician for the local professional soccer club.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


Committees/Boards:  Geographic Unit Operations Support (2020), Finance Committee (2018-2020), IEEE-USA Treasurer (2018-2020), IEEE-USA AdHoc Strategic Streamlining – Chair (2017), IEEE-USA Member-at-Large  (2015-2016), Training Committee (2016), MGA Nominations & Appointments (2016-2017), Member Benefits Portfolio Advisory Committee (2015-2016), Volunteer Leadership Training (VOLT) Committee (2013-2016), Admission & Advancement (2009-2010); Standards Association: Standards Board – Graduates of the Last Decade (currently “Young Professionals”) Representative (2007-2008); IEEE-USA GOLD Representative (2006); GOLD Committee (2002-2004, 2006-2008); Transnational (2005); RAB Awards and Recognition (2003-2004).


Region 6: Assistant Treasurer (2019-2020), Treasurer (2015-2018), Region 6 Director’s Award (2011, 2015, 2018), Project Manager (2013-2014); Sections Congress Coordinator (2012); Secretary (2007-2011); GOLD (2002-2004).


Sections/Chapters: Coastal Los Angeles: Member, Reliability Society Los Angeles Chapter Chair (2001-2003).


Technical: Reliability Society: Member, Administrative Committee (2006-2011).  Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society: Member.


Others:  GHTC Registration Chair, 2014-2020; Rising Stars Committee, 2014-2017; GOLD Committee – Secretary, 2007; RAB GOLD Achievement Award, 2007; HKN Member, 2015; GOLD 10th Anniversary Game Contest, 2006.


Major Accomplishments

  • Chair of the IEEE-USA AdHoc on Strategic Prioritization that has thus far successfully been implemented with an updated Strategic Plan in 2017
  • Member of the IEEE Expense Report Platform AdHoc to help test and review the Concur Expense Reporting tool that was successfully implemented in 2018
  • Member of small committee to develop IEEE’s Volunteer Leadership Training program that successfully rolled out as a pilot in 2013 and as a regular program in 2014
  • Received three Region 6 Director’s Special Awards for dedicated and valuable support to the region as its long-time secretary, efficient meeting facilitator, and meeting planner, as Treasurer in developing an efficient budget, tracking, and disbursement system for audits, and innovative leadership and onsite support for over 100 region activities
  • GOLD Achievement Award for initiating collaboration and bridging gap as the liaison between Standards Association and GOLD, one of the last IEEE entities without a GOLD presence.



In uncertain times, people need an organization to provide alternative life experiences and something reliable.  I believe IEEE Region 6 is that brand that will serve the student and professional engineering members.  The members create these experiences and hold regular events and meetings.  My relationships with these members and vast IEEE and professional experience will enable IEEE Region 6 to be the vocal cheerleader of innovation, collaboration, boldness, member satisfaction, and most of all, fun!

I have gotten to know the region well and want to return the favor by leading it forward by growing our successful conferences and attracting new and diverse volunteers to think outside the box and be our new leaders of tomorrow.

As IEEE Region 6 Director, I will actively:

  • Engage local volunteers & members and industry
  • Deploy effective virtual interactions and connect with members
  • Fund professional, government, and student activities
  • Support smaller sections, Young Professionals/Women in Engineering, and student branches
  • Recognize people/groups who use their IEEE superpowers for good
  • Most importantly: Listen.

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Chris R. Gunning

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Chris R. Gunning
(Nominated by IEEE Region 6)

Embedded Software Architect
HP, Inc.
Boise, Idaho, USA




Chris is a senior software architect at HP, Inc. in Boise, Idaho working on MFP and printer product development. He has been with HP for over 25 years leading, training, and working with multi-discipline teams and external partners to deliver products that create business value and delight customers. Prior to that, he served ten years as a US Air Force commissioned officer in a variety of engineering positions in Dayton, Ohio and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is an inventor on twenty U.S. patents, primarily in hardcopy device technology and device security.

Chris holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.

Chris will be retiring from HP in 2020.

Chris lives in Boise with his wife and a very spoiled cat. They have three grown daughters. In his free time, he enjoys alpine skiing, road and mountain biking, and camping.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



  • Member, IEEE MGA IT Coordination and Oversight (ITCO) Committee – 2020-Present
  • Member, IEEE MGA vTools Committee – 2018-2019
  • Chair, OU Analytics User Group – 2018-Present



  • Chair, IEEE Region 6 Northeast Area – 2015-2017
  • Vice Chair, IEEE Region 6 Northeast Area – 2013-2014
  • IEEE Region 6 IEEEXtreme Coordinator – 2018-Present
  • IEEE Region 6 OU Analytics Coordinator – 2018-Present



  • Chair, IEEE Boise Section - 2010-2011
  • Membership Development Chair, IEEE Boise Section - 2019
  • PACE (Professional Activities Committees for Engineers) Chair, IEEE Boise Section - 2014
  • Secretary, IEEE Boise Section - 2009


Society Chapter

  • Chair, IEEE Boise Computer Society - 2009, 2014-2015
  • Vice Chair, IEEE Boise Computer Society - 2014-2018
  • Secretary, IEEE Boise Computer Society - 2011-2013
  • Treasurer, IEEE Boise Computer Society - 2007


Major Accomplishments

●  Founded the IEEE OU Analytics Users Group in 2018, which I continue to chair today.

●  Developed and presented training courses on using vTools and related tools at region, area, and section level, including creation of recorded online training.

●  As past Boise section chair and membership development chair, exceeded section goals for membership retention and recruitment and section activities including STEM and community outreach activities.

●  While Region 6 Northeast Area chair, I was a strong champion of the Chapter Recording Initiative from its introduction and I trained numerous groups and created how-to guides for those who want to record events. The Boise organizational units and Region 6 Northeast Area were among the most prolific contributors to the Chapter Recording initiative. The Boise section carries this on today with contributions of locally-produced material to



As an IEEE volunteer I’ve developed hands-on leadership skills to achieve results through fellow volunteers and IEEE staff, represent IEEE to the local and global community, gain consensus among diverse groups, and manage tight budgets and challenging schedules.

To serve IEEE members of Region 6, my priorities would be to:

1.    Improve member engagement. We must deliver tangible value to our members. The region can help our sections and chapters provide valuable educational, networking, and career development opportunities. Our region conferences create collaboration and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

2.    Enhance the volunteer experience. We need to provide our volunteers with the tools, resources, and training to enable them to more efficiently and effectively to do their jobs.

3.    Expand collaboration between sections, chapters, and student branches. When they work together, they provide increased value to members.

4.    Promote diversity and inclusion. IEEE recognizes that open, inclusive environments improve our reach and vitality. We must lead by example within IEEE and as technical leaders where we work.