Below are the candidates for IEEE Region 8 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2017-2018; Delegate/Director, 2019-2020.

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

Magdalena Salazar-Palma

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 8)

Department of Signal Theory and Communications
Carlos III University of Madrid
Madrid, Spain

Magdalena Salazar-Palma received EE, MS and PhD degrees from Polytechnic University, Madrid, Spain, where she has been Associate Professor. In 2004 she joined the Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Carlos III University of Madrid, where she is Professor, co-director of the Radiofrequency, Electromagnetics, Microwaves and Antennas Research Group, and served as Department head. Her research deals with numerical methods for microwave components and antennas, and passive devices advanced synthesis methods. She co-authored 2 European/USA patents, 7 books, 27 book contributions, 103 journal papers, and 370 international conferences papers. She delivered numerous invited presentations and short courses. She participated in 93 projects and contracts financed by USA, European, and Spanish institutions and companies. She served in evaluation panels of USA, EU, and Spanish institutions, and as associate editor and reviewer of several journals. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Aalto University, Finland. She received other awards and recognitions.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • As Section Chair, stimulated formation of Chapters, Student Branches, and first WIE Affinity Group worldwide. Strengthened links between units. Stimulated member recognition and increased volunteers.
  • As Spain AP-S/MTT-S Chapter Chair, Chapter revitalization.
  • As WIEC Chair, stimulated membership increase, affinity groups and activities worldwide.
  • As AP-S President, recognized national and regional differences to better serve members. Worked to harmonize AP-S with related Societies.
  • Successfully chaired Sections Congress 2014.


  • WIEC: Chair, 2003-2004; Member, 2000-2007.
  • Ethics and Member Conduct Committee: 2002. History: 2007-2008. Fellow: 2016. SIGHT Communities of Practice: 2016.
  • MGAB: 2016. Geographic Unit Operations Support: 2008-2009.
  • TAB: 2011. Society Review: 2013-2015. N&A: 2015-2016. Hall Honor: 2016.
  • Service Awards: 2012-2015. Honorary Membership: 2013-present.
  • Sections Congress: Chair, 2014; Member, 2016. Participant: past 5 editions.


  • R8 Committee: 1997-2001; Meeting Host/Organizer, 2001.
  • N&A: 2001-2002. Conference Coordination: Chair, 2003-2004.
  • Strategic Planning: 2015-2016.


  • Spain AP-S/MTT-S Chapter: Vice Chair, 1989-1991; Chair, 1992-1996.
  • Spain Section: Chair, 1997-2001; Officer, 2002-2011, 2014-present; BoD Meeting Host, 1997.
  • Spain WIE (first AG worldwide), Founding member, 1999.


  • Member: AP, Communications, Education, Magnetics, MTT, WIE.
  • Numerous Journals: Review Panel/Associate Editor: 1993-present.
  • AP-S:
    • AdCom: 2004-2006, 2010-2015.
    • President-Elect, 2010; President, 2011; Past President, 2012-present.
    • Nominations: Chair, 2012; Member, 2012-2015. Transnational: 2007-2010; Distinguished Lecturer Program: 2010-2014. History: Chair, 2013-present. New Technology Directions: 2015-2016. Bylaws: Chair, 2015; Member, 2016. Field Awards: 2015-2016.
  • MTT-S:
    • Technical Committee #15: 2006-present. Education: 2013-present.
    • AdCom: 2015-present.
    • Image & Visibility, Inter Society Liaison, MGA, Publications, SIGHT: 2015-present. Operations: 2016.


  • Speaker: Spain National Congress, 2001, 2015. R9 Symposium, 2002. Ecuador National Meeting, 2006. R8 SB/GOLD Symposium, 2006. Iberian Congress, 2015.


  • Numerous IEEE and other: Author: 1988-present. Member, Technical Program/Steering/Organizing Committees/Session Organizer: 1990-present.
  • European Microwave Conference: TPC Chair, 1993.
  • MELECON 2004, EUROCON 2015: Organizing Committee.
  • Finite Element Workshop 2004, Co-Chair. 2018 European Microwave Week, General Chair.


IEEE is a successful organization founded on a technological innovation spirit and a collaboration culture. As new challenges arise in this world, I pledge to work to improve IEEE, globally and locally and to increase value for each member. I will devote the best of my ability to:

  • Utilize Region 8 geographic and cultural diversity to create a fruitful environment for exchanging ideas, practices and experiences, leading to innovation and rejuvenation.
  • Support the initiatives of Chapters, Student Branches, Young Professionals, Women in Engineering and Life Members.
  • Establish wider and closer cooperation with national and regional organizations throughout Europe, Africa and Middle East.
  • Introduce initiatives for closer cooperation with industry, listening to their needs, catering for career advancement, professional training and continuing education.
  • Organize regional events where members from neighboring countries will meet and collaborate.
  • Create a collaborative atmosphere within and between countries, recognizing cultural and income level differences, knowledge, social and professional networking needs.
  • Stimulate Humanitarian Activities and SIGHTs region-wide.
  • Promote transparent procedures to ensure fair opportunities for everybody to be heard and be equal.
Tariq S. Durrani

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 8)

Research Professor
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Tariq Durrani has been Professor at Strathclyde (1982-present); Department Head of one of the largest in UK (1990-1994), Deputy Principal (2000-2006) with major responsibilities for large-scale strategic developments. His research interests cover Communications, Signal Processing, Technology Management.  He has authored 350 publications; conducted collaborative research with industry, partnered in major European research programs; supervised 40 PhDs. His Visiting Appointments include Princeton, University of Southern California, Stirling (Scotland) and Chengdu (China).

Tariq has held Directorships of eight organizations, including UK National Commission for UNESCO; Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Served as consultant/advisor to the Governments of UK, Netherlands, Portugal, UAE and European Union.  He was Vice President (International) Royal Society of Edinburgh (2012-2016).

Tariq is Fellow: IEEE, UK Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Edinburgh, and IET. In 2003 Queen Elizabeth conferred on him the title OBE (Order of the British Empire) ‘for services to electronics research and higher education’.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

A Volunteer for over thirty years, Tariq has served in most areas of IEEE Activities and IEEE Boards, delivering achievements with long term impact:

Region 8: Vice Chair Technical Activities (2003-2004). Promoted industry liaison, Section reviews.

Chair, Conference Coordination Committee (2001-2002);

Member Industry Relations Committee, (2003-2004); Member Chapter Chair Coordination Committee (2007-2008).

Vice President IEEE Educational Activities Board (2010-2011):

  • Instigated key programs that support educational needs worldwide at pre-university, university, and professional levels. Promoted the multilingual IEEE flagship portal for pre-university students, parents, and school counsellors.
  • Promoted Teacher-in-Service Program (TISP). Currently reaching over 624,000 students annually through teachers receiving hands-on training on engineering lessons.
  • Fostered global accreditation to improve engineering education quality in South America, the Caribbean, India, and China.
  • Oversaw expansion of IEEE eLearning Library for continuing education of practicing engineers.
  • Popularized EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) – now in 24 countries – extending global reach of the IEEE.

Regional Director IEEE Communications Society for Europe, Middle East and Africa (2009-2011). Established Young Researcher Award, recognizing talented young members in Region 8.

President IEEE Signal Processing Society (1994-1995). Established IEEE Jack Kilby Medal (1995). Created the highly successful IEEE Signal Processing Letters.

President IEEE Engineering Management Society (2006-2007). Fostered technology management activities, extended services to members across IEEE Technical Societies.

Vice Chair IEEE Publication Services and Products Board and Chair TAB Periodicals Council (1996-1997). Founded Periodicals Review Committee for improving quality and timeliness of IEEE Transactions.

Member IEEE Awards Board (2006-2008). Partnering with Royal Society of Edinburgh, established joint IEEE/RSE Maxwell Medal.

Attracted Major IEEE Conferences to R8 as General Chair:

  • IEEE  Signal Processing Society flagship Conference: ICASSP ’89 (1600 attendees)
  • IEEE Communications Society keynote Conference: ICC-2007 (1500 delegates)
  • IEEE International Engineering Management Conference: IEMC-2002 (280 participants)
  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2015-Spring (800 delegates).


To position Region 8 as the leading entity in the IEEE, I undertake to:

Promote Members’ Careers and Industry Engagement

  • Enhance Skills base of Engineers from Industry and Young Professionals through career enhancement initiatives, continuing education and management skills development programs.
  • Promote Metropolitan Area Workshops to support capacity building for practicing engineers.
  • Encourage practitioner-oriented conferences.
  • Establish Advisory Panel of Industry Leaders for strategic engagement with industry.
  • Nurture Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Region 8 talent pool.

Energize the Region

  • Increase nomination of Regional experts for IEEE Medals, Prizes and Fellows.
  • Promote closer integration between Sections, Chapters and Members for Section Vitality.
  • Strengthen linkages between Sections and Technical Societies.
  • Highlight opportunities for Women in Engineering to grow and flourish.

Enhance Globalization

  • Drive towards affordable member rates in Region 8 through new membership models and progressive benefits.
  • Deliver IEEE's Humanitarian Vision by partnering with global humanitarian institutions, including UNESCO, World Federation of Engineering Organizations, Engineering for Change.
  • Provide authoritative advice on Public Policy Issues in R8.


Elya B. Joffe

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 8)

President and Principal EMC Specialist
Elya Joffe – Electromagnetic Solutions, Ltd.
Hod Hasharon HaMerkaz

Elya B. Joffe is the President and Principal EMC Specialist of "Elya Joffe – Electromagnetic Solutions, Ltd" since 2014. With a total of over 30 years of professional experience, his work focuses on consulting and training in EMC and Electromagnetic Effects Engineering.

Elya is a Registered Professional Engineer, an iNARTE-Certified EMC Engineer, EMC Master Design and ESD Control Engineer. He has authored/co-authored over 30 papers and is the Main Author of the book "Grounds for Grounding" (IEEE Press & Wiley), ca. 2009.

Elya also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of "Exemplar Global" – a non-for-profit Personnel certification company.

Elya is a member of IEEE Eta-Kappa-Nu (HKN) and the "dB Society".

Elya also enjoys playing Music (Tenor Saxophone) and loves long distance running. He is happily married and is proud of his 27 years old daughter.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Activities

COMMITTEE/BOARD: Technical Activities Board (TAB): Board Member, 2008-09; TAB Awards and Recognition Committee, EMC Corresponding Member, 2009.  Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGAB), MGA Geographic Unit Operations Support Committee, 2009.

REGION: Region 8, Chapter Coordination Subcommittee Chair, 2013-14; Strategic Planning Subcommittee, 2015-16.

CHAPTER: Electromagnetic Compatibility Society Israel Chapter, Chapter Chair, 1995-2001.

SOCIETIES: Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMCS): President, 2008-09; President-Elect, 2007; Vice President – Member Services, 2005-06; Vice President – Conferences and Symposia, 2003-04; Board of Directors, Director-at-Large, 2006-08, 1999-2004; EMC Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee, Chair, 2001-06.  Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES): President, 2012-13; President-Elect, 2011, Vice President – Conferences and Symposia, 2004-05; Board of Directors, Director-at-Large, 2004-10.

CONFERENCES: 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Founder and General Chair, 2003. IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, General Chair, 1995-2003. 1992 IEEE Regional Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Technical Program Chair, 1990-92.

AWARDS: RAB Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award, 2005.  IEEE EMC Society Honorary Life Member Award, 2004.  IEEE EMC Society Technical Achievement Award, 2004.  IEEE EMC Society Symposium Chair Award, 2004.  IEEE EMC Society Laurence G. Cumming Award for Outstanding Service, 2002.  IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000.

IEEE Accomplishments

Since joining IEEE I have consciously toiled to contribute at all IEEE tiers, chapters, Societies and Regions, consistently focusing on adding value to members. My activities have been cross-cutting: Membership, Regional, Conferences, Technical and Educational.

Nobody accomplishes anything alone and I gratefully acknowledge the excellent cooperation of fellow volunteers. With that proviso, I am proud of my accomplishments:

  • Spearheaded strategic planning in several IEEE Societies
  • Enhanced global outreach and visibility, across all activities
  • Promoted Inter-society and Cross-IEEE cooperation with the notion of "One IEEE"
  • Enhanced Ethics awareness, through foundation and chairing the first cross-disciplinary IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in ST&E
  • Member, membership and Chapter and development


I am honored to be considered for Region 8 Director-Elect, and humbly bring forth my vision.

My position tag line is "Benefit from Diversity." As Director-Elect, I will focus on bringing members to work together across a range of geographic, ethnic and religious boundaries under the core IEEE vision of "Advancing Technology for Humanity".

Furthermore, I will actively pursue the following strategic challenges:

  • Increase IEEE's visibility across the Region, particularly for enhancing the study of engineering among young professionals
  • Enhance partnership between academia, government, industry and professional societies (vis-á-vis IEEE) to better address the future needs of our profession and society
  • Facilitate a collaborative atmosphere between IEEE Sections within Region 8, respecting cultural, economic and social diversity, recognizing professional networking needs
  • Tighten collaboration of regional and technical activities across IEEE, especially through the broad talents of professionals in Region 8

My leadership experience in multiple societies provides me a broad perspective to enhance the value of IEEE within Region 8 and for seeking new opportunities within and beyond the global IEEE community.