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Candidates for 2016 IEEE Standards Association President-Elect.


Robert S. Fish

Rob Fish

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)


NETovations Group, LLC
Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Robert S. Fish (SMIEEE) received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.  Currently, he is President of NETovations Group, LLC, a consulting company specializing in networking technology innovation.  Previously, he was Chief Product Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations at Mformation Technologies, Inc. a company that creates software for mobile device management.  From 1997 through 2006, Dr. Fish was Vice President and Managing Director of the Panasonic Digital Networking Laboratories with labs in Princeton, San Jose, Santa Barbara, and San Diego which invented and promoted the standardization of many technologies necessary for embedding networking into consumer devices. Prior to that, Rob was Executive Director of Multimedia Communications Research at Bellcore after starting his career at Bell Laboratories.  His work at Bellcore included creating some of the US's earliest broadband video communications and residential broadband networking trials.  He is the holder of 17 patents and has numerous publications.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Dr. Fish is a long time volunteer within the IEEE.  He is a member of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors (SA-BoG) and VP-Standards Activities for the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).  He was a founding member of the IEEE-Standards Association Corporate Advisory Group (CAG), and has been chair of its Global Coordination Committee (GCC) and of the SA Standards Conduct Committee.  In all these roles he has strongly promoted attracting and maintaining corporate and individual membership and global support and participation in the IEEE SA standards process.

Prior to becoming VP-Standards Activities, Rob was secretary of the ComSoc Standards Development Board (Com-SDB).   Within ComSoc, Rob has been a strong advocate for increasing the resources the society devotes to standards activities.  For instance, while on COM-SDB, he helped initiate the P190X series of communications technology related standards.  Seeking to give more visibility to IEEE standards, he was a co-editor of the series “IEEE Standards for Communications and Networking” published in IEEE Communications Magazine.  The success of this series has now been followed by the inauguration this year of an ongoing Communications Standards supplement to Communications Magazine.  In addition, bringing industry and advanced research together has been a priority.  One example of this is the inaugural IEEE Conference on Communications and Networking (IEEE-CSCN) that is planned for later this year, featuring both industry and academic contributions to communications standards.

In other IEEE activities, Dr. Fish was a member of ComSoc’s Board of Governors and Chair of the ComSoc GLOBECOM/ICC Management and Strategy Committee.  He represents SA on the IEEE Conferences Committee where he chairs an ad-hoc on industry engagement.  Rob co-founded the IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC) and serves as Chair of the CCNC steering committee.  In 2007, Dr. Fish received the Distinguished Service Award from ComSoc’s Multimedia Technical Committee.


The IEEE Standards Association plays a unique role in the ecosystem of standardization.  As a voluntary, non-profit, non-governmental association it is truly an impartial player in standardization, serving to create broadly available and broadly supported technical standards.  As SA President, I will seek to enhance the partnership between SA volunteers, corporate members, and staff that has elevated current IEEE-SA standardization processes to worldwide prominence.  Initiatives that nurture global industry outreach and stable entity membership and participation in standards are highly desired.  In addition, global recognition for the IEEE-SA’s standardization process must remain a priority.  SA should continue to cultivate relationships with other global standards organizations based on mutual respect and recognition.

Follow-up on recent initiatives in Smart Grid and Cloud Computing should be pursued.  New standards efforts should be focused on emerging technology areas beyond the current IoT and SDN/NFV initiatives.  When properly architected and managed, initiatives on topics such as the 5G mobile communications, “Big Data,” and virtual and augmented reality present a great potential for new standards by mobilizing the deep technical resources and intellectual firepower present within IEEE.  In addition, new additions to the traditional standardization processes, for instance, support of “open source” processes, should be considered.


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Forrest D. "Don" Wright

Don Wright

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)


Standards Strategies, LLC
Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Mr. Wright is the President of Standards Strategies, LLC, an Information and Communication Technology Standardization consulting firm.  He is the retired Director of Worldwide Standards for Lexmark International with over 36 years of experience in standards, engineering, software development and marketing. Since graduating from the University of Louisville with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu), Mr. Wright worked on the development and marketing of office information technology products for IBM and Lexmark. Wright’s extensive leadership roles in IEEE Standards include Chair of the Standards Board, Treasurer of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors, and a member of the IEEE Finance and Investment Committees. As a 2015 Computer Society Vice President, Wright chairs the Standards Activity Board.  Previously, Wright was the Chair of the Executive Board of INCITS, which serves as the TAG to ISO/IEC/JTC 1 and as member of the Board of Directors of ANSI (2008-2013).

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Mr. Wright has served broadly in the IEEE in a series of offices and appointments that have provided extensive leadership to the Standards Association and to the IEEE as a whole.  Through this experience, including as Standards Board Chair and SA Treasurer, he has a deep understanding of the business and operations of the Standards Association and the rest of the IEEE.

COMMITTEES/BOARDS: Standards Association: Board of Governors, 2003-2014, 2001; Treasurer, 2007-2014; Standards Board, 2014-2015, 2010-2011, 2002-2008;  Chair, 2003-2004; Past Chair, 2005-2007; NESCOM, 2011-2012, 2002; Patent Committee, 2014-2015, 2012, 2005-2008, 2002; Chair, 2008, 2005-2006, 2002; SCC Coordinator, 2002; Procedures Committee, 2014-2015, 2010; Standards Association Awards and Recognition Committee 2012-2015; Chair, 2012-2015; IEEE Finance Committee, 2007-2014;  IEEE Investment Committee, 2012-2013; IEEE Awards Board, 2012-2015; IEEE-USA, Liaison from/to IEEE-SA, 2010-2013; Technical Activities Board (TAB), Liaison from IEEE-SA, 2005-2006; New Initiatives Committee (NIC), 2005-2006; Admission and Advancement Committee 2011-2015; Chair, 2014-2015; Vice-Chair, 2011-2013; MGA Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee 2014-2015; IEEE-ISTO, Board of Directors, 2001-2015; Board Chairman, 2011-2015; Printer Working Group (IEEE-ISTO): Chair, 1996-2001; Member, 1996-2015.

SOCIETIES:  Computer: Standards Activities Vice President, 2015; Board of Governors, 2015; Executive Committee, 2015; Standards Activities Board, 2014-2015, 1998-2007; Chair 2015; Vice-Chair 2014; Vitality Chair, 2000; Microprocessor Standards Committee, 1992-2015; Chair, 1998-2001; Information Assurance Standards Committee, 2004-2015. Communications: Standards Development Board, 2012-2013; Vice-Chair, 2012-2013. Society on Social Implications of Technology: Member. Consumer Electronics Society: Member. Technology and Engineering Management Society: Member.

TECHNICAL COMMITTEES: IEEE Standard 1284, Chair, 1992-2015; IEEE Standard 1284.1, Chair, 1994-2015; IEEE Standard 2600, Chair, 2004-2015; IEEE Standard 2600.1, Chair, 2005-2015; IEEE Standard 2600.2, Chair, 2005-2015; IEEE Standard 2600.3, Chair, 2005-2015; IEEE Standard 2600.4, Chair, 2005-2015.

AWARDS: Standards Association Standards Board Distinguished Service Award, 2006; Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Award, 2003, 2004; 2004 Computer Society Golden Core Member.


Standards are a key part of the IEEE’s mission of fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.  Through standardization, products and services enjoy improved interoperability and consistency. Through global engagement, the IEEE Standards Association has become, and can continue to be, the home of some of the world’s most important technologies.

As President, I would strive to achieve the strategic goals of the Standards Associations by:

  • Continuing to grow our worldwide participation in both the individual and corporate programs;
  • Maintaining a focus on identifying and acquiring leading-edge technologies, at the appropriate time, for IEEE standardization;
  • Improving and refining our processes and procedures to be more efficient and effective while maintaining our core values of due process, openness, consensus, balance, and right of appeal;
  • Maintaining a financially strong program without imposing any undue burdens on individual or corporate participants or on the users of IEEE standards;
  • Growing the skills of the IEEE-SA staff and volunteers.

As a long-time leader in the IEEE Standards Association and in the IEEE as a whole, I have a unique understanding of the plans, processes, and people central to IEEE standards.  I’m ready and excited for the challenge and I would appreciate your vote.


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