Below are the candidates for IEEE Standards Association Board of Governor Member-at-Large, 2016-2017.

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

Paul Nikolich

Soon Wan

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)

Independent Consulting Engineer and Investor
Essex Fells, New Jersey, USA

Paul is an IEEE Fellow and an active technology leader, serving as Chairman of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee as well as other IEEE and industry committees.  As an angel investor, he works closely with YAS in the technology, standards, intellectual property fields, filling the role of Chief Strategy Officer since 2001. Paul serves on technology advisory boards and boards of directors of several early stage companies. As Chairman of IEEE 802, he oversees 50 projects in wired and wireless communications networking with 800 active global members.  He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board.  In 1998 he co-founded Broadband Access Systems.  Prior to BAS, Mr. Nikolich held technical positions of increasing responsibility at several networking and technology companies beginning in 1978. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y., USA.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

COMMITTEES/BOARDS: Standards Association, BoG Member 2009-10, Standards Board Member, 2003-05; New Standards Committee, Member, 2001-05; IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Executive Committee, Chair, 2001-15; Vice Chair, 1996-2001; Standards Board Appeal Pool, Member, 2004-05; Board of Governors Awards Committee, Member, 2004-05; IEEE LAN/MAN Standards Committee 802.3 Working Group, Member, 1989-92; Vice Chair, 1992-96; Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award Committee, Member, 2006-08; IEEE-USA Committee on Communications Policy, Corresponding Member, 2004-08. SOCIETY: Computer Society, Standards Activities Board, Member, 2001-08.  CONFERENCES: IEEE 802 LMSC Plenary Sessions, Chair, 2001-15; Vice Chair, 1996-2001; Member, 1989-96.

IEEE Accomplishments – Leading the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee since 2001. LMSC has about 2000 members that complete at least 10 standard projects per year while engaged in about 50 concurrent standards development activities in the crucible of a highly competitive, yet consensus driven environment.


Technical Standards have been a critical component of global innovation and thriving economies for over 150 years; the barriers to develop and distribute them must be reduced.

If elected to the BoG, I will strongly endeavor to make all 802 standards and drafts available at no charge and reduce the cost of participation through the elimination of irrelevant and wasteful programs, productive use of derivative revenue sources, and refocussing all the resources of the SA on its core mission: the production of high quality, market relevant standards.

Stanley Krolikoski

Soon Wan

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)
Distinguished Engineer
Cadence Design Systems, Inc,
San Jose, California, USA

Stan Krolikoski is a Distinguished Engineer at Cadence Design Systems, where he manages Cadence’s Standards activities. Stan also runs Cadence’s “Connections” program, which allows competitors in the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry to exchange software licenses for interoperability testing purposes. Dr. Krolikoski has, over the past 30+ years, worked at IBM, Honeywell, Cadence, and elsewhere in various technical, managerial, and executive roles. His initial work in EDA was as a user of early EDA tools, and later he served as a leader in companies that develop cutting-edge EDA software.  From the beginning of his career, Stan has been heavily involved in developing EDA standards, helping to turn what initially was a chaotic mix of formats and languages into today’s highly standardized EDA industry.

Stan holds Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BA degree in Philosophy from the University of Leuven.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Current IEEE Standards Leadership Activities:

  • Chair IEEE Design Automation Standards Committee  (2008-present)
  • Member IEEE Computer Society’s Standards Activities Board (2008-present)
  • Member IEEE Computer Society Society’s Sponsor Executive Committee (2015)

Past IEEE Standards Leadership Activities:

  • Chair of IEEE P1076 (VHDL) Working Group (1988-1993)
  • Chair of IEEE P1666 (SystemC) Working Group (2008-2012)
  • Chair Design Automation Technical Committee (1994-1996)
  • Member Executive Committee Design Automation Technical Committee (1988-1994)
  • Member Executive Committee Design Automation Standards Subcommittee (1988-1993)

IEEE Standards Awards:

  • Ron Waxman DASC Meritorious Service Award Outstanding Contribution Award (2012)
  • Working Group Chair’s Award for work as P1666 Chair (2012)
  • Computer Society Golden Core Award (Charter Members) (1996)
  • Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Award (1994)

Other IEEE Standards-related Activities:

Design Standards Editor, IEEE Design and Test of Computers (2009-present)



The ubiquity of electronics in daily life has already been a fact of life for more than a decade. However, the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) promises to envelop the inhabitants of the world in a sea of connected electronic devices that could eventually control many, if not most, aspects of a typical human’s life. The IEEE SA must take a leadership role by not only putting in place standards to help bring order to the IoT, but also by working internationally with other groups to help shape public policy towards it.  Both the positive aspects (e.g., longer lives due to enhancement of human bodies by electronic devices) of this new electronics world and the potentially negative aspects (e.g., increased invasive surveillance by unfriendly entities on individuals). The IEEE Standards Association has a distinguished history in the service of mankind. At this inflection point in humanity’s journey, this service must intensify.