Below are the candidates for IEEE Standards Association Board of Governor Member-at-Large, 2019-2020.

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

Mark Epstein

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(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)

Senior Vice President – Development
Qualcomm Incorporated
San Diego, California, USA

Mark Epstein received a Ph.D. from Stanford and M.S. and B.S. degrees from M.I.T. He has been a Fellow at Harvard. As a Senior Vice President at Qualcomm, he is involved with standards activities and the development of wireless communications products. Previously, Mark was Deputy for Communications, Command, Control and Intelligence (C3I) in the Office of the Secretary of the Army, where he guided the Army’s electronics programs. Earlier, he had engineering management responsibilities at Computer Sciences Corporation and Northrop.

Mark currently is on the IEEE-SA Board of Governors and the SA Corporate Advisory Group, and he has served on the Standards Board. Outside the IEEE, Mark is on the Boards of ATIS, TIA and the US ITU Association. He is a trustee at MIT and the Washington D.C. Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Dr. Epstein has 5 publications and 1 patent.

IEEE Activities and Accomplishments

I am a member of the IEEE Power and Energy, Communications and Computer Societies.

My IEEE standards involvement began with my working on 802.20, a standards project for an advanced wide area wireless communications system. This led to my being a member of RevCom, NesCom and then the Standards Board. On these committees, I have tried to encourage keeping the standards process as easy and as fast as possible.

My Standards Board responsibilities evolved to membership on the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group, where I encouraged standards working group participation on either individual or a company bases. I also supported increased IEEE global outreach activities. My Standards Board activities led to my election to the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors and many leadership roles on its committees and that of the IEEE.

I chaired the SA Strategic Planning and Portfolio Management Committee for many years and led efforts to provide better service to our members. I also served on the IEEE New Initiatives Committee and these SA Board of Governor committees:

  • Awards and Recognition Committee
  • Board of Governors Ad Hoc Council
  • Fellows Committee
  • Nominations and Appointments Committee
  • Corporate Advisory Group
  • SA Representative to the ISTO Board of Directors
  • ICAP Steering Committee
  • Standards Conduct Committee
  • Strategic Planning Advisory Group
  • Global Coordinating Committee
  • Chair of Ad Hoc on Global Standards Collaboration
  • Chair of Ad Hoc on Corporate Member Value Proposition
  • Chair of Ad Hoc on Member Retention

In all of the above committees, I encouraged the Standards Association to improve services to its members and provided my perspectives on manufacturing, intellectual property rights and international activities. My objective is always to ensure that the IEEE Standards Association remains the best place for standardization of new ideas and technologies.


As a member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, I will continue to strive to further enhance the international recognition of the IEEE and the reputation of the Standards Association as the best place for technically excellent and market relevant standards. It is important that the IEEE-SA receive perspectives outside the IEEE in the areas of manufacturing, IPR and international activities. Future technical standards will be increasingly affected by changes in policies that will be influenced by court rulings, actions of government agencies and rulings of international organizations. I will bring to the Board of Governors my long experience in all these key areas through my involvement in outside standards-related organizations such as ATIS, TIA, USITUA, GSC and the ITU.

Glenn Parsons

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(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)

Standards Advisor
Ericsson Canada, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Glenn Parsons is an internationally known expert in networking, including mobile transport and Ethernet technology.  His engagement in numerous standards bodies over the last 25 years provides him with tools, connections, experience and understanding of a wide range of standards activities.

Glenn is a standards advisor in the Systems & Technology Unit of Ericsson Canada, where he coordinates standards strategy and policy for Ericsson, including network architecture for 5G radio transport networks.   Over the past number of years, he has held several management and editor positions in various standards bodies including IETF, IEEE, and ITU-T.  He is currently involved with 5G transport standardization in MEF, IEEE and ITU-T and is chair of IEEE 802.1.  He is a Technical Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine and Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Communications Standards Magazine.  This year he was also appointed to be a member of the new IEEE Industry Engagement Committee.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Committees/Boards: IEEE Industry Engagement Committee, Member, 2018; IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Internet Initiative, Member, 2016; EAB/SA Standards Education Committee, Member, 2015-2017; EAB Standards Education Committee, Member, 2016-2017; Magazines Committee, 2016-present; Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award Committee, Member, 2015-2018; COM-Publications, Standards Magazine Editor-in-Chief, 2017-present.

IEEE Standards Association: IEEE-SA Board Of Governors, Member-At-Large, 2011-2012, 2015-2016; IEEE-SA Board Of Governors, International SDO Advisory Group, Chair, 2013-present; IEEE-SA Registration Authority Committee, Chair, 2010-2012, Past-Chair, 2013-present; IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group (CAG), Member, 2014-2018; IEEE-SA Standards Board, Member, 2005-2009, 2014-2015; IEEE-SA Standards Board Audit Committee (Audcom), Chair, 2007-2008 and Member, 2009-2010, 2014-2015; IEEE-SA Standards Board New Standards Committee (NesCom), Member, 2004-2007, 2010, 2017; IEEE-SA Standards Board Patent Committee (PatCom), Member, 2014-2016; IEEE-SA Standards Board Procedures Committee (ProCom), Member, 2006-2008, 2014-2015; IEEE-SA Standards Board Review Committee (RevCom), Member, 2009; IEEE-SA Standards Board Appeal Pool, Member, 2006-2009.

I have spent over 15 years as an active participant in IEEE 802.  As editor of several IEEE 802 standards I received several awards for outstanding contribution.  In 2014, my leadership was recognized when I was elected the chair of 802.1, and I have since driven promotion of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) in the industry.

I have led a number of series for IEEE Communications Magazine and in 2014 was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the new IEEE Communications Standards Magazine.

During my recent term on the IEEE-SA BOG, I encouraged IEEE membership into the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC), and led the volunteer team that hosted a successful IEEE GSC-21 at our new office in Vienna. In addition, I continue to lead the International Standards Development Organization (SDO) Advisory Group of the BOG.  This group manages the relationship of IEEE-SA on the international SDO stage with ITU, ISO and IEC.


The IEEE-SA is internationally recognized as producing technically excellent standards that are globally relevant.  In order to maintain this position and to grow beyond, we need to focus on internationalization and public policy.

We must continue to drive collaboration and joint publication with other global standards bodies.  But we must also focus on using our strong technical base to solidify our status as a peer with the other international bodies.

International standards bodies engage on public policy with each other and with various inter-governmental bodies – IEEE-SA must do the same.  We must continue to ensure that IEEE-SA is viewed as a favorable venue to create standards that the global market will adopt.

To drive an ongoing improvement of IEEE-SA, I bring to the board my broad experience in these areas, as well as first-hand experience in the sensibilities and sensitivities of many international standards bodies and stakeholders.

Robby Robson

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Robby Robson
(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)

Co-Founder and CEO
Eduworks Corporation
Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Robby Robson is a technology innovator, researcher, and entrepreneur who has contributed to and held leadership positions in multiple standards organizations. He is co-founder and CEO of Eduworks Corporation, a company that applies AI and text analysis to improve human performance, and serves on the IEEE Standards Association’s Standards Board, IEEE Future Directions Committee, and IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board. Robby has held research fellowships in the US and Europe and has made foundational contributions to mathematics related to control theory and cryptography as well as to the development and evolution of modern learning technology. He is past chair and current vice chair of the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee and is currently working across the military, corporate, and academic sectors on open source and commercial products related to credentials, competencies, and career management. Robby has a BA from Hampshire College and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Committees & Boards: IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (Chair 2000-2008, Current Vice-Chair 7919 WG Chair); IEEE Computer Society SAB (Vice-Chair and P&P Chair 2002-2018); IEEE-SA Standards Board (2008-2009, 2017-2018); NesCom (2008-2009); RevCom (2017-2018); Industry Connections (IC) Committee (2017-2018); IEEE Future Directions Committee (2016-2018); IC Actionable Data Book (2015-2017), Big Data Governance and Metadata Management (2016-2017); IEEE-ISTO Learning, Education, and Training Systems Interoperability Committee (2009-2011); Industry Connections Industry Consortium for Learning Engineering (ICICLE) Steering Committee (2018); IEEE TAB Standards Committee (2018); IEEE-SA Ad Hoc on Open Source (2018); IEEE Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Steering Committee (2018).

IEEE Accomplishments:

  • Chaired and made technical contributions to the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee at a critical time when standards enabled the launch and growth of the global learning technology industry.  Took over a committee that had yet to ballot a standard; hibernated unproductive WGs; facilitated the production of standards supported by industry and academia; and successfully managed relationships with related international SDOs.
  • Helped improve efficiency and effectiveness of the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activity Board by developing P&Ps that clarify and define its separate roles as an oversight committee and standards sponsor. Contributed to abridged P&Ps for IEEE-SA Industry Connections to remove unnecessary complexity and formality from Industry Connection activities.
  • As IEEE-SA representative to the IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC), initiated a survey of FDC standards activities; helped define and launch Big Data Governance and Metadata Management activity; and helped define policy that promotes the IEEE-SA role in FDC activities.
  • Helped start that is introducing and promoting the discipline and profession of “Learning Engineering.” Chairing subcommittee that is organizing the first international conference on Learning Engineering.

IEEE Publications:A Student-Centered Feedback Control Model of the Educational Process.” Frontiers in Education Conference, 2000. “Globalization and the Future of Standardization.IEEE Computer Magazine, July 2006.  (See also


If elected to the IEEE-SA Board of GovernorsI will work hard to maintain and expand the IEEE’s position as the premier producer of global standards and other consensus products. I have done this successfully in the field of learning technology and continue to do this via contributions to the IEEE Future Directions Committee and to initiatives such as blockchains and symbiotic autonomous systems. I have standards governance experience, business and technical expertise, and a broad perspective gained from working internationally across academia, industry, and government. I strongly believe in the benefits of market-driven standardization in supporting the IEEE mission of advancing technology for humanity, and I will advocate for revenue models and organizational structures that support this mission. I will do my best to ensure that all IEEE member interests are well-represented on the IEEE-SA BOG and would be honored by your vote!

Jun Yu

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(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)

Co-Director General
State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)
Department of International Cooperation
Beijing, China

Jun Yu received his dual BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics and MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1991 and 1994. He received Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2000 and then worked at ERCOT for seven years. During this period, he served successively as Supervisor of Market Analysis, Market Architect, and Manager of Business Architecture & Technology.  From 2006 to 2011, he became the deputy director general of China National Power Dispatching and Communication Center.  From 2011 to 2014, he was the senior vice president of State Grid International Development Limited.  Currently, he is the co-director general of the department of international cooperation of SGCC, responsible for the overseas assets operation and international academic activities.  Dr. Yu is actively involved in international standardization activities, through which, he gains a deep understanding of the need of standards developers and that of stakeholders.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Dr. Jun Yu joined IEEE in 1998 as a student member and he has been an IEEE Senior Member since 2005.  He served as IEEE SA CAG (Corporate Advisory Group) member since 2015.  He has been actively involved in many IEEE SA CAG activities, which has highly enhanced the visibility of IEEE SA CAG in both the region and the electric power industry.

Through years of participation, Dr. Yu gained a deep understanding of which standards are highly needed by the industry.  Under his leadership, SGCC has initiated 16 IEEE standards up to now.  All of these standards touch upon the very emerging and important technical fields, covering Ultra High Voltage (UHV) Transmission, Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Micro-grid, and especially those support to build the new generation of power grid, which will surely facilitate the energy transition.

With constant efforts, Dr. Yu further promoted the strategic cooperation between IEEE and SGCC.  In November 2017, SGCC and IEEE signed an MOU in Beijing for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding and enhancing the development of long-term, stable, and comprehensive cooperation between SGCC and IEEE, through which, SGCC became a Senior Corporate Member of IEEE and IEEE PES (Power & Energy Society) at the same time.

For each IEEE PES General Meeting, Dr. Yu personally organizes SGCC experts to both participate and present at the event.  At each PES general meeting, under his proposal and efforts, several panels were successfully set up and opened for all participants.  He also chaired some of the panels, including super session.  All of these panels addressed the hot topics and emerging trends in the power industry and welcomed by all participants.


No matter we realize it or not, standards are there to reduce costs, build reach, improve quality, simplify process, accelerate innovation, and develop insights.  In my role now at SGCC, I have found an ever-increasing importance of international standards. This has in turn led me to recognize the key roles that IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) play in today's world.

Personally, I have been actively involved in standardization activities for a long time, through which, I have gained a better understanding of the needs of standards developers, as well as the needs of different stakeholders. I would very much welcome the opportunity to serve on the IEEE-SA BOG, to share these experiences as well as the combined experience of SGCC, to support the IEEE-SA in fulfilling its mission and the development of the whole IEEE community at large.