Dennis B. Brophy

Headshot of Dennis Brophy

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)


Director of Strategic Business Development
Integrated Circuit Verification Solutions Division
Mentor, A Siemens Business
Portland, Oregon, USA

Dennis Brophy is director of strategic business development in the Integrated Circuit Verification Solutions Division of Mentor, A Siemens Business where he manages a global interoperability program to promote product integrations with the company’s functional verification products.  He directs group standards strategy and has a long history of successful collaboration with industry peers for end user benefit.
Dennis has been in the electronic design automation industry for the past 37 years.  He was first with Hewlett-Packard for five years where, as a software engineer, he worked on early PCB design automation systems and later became a product manager and launched HP’s electronic design automation services business.  He then joined Mentor where he has held several positions the past 32 years.
Dennis received a B.S. from the University of California at Davis in electrical engineering and computer engineering.  He was awarded the Accellera Systems Initiative Leadership Award (inaugural awardee, 2012). 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Current IEEE Standards Leadership roles

  • Chair, IEEE-SA IoT Steering Committee
  • Member, IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group (CAG)
  • Member, IEEE IoT Activities Board
  • Standards Chair, IEEE CEDA Executive Committee
  • Secretary of the IEEE 1800 SystemVerilog Working Group
  • Secretary of the IEEE 1666 SystemC Working Group

Past IEEE Standards Leadership roles

  • Member of IEEE-SA Board of Governors (BoG) (2010-2013)
  • Chair of the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group (CAG) (2010-2013)
  • Vice-Chair of the IEEE SA Corporate Advisory Group (2008-2010)
  • IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award Committee Chair 2010, 2011
    • Past Chair 2012
    • Member 2007, 2008 & 2009
  • Member of IEEE SA Standards Board (2005-2008)
  • IEEE SASB Revision Committee (2004-2006)
  • IEEE SASB Patent Committee (2005-2006)
  • Chair IEEE 1481 Delay and Power Calculation System (1996-1999)
  • Chair IEEE 1076.4 VHDL Initiative Towards ASIC Libraries (VITAL) Technical Advisory Group (1995-1998)

Society Memberships

  • Computer Society
    • Design Automation Standards Committee
  • Council on EDA


  • IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC)
    • Panel Committee Member (2003-2004, 2012-2013)
    • Panel Committee Chair (2005-2006)
    • Executive Committee Member (2005-2006)
    • New Initiatives Chair (2007)
    • Strategy Committee Member (2009-2010, 2012-2013)
  • Design & Verification Conference
    • DVCon United States
      • General Chair (2017)
      • Steering Committee (2013-2016)
    • DVCon India Steering Committee (2014-2017)
    • DVCon China Steering Committee (2017)


  • IEEE CS DASC Ron Waxman Meritorious Service Award 2014
  • IEEE 1800 Working Group Chair’s Award, 2006 & 2013
  • IEEE 1666 Working Group Chair’s Award, 2013
  • IEEE 1481 Working Group Chair’s Award, 1998


The application of technology to serve humanity takes many forms.  One of the most visible and recognizable forms are standards that promote human wellbeing, a common purpose and mutual understanding.  IEEE standards are a cornerstone of interoperability and collaboration, not just for our members, but for the world as a whole.  Further, for industry, it enables products to be built once and offered to a world market.  It is no wonder when I have met with industry, the IEEE is often known first for the standards we create.  We are globally recognized and locally praised. But we have more to do.

As IEEE members we know the impact of our more than 600 standards. We aspire to make a better world with “smart” everything in an all connected world with IoT.  The world depends on these standards and uses them daily and more are being dreamed of now.  We have an imperative to continue to foster the development of new and improved standards and help our members be as agile as possible. We need to drive further collaboration with external standards organizations into our standards development teams by building on the relationships we have already made.  Now is the time.

Robert S. Fish

Rob Fish

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)


NETovations Group, LLC; and
Department of Computer Science
Princeton University
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.  He is also on the faculty of the Computer Science Department of Princeton University.   Previously, he was Chief Product Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations at Mformation Technologies, Inc. creating 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 technologies 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 department created some of the US's earliest broadband video communications and residential broadband networking trials.  He holds 17 patents and has numerous publications. 

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Dr. Fish is a long time volunteer within the IEEE.  He was a member of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors (SA-BoG) and is VP - Industry & Standards Activities for the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).  He was a founding member of the IEEE-Standards Association Corporate Advisory Group, and has been chair of SA’s Global Coordination Committee 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 – Industry and Standards, Rob was a member and secretary of the ComSoc Standards Development Board (Com/SDB). Rob has been a strong advocate for increasing the resources ComSoc devotes to standards activities.  For instance, while on COM/SDB, he helped initiate the P190X series of communications technology 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 IEEE Communications Standards Magazine. Bringing industry and advanced research together has been a priority.  One example is helping to create the IEEE Conference on Standards in Communications and Networking (IEEE-CSCN) 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 is Chairing the IEEE ad hoc on Strategic Engagement between the Standards Association and IEEE Technical Activities. He represents SA on the IEEE IoT Initiative and is a member of the IEEE ad-hoc on Industry Engagement.  Dr. Fish has received the Distinguished Service Award from ComSoc’s Multimedia Technical Committee. In 2016, he was awarded the Standards Medallion from the IEEE Standards Association.


As a unit of the IEEE, IEEE-SA is truly an impartial player in voluntary, non-governmental standardization, serving to create broadly available and broadly supported technical standards. As SA President, enhancing the partnership between SA volunteers, corporate members, and staff will be a top priority.  Initiatives that nurture global industry outreach and stable entity membership are highly desired.  Global recognition for IEEE-SA’s standardization process must remain a priority.  SA should cultivate relationships with other global standards organizations based on mutual recognition.

Follow-up on recent initiatives in Smart Grid, Cloud Computing, IoT, SDN, and 5G should be pursued.  Initiatives on topics such as 5G Mobile Communications, “Big Data,” and Augmented Reality present 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 promoted.

One further area that needs attention is creating a multiplicative effect for IEEE activity by closer engagement and coordination between the IEEE Standards Association and IEEE Technical Activities to promote standardization.   IEEE should be a leader in developing and maintaining the whole ecosystem of innovation, from invention to the marketplace, with standardization as a key component.