James E. Matthews, III

Headshot of James E. Matthews, III

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)


Director, Technical Standards & Standards Policy
Corning Incorporated
Corning, New York, USA

Jim is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology (B.E.E./M.S.E.E.) and was a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. Jim worked as a Research Engineer for GTRI (radar systems) then joined Corning at the debut of Fiber Optics. Roles included product & customer engineering, metrology, and network architecture for fiber optics, then optical amplifiers, and optical components, including optical couplers at Corning’s European Research Center (France).

Director, external standards for Corning’s global products and markets, he has represented Corning in participant and leadership roles for national, regional & global standards groups. Jim has been a member of the ANSI Board since 2001, IEC Vice-President and SMB Chair, and was an ITU-T Rapporteur for over 10 years. Jim has received numerous industry awards for standardization leadership. 

Jim brings deep industry experience, ability to manage change, an inclusive style and broad standardization perspective to the IEEE.  

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Jim Matthews joined IEEE as a student at Georgia Tech in 1977 and has been active in IEEE for over 28 years. He belongs to the IEEE Standards Association, Communications Society, Photonics Society, Power & Energy Society, and the Technology and Engineering Management Society. Jim began IEEE standardization work in the 1980’s in 802 groups and currently manages Corning staff across a range of IEEE SA groups, while working to ensure their use and adoption across Corning. While president of the USNC, Jim worked to facilitate the joint adoption and joint development agreement for IEEE and IEC Standards.  Jim is a member of the IEEE SA Board of Governors since 2017 to present.  


IEEE SA has many strengths, including a strong legacy of innovation and leadership through standardization. We face a challenging world, including technology convergence, rapid innovation, speed of standardization and access to information. We have grown the IEEE SA to strengthen its mission of service to humanity, broaden global participation, and include new technologies, while moving faster and more efficiently. We must continue to adapt to the world around us, working with the Institute’s Societies and Sections, to address all aspects of technology and related ethical issues through standards. 

I bring a broad and diverse experience in standardization to the IEEE, coupled with a deep industry background. I am fortunate to work for a 167-year-old, publicly traded corporation that lives to its high values, operates on collaboration, and puts about 10% of the company’s annual revenues back into innovation, reinventing and renewing its products on an ongoing basis. I ask for your help and support to bring these experiences and skills to our work in the IEEE SA as the SA President-Elect, to help the SA and the Institute to continue to evolve, while pursuing transparency, innovation, broader participation and sustainable finances to deliver the promise of the future through standardization.  

Stephen D. Dukes

Stephen D. Dukes

(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association)


Dreamerse Inc.
Camano Island, Washington, USA

Stephen Dukes is an international industry executive and visionary with 42 years of business and engineering leadership. Mr. Dukes possesses diverse experience from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, with additional service on boards of directors and technical advisory boards. Mr. Dukes is President, Dreamerse, a virtual and augmented reality company. Dukes has broad knowledge on developments in emerging technologies and strategies, and advancements in digital transformation. His extensive development and operations experience in manufacturing, strategic planning, design, merger and acquisitions, standards, technology transfer, familiarity with strategic analysis and experience with venture capital make him a valued contributor. Stephen has remained committed to standards development as an active contributor to the IEEE Standards Association for over 10 years. Dukes is an IEEE Life Fellow, member of the American College of Corporate Directors holding an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification, and has a B.S. in Mathematics, University of Washington.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Standards Association:

  • IEEE SA Board of Governors (2018-2019)
  • IEEE SA Standards Board (2013-2017, 2019)
  • IEEE Technical Innovation and Engagement (2019)
  • New Standards Committee Chair (2016-2017), Member (2013-2015, 2018-2019)
  • Patent Committee (2018-2019)
  • Audit Committee (2013)
  • Industry Connections Committee (2014-2019)
  • Standards Education Committee (2018)
  • Procedures Committee (2016-2017)
  • Patent Appeal Committee (2015-2018)
  • Representative to IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (2017-2018)

IEEE Member and Geographic Activities:

  • Fellow Committee (2010-2013, 2017)
  • Fellow Strategic Planning Sub-Committee (2018)
  • MGA Strategic Planning (2016-2017)
  • Member Benefits Portfolio Advisory (2013)

IEEE Awards Committees:

  • Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award (2012-2013)
  • Masaru Ibuka Award: Past Chair, 2009; Chair (2007-2008); Member (2005-2006)

IEEE Technical Activities Board:

  • TAB Strategic Planning (2015, 2017-2019)
  • IRDS Systems and Architecture Vice Chair (2018-2019)
  • TAB Representative to IEEE SA Standards Board (2013-2016, 2019)
  • Digital Reality Initiative Co-Chair (2015-2019)
  • IEEE Conferences Finance Committee (2019)
  • Transportation Electrification (2012-2015)
  • Cloud Computing (2012-2013)
  • Smart Grid (2010-2013)
  • TAB Awards and Recognition (2011-2012)

IEEE Consumer Electronics Society:

  • President (2010-2012)
  • Conferences Vice President (2013-2018)
  • First Vice President (2009)
  • Board of Governors (2015-2018)
  • IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine Senior Editor (2013-2019)
  • Fellow Committee (2009-2016)
  • Nominations Committee Chair (2013-2014)
  • Administrative Committee (2005-2011)

 IEEE Broadcast Technology Society:

  • Administrative Committee (2005-2011)
  • IEEE Transactions on Broadcast Technology, Associate Editor (2005-2008)

Major Accomplishments:

  1. Focused and establish closer relationships between IEEE SA and ISO/IEC.
  2. Established stronger relationship between the IEEE SA and the IEEE Technical Activities Board.
  3. Developed relationships between the IEEE SA and the IEEE Future Directions Committee to accelerate development resulting in funding of new standards.
  4. Led efforts establishing procedures to accelerate new standards within one year for rapidly developing technologies for industry.
  5. Chaired Working Group of TRON specifications to P2050-2018 IEEE standard on IoT.

IEEE Conferences:

  • Served as Keynote, Industry Liaison Chair, Co-General Chair and/or Industrial Relations:
  • ICCE (2011-2018)
  • ICCE-Berlin (2011-2017)
  • IEEE GEM (2015-2018)
  • ICCE-Asia (2016-2018)
  • IGIC (2009-2013)
  • ICCE-Taiwan (2013-2018)
  • GCCE (2012-2018)

The IEEE Standards Association (SA) is the leading global standards development organization. It is vital that we create new relationships between industry, IEEE Technical Activities, IEEE SA activities, and external technical associations and collaborate with them to develop new standards. Because standards are essential to industry compliance and the interoperability of rapidly developing technologies, we must shorten the time between technical innovation and standardization. To achieve this, we must strengthen communication and collaboration between TA and SA and consider methods for SA to provide additional financial support for new TA society standards, helping IEEE SA expand its central role in the expansion of new technologies.  New market dynamics emphasize openness, crowd-sourced innovation, and the ability to fail quickly. IEEE SA is well-positioned to establish itself as a leader in open source standards and should make this a priority. Finally, it is important we make the best use of the skills and contributions of the extraordinary network of professionals who comprise the IEEE SA membership and that we provide them with platforms and processes that are attractive, user-friendly, highly functional, and will not only support our own membership, but will establish IEEE SA as the global SDO of choice now and in the future.