Below are the candidates for 2018 IEEE Technical Activities Vice President-Elect.

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

K. J. Ray Liu

Headshot of Ray Liu

(Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities Board)

Christine Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology, and
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland, USA

Ray received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1990. His research contributions encompass broad areas of signal processing and communications. He is the recipient of 2016 IEEE Leon Kirchmayer Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society 2009 Technical Achievement Award, 2014 Society Award for “influential technical contributions and profound leadership impact”, and over a dozen best paper awards. Recognized as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, Ray is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS. He is an entrepreneur who has been a founder of high-tech start-ups.

Ray has also received various recognitions from University of Maryland including the university-level Invention of the Year Award, Poole and Kent Senior Faculty Teaching Award, Outstanding Faculty Research Award, and Outstanding Faculty Service Award, all from A. James Clark School of Engineering.  

Ray has trained over sixty doctoral/postdoctoral students and has inspired many to join IEEE as their professional Society and to grow in volunteer positions.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • Division IX Director (2016-);
  • Chair, TAB New Business Models and Services Ad Hoc Committee (2016);
  • Fellow Committee (2015-16);
  • Founder of FinTrans Group (2013-16);
  • Lead, IEEE DataPort (2013-16);
  • TAB Finance Committee Member (2014-16);
  • Global Perspective AdHoc (2012)
  • Periodical Committee (2009)
  • Transactions Committee (2006-08)
  • Magazine Committee (2003-05)

Signal Processing Society:

  • Past President (2014)
  • President (2012-13)
  • President-Elect (2010-11)
  • Chair, Major Bylaws Revision AdHoc (2009)
  • Vice President-Publications (2006-08)
  • Board of Governors (2004-05)
  • Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2003-05)
  • Chair, Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee (1999-2001)
  • Transactions on Mobile Computing Steering Committee (2007-08)
  • Transactions on Multimedia Steering Committee (2007-08)
  • General Chair, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) (2007)

As IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Ray brought the magazine to top ranking in citation impact out of 250 journals in Electrical Engineering area.

As Vice President-Publications, Ray developed processes and management structure for high quality publications; started the SPS e-newsletter; reduced SPS journals backlogs to zero; enforced fast turn-around time in manuscript reviews; established AE training during flagship conferences, and developed an AE nomination process. He was the prime architect of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.

As President, through his long-range planning and implementation, Ray articulated the establishment of new membership board to offer more values and benefits. He proposed a Chapter of the Year Award; embarked a new online tutorials/educational program called SigView; created a “Signal Processing Cup” to engage students into competitions; started a new flagship conference called GlobalSIP; developed ChinaSIP initiative as an outreach to China; championed a new technical repository service called SigPort; and launched a visibility effort to gain more prominence for signal processing work.

As Division Director, Ray led a group of presidents/directors of in demanding financial transparency and accountability at IEEE.


My candidacy lies in a vision with strong conviction: Together we are stronger than apart.

IEEE is highly respected for advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, for which Societies/Councils have played the leading role in many ways. Therefore, societies/councils should continually strive as the role model of IEEE to drive the technological growth and excellence in defining the future directions.

IEEE membership is drawn from diverse sectors of industry, education, and government. We must recognize and leverage the diversity and strengths of our members from different constituents. As a true international organization, we must continue to grow and embrace membership from all over the world. It is also important to strive for fair participation from different groups and regions, especially those under-represented.

IEEE is a volunteer-based community; therefore it is essential that volunteers be the driving force of IEEE’s directions. As a non-profit organization, our key thrusts are promotion of technical excellence and facilitation of collaboration and networking, rather than amass profit.

Most importantly, I would articulate transparency in all decision making processes, champion lowering IEEE overhead structure to relieve members’ burden, and develop new products and services to meet your demands and increase membership value.

Douglas N. Zuckerman

Headshot of Doug Zuckerman

(Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities Board)

Vencore Labs
Ocean, New Jersey, USA

Doug Zuckerman is very enthusiastic about running for VP-TA and looks forward to serving! Doug has been an active IEEE volunteer for 20+ years and currently within IEEE serves on the Communications Society’s Board of Governors, Future Directions Committee, Big Data steering committee, Standards - representing IEEE on the OpenFog Consortium Board of Directors, and other key activities. Previously, he served as Communications Society President and in other high-level leadership positions in conferences, publications and membership, IEEE Technical Activities Board and IEEE Board of Directors. He received his BS, MS and PhD degrees from Columbia University and is an IEEE Life Fellow. His professional experiences at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies span the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks and applications. His work heavily influenced standards for management of telecommunications networks. Currently, he is a Consultant for Vencore Labs (Applied Communications Sciences).

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Doug’s extensive history with IEEE and Technical Activities as a practitioner of inclusiveness, transparency, diversity and common sense leadership uniquely qualify him for VP-TA. His leadership accomplishments as president of one of IEEE’s largest societies, the Communications Society, showcase his abilities.

There, he established a strategic vision and with ComSoc’s leadership:

  • Improved information sharing using social networking
  • Achieved greater global chapter and sister society teaming
  • Expanded ComSoc’s lecture programs
  • Reduced time between journal submission and publication
  • Strengthened ComSoc’s standards role
  • Established/offered viable educational programs and industry-valued certification
  • Engaged more recent graduates and women in activities
  • Revised ComSoc’s governance to better align with global demographics

In TAB and its entities:

  • Established IEEE/OpenFog Consortium collaboration, which included IEEE seat on OpenFog Board
  • Facilitated “bundled” Society-IEEE membership pricing
  • Fostered successful cross-Society collaborations through the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative, Big Data Initiative, and the Future Directions Committee
  • Strategized and envisioned the Technology Time Machine Symposium, with cultivation of young entrepreneurs


  • Future Directions 2015-17
  • Cloud Computing Initiative Steering 2013-14
  • IEEE Division Director 2012-13
  • Corporate Engagement 2012-13
  • TAB Management 2009-11
  • Member Engagement and Life Cycle 2010 
  • Products and Services 2007-08
  • Earth Observation AdCom 2008-10 
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation, Chair 2013-14
  • IEEE Board of Directors 2012-13
  • Technical Activities Board (TAB) 2008-09, 2012-13 
  • Career and Professional Development 2012
  • Society Review 2010-11


  • Board of Governors 1995-2017 
  • Nominations & Elections, Chair 2011-12
  • President 2008-09
  • Vice President, 4 different positions 2000-07
  • IEEE ComSoc Coordinating, Chair 2010-11, 2014-15
  • Staff and Facilities, Chair 2008-09
  • Strategic Planning, Chair 2006-07
  • Governance, Chair 2007
  • Director Conferences 1996-97


  • GLOBECOM’09 and GLOBECOM’19 General Chair
  • NOMS/IM General Chair 1990, 2014
  • TTM General Chair 2016
  • GLOBECOM/ICC Steering 1998-99


  • TNSM Advisory 2012-17
  • JOCN Steering 2013-17


  • Salah Aidarous Award 2006
  • Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award 2000
  • Fellow 1996
  • Harold Sobol Award 2002
  • Third Millennium Medal 2000


I see an even brighter future for IEEE and with your help I will take us there. Thanks to members like you, IEEE is a great volunteer-based organization. We have the opportunity to make IEEE even greater across industry/academia, while assuring the true value of your membership. As VP-TA I will fight for an environment of openness, inclusiveness, supportive policies, reasonable budgets and shared decision-making. I will reach across IEEE’s units (Member and Geographic Activities, Standards, etc.) to streamline joint activities and nurture collaboration.

To achieve this vision, I will:

  • Expand New Technology Initiatives – Invest more to position IEEE and its members as technology thought leaders.
  • Grow Standards Activities – Create TAB “standards committee” to foster and coordinate cross-Society engagement with IEEE-Standards Association.
  • Build Education and Training – With Educational Activities, apply TAB’s competencies to grow Education and Training initiatives into a major activity, comparable to Publications and Conferences.
  • Leverage Collaborations – Establish more collaborations with industry consortia and sister societies, while incentivizing cross-Society cooperation.
  • Assure Affordability – Keep member expenses reasonable, for example avoiding introducing expensive new tools that are redundant with off the shelf products and services.
  • Achieve Diversity – Attract/retain young professionals and women, globally, because they are IEEE’s future.