Below are the candidates for 2019 IEEE Technical Activities Vice President-Elect.

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

Don Tan

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(Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities)

Distinguished Engineer and Senior Staff Manager
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Irvine, California, USA


Don is Distinguished Engineer and Senior Staff Manager with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. He earned his PhD from Caltech, and is an IEEE fellow. He is a chief technologist, a researcher in electronics and energy systems, and an authority in space power management.

He has delivered about 50 keynotes and invited talks and served on many national and international funding review and prestigious position selection committees. His Adiabatic Point-of-Load Technology has attracted US$15M customer funding in 5 years and his power product line values at greater than US$200M. His double forward technology was licensed to a major telecommunications company.

His major awards and recognitions: IEEE PELS Harry J. Owen, Jr. Distinguished Service Award (2017), Engineering Choice Award (2014), Distinguished Engineer (2011), CIE-USA Asian American Engineer-of-the-Year (2010), AIAA Space System Award (2008), JANNAF Outstanding Achievement in Spacecraft Propulsion (2007), TRW Distinguished Patent Award and President’s Award for Innovation (2002).

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

BOARD/COMMITTEE: IEEE Board of Directors, 2017-2018. IEEE Transportation Technologies Award Committee, 2017-. TAB/PSPB Products Committee, 2016. TAB Awards and Recognition Committee (TABARC), 2015. Technical Activities Board (TAB), 2013-2014.

COUNCIL/SECTION/CHAPTER: LA Council Chapter Chair/Vice-Chair, 1996-2001. PELS Regional Distinguished Lecturer, 2001-2004.

SOCIETY: IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS): Long Range Planning Committee Chair, 2017-2018, Nomination Committee Chair, 2015-2016.  PELS President, 2013-2014.  IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, EiC (founding), 2013-.  PELS Vice President for Operations, 2009-2012.

IEEE CONFERENCES: APEC, Steering Committee/General/Program/Assistant Chairs, 1996-2001; ECCE, Steering Committee, 2009-2018; EPE, 2010-2018; ECCE Asia Series (IPEC, IPEMC, ICPE), 2011-2018; PEDG, Steering Committee, 2009-; Inaugural WiPDA, Honorary General Chair, 2013; PwrSoC, Founding Steering Committee Member, 2012; WoW, Steering Committee Chair, 2014-; eGrid (eT&D), Steering Committee Chair, 2015-.

STANDARDS: DoD/IEEE Joint Working Group on Open Systems, Chair, 1997-2004. IEEE Standards Association Balloting Groups for IEEE stds 1515/1573.


1.    As VP Operations, revitalized IEEE PELS technical activities by providing streamlined structure and more autonomy. PELS technical committees are now unprecedentedly vibrant.

2.    As founding Editor-in-Chief, launched IEEE JESTPE in July 2013, indexed in January 2015, in top 3% of all publications in electrical/electronics, IF=4.29 and financial independence in 2016.

3.    As President, instrumental at PELS society level in securing TAB approval of the new IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, with 13 participating societies.

4.       As president, launched IEEE Power Electronics Magazine in less than 3 months. As the first president from industry, led in establishing PELS inaugural industry advisory board to ensure practitioners’ magazine.

5.    As President, leadership at TAB level to transition Transportation Electrification Initiative, under Future Directions, to Transportation Electrification Community that has 7 societies as regular members and 15 societies as associate members.

6.    As Director, active in TAB Ad Hoc on Financial Transparency to help develop tools for volunteers to manage their individual products more effectively.


Technical Activities is crucial to IEEE. It is an honor and a privilege for me to be a candidate for VP Technical Activities.

Going forward, we will adhere to the principle of “Member-focused, volunteer-driven, and staff-supported organization.” Having volunteered for 20+ years, I know that members and volunteers are the life blood of the IEEE. They deliver conferences and publications that distinguish IEEE as a global power house in membership engagement, in technical innovations and in technical information curation.

If elected, we will strive to be more efficient, more effective and more inclusive to maintain our leading position as a professional organization and as a leading technical information curator. We can accomplish these by communication, transparency and openness and by enhancing diversity and international participation in our leadership positions.

If elected, we will enhance collaborations within TAB and expand collaboration with other IEEE operating units by having frequent joint projects with MGA, Standards, PSPB, IEEE-USA, and Education Board. We will work to address new challenges facing our technical societies by exploring more effective, cross-cutting technical communities. We will engage TAB Division Directors to work more effectively within TAB and to better represent TAB interest in the IEEE Board of Directors.

Kazuhiro Kosuge

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Kazuhiro Kosuge

(Nominated by IEEE Technical Activities)

Department of Robotics
Graduate School of Engineering
Tohoku University
Sendai, Japan

Kazuhiro Kosuge is a Professor in the Department of Robotics, Tohoku University, Japan. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in control engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1978, 1980, and 1988 respectively. From 1980 through 1982, he was with DENSO Co., Ltd. After having served as a Research Associate at Tokyo Institute of Technology and an Associate Professor at Nagoya University, he has been serving as a Professor at Tohoku University since 1995. For more than 35 years, he has been conducting research on robotics. He received IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies in 2013, the Best Paper Award of IROS’97, JSME Awards for the best papers from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2002 and 2005, RSJ Award for the best papers from the Robotics Society of Japan in 2005, etc. He is IEEE Fellow, JSME Fellow, SICE Fellow, RSJ Fellow and JSAE Fellow.

IEEE accomplishments and activities


  • Member, TAB Hall of Honor Selection Committee, 2017-present
  • Member, TAB Awards and Recognition Committee, 2017 
  • Member, IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Planning, 2015-2016 
  • Co-chair, TAB Ad Hoc on Membership, 2016
  • Director, Division X, IEEE Board of Directors, 2015-2016
  • Director, Division X, IEEE Technical Activities Board, 2015-2016
  • Member, Public Visibility Committee, IEEE, 2015-2016
  • Member, TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee, 2015-2016
  • Division X Director-Elect, IEEE Technical Activities Board, 2014
  • Member, IEEE Technical Activities Board, 2010-2011

Robotics and Automation Society

  • Senior Past President, 2014-2015
  • Junior Past President, 2012-2013
  • President, 2010-2011
  • President-elect, 2008-2009
  • Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, 2008-2009
  • Member, Administrative Committee, 2002-2004, 2005-2007, 2016-2017
  • Vice President for Member Activities, 1998-2001
  • Chair, International Affairs Committee, 2001-2007
  • Chair, Technical Committee on Human-Robot Interaction and Coordination, 2001-2005
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Magazine, 1993-1996
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Newsletter, 1992-1993
  • General Chair, 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

As Division X director, I started Division X Dinner during the IEEE meeting series to enhance the communication among TAB members in Division X and IEEE. We invited all of the presidents and president-elects of Societies and technical Councils in Division X and IEEE leaders to discuss the issues/questions we need to solve. This helped us a lot to understand what was happening in IEEE.

As President of the Robotics and Automation Society, we concentrated our efforts on how to meet the needs of our society’s members and how to attract our society’s potential members. We have started new programs, such as a new budget allocation system to TC and Distinguished Ambassadors Program. The newly implemented systems have contributed a lot to the current growth of RAS membership (7,231 as of Dec. 2009, 9512 as of Dec. 2010, to 13,822 as of Dec. 2017 without affiliates).


Technical fields covered by IEEE under the strong leadership of TAB have brought our Societies/Councils a considerable number of new researchers/practitioners especially from emerging fields and emerging countries. TAB is one of the most important thrusts of IEEE to “foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity”.

Through my life with IEEE, I learned the importance of the diversity of Societies, the diversity of Regions and the diversity of our members. I also learned the importance of integrating our different activities having different backgrounds toward the mission of IEEE. The IEEE activities have been supported by volunteers from all of the world. The diversity has been enriching our activities and has been the basis of the strength of IEEE.

As a not-for-profit and membership-driven organization, IEEE needs to meet real needs stemming from the diversity more than ever. If elected, I will create new programs, and services and products to meet the diversified needs, to enrich our members’ activities and to increase membership values in cooperation with other organizational units. I will also continue the current efforts to increase transparency in all decision-making processes.