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Biographies of the 2014 IEEE Foundation Board

Eleanor Baum

Eleanor Baum was Dean of Engineering at Cooper Union from 1987 to 2010.  Before that she was Dean of Engineering at Pratt Institute, an appointment which made her the first woman to head an engineering school in the US.  Dr Baum is a graduate of CCNY and Polytechnic University.  She is a former President of ASEE and of ABET, and a former Chairman of the New York Academy of Sciences.   Eleanor was also Chair of the Washington Accord, an international organization dealing with mutual recognition of engineering credentials. She worked in the Long Island aerospace industry, was on the advisory committee for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and various universities and companies. She was the recipient of five honorary doctorates and many other awards for her leadership in engineering education and  her efforts to increase the participation of women and minorities in the engineering profession. Dr Baum has been a director of three fortune five hundred corporations.  She was a trustee of Embry Riddle Aeronautic University and of Webb Institue.  She is a fellow of IEEE, and an active member.

Paul Y. S. Cheung

Dr. Cheung is the Treasurer of the IEEE Foundation. He served as IEEE Director of IEEE Asia-Pacific Region (Region 10) in 1995-96, IEEE Secretary in 1997, Chair of the IEEE Awards Board in 2007-08, and is currently the Chair of the IEEE Medal of Honor Committee. He has served as a Director of the IEEE Foundation since 2008. Dr. Cheung was Dean of Engineering at The University of Hong Kong from 1994-2000, and is currently a professor in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He is concurrently the Director of Technology Transfer of the University and Managing Director of Versitech. He was an advisor to the Hong Kong Government on innovation and technology policies, and was the Chair and Lead-Shepherd of the Industry Science and Technology Working Group (ISTWG) of APEC in 2004-05.

Lyle D. Feisel

Dr. Feisel is serving his second term on the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors. He has been involved in IEEE activities since he chaired an AIEE/IRE Joint Student branch in 1960 and has subsequently been a member of sundry boards and committees. From 2000 to 2003, he was Chair of the Educational Activities Board and IEEE Vice President-Educational Activities. Most recently, Dr. Feisel was Chair and then member of the IEEE Life Members Committee. He is currently chair of the IEEE History Committee. Professionally, he served on the faculty of the SD School of Mines and then as the Founding Dean of Engineering at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ASEE and NSPE. He is a registered Professional Engineer (ret).

Leah H. Jamieson

Leah Jamieson is John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue University, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue's School of Engineering Education. She served as 2007 IEEE President, 2005 IEEE VP-PSPB, and 2003 IEEE VP-TAB. Jamieson's research has focused on speech recognition and parallel signal processing algorithms. She is co-founder of the EPICS - Engineering Projects in Community Service - Program. Recognitions include the National Academy of Engineering's Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision Award for Social Impact, and the IEEE Education Society's Harriet B. Rigas Outstanding Woman Engineering Educator Award. Jamieson is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, an Eminent Member of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and an IEEE Fellow.

Victor Lawrence
Dr. Lawrence is the Director of the Center for Intelligent Networked Systems, and Associate Dean and Charles Batchler Chair Professor of Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He was the 1994-1995 Chair of the IEEE Awards Board, 1987-1991 Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Communications and served from 1990-1993 on the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors. He worked in the information technology and communications R&D field for over thirty years at AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories. Lawrence has been a key proponent of R&D globalization and is championing the effort to bring fiber optic connectivity to Africa. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of IEEE and AT&T Bell Labs. Dr. Lawrence was a member of former South African President, Mr. Mbeki’s international advisory group on ICT, and also serves as Chairman of the Broadband Advisory Committee to the South African Government. He was also on the Board of Telkom South Africa. He is currently President of ICEC International Cultural Exchange Center.

John W. Meredith

Mr. Meredith is serving his second term on the IEEE Foundation. He was President of the IEEE-USA in 2007 and served as 2004-2005 IEEE Region 5 Director. He has been an active IEEE volunteer for the past 37 years and is currently serving on a number of IEEE committees. He served as an ABET Electrical Engineering Program Evaluator and is an IEEE Representative to the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Mr. Meredith is retired from Agilent Technologies and is Secretary of the Colorado Springs Agilent-HP Alumni Club. He also serves as an officer in the Templeton-Gap (Colorado Springs) Lions Club.

Adrian V. Pais

Dr. Pais is serving his first term on the IEEE Foundation Board and has been an active IEEE volunteer since 2002 when he led the IEEE University of Auckland student branch in New Zealand. He was previously Chair of Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), the young professionals' arm of the IEEE (2009), GOLD representative to the Publication Services and Products Board (2007 - 2009), and a member of the IEEE Ad-Hoc Humanitarian committee (2009). Dr. Pais is employed by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), where he provides consulting services in the field of mobile communication networks. He has previously volunteered for LinkNet in Zambia, where he provided technical input and leadership for the roll-out of Internet services to people in remote rural areas. In 2008, Dr. Pais was involved in establishing the IEEE Zambia Section as a medium that inspires and engages Zambia's technical professionals to solve some of the country's major challenges for the benefit of humanity.