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IEEE Congressional Visits Day 2018

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

IEEE Congressional Visits Day
Tom Coughlin, IEEE-USA President Elect, Past Director IEEE Region 6

On May 9, 2018 several folks from Region 6 attended the SET Congressional Visits Day in Washington DC (  These have been done for decades and the IEEE joins several other technical organizations in carrying on these visits.

There were over 60 IEEE members participating from throughout Regions 1-6.  We spent a day of training on how these visits work, what is the most effective way to do such a meeting (usually with legislative staff) and what IEEE-USA’s official policy positions are.  I was one of four participants from CA.  Below is a picture of the CA participants with Zoe Lofgren, Congressperson from the 19th district in California (which includes much of Silicon Valley).


Constitutional Amendment Baseline Bylaws

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

The draft revisions needed to be made to the IEEE Bylaws, if the IEEE Constitutional Amendment is approved by the membership later this year, are referred to as “baseline bylaws”.  As promised, the Baseline Bylaws are now posted.

For reference, here is a link to the: Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Please take the opportunity to review all the related election materials in order to be better prepared and informed when you cast your vote over the coming months!



2017 IEEE Technical Field and Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Awards

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016


to the following Region 6

2017 IEEE Technical Field and Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member

Awards Recipients

IEEE CONTROL SYSTEMS AWARD—recognizes outstanding contributions to control systems engineering, science, or technology—sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society—to


RICHARD M. MURRAY (FIEEE)—Everhart Professor of Control & Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering, Caltech, Pasadena, California, USA


“For contributions to the theory and applications of nonlinear and networked control systems.”

IEEE RICHARD HAROLD KAUFMANN AWARD—recognizes outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering—sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society—to


ERLING HESLA (LSMIEEE)—Owner, Hesla & Associates, Camano Island, Washington, USA


“For leadership in establishing the fundamentals for the protection and safe operation of industrial power systems.”

IEEE JOSEPH F. KEITHLEY AWARD IN INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT—recognizes outstanding contributions in electrical measurements—sponsored by Keithley Instruments, Inc. and the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society—to


JEROME JOHN BLAIR (FIEEE)—Chief Scientist, Keystone International, Riverside, California, USA


“For contributions to test procedures for analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters and to enhanced-accuracy gamma-ray spectrometry.”

IEEE LEON K. KIRCHMAYER GRADUATE TEACHING AWARD—recognizes inspirational teaching of graduate students in the IEEE fields of interest—sponsored by the Leon K. Kirchmayer Memorial Fund—to


C.-C. JAY KUO (FIEEE)—Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA


“For inspirational guidance of graduate students and curriculum development in the area of multimedia signal processing.”

IEEE KOJI KOBAYASHI COMPUTERS AND COMMUNICATIONS AWARD—recognizes outstanding contributions to the integration of computers and communications—sponsored by NEC Corporation—to


KANNAN RAMCHANDRAN (FIEEE)—Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA


“For pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of distributed source and storage coding.”

IEEE DONALD O. PEDERSON AWARD IN SOLID-STATE CIRCUITS—recognizes outstanding contributions to solid-state circuits—sponsored by the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society—to


TAKAO NISHITANI (FIEEE)—Representative Partner, Laisip, Kanagawa, Japan


JOHN S. THOMPSON (LMIEEE)—Consultant and President (Retired), Technology Pathways, Tucson, Arizona, USA


“For pioneering real-time programmable digital signal processor architectures.”

IEEE PHOTONICS AWARD—recognizes outstanding achievements in photonics—sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society—to


JOHN E. BOWERS (FIEEE)—Director, Institute of Energy Efficiency, University of Santa Barbara, California, USA


“For pioneering research in silicon photonics, including hybrid silicon lasers, photonic integrated circuits, and ultra-low-loss waveguides.”

IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION AWARD—recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of robotics and automation—sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society—to


OUSSAMA KHATIB (FIEEE)—Professor, Department of Computer Science, Stanford University, California, USA


“For contributions to the development of robot control and human-centered and humanoid robotics, and leadership in the robotics community.”

IEEE MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE AWARD—recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear and plasma sciences and engineering—sponsored by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society—to


CHANDRASHEKHAR JOSHI (FIEEE)—Distinguished Chancellor’s Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA


“For groundbreaking contributions to and leadership in the field of plasma particle accelerators.”

IEEE ERIC E. SUMNER AWARD—recognizes outstanding contributions to communications technology—sponsored by Nokia Bell Labs—to


WILLIAM C. LINDSEY (LFIEEE)—Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA


“For contributions to synchronization and digital communication technologies.”

IEEE TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES AWARD—recognizes advances in technologies within the fields of interest to the IEEE as applied in transportation systems—sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, IEEE Power Electronics Society, IEEE Power & Energy Society, and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society—to


CLAIRE TOMLIN (FIEEE)—Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA


“For contributions to air transportation systems, focusing on collision avoidance protocol design and avionics safety verification.”

For the complete list, click here.

MEMO: Why We Don’t Need an IEEE Constitutional Amendment

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Why We Don’t Need an IEEE Constitutional Amendment

The proposed Amendment to the IEEE Constitution on the election ballot isn’t needed, as the IEEE Board of Directors (BOD) could have already made any Bylaw and Policy changes needed to address the issues supposedly justifying the amendment.

The Amendment includes the following changes, followed by why it isn’t needed:

Separates the position of Delegates to the IEEE Assembly from Directors on the IEEE BOD, except for the President-Elect, President, & Past-President. There has never been an detailed explanation as to why the current Constitution isn’t flexible enough to deal with any problems in the future.

The Assembly members, elected by the members, will no longer elect as BOD members the IEEE Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President Education, Vice-President Member and Geographic Activities, and Vice-President Publication Services and Products, and no explanation how those positions will be elected to the BOD.

It also provides guidance that the BOD says is important , “…eligibility requirements shall be specified in the Bylaws taking into consideration various diversity factors including, but not limited to, geographic and technical diversity.” This could have been included already in the Bylaws and/or Policies of the IEEE and any subordinate units months ago, vice having a Constitutional Amendment.

It adds, “IEEE Executive Director shall be an ex officio non-voting member of the Board of Directors.” This change gives the staff Executive Director the right to participate in all volunteer meetings, but no volunteer has the right to participate in staff meetings. The need for this is explained by saying the Staff Executive Director needs to participate in strategic planning efforts. But the Staff Executive Director has been participating in strategic planning for more than 10 years, and provides the staff that organizes it, so why this change?

We do not need an IEEE Constitutional Amendment; since we can’t easily go back, if we aren’t happy!

Marc T. Apter

2013 IEEE-USA President

2004-2005 IEEE Vice-President Regional Activities

2001-2002 Region 2 Director/Delegate

MEMO: Questions sent to the

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Dear Directors, Directors-Elect, Society and Council Presidents, and Management Council, 

We recently received a series of questions sent to the alias and I know many of you also received these same questions. 

We have taken the time to address each question in detail. There is no new material in the answers as all of the information was available in the archive documents, but as we were more familiar with the material and in the spirit of being completely open and transparent, we felt it was important to provide these answers (see attached).

Also, a reminder that a socialization deck about the work being done on the constitutional changes and the proposed optimized board structure has been posted to the IEEE in 2030 Archive, accessible to all members at:

As always, we encourage you to share this information with our colleagues throughout the IEEE community. Thank you in advance for your assistance in sharing this information with those who would like to learn more about this important work. 

Best regards,


Barry L. Shoop, Ph.D., P.E.
2016 IEEE President and CEO

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