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The IEEE annual election begins on 16 August and ends on 1 October. All ballots must be received by 12:00 p.m. EDT USA/16:00 UTC. The IEEE Signal Processing Society is committed to ensuring that its members are prepared with sufficient information about the candidates in order to make their best informed decision. In this month’s issue of Inside Signal Processing, we invite you to meet the IEEE President-Elect candidates. For more information about the candidates, please review the IEEE President-Elect Statements website.
A list of all 2021 elections and the candidates can be found here.
Your vote counts: don’t forget to cast your ballot by 1 October!
Each candidate has provided us with a statement, which are noted below. The statements are grouped by position, and listed in alphabetical order by last name.
IEEE President-Elect Candidates
Thomas M. Coughlin (Nominated by Petition)
Hello SPS members. I have been an IEEE member for 42 years and worked in industry for >40 years. I am an IEEE fellow and received an MGA leadership award in 2020. I have held IEEE leadership positions in TA, MGA, SA and IEEE-USA. Some of my leadership roles include: IEEE-USA President; Director, IEEE Region 6; Chair, Santa Clara Valley Section; VP of Operations and Planning, CTSoc and many other roles. I served on many IEEE committees and have good relationships with IEEE volunteer leaders and staff.
I believe that IEEE is a community. The idea of community should pervade the IEEE, helping us be inclusive, efficient and effective.
I feel strongly that IEEE should advance and promote its members; increasing student membership and YP retention, making senior member advancement easier and finding ways to recognize our heroes.
As IEEE President,
I want IEEE to be foremost in advancing new technologies, creating timely standards and influencing public policies that demonstrate the value of technology professionals to the world. Find more on me and why I am running at https://tomcoughlin.com/ieee.
Francis B. Grosz (Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)
Francis Grosz received Bachelors degrees in Physics and Engineering Sciences and a Masters in Engineering from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined IEEE as a sophomore in college, has been an active volunteer for 40 years, and served three years on the Board of Directors as Region 5 Director and Vice-President for Member & Geographic Activities.
IEEE does many things well and we must continue to support and improve them. But I believe that our most significant area for improvement is in local organizational unit (OU) operations. When I was V-P for MGA then V-P for Technical Activities Ray Liu and I formed a joint Ad Hoc Committee on Section/Chapter Support which is now the joint Ad Hoc on Chapter Support. I also support the Local Groups pilot project directed toward allowing Sections and Chapters to form specialized local groups to meet the needs of their local members. One size does not necessarily fit all, and this flexibility will allow the local OUs to better meet the needs and interests of their members. Increased support for local OUs provides additional opportunity to serve those members and engage new members, particularly members in industry. Prospective members in industry provide our best opportunity to expand IEEE if we can offer them value for their participation, and I believe that this will come from the local OUs.
The world is changing. Open Access mandates, changes in conferences and meetings brought about by the pandemic, and other social developments will continue to change the world in which IEEE operates. We must be flexible and adaptable to survive and thrive in this world, and IEEE needs leadership able to meet these challenges. I would greatly appreciate your consideration and support.
Saifur Rahman (Nominated by Petition)
I have trained over forty doctoral/postdoctoral students. I am a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society, and have lectured in over 30 countries on Smart Grid, AI and Machine Learning, IoT and Sustainable Energy.
I was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000 for outstanding achievements and contributions to IEEE. I received the PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award in 2013. I received the PES Meritorious Service Award in 2012.
Over the past 40+ years, IEEE has been an integral part of my pursuit of excellence in professional life. While speaking at 200+ IEEE events, I have come across academics, young professionals and mid-career industry engineers including women and under-represented minorities. Engagements with members and volunteers globally at grassroots level has given me better insights to understand the community needs in developing relevant programs to advance their professional careers. Together we will make IEEE a more successful and resilient global technical organization.
I pledge to:
Global Community Building:
Encourage and Recognize Broad Member Engagement:
Growth and Nurturing:
Service to Humanity and Smart Engineering:
Intellectual Property Protection:
Partnership to support Entrepreneurship:
S. K. Ramesh (Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)
IEEE has been an integral part of my life for four decades and I am deeply humbled for the opportunity to serve you as President-Elect. Our members are the heart and soul of IEEE. They create enormous value for IEEE through their contributions. As your representative, it is my priority to deliver an exceptional experience to every member.
I am grateful for the timeless values I have learned from my IEEE experiences, including service as VP IEEE Educational Activities, and IEEE-HKN President: To be Inclusive, Collaborative, Accountable, Resilient, and Ethical. Simply put, “I CARE”. Collaboration requires trust that is built on a foundation of transparency and open communications. These values, and IEEE’s mission are especially relevant today, as we adapt to serve our members globally, and overcome the challenges from the pandemic. I will empower the IEEE leadership team to lower costs and increase the value of membership.
My strategic areas of focus are:
Please join me to “Engineer the Future”, and create an IEEE “Of the Members”, “By the Members” and “For the Members”. I invite you to visit https://rameshsk.com/ to learn more about my candidacy. Thank you for your vote and support.
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