Major Accomplishments

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • As IEEE-USA VP Professional Activities, led the revamping of the PACE funding process, instituting the concept of grants directly to Sections based on application reviewed by the PACE Committee, revised the Committee charter to add a past chair position to focus on PACE training; and encouraged and supported the rebranding and refocusing of the Student Professional Activities program on professional experiences, and re-launching in 2014 as SPA-x for its 35th year.
  • Founded and chaired the IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech) for the 2013 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting; SusTech 2104 was held successfully in Portland, SusTech 2015 in Ogden, Utah, and SusTech 2016 is being held in Phoenix.
  • As Region 6 conference chair and during my tenure as Region 6 Director, supported the successful development of the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, now in its 6th year. GHTC is the flagship humanitarian technology conference in IEEE.
  • Created one-day “Career Survival in the New Millennium”, seminar for IEEE-USA Career and Workforce Policy Committee (CWPC), dealing with globalization and the changing job market. Seminar has been hosted in cities where CWPC meets and was the model for the Careers Program at MGA Metro Area Workshops.
  • As IEEE-USA CWPC chair, initiated development of IEEE-USA and SIA (Semiconductor Industry Association) joint letter to US Congress supporting increased R&D funding and reforms to the EB (Green Card) visa system in lieu of importing more temporary guest workers. This received a favorable reaction from key members on the Hill. This effort formalized an existing informal relationship with SIA and continues today in further joint efforts in R&D and other policy areas.
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