IEEE Officers for 2006 and Organization

2006 IEEE President and CEO

Dr. Michael R. Lightner

IEEE President-Elect

Prof. Leah H. Jamieson

IEEE Past President

Mr. W. Cleon Anderson

Director & Vice President, Educational Activities

Dr. Moshe Kam

Director & Vice President, Publication Services & Products

Prof. Saifur Rahman

Director & Vice President, Regional Activities

Mr. Pedro A. Ray

Director & Vice President, Standards Association

Mr. Donald N. Heirman

Director & Vice President, Technical Activities

Mrs. Celia L. Desmond

Director & President IEEE-USA

Dr. Ralph W. Wyndrum, Jr.

Director & Delegate, Division VIII

Mr. Stephen L. Diamond

Director & Secretary

Prof. J. Roberto de Marca

Director & Treasurer

Mr. Joseph V. Lillie

Staff Director, Corporate Activities

Mr. Lyle M. Smith

Staff Secretary

Mrs. Julie Eve Cozin


The IEEE is organized into

» 311 local sections in 10 geographic regions.
» about 1,450 chapters comprised of local members with similar technical interests.
» 39 societies and 5 technical councils that compose 10 technical divisions.
» more than 1,300 student branches at colleges and universities in 80 countries.
» 300 student branch chapters.

New Division Structure For 2006:
As approved by the Technical Activities Board in June 2005, some changes take place on 1 January 2006 for the placement of Societies and Technical Councils into Divisions.
Division IV - Electromagnetics and Radiation

  • Antennas and Propagation Society
  • Broadcast Technology Society
  • Consumer Electronics Society
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
  • Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
  • Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society
  • Superconductivity Council

IEEE Executives

The voting membership of the IEEE elects a new president each year, who serves for three years – first as President-elect, then as President and CEO, and finally as Past President.

The IEEE presidents also serve on the three top-tier IEEE governing bodies:

» IEEE Board of Directors
» IEEE Executive Committee
» IEEE Assembly

Elections are held annually for top IEEE officers.

IEEE Major Boards

Six subordinate boards govern major areas of IEEE interest:

» Educational Activities
» Publication Services and Products Board
» Regional Activities
» Standards
» Technical Activities

Each has an elected volunteer leader.

IEEE Committees

There are currently 21 standing committees of the IEEE Board of Directors.

IEEE Staff

The IEEE has approximately 900 employees who support various IEEE activities.

The Executive Director is the full-time chief operating officer. The Executive Director serves on the IEEE Board of Directors.


Elevate your membership!

Requirements for elevation to IEEE Senior Member

IEEE Bylaw I-105.3 sets forth the criteria for elevation to Senior Member Grade, as follows:

"… a candidate shall be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive
or originator in IEEE-designated fields. The candidate shall have been in
professional practice for at least ten years and shall have shown significant
performance over a period of at least five of those years."

There is no cost to convert to a Senior Member. "Senior" refers to professional experience, not age, and you do not need to be a "senior citizen" to be a Senior Member.

For full information visit the IEEE Senior Member Web pages

Once you determine that you fulfill the requirements for Senior Member (SM) grade, identify your three references who must be IEEE Senior Members or Fellows.

If you have difficulty in locating individuals to serve as your references, contact your local Section or Chapter for assistance. For help in contacting your Section/Chapter Chair, email Denise Howard at

If you have been notified by a Section officer that they intend to nominate you for Senior Member grade, the nominator serves as one reference as long as he/she is a Senior Member or Fellow. Otherwise, the required number of references is still three in addition to the nomination.

Alternatively, contact your Section Chair and ask if they can nominate you. This will help your Section earn a rebate at the end of the year through the Nominate a Senior Member Initiative.


The INSTITUTE online

The most current version of The Institute can always be found at <>

Here's your report on news around the IEEE, from the editors of The Institute.


    o IEEE Web Site Gets Revamped
    o IEEE Fellow Has Big U.S. Air Force Role
    o Let's Not Overlook Standards
    o Hear It Now on Spectrum Radio
    o Honors for Outstanding Achievements in Educational Activities
    o Is Your Job a "Dream Job?"
    o Journal Explores Impact of Digital Television
    o Deadline Nears for Standards Paper Competition


IEEE-USA Today's Engineer
A Monthly webzine

Here's your monthly report from IEEE-USA on building careers and shaping public policy, from the editors of IEEE-USA Today's' Engineer. The current version of Today's Engineer can always be found online at

In The January 2006 Issue:

  1. IEEE-USA President Introduces Himself, Cites Priority Issues for organization
  2. What Lies Ahead: Forecast for 2006 in Today's Engineer Online
  3. IEEE-USA Applauds Introduction of the "National Innovation Act of 2005"
  4. IEEE-USA Endorses "Proper" Use of Technology in Improving Health Care for Seniors
  5. EWeek 2006 Kits Available Online
  6. IEEE-USA Meets With Senators to Discuss Challenges to U.S. Science &Technology Leadership
  7. IEEE-USA Public-Awareness Program Designed to Enhance the Image of Engineers
  8. IEEE-USA Fund to Support Expansion of Teacher In-Service Training in IEEE Regions 1, 4
  9. IEEE Computer Society Celebrates 60 Years in 2006
  10. RFID Technical Institute Joins IEEE's Education Partners Program

1. IEEE-USA President Introduces Himself, Cites Priority Issues for Organization
As he begins 2006 as IEEE-USA President, Dr. Ralph W. Wyndrum Jr. translates IEEE-USA's mission into four primary areas of focus: ensuring that U.S. technology policy enhances America's future and protects American workers; developing new tools and improving our career resources for members; supporting and publicizing valuable continuous education opportunities for U.S. IEEE members; and promoting IEEE fields of interest needed by the next generation of technical professionals.
Read the IEEE-USA President's first 2006 column at

2. What Lies Ahead: Forecast for 2006 in Today's Engineer Online

Now that we're four years past the end of the last recession, what lies ahead in 2006? The latest edition of Today's Engineer Online examines changes and trends in eight categories that are likely to affect all of us in one way or another in the new year: technology, energy, climate change, workforce, employment benefits, immigration, infrastructure and the economic outlook.
Read this feature and more at:

3. IEEE-USA Applauds Introduction of the "National Innovation Act of 2005"
In a statement provided to the bill's sponsors and in a letter to the U.S. Senate, IEEE-USA noted that the "National Innovation Act of 2005" (S. 2109) "represents a huge step forward in promoting policies that will sustain U.S. technological leadership and encourage the development of the skilled, creative and competitive workforce critical for U.S. prosperity."
Read IEEE-USA's letter to members of the Senate at:
Read the new release issued by Sen. Joe Lieberman's office: <>

4. IEEE-USA Endorses "Proper" Use of Technology in Improving Health Care for Seniors
The "proper" use of technology can improve the efficiency and quality of health care for our aging population, lower costs and perhaps improve senior citizens' quality of life, according to a position recently adopted by IEEE-USA.
To read the news release, visit:

5. EWeek 2006 Kits Available Online
Engineers Week (EWeek) is next month, 19-25 February, and free planning kits are available to help you conduct activities in your area. The kit includes the new EWeek poster; activities such as, "How Much Time Does It Take?" and "Radioactive Ping-Pong Balls"; and other related information. To request your kit, contact Helen Hall at 202-785-0017, ext. 8354 or You can also order one by visiting the Eweek Product Catalog and clicking "Engineer Volunteer Kits."

6. IEEE-USA Meets With Senators to Discuss Challenges to U.S. Science &Technology Leadership
IEEE-USA Vice President for Technology Policy, Dr. Russell Lefevre, and IEEE-USA legislative representatives met on Capitol Hill with the staff of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Pete Domenici (R-NM) to discuss the Senators' plans to introduce comprehensive innovation and workforce legislation. In 2005, Senators Alexander and Bingaman requested a study from the National Academies of Science and Engineering to identify the top 10 actions, in priority order, that federal policy makers can take to enhance the science and technology enterprise so the United States can successfully compete, prosper, and be secure in the Global Community of the 21st Century. The study's other goal is to formulate an implementation strategy with several concrete steps that can be used to implement the study's recommendations.
To read on, visit:

7. IEEE-USA Public-Awareness Program Designed to Enhance the Image of Engineers
At meetings on 29 October and 11 November 2005, IEEE-USA's Operating Committee and Board of Directors, respectively, endorsed a 2006 public-awareness program that reaches out to youngsters, adults and the public-at-large through targeted media and events. The approved $73,000 in expenditures, plus related support for the 2006 program, will provide support for six components:

  • Adding IEEE technologies to TV engineering news spots through AIP's "Discoveries & Breakthroughs"
  • Supporting two IEEE-USA Media Fellows in 2006, as part of an overall AAAS program
  • Backing the Chicago-based Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) program
  • Supporting the EWeek 2006 Discover Engineering Family Day in Washington, D.C.
  • Pursuing a second United Nations EWeek Girl Day in New York City
  • Distributing a precollege engineering education brochure to a cross-section of children's museums nationwide
To read more about IEEE-USA's efforts to promote the image of the engineer, visit:

8. IEEE-USA Fund to Support Expansion of Teacher In-Service Training in IEEE Regions 1 and 4
The Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) features IEEE Section volunteers sharing their technical acumen through the development and demonstration of technologically-oriented subject matter to local pre-university educators in an in-service or professional development setting. IEEE Educational Activities, the program's administrator, estimates that TISP has already benefited more than 59,000 students. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the IEEE-USA Fund, administered by the IEEE Foundation, TISP will be expanded to IEEE Regions 1 and 4 in 2006, tripling the number of students reached by the program.
For more on TISP and IEEE-USA's participation, visit: