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For IEEE President-Elect, 2023
IEEE President, 2024


COUGHLIN.jpgTHOMAS M. COUGHLIN, Ph.D.
(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

President
Coughlin Associates, Inc.
San Jose, California, USA
https://ieee.org/pe23/coughlin

Meet Tom by watching a brief video.

Tom has worked 40+ years in the digital storage industry as an engineer, engineering manager and senior executive. His company produces reports on digital storage and applications and provides industry consulting services. He founded and organizes major storage and memory industry events and is a frequent invited speaker. His regular column for Forbes.com covers storage and memory trends. Tom published >500 articles, book chapters, reports, and a book. He has 6 patents. He has a Physics BS, an Electrical Engineering MS (from UMN), and an Electrical Engineering PhD (Shinshu University, Japan). Tom is an IEEE Life Fellow, has three years on the IEEE Board, and is a member of HKN. He has a long history of diverse IEEE leadership and is active in SNIA and SMPTE. He received an MGA Leadership Award in 2020. He was IEEE-USA President, Region 6 Director and Chair of the Silicon Valley Section.

Statement

As IEEE President, I will utilize my leadership experience inside and outside of the IEEE to encourage collaboration/innovation, increase our external impact and general public awareness, while advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.  I support a member-led organization and open discussion.  IEEE must be a representative and inclusive global organization.

I will focus on three goals as President:  a) Increase our engagement with and enhance the value of IEEE membership for all member grades; b) create greater linkages and partnerships across the IEEE and outside to increase our public impact, create new and valuable IP, and to address pressing problems such as Climate Change; and c) ensuring that we create a vibrant and safe environment that supports our diverse members. 

a)
We must do better outreach to students on the value of a professional home, understand the needs of YPs and create personalized products and services that meet our member’s needs.  We must help our members achieve senior membership and recognize/reward our heroes.
b) We must help IEEE members with similar interests/activities to find and work with each other.  We must create partnerships with non-IEEE organizations, (e.g. government, industry and entrepreneurs), create innovative IP and revenue offerings, and address big problems and opportunities.
c) IEEE is a diverse organization; true wisdom has multiple sources.  Let’s leverage our diversity of experience and work together to make IEEE a thriving home for all the world’s technical professionals!

Please vote in the IEEE election and consider voting for me as your President.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
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MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS
  • As IEEE-USA President, created professionally produced videos featuring diverse IEEE YP members, used for the 2021-2022 membership campaigns as “IEEE is my professional edge.”
  • Chaired a 2019 IEEE board committee on membership price. In 2020, the IEEE board lowered student membership price by 50%, informed by the committee report. 
  • While IEEE Region 6 Director, I co-founded the IEEE Rising Stars Conference, promoted joint region meetings, promoted/participated in local section expired member outreach, leading to a 2% recovery increase, and created stronger industry connections.
  • As SCV Section Chair and Chair of the SFBAC I proposed and was general chair of the 2011 Sections Congress in San Francisco
  • I have been an active participant/leader in many IEEE Future Directions and Industry Engagement initiatives
IEEE POSITIONS

Major positions
  • IEEE President-Elect Candidate (2021)
  • President, IEEE-USA (2019)
  • Region 6 Director (2015-2016)
  • IEEE New Initiatives Chair (2020, member 2017-2021)
  • IEEE Public Visibility Chair (2016, member 2014-2016)
Major IEEE Committees/Boards
  • Member, Industry Engagement (2021-2022 & 2017-2018)
  • Sustainability (2021-2022)
  • HKN Strategic Planning (2019-2020)
  • Strategy and Alignment (2020)
  • VP, IEEE-USA Professional Activities (2016-2017)
  • Chair, MGA Global Opportunity (2015-2016)
  • Infrastructure (2014-2015)
Region/Section
  • Region Vitality Chair (2013-2014)
  • Region 6 Central Area Chair (2008-2009)
  • SCV Section Chair/Vice-Chair/Treasurer (2005-2007)
  • Chair IEEE SFBAC (2007)
  • Trainer, SFBAC Leadership Training (2007-2022)
  • Chair/Board, Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (2016-2022)
  • Founder/Chair SCV SSIT Chapter (2020)
Society
  • VP Operations and Planning, CESoc (2010-2012)
  • Vice-Chair, Standards, CTSoc (2020-2022)
  • Chair, Future Directions, CESoc (2013-2020)
  • Member, CESoc AdCom (2007-2012 & 2014-2019)
  • Membership Chair, CESoc (2010)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, CESoc (2008-2012 & 2015-2016)
  • Chair, Strategic Plan, CESoc (2011-2012)
  • CESoc Finance (2010-2012)
Publications/Conferences
  • Senior/Associate Editor, Transactions on Consumer Electronics (2015-2022)
  • Senior Editor, Consumer Electronics Magazine (2010-2021)
  • Chair positions:  Sections Congress, SAMP Workshops, GHTC, IGIC, ICCE, TMRC, ICF
  • Program committees: TTM, GHTC, TMRC, various CTSoc conferences
  • Frequent blogs/articles as R6 Director, IEEE-USA President
LUIKEN.jpgMAIKE LUIKEN, PhD, SMIEEE, IEEE-HKN, FEIC
(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Founding Shareholder
Carbovate Development Corp.
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
https://ieee.org/pe23/luiken

Meet Maike by watching a brief video.

Maike Luiken is the 2022 IEEE Past Chair of the IEEE Member & Geographic Activities (MGA) Board. She is managing director, R&D, at Carbovate, and Adjunct Research Professor at Western University, Canada.

Maike’s career spans academia and industry: from professor to leading the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, 2006-2013, founding Director, Lambton Manufacturing Innovation Centre, eight years as Dean, Lambton College, with several portfolios: School of Technology, Sustainable Development, and Applied Research. Her strategic leadership and vision led to Lambton College becoming one of the three top Research Colleges in Canada.

Her experience includes serving on multiple Boards of Directors: IEEE, Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Nano Ontario, working on three continents and obtaining degrees from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, and the University of Waterloo, Canada.

She is an advocate for sustainable development and is driven to develop and leverage technology to aid global societies achieve a more sustainable planet.

Statement

IEEE members, you, are at the forefront of science, technology, and applications development. You are vital to meeting our evolving technological and societal challenges - enabling a sustainable future for all.

Humanity is facing critical challenges:
  • Impacts and growing severity of Climate Change,
  • Imbalance of access to resources around the globe as expressed through the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
  • Healthcare technology challenges as evidenced by the Pandemic.
Our responsibility is to enable and develop technical solutions - locally appropriate solutions - share information and knowledge and thought leadership to build our envisioned future.

I commit to support you, the IEEE member, the IEEE volunteer, and our IEEE community by:
  • Creating IEEE opportunities to devise technical solutions addressing global and local challenges,
  • Practicing ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’,
  • Enabling great IEEE volunteer/member experiences.
I commit to the organization to:
  • Grow IEEE’s global impact through increasing collaborative and partnering activities between industry, business, organizations, academia and the IEEE to achieve our common goal: a sustainable planet,
  • Establish IEEE as the pre-eminent technical solutions provider for climate change and sustainable development,
  • Optimize IEEE operations.
I commit to:
  • Fully support and encourage IEEE‘s engagement providing technical solutions to the UN SDGs and to mitigation and adaptation to address the impacts of climate change, and build a ‘global digital technical knowledge commons’.
We, the IEEE members, represent immense human capital. Sharing our ideas, experiences, know-how, knowledge, engaging with others - together we can and will provide technical solutions to our local and global challenges.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
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MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
For all accomplishments I gratefully acknowledge the collaboration and support from many fellow volunteers and staff members; so many have been instrumental to my being able to be a catalyst of change.

IEEE-level:
  • Championing 'Local Groups' to encourage member and non-member engagement
  • Co-leading Sustainable Development Joint OU Activities, raising cooperation across
    • IEEE and outside IEEE
  • Leading ‘Planet Positive 2030’ Initiative
  • IEEE Internet Initiative Policy Track Chair
    • Five position statements approved by IEEE Board
Region 7:
  • Streamlined award/volunteer nomination processes
  • Region committee restructuring
  • Proposed framework for GSM member grade
  • Contributed significantly to streamlining MGA student awards
  • Initiated negotiations for “IEEE Canada-TELUS Innovation Award” student competition funded by TELUS: 50,000 CAD/annum/5-years
London Section:
  • Led revitalization, 2006-11
  • Organized ~80 seminars/sustainability, 2006-13
Awards:
  • MGA Leadership Award, 2013
  • R7 Broughton Award, 2011
As Chair of Ottawa and London Sections, the Sections received:
  • RAB Outstanding Large Section Award, Ottawa, 2005
  • MGA Outstanding Small Section Award, London, 2011

IEEE ACTIVITIES
COMMITTEES/BOARDS:
  • MGA Past-VP, Past Board Chair, 2022
  • Chair, MGA Strategic Planning, 2022
  • MGA VP, Board Chair, 2021
  • IEEE Board of Directors, 2018-19/2021
  • Chair, IEEE BoD Ad-Hoc, Membership and Dues, 2021
  • IEEE App Working Group, 2019-22
  • IEEE Joint OU Sustainable Development Ad-Hoc, 2021-22
  • Chair, MGA OpCom, 2020
  • Co-Chair, MGA/SA/TA Sustainable Development Ad-Hoc, 2020
  • TAB/MGA Ad-Hoc Geographic/Technical Activities, 2020
  • IEEE BoD Ad-Hoc, New Membership Models/Opportunities, 2019
  • Chair, Policy Track, IEEE Internet Initiative, 2017-18
  • MGA GUOS, 2018
  • MGA MBPAC, 2016-17
  • MGA Strategic Direction/Environmental Assessment, 2014-15
REGIONS:
  • R7 Director/Delegate, IEEE Canada President, 2018-19
  • R7 Student Activities Chair, 2003-04, 2012-14
  • Director, IEEE Canadian Foundation Board, 2010-13, 2020-22
London Section:
  • Chair, 2006-11
  • Founding Chair, WIE, Gold, 2010, PES Chapter, 2010-15
Ottawa Section:
  • Chair, 2005
  • Student Branch Counselor, 1997-03
SOCIETIES:
  • PES Climate Change Technology Group, 2009-14
CONFERENCES:
  • Chair, EPEC 2012, 2015
MEMBERSHIPS:
  • IEEE-SA, PES, ComSoc, IAS, PELS, YP, WIE
KOSUGE.jpgKAZUHIRO KOSUGE, Ph.D.
(Nominated by Petition)

Chair Professor of Robotic Systems
The University of Hong Kong
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Hong Kong
https://ieee.org/pe23/kosuge

Meet Kazuhiro by watching a brief video.

Kazuhiro Kosuge, Professor Emeritus of Tohoku University, is Chair Professor of Robotic Systems at the University of Hong Kong’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department. He has been conducting robotics research for more than 35 years, published more than 390 technical papers, and obtained more than 70 patents, which have been transferred to industries.

He has held several IEEE leadership positions including 2020 Vice President of Technical Activities, 2015- 2016 Division X Director, and 2010-2011 President of the Robotics and Automation Society. He has also served in several roles in Japan including Science Officer of the MEXT’s Research Promotion Bureau (2010-2014), and Senior Program Officer of Research Center of Science Systems of JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) (2007-2010).

Honors include the purple-ribbon Medal of Honor in 2018 in the name of the Emperor of Japan and the 2021 IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation.

Statement

Through my life-long experience with IEEE, I learned the importance of the diversity of Societies/Councils, the diversity of Technical Activities, the diversity of the geographic Regions, and the diversity of IEEE members. I also learned the importance of integrating various activities to advance the mission of IEEE.

The diversity in IEEE has been enriching our activities and has been the foundation of the IEEE's strength. Meeting the diverse needs makes IEEE a unique and resilient global organization. IEEE is a membership-driven not-for-profit organization and can do what ordinary for-profit organizations could not do.

If elected,
  • I will promote geographic technical activities to meet geographic needs in emerging fields and provide them with connections to the IEEE by exploring the potential of geographic technical activities and technical communities.
  • I will promote products and services meeting the needs of regions/countries, which include the translation service of IEEE Xplore contents as a sustainable and scalable business. The final goal is to benefit members whose native languages are not English, to access products and services in their native languages by utilizing recent machine translation technology.
  • I will enrich the content for life-long learning and continuing education relevant to industry members, especially in emerging countries and regions by further exploring the potential of IEEE Academy including expanding IEEE Academy in local languages with IEEE member volunteers.
Let's work together to make IEEE a further global membership-driven technical organization.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
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As RAS President (2010-2011), I implemented several new systems including significantly reduced RAS membership fees; and RAS fully sponsored Summer School. These contributed to a major growth of RAS membership (total RAS membership: 7,327, 9,627, and 15,837 in 12/2009, 12/2011, and 12/2021, respectively).

As Division X Director (2015-2016), I started Division X Dinner during the IEEE meeting series. This period was difficult for IEEE Directors because the Amendment to the IEEE Constitution and Bylaws was discussed but not favored by the majority of members. The Dinner with invited IEEE leaders helped the members to better understand the proposal and decide how to vote.

As 2020 VP Technical Activities, I established the TAB Ad Hoc Committee on Accelerate Localization/Globalization of Technical Content. Their fruitful work was succeeded by the 2021 TAB Ad Hoc Committee on Language Translation, and a NIC seed grant was awarded for its pilot activity “Testing of Language Translation of IEEE Xplore Content.” The final goal is to benefit members, authors/readers, Societies/Councils, and in particular, practitioners in many parts of the world, whose native languages are not English, to read Xplore content in their native languages.

Board/Committees
  • Chair, TAB SPC (2021)
  • Vice President Technical Activities, IEEE Board of Directors (2020)
  • Chair, TAB (2020)
  • Chair, TAB Nomination and Appoint Committee (2019)
  • Chair, TAB S/C Presidents Forum (2019)
  • Member, IEEE SPC (2016)
  • Division X Director, IEEE TAB, IEEE Board of Directors (2015-2016)
  • Member, TAB (2010-2011)
Robotics and Automation Society (RAS)
  • President (2010-2011)
  • Chair, Long Range Planning Committee (2008-2009)
  • Vice President for Member Activities (1998-2001)
  • General Chair, 2015 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation
  • General Chair, 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
  • General Chair, 2004 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
  • Secretary, 1995 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

KRAMER.jpgKATHLEEN A. KRAMER, PhD
(Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors)

Professor
University of San Diego
San Diego, California, USA
https://ieee.org/pe23/kramer

Meet Kathleen by watching a brief video.

Kathleen A. Kramer is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego. She has also been a Member of Technical Staff at several companies, including ViaSat, HP, and Bell Communications Research. She worked to develop new engineering programs as a founding member of the University of San Diego engineering faculty, eventually became the chair of electrical engineering, and then serving as Director of Engineering (2004-2013), providing academic leadership for all of the university’s engineering programs. She maintains an active research agenda in the areas of multisensor data fusion, navigation, and cyber security in aerospace systems. Author/co-author numerous publications, she is a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE AESS and leads its technical panel on Cyber Security. She received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Statement

I offer transformational leadership for a better IEEE. I approach the responsibilities of this role with respect for the challenges, and an awareness of the opportunity the President-Elect is entrusted with to transform IEEE. I have proven myself to be a collaborative leader in every leadership position I’ve held. My most significant accomplishments have stemmed from sincerely valuing and including different interests and perspectives, and teaming towards strategic goals that allow the whole to become greater than the sum of the parts. If elected, I will continue to see one IEEE whose commitment to technical excellence and expertise provides the inspiration and engagement based in its people and their technical activities. I am grateful for each of my roles in the IEEE – as each has brought with it the opportunity to partner across the IEEE while working with inspirational and effective leaders and volunteers, contributing together to advance technology.  I commit to these five priorities:
  • Inspire and engage the next generation of IEEE, especially WIE (Women in Engineering), Young Professionals, and Students     
  • Include our global and diverse membership, effectively and equitably, to better advance technology     
  • Collaborate as a community on our transformational public imperatives- education, policy, history, community, and humanitarian technologies.
  • Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the IEEE while honoring our obligations to the membership.
  • Empower the success of our technical communities, global and local, to share and foster technical knowledge and enhance our professional lives
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
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Kathleen A. Kramer brings to the position of President-Elect a well-earned understanding of our members and our global and diverse organization. She has made high-level leadership contributions to advance the mission of IEEE across a wide spectrum of IEEE activities and technical communities. She has been an active leader at the board level, as IEEE Secretary and Region 6 Director. She has led in Technical Activities as Vice President and member of Board of Governors of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, and within and for our communities including Women in Engineering, Young Professionals, and Student Activities.  Some recent highlights:
  • As IEEE Secretary and Director (2019-2021), she chaired the IEEE Governance Committee and helped champion multiple time-critical initiatives, including major changes related to ethics and member conduct, diversity and inclusion, information transparency, and projects with each of the major boards.
  • As Director of IEEE Region 6 (2017-2018), led the largest USA region, professional home to the greatest portion of industry members. Leadership focus within the region on engaging and reforming for the success for the next generation of members, partnering to advance Student Activities, Young Professionals and Women in Engineering. Championed collaborations across regions, contributing Public Visibility as a signature major initiative.
  • As a leader within the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, served as Vice President of Education (2016-2018), Board of Governors (2013-2018, 2020-2022), Chair of the Cyber Security Technical Operations Panel (2017-2022) and Conference Chair for the IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference (2017).
  • As IEEE Commissioner to the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (2014-2019, 2019-2022), successfully advanced university engineering and computing education globally, with advances in criteria for cyber security, mechatronics and robotics, and the incorporation of diversity and inclusion.
  • TAB/PSPB Product and Services Committee (2022), IEEE-USA Government Relations Council (2019-2020), IEEE San Diego Section Executive Committee