Moshe Kam IEEE President
Appointment of Dr. Moshe Kam to Dean, Newark College of Engineering
3 April, 2014

ENGINEERING AS A LIBERAL ART: an address to the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit (The Debating Chamber, Scottish Parliament; Edinburgh, Scotland; 14 August 2012)
14 August, 2012

Comments during the dedication of an IEEE Milestone on the World’s First Reliable High Voltage Power Fuse, 1909 (3 August 2012, Chicago, IL, USA)
3 August, 2012

Comments at the Dedication of the IEEE Milestone Mainline Electrification of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1895 (21 June 2012, Baltimore, MD)
9 July, 2012

Comments at the installation of the Iota Lambda Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu at the University of Hong Kong (13 January 2012)
13 January, 2012

Comments at the Unveiling of the IEEE Milestone on the Apollo Guidance Computer, Cambridge, MA
13 December, 2011

Roger Pollard (1 June 1946 - 3 December 2011)
4 December, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close...
3 December, 2011

Member Letter – U.S. Hurricane Irene/Floods
10 September, 2011

Message to IEEE Volunteers and Members in Japan
14 March, 2011

It Is About Value (Not About Price)
11 February, 2011

A Small Miracle in Hyderabad
27 January, 2011

So you are traveling a lot, eh?
17 January, 2011

How Should We Proceed with IEEE’s Humanitarian Efforts?
1 January, 2011

IEEE and Haiti
20 January, 2010

A Most Impressive Quasquicentennial in Hyderabad
7 January, 2010

My New Year Resolution - Seeking Less Experienced Volunteers
2 January, 2010

Mail about IEEE Spectrum article - Powerless in Gaza
26 December, 2009

The list of new IEEE Fellows is out
15 December, 2009

In praise of three tough guys from Trinidad
25 November, 2009

Who will be the 50th President of IEEE?
23 November, 2009

Smart Grid and Standards Search - the Board of Directors approves new initiatives
22 November, 2009

Globalization and Music - a Visit to the IEEE France Section
12 November, 2009

Moshe Kam elected IEEE 2010 President-Elect
7 October, 2009


As 2011 draws to a close...

Dear Members and Volunteers of IEEE:

As the year draws to a close I write to thank you for the considerable efforts that many of you have made, this year and in previous times, on behalf of IEEE, the public that it serves, and our membership.  

If I am to summarize what I have learnt about IEEE this year, during which I had the privilege of serving you as IEEE’s President, it is that our strength starts and ends with the degree to which we are forging a true partnership between IEEE’s volunteers and IEEE’s staff members.  Moreover, we clearly are at our best when we deliberately incorporate change into our thinking and planning, recognizing that the technical, scientific and business environments wherein we operate are fluid.  These environments oblige us to re-invent IEEE and redefine its activities and goals continually.  The corollary is that we are at our worst when we delude ourselves to believe that past glory guarantees future success, and when we reject the reality of changing markets, and stick to past practices regardless of their current pertinence.

2011 was characterized by forays of IEEE into several new territories.  We have expanded and accelerated our entry into new technical areas, most notably the intersection of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and the Life Sciences.  We redoubled our efforts on the Smart Grid and the new era of Power and Energy Engineering.  We strengthened IEEE’s footprint in Asia and Europe by launching new focused projects in these continents, by opening and staffing several permanent new IEEE offices (such as our new office in Bangalore, India) and by fortifying existing offices (such as those in Beijing, Singapore and Tokyo).  We touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people through our pre-university on-line and in-person programs. We started new initiatives focused on Africa, and have institutionalized humanitarian activities as recognized and funded enterprises within IEEE.  We made significant long term investments in our on-line digital publishing enterprise, and reinforced our commitment to quality in our conferences and workshops.   We improved service to our members in numerous ways, including through the offering of inexpensive electronic membership in developing nations.   I hope that as a result of these efforts, this year will be remembered as a time when the Board of Directors and the Institute looked forward, and focused energetically and purposefully on the key challenges posed by the changing environment.  We spent more time in 2011 on planning our future and expanding our core mission, and much less time on internal machinations, procedures, and in-house proceedings.    To the extent that we have been successful this year, we made IEEE more responsive, adaptive and tuned to external changes, and made quick and thoughtful responsiveness a permanent attribute of the organization. 

The effort to secure IEEE’s dominance and leadership in key fields of technical and economical interest is ongoing.  Let us rededicate ourselves to this effort – and use what we have discovered so far, including what we have discovered in 2011, to place IEEE at the forefront of Engineering, Technology and Computing.  To achieve this goal, we will need to harness our intelligence, experience, knowledge, technical prowess, ethics, and most importantly, our ability to work together. 

Moshe Kam ( ) ECE Department, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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