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


Who will be the 50th President of IEEE?

The IEEE Board of Directors heard yesterday from several individuals who wish to become the 2011 President-elect (and hence President of IEEE in 2012, who happens also to be the 50th president of the Institute). The election to the 2011 PE will take place in August-September 2010, and the candidates that the Board of Directors chose will be on the ballot during that period. Additional candidates may be placed on the ballot using a petition process (a petition requires the signatures of approximately 1% of the voting members, not a small feat to achieve).

I was a candidate last year, and stood in November 2008 where the candidates were speaking yesterday. It was a somewhat stressful experience; you get only 5 minutes to "make your case." However, once I started speaking, the stress evaporated and I felt very confident and calm. My views of IEEE - whether one agrees with them or not - were long in formation and well articulated from years of honing and explaining them over and over... I was therefore able to describe my vision without notes, and did not need to "think on my feet." Besides, I was well rehearsed (I do not leave such events to chance or improvisation). When the turn for questions came, I felt ready for almost anything.

It has been a long time since I was in the audience when such presentations were made. Listening to the candidates yesterday, I discovered that in both style and substance their approach to this self introduction was different from what I chose to do in November 2008. It did not make me (or them) less effective.  It was just different.

And luckily, it does not matter anymore :-)

At the end, the Board has selected two candidates: (1) Joseph Lillie, a retired AT&T engineer from Louisiana - an IEEE Senior Member who served in 2009 as IEEE Vice President for Member and Geographical Activities; and (2) Dr. Gordon Day, a retired R&D engineer who spent most of his career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; formerly NBS). Day is an IEEE Fellow who served in 2009 as President of IEEE-USA.

It will be interesting to follow Lillie and Day in the next nine month of the "campaign." While both are certainly well qualified to serve, they are likely to offer very different approaches to IEEE's challenges. The voting members will have an opportunity to compare two rather different individuals, which should contribute to a meaningful dialog on the future of IEEE.

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