As of January, 2018, three of fifteen tenure/tenure-track Electrical Engineering faculty will occupy leadership positions within IEEE, the largest professional organizations in the world. This is an unprecedented accomplishment on behalf of the small-sized electrical engineering department.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, or IEEE, has more than 425,000 members in 160 countries worldwide, making it the world's largest professional association. The institute and its members inspire a global community through highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. Comprised of 39 societies and seven technical councils, IEEE represents a wide range of technical interests including circuits and systems, communications, computer-aided design and design automation, control systems, electric power systems, electromagnetics, and power electronics, to name a few fields..
Distinguished professor, Dr. Samir-ElGhazaly, currently serves as Vice President of IEEE and Chair of the Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB). Dr. El-Ghazaly was recently re-elected to serve the next term. He is joined by distinguished professor, Dr. Alan Mantooth, who currently serves as President of one of IEEE’s professional societies, the Power Electronics Society (PELS). Joining their ranks to serve as President-Elect of the Industrial Electronics Society (IES) in 2018-2019, is Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Terry Martin.
“It has been extremely rewarding in my career to work with so many electrical engineers worldwide through the Industrial Electronics Society of IEEE”, said Martin. “The sharing of technology through IEEE and IES has truly had a positive impact in today’s world. I look forward to serving in my new role as President Elect and then President of IES.”
Dr. Martin is an electrical engineering alumni and previously served IEEE as Treasurer of IES from 2007-2017 and is a Life Member of the society. He will serve as President-Elect in 2018-2019 and take office as President in January of 2019.
Dr. Alan Mantooth took office as President of IEEE PELS in January of 2017 for a term of two years. He will then serve as Past-President for an additional two years.
“Over the past year, as the President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), I have visited 6 continents and shared my vision for where the profession is going, the emerging trends in technology, and cultivated international collaborations and partnerships for PELS and for the UA. It has been a rich and rewarding experience and I am honored to have been chosen to serve in this capacity by my colleagues”, said Mantooth. “For 2018, my last year as President, I will continue this ambassadorship along with helping to drive our new initiatives forward in many areas including humanitarian, technological, and standards activities”.
Dr. Samir El-Ghazaly took office as Vice President of IEEE in January of 2017 and was recently re-elected to serve for the next term. Dr. El-Ghazaly has also been serving as the Chair of the Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB), a position that was also recently re-instated for next term.
As Vice President, Dr. El-Ghazaly is responsible for leading and managing the organization’s 195 publications, which include approximately 180 transactions, journals and magazines.
“I am honored to have been elected to serve as the Vice President of IEEE”, said El-Ghazaly. “Publishing and providing the most reliable and up-to-date technical information has been the greatest service IEEE provides to its members and the humanity at large. In this position, I oversee the technical review processes and production operations of all IEEE journals and magazines, with opportunities to influence new products, publications and policies to promote new discoveries and advance knowledge. I strongly believe that IEEE, as a professional organization, is indispensable for the advancement of the profession of electrical and computer engineering with all the benefits this brings to all humans worldwide.”
4In closing, these three faculty members are spending significant time to serve their chose profession but other electrical faculty members are equally dedicate in their lives by electrical engineering faculty.