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IEEE President-Elect Forum. Philadelphia Section June 24, 2003. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PHILADELPHIA SECTION ON ITS FIRST CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY !. Michael R. Lightner Candidate for 2004 IEEE President - Elect. Some personal and professional background

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ieee president elect forum

IEEE President-Elect Forum

Philadelphia Section

June 24, 2003


michael r lightner candidate for 2004 ieee president elect
Michael R. Lightner Candidate for 2004 IEEE President - Elect
  • Some personal and professional background
  • My views of the position of IEEE President
personal background
Personal Background
  • Born in Florida, 1950 - Region 3
  • Irish - German Family
  • Oldest of four children
  • Father and Mother worked for Telephone Company
  • Grew up in Florida, moving every year for 12 years
    • Telephone company moved employees when they were promoted
  • Married, no children
professional background
Professional Background
  • BS, MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida
  • Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University
  • Positions included
    • Member technical staff - Bell Labs
    • Summer Faculty - IBM Research
    • Assistant Prof. University of Illinois
    • Visiting Faculty - University of British Columbia
  • Consultant for Rockwell, Fujitsu, Epic Technologies, the World Bank and the State of Georgia among others
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Professional Background
  • Have been at University of Colorado since 1981
    • Professor, Director Graduate Studies, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Currently have a joint appointment with our Medical School - Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
    • Started the University of Colorado Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities with $250M private gift
    • Awards for Teaching and Service
    • Chair of the 4-campus University Faculty Grievance committee - received Special Training in Mediation
professional background2
Professional Background
  • Research Interests
    • Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits
      • Simulation, Statistical Design, Synthesis, Testing, Formal Verification
    • Signal Processing
      • Multi-objective design of digital filters, adaptive filters
    • Technology for Cognitive Disabilities
      • Working at the intersection of cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, learning science and computer science and engineering
  • Fellow and IEEE member for 33 years
the ieee president
The IEEE President

Activities of IEEE President

My views and qualifications

  • IEEE’s Ambassador to all elements of the IEEE and the profession
    • Members, students, non-members, industry, other organizations, customers and partners
  • Significant experience working in IEEE, academia, industry, and with government organizations across the globe
  • Have spent time in at least 25 countries
  • Chairs the IEEE Board of Directors
  • Top officer and top volunteer interface with IEEE staff
  • Effective at building consensus
  • Have worked effectively in very difficult times across the IEEE units
  • Excellent relations with IEEE staff. Have worked with staff to achieve common goals
the ieee president1
The IEEE President

Activities of IEEE President

My views and qualifications

  • Has the pulse of the activities and opportunities of the various IEEE entities
  • Works to integrate and enable the activities of entities within the broader vision of IEEE
  • Excellent connections with TAB, Societies, PSPB, EAB. Good and growing connections with RAB, IEEE-USA and IEEE-SA.
  • Skills in listening and integrating views and suggestions into creative, effective solutions
  • Provide vision for both operation and strategic improvements
  • Coordinate and enable IEEE strategic planning
  • Excellent record in new IEEE Products, strategic planning in TAB, PSPB and the BoD, developing an enabling culture in different organizations
  • IEEE is the defining organization for our profession
  • As such it must embrace
    • Change
    • Opportunity
    • All elements of profession
      • Members, non-members, industry, other organizations, customers and partners
  • Now is the time to look to the future, building on our inspiring past and current strengths
  • I would appreciate your vote and help in building the IEEE of the future
A balanced and dynamic response is the key to our organizational vitality and our economic viability. This balance consists of:
      • A decentralized organization of creative, entrepreneurial volunteers;
      • An efficient, coherent, flexible, affordable, and consistent infrastructure;
      • Continual development, marketing and delivery of products and services with affordable member rates;
      • Extending our connections to industry, including new products and services, continuing education, leadership and management opportunities for volunteers, and an expanded standards activity;
  • Quickly and visibly responding to our rapidly changing technical environment