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IEEE Communications Society Elections Term Beginning January 2015
Note: The candidates running for Member-at-Large are listed by ComSoc Region
Over the past 32 years I have worked hard to keep ComSoc in the forefront of the professional community in advancing communications technology. I founded the first conference on computer communications (IEEE INFOCOM), the ad hoc, sensor, and mobile networks conference (IEEE SECON), the first magazine on networks (IEEE Network), the first online tutorial program (Tutorials Now), and last year I was one of the founders of the first conference on communications and network security (IEEE CNS).
As ComSoc President I will:
It will be my privilege to lead ComSoc to the next level of integrated participation. Thank you for your confidence and vote.
Harvey A. Freeman is president of HAF Consulting, a Minneapolis-based technology consulting and project management company. He has over 39 years of experience in the communications field, holding research, development, management, and consulting positions in major companies and government agencies. He received his B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a long-term, enthusiastic volunteer in the IEEE Communications Society and currently represents ComSoc on the IEEE Technical Activities Board as the Division III Director. He has been on the ComSoc Board of Governors for nine terms. He has been the Chief Information Officer, Vice President of Membership Services, Vice President of Technical Activities, and has served three terms as ComSoc Treasurer. His numerous contributions to the technical growth of and membership advancement in ComSoc include first Editor-in-Chief/founder of the highly regarded IEEE Network, founder/first General Chair and past Standing Committee Chair of IEEE INFOCOM, and a founder of the IEEE Conference on Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON) and the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS). He served on the Meetings & Conferences Board, Strategic Planning Committee, Awards Committee, Staff & Facilities Committee, and Nominations Committee. He was ComSoc’s representative on the IEEE’s Educational Activities Board and currently is on the IEEE Board of Directors. In 2001, he was honored with ComSoc’s Meetings & Conferences Exemplary Service Award. In 2004, he received the Society’s Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award.
I joined the IEEE Communications Society as a student member over 30 years ago and began volunteering with technical committee activities. This has led to many years of fulfilling work, professional development, and friendships. We should continue to expand opportunities and encourage members of all ages and from all geographic regions to participate in the many activities of the Society. To retain members, we must listen to their inputs and offer appropriately priced products and services of value - helping them personally build and advance their careers, and increasing their sense of community.
I will strive to further improve the high-quality standards and value of ComSoc technical activities, conferences, and publications. We need more involvement in emerging technologies and their applications (e.g., mobile, social, and smart). This will lead to new educational, training, and standards activities, and sources for new revenue. As we expand into new areas, there will be increasing overlap with other IEEE societies. I will use my experience on the IEEE Board of Directors and numerous IEEE committees/boards to help strengthen and serve ComSoc and all its members (including researchers, developers, practitioners, and those in transition between jobs).
I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to serve ComSoc in the past. I desire the opportunity to work hard again, as your President. I believe my industrial research career and my extensive IEEE experience have prepared me well.
Mark Karol received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, and both a B.S.E.E. and a B.S. in Mathematics from Case Western Reserve University. During his career, he has performed fundamental and applied research on a wide variety of networking and communications topics, including wireless technologies, optical networking, packet switching, IP telephony, and cloud computing. He has published over 100 journal and conference papers, and been awarded 46 U.S. patents. In 1993, he was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to “the fundamental theory, design, and analysis of high-performance packet switches and multiuser lightwave communication networks.”
From 1985 until 2000, Dr. Karol worked in the Research Communications Sciences Division at AT&T (Lucent Technologies) Bell Laboratories. From 2000 until 2008, he was a member of Avaya Labs Research. In 2006, he also was an Adjunct Professor at Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY. From 2008 until 2012, he was a Senior Scientist with Telcordia Technologies (Applied Communication Sciences).
Dr. Karol has held many volunteer positions within the IEEE, including Division III Director on the (corporate) Board. Within ComSoc, he has served as VP Technical Activities, VP Conferences, Director of Magazines, CIO, and the General Chair for ICC2002 and for INFOCOM'94. Currently he is a member of the IEEE Awards Board and the IEEE Fellow Committee.
In 2005 Dr. Karol received the ComSoc McLellan Service Award “for outstanding long-term service and leadership in the welfare of the IEEE Communications Society.” His other awards include three best paper awards, the ComSoc Computer Communications Outstanding Service Award, the CWRU Young Alumni Award, and the Bell Labs Research Affirmative Action Award.
If information technology, with the Internet, was considered as the most important invention of the 20th century, mobile platforms will be the most important invention we live through in this century. With the broadening of advanced storage technologies and computing applications on mobile platforms, wearable and mobile technologies will encompass and expand their traditional scopes of electronic and communication devices to embrace interactions between users and information (or those between users who are connected through mobile devices), everywhere and anywhere. As a Member-at-Large, I will foster the wide spread of our activities to challenge other disciplines such as complex systems and virtual/augmented reality technologies, to participate in the growth of our dear IEEE Communications Society.
Vu Duong is currently director cum Chair of Systems Science of the John von Neumann Institute, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City. Prior to this position, he was head of Innovative Research, then senior scientific advisor, president of the Scientific Board of the Experimental Center of the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Organization EUROCONTROL) from 1995 until 2012. Actively involved in education, he has been contributing to research and education in Vietnam since 1998. In France, he was a professor Charge de Conferences of Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, Paris since 2003; an adjunct professor at Telecom-ParisTech since 2007, and a visiting professor at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics since 2010. He joined the IEEE in 1988, and was instrumental in the creation of IEEE Region X’s Vietnam Section in 2007. He has also been Program Chair and General Chair of a few IEEE conferences, including IEEE-RIVF conferences of which the Communications Society and IEEE Region X have been active sponsors. He holds M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees, both from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées of France, in 1986 and 1990, respectively.
I have had the privilege of working as Group CTO and SEVP of Korea Telecom (KT) for the past two years, leading all R&D activities of KT and its 54 subsidiary companies. I have led R&D projects, including SDN/NFV, smart antennas, LTE/LTE-A, 5G, smart stadium, smart IPTV, smart home, mobile payment, big data, security, smart energy, e-healthcare, and next generation UI/UX. I have had the opportunity to truly understand the challenges of today’s service providers, including the impact that new players such as Google, Apple, Amazon, and other players have had on traditional telecommunications companies. I have met small/medium/large vendors and solution providers from around the world, and learned how to best partner and grow together with them. With such valuable experience combined with my wide volunteer experience in ComSoc, I believe I can provide useful help to the ComSoc leadership if given a chance to volunteer as a Member-at-Large.
James Hong is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea. He worked as CTO and senior executive vice president of KT, leading all the R&D efforts of the largest service provider in Korea for the past two years. He has volunteered for IEEE ComSoc for the past 25 years, serving various positions including Director of Online Content, TC Chair, Editor, Conference Chair, and as a member of strategic committees. He is on the NOMS/IM and APNOMS Steering Committees. He is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Network Management and is on the editorial board of IEEE TNSM, JNSM, JCN, and JTM. He received H.B.Sc. and M.S. degrees from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 1983 and 1985, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1991, all three degrees in computer science. He was Director of ComSoc’s Online Content Board (2004–2005 and 2010–2011), and served on the Sister & Related Societies Board and Marketing & Industry Relations Board. He is currently a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Emerging Technologies Committee. He was Finance Chair for several conferences, Conference Operations Chair for IEEE GLOBECOM ’09, General Co-Chair of IEEE Network Operations and Management Symposium 2010, and has been a member of the NOMS Technical Program Committee since 1994. He was a Special Liaison for ComSoc Activities, ComSoc Asia-Pacific Board (2006–2007).
As the first and only BoG candidate from the largest and fastest-growing country in the world, I have heavy responsibilities on my shoulders. If elected, I will fully commit myself to the realistic globalization of ComSoc, not only in membership development but also in membership services, based on my long-time and multi-tier experiences in the IEEE, ComSoc, IEICE, and CIC. I also have a plan to strengthen the tie between the Society and our members through improved technical and educational activities in all regions. To achieve these goals, a regional balance in the Board of Governors with a wide range of cultural diversity is essential, and I sincerely hope I have the honor to serve you.
Zhisheng Niu graduated from Beijing Jiaotong University in 1985 and received his Ph.D. degree from Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, in 1992. During 1992–1994, he worked at Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., Japan, and is currently a professor at Tsinghua University, China. He is a Fellow of IEEE (2012) and IEICE-Japan (2007). He won the Best Paper Awards from IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Board in 2013, and the APCC ’07, APCC ’09, APCC ’13, and ITC25 conferences; the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from Nature Science Foundation of China in 2009, and the Okawa Foundation Research Grant, Japan, in 2012. He has been an active IEEE/ComSoc volunteer for various committees and conferences, including Beijing Chapter Chair (2001–2008); Director of the Asia-Pacific Region (2008–2009); Editor of IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine (2009–2013); Membership Development Coordinator of Region 10 (2009–2010); Director of Conference Publications (2010–2011); member of the Awards Committee (2011–2013); Distinguished Lecturer (2012–2015); Associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/CIC Joint Publication China Communications (2013-); Chair of the Emerging Technology Committee (2014–2015); General Co-Chair of APCC ’09 and WiCOM ’09; TPC Co-Chair of APCC ’04, ICC ’08, WOCC ’10, ICCC ’12, and ITC’13; Panel Co-Chair of WCNC’10; Tutorial Co-Chair of VTC ’10-Fall and IEEE GLOBECOM ’12; and Publicity Co-Chair of PIMRC ’10 and WCNC ’12. He has also served IEICE (Japan) as Councilor (2009-10) and CIC (China) as Standing Board Member (2012–2017).
For over 20 years I have been active the IEEE Communications Society. I have served voluntarily as a reviewer and guest editor of papers in a number of IEEE ComSoc journals and magazines, as well as a Technical Program Committee member, and Track and Symposia Co-Chair of major IEEE ComSoc conferences. I also serve as a member of the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award Committee. If elected as a Member-at-Large, I will focus on promoting the excellence and the leading role of ComSoc in the community of telecommunications researchers, engineers, and students, particularly in ComSoc under-represented regions. I will also put emphasis on providing encouragement and support to junior and female researchers to get them more involved in ComSoc technical and organizational activities. It is also my intention to promote new Society activities, such as interdisciplinary and emerging topics conferences and discussion panels as well as other activities bridging theory and practice, industry and academia, addressing new telecommunications technologies and sustainable development.
Hanna Bogucka received her Ph.D. and Doctor Habilitus degrees in telecommunications from Poznan University of Technology (PUT), Poznan, Poland in 1995 and 2006, respectively. Currently, she is a professor and a deputy‐dean for research in the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications at PUT. She is involved in research activities in the area of wireless and mobile communications. She is the author of four handbooks, book chapters, and over 130 papers, published in major IEEE journals and magazines as well as in the Proceedings of international conferences. She has been involved in many activities within IEEE Communications Society. She has been a Technical Program Committee member and Track Co-Chair of major IEEE ComSoc and VTS conferences (ICC, GLOBECOM, PIMRC, VTC). She is a member of the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award Committee and has been appointed IEEE Communications Society Director of the EMEA Region (i.e., Europe, Middle East & Africa).
I believe ComSoc should continue to be the world’s most important Society for R&D communications engineers. In today’s world, communications is the most important infrastructure next to roads. As such, it would be good to take on more responsibility for defining technology roadmaps, providing industry leadership, funding agencies, and venture capital guidance for areas that will determine the economic future of our countries worldwide. We must continue to drive the excellence of our publications and conferences to ensure that we attract the most important innovations for publication within ComSoc’s media, therefore being the most attractive catalyst for innovations and continued education to be made public.
Gerhard Fettweis earned his Ph.D. from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After working on disk drive read/write channels at IBM Research in San Jose, California, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, California, developing digital cellular chipsets. Since 1994 he has been Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with currently 20 companies from Asia, Europe, and the United States sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates two DFG centers at TU Dresden, cfAED and HAEC, and a TwinLab with Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi. In Dresden he has spun out 11 startups, and set up funded projects of nearly e1/2 billion. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the German Academy of Science & Technology (acatech), has an honorary doctorate from TU Tampere. He received ComSoc’s Harold Sobol Award in 2013. He has helped organize IEEE conferences, including TPC Chair of ICC 2009, TTM 2012, and General Chair of VTC Spring 2013 and DATE 2014. He served 2 terms as ComSoc Member-at-Large. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE JSAC (1998–2000) and IEEE Transactions CAS-II (1993–1996). He is on the Steering Committees of IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. He was a member of GIMS (2012 as Chair) and the IEEE Fellow Committee (2010–2013), and is active in ComSoc’s committees (Communication Theory TC, Wireless TC, and Emerging Technologies Committee).
The IEEE Communications Society has a vision to be the organization of choice for communications and related professionals throughout the world. If elected, I will support the Society toward the realization of this dream. I will do my best to increase the collaboration of industry and academia through conferences and events that will jointly benefit both populations. ComSoc is great today because of its members; therefore, I will also focus on recruiting new members while ensuring that current members are satisfactorily served. I will support the WCET and ComSoc training program efforts to ensure that both become global brands. Finally, I will work with other volunteers and staff members to position ComSoc for sustainable structured financial opportunities.
Ugo Carolyn Ogwo is a demand-planning manager at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer, managing its West Africa markets. In this role, she has met and exceeded forecast accuracy targets. A high flier with a track record of outstanding performance in the industry, she distinguished herself in her career while working for Airtel (Nigeria) and LM Ericsson (Nigeria) as a GSM BSS radio network engineer—a rare field for female engineers—consistently meeting and exceeding network availability and quality set targets. She received both her Bachelor’s (electrical) and Master’s (telecommunications) degrees in engineering from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Her M.B.A. is from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. Since 2006, she has been an active volunteer in the ComSoc Nigeria Chapter as Technical Director, providing support via training, seminars, and workshops. She volunteered and reviewed two articles for IEEE Potentials. She recruited the highest number of candidates (23) to write the IEEE WCET examination for fall 2009, the highest number ever recorded from one ComSoc Chapter in a single exam, a record yet to be beaten. As Chair of the WCET Training Program, she is currently developing a strategy to make inroads to developing countries, particularly in Africa, with various training offerings of ComSoc, and to sustain the tempo in developed countries.
There are three key trends that have a profound impact on ComSoc’s evolution:
I believe that I can contribute by making sure that ComSoc maintains the highest quality in its endeavors, and programs its activities fairly to serve all geographies. This includes activities that are meaningful, reachable, and affordable, and grow in value for all of our members and are built around strong technical events.
ComSoc’s future depends on capturing leading technology trends and competing for the best talent as part of our community. This means making sure that ComSoc is recognized for its focus on important current and future technologies. It is also crucial to work constructively with our Sister Societies to serve the needs of populations around the globe.
One of the most underserved constituencies for ComSoc has been the practicing engineer working in an industrial setting. I would like to offer my experience and deep ties to industry to help address this problem.
Adam T. Drobot is currently CEO of IoXWorks, Inc. a company whose mission is the acceleration of solutions for the Internet of Things. He is on the Board of or an advisor to multiple startups in the ICT industry. Previously, he was president of Applied Solutions and CTO of Telcordia Technologies, Inc. (2002–2010). At SAIC, now Leidos, from 1975 to 2002, he held multiple positions with increasing responsibility, eventually serving as the senior VP for Technology. In activities for the IEEE and ComSoc, he has served as: a current member and former Chair of the IEEE Honorary Member Committee and the Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee; Technical Chair for MILCOM 2005; Industry and Exhibit Chair for multiple GLOBECOM and ICC conferences; chaired the Ad Hoc Industry Committee; and is a recipient of the CQR Chairman’s award for Excellence in Management 2009. He is also on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association, the FCC Technical Advisory Council, and previously served on the DoT ITS Advisory Board. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He obtained a Ph.D. in plasma physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and a B.A. in engineering physics from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 1968. He has over 100 publications and holds over 20 patents.
ComSoc has a big impact around the world, and I believe we must work to demonstrate this to our members. Active members and students are the present and future of ComSoc; thus, we must foster their active participation in different Society activities and through supporting Chapters. Using my varied volunteer experience, I want to effectively serve members supporting their different needs. If elected, I will focus my best efforts and enthusiasm to:
Araceli received her B.Sc. degree in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Guadalajara and a Master’s degree in applied computer science from the ITESO University. She worked in the Mexican Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes on activities related to radioelectric spectrum administration, 1987–1989. She joined ITESO University in 1996 as a professor in the Electronics, Systems & Informatics Department (DESI). She was academic coordinator of their Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program (2001–2005) and served on the DESI Department Council. She also served on the Consultative Council of Cadena de la Industria Electrónica (CADELEC) Guadalajara (2007–2009). Currently, she teaches courses on computer networks and participates in several academic/professional projects in different universities/organizations. She is an academic member of the Project Guadalajara Ciudad Creativa Digital Committee, part of the IEEE Smart Cities/Urbanization Challenge. Her ComSoc activities include Guadalajara Chapter Chair (2001-2004); LA Regional DLT Coordinator (2003–2005); LA Director (2006–2007). Currently, Araceli is Chapter Chair of Guadalajara and LA representative on ComSoc’s Sister & Related Societies Board. Her chapter received the Chapter Achievement Award in 2003. Her IEEE activities include Guadalajara IEEE Section Vice Chair (2004–2006) and Section Chair (2007–2008); and Student Branch Counselor, ITESO (2012–2013). She has been Co-Chair of several IEEE conferences (CIEP 2002, IMWS 2009, PIMRC 2010, WCNC 2011). She was named Engineer of the Year in 2004.
With over 31 years in industry, and having completed my Ph.D. in parallel, I understand and appreciate the needs of both industry and academia. It is critical for ComSoc, however, to provide continuing value to engineers working in industry. This also benefits students, by giving them perspective on potential future employment areas and industry-relevant topics for additional research. Publishing industry-relevant articles is critical for retaining student members when they move into industry, and for attracting new members. As IEEE Communications Magazine Editor-in-Chief, I successfully increased the articles and topics from industry, guiding it to an excellent balance and improved impact factor, and am working to expand it as Director of Magazines.
Other efforts I will enthusiastically support include:
Steven Scott Gorshe received his B.S.E.E. from the University of Idaho (1979), and his M.S.E.E. (1982) and Ph.D. (2002) from Oregon State University. His work includes a wide variety of hardware design, system architecture, and applied research for GTE, NEC America, and PMC-Sierra, where he is a Distinguished Engineer. He has been active in six telecommunications and datacom standards bodies, including the International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standards Sector (ITU-T), with over 350 contributions, multiple technical editorships, and two prestigious awards. He became an IEEE Fellow in 2007 “for invention and standardization of elements of optical transmission systems.” He has 37 patents granted or pending, and is a co-author of two books, three chapters, and over 25 published papers. His wide-ranging IEEE ComSoc activities include Director of Magazines; IEEE Communications Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor-in-Chief, and Series and Guest Editor roles; Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems (TAOS) Technical Committee Chair; Oregon Chapter Chair; Awards Committee; and Strategic Planning Committee.
I am committed to the IEEE Communications Society’s mission of serving humanity through the ComSoc Golden Triangle cornerstones of Globalization, Young Leaders, and Industry. If elected Member-at-Large, I will focus my efforts on creating excellence for the IEEE Communications Society through the following proposed actions:
If elected, I will work closely with technical leaders and the IEEE Board of Governors to set visions, strategies, and policies that will make ComSoc a more effective and financially healthy organization — a Society that can respond to rapidly changing dynamics.
T. Russell Hsing is an IEEE Life Fellow and Fellow of the British Computer Society. He accumulated his rich R&D experience of 35 years as technical staff and research director through affiliations with Xerox, GTE Labs, and Bellcore/Telcordia/Ericsson. He pioneered the commercialization of emerging technologies and services through joint business ventures. He is now a professor and also advisor of the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance and EDGE Laboratory of Princeton University. He has been an active IEEE Communications Society volunteer for many years. He was a member (2006–2008) and then Chair (2010–2011) of the Fellow Evaluation Committee, as well as a member of the Awards Committee (2010–2012). He was Founding Chair (2010–2012) of ComSoc’s Sub-Technical Committee on Vehicular Networks and Telematics Applications. Within the IEEE, he was a member (2008–2010), Chair (2010–2011), and Past Chair (2012) of the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award Committee, and then the IEEE Eric Sumner TFA Committee (2010–2012). He has been a member of the IEEE Fellow Committee since 2012 and the Strategic Planning Committee in 2013. He is now the Vice Chair of the IEEE TFA Committee.
If elected, I will use my vast IEEE and industry experience to support the needs of engineers in industry while continuing to promote academic engineering research that enables and feeds advances in industry. In the commercial world, where I have been program manager for commercial R&D programs and now manage industry alliances, I see and understand the importance of fundamental research and the potential impact it can have if focused correctly.
ComSoc must ensure that its many constituencies, including young engineers, women engineers, engineers in developing countries, and globally, are all served by ComSoc and the ComSoc community at large. As a Member-at-Large, I will leverage the learnings and wisdom of these different constituencies to share knowledge and experiences that will benefit these constituencies and ComSoc as a whole. I will push to expand ComSoc programs and services to serve newer and emerging communities while ensuring continued services to established communities.
Stan Moyer [M’88, SM’97] is currently Vice President at Inventures, where he manages and advises technology alliances, including SD Card Association, Smart TV Alliance, OVCC, and ONVIF. Previously, he was Executive Director and strategic research program manager in Applied Research at Telcordia for over 20 years. He received an M.E. in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Maine. He has served ComSoc and IEEE in many roles, some of which include IEEE TAB Finance Committee Member and, for ComSoc, Director of Marketing & Industry Relations; Vice-Chair GIMS; Treasurer; Board of Governors Member-at-Large; IEEE Communications Magazine Series Editor; Multimedia Communications TC Chair; Communications Software TC Chair and Secretary; Enterprise Networking TC Vice-Chair; Standards Board Member; CCNC Co-Chair; Steering Committee Chair; ICME Steering Committee; and ICC Next Generation Internet Symposium Program Chair.
I have held many leadership positions in IEEE: Boston Section, Chapter, Region 1, MGA GOLD, TAB, N&A, ComSoc, and conferences. If elected, I will use my experience, gained from serving many committees in IEEE, to enhance the experience of ComSoc membership. Recognizing that members’ needs and expectations have been changed over years, I want to focus on increasing ComSoc membership in North America to have the greatest effect in influencing trends affecting our members’ interests and well being. I have a strategic plan with four action items, and the highest priority is to partner with the local Sections and Technical Chapters to encourage the professional and personal development of ComSoc members. I will use ComSoc’s cutting edge publications, career and professional development programs, technical conferences, pre-university programs, and student activities to help our members in developing new technologies, new concepts, and hence develop new products that will need manufacturing facilities in the United States of America.
Soon Wan graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, as the top student with the highest merit diploma in 1992. He then graduated Summa Cum Laude with an electrical and computer engineering Master’s degree from Merrimack University, once again as the top graduate student, in 2000. Currently, he is a Senior Design Engineer in the Research & Development Engineering group at VICOR Corporation. He works with a team to design and develop high power density DC/DC power converters with innovative technologies and patented topologies. He was the MGA GOLD Committee Chair from 2007 to 2008. He has been an active ComSoc Young Professionals volunteer for the ComSoc Membership Programs Development Board. He assisted the formation of the ComSoc GOLD Committee in 2007, and has been scouting and recruiting young leaders for ComSoc. He has also served on ComSoc’s Social Media Ad Hoc Committee, using social media such as Facebook to promote ComSoc membership.