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The IEEE ComSoc election is now open.

We hope you will take the time to exercise your vote and help choose the future direction of the society. Let’s increase last year’s voting percentage of 20% by voting today! Your vote counts!

Voter Eligibility

Ballots were mailed and emails with election information were sent 28 May 2020 to all Higher Grade* IEEE ComSoc Members (excluding Students and Affiliates) whose memberships were active prior to 5 May 2020.  Only ComSoc members without an e-mail address in their member record, or those who have opted out of IEEE e-mail communications, will receive a paper ballot package.

Use the URL below to access the ballot and cast your vote.
https://eballot4.votenet.com/IEEE

Online voting and paper ballots must be received no later than 4:00 pm Eastern Time 23 July 2020.

If you do not receive an email from ieee-comsocvote@ieee.org on 28 May 2019 or a paper ballot by 10 June, but you feel your society membership was valid before 5 May 2020, you may e-mail ieee-comsocvote@ieee.org or call +1 732 562 3904 to check your member status.  (Provide your member number, full name, and address.)

VOTE NOW at https://eballot4.votenet.com/IEEE

You will need your IEEE Account username/password to access the ballot.  For quick reference, your user name is <your email address>.  If you do not remember your password, you may retrieve it on the voter login page.

Voting must be completed no later than 23 July 2020.  Any returns received after this date will not be counted.  The online voting site will close at 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

If you have questions about the IEEE ComSoc voting process or would like to request a paper ballot, please contact ieee-comsocvote@ieee.org or +1 732 562 3904.

Remember that Society success depends heavily on its leadership.  Therefore, it is important that members exercise their voting rights, selecting representatives to steer IEEE ComSoc in the coming years.  PLEASE VOTE!

President-Elect

Gerhard Fettweis Mark Karol Xuemin (Sherman) Shen

Officer for a One-Year Term Beginning 1 January 2021

Members-at-Large

AP REGION EMEA REGION THE AMERICAS - LA & NA REGIONS

Song Guo

Sumei Sun

Wei Zhang

Admela Jukan

Heinrich J Stuettgen

Michele Zorzi

Naofal Al-Dhahir

Nirwan Ansari

Maite Brandt-Pearce

Nury Gabriela Ramirez Cely

George Rouskas

Zhensheng Zhang

Officers for a Three-Year Term Beginning 1 January 2021

IEEE Communications Society Elections Term Beginning January 2021

(Please click on the candidates name to read their biographies, and candidate statements.)

President-Elect

Officers for a Two-Year Term Beginning 1 January 2021

Gerhard Fettweis

Candidate’s Statement

My goal is to ensure that IEEE COMSOC is the thought leader, mentor, and driver of communications technology, to help tackle the huge global challenges ahead. IEEE COMSOC must re-ignite the excitement for communications technology, and become more visible as the source of advice, trusted information, and education, not only for its members, but also for organizations and governments across the world. We are responsible for influencing and shaping global economies and societies. We, IEEE COMSOC, must understand and play this role in our field by being the internationally most recognized platform for networking people, continued education, conferences, publications, and new means that will become available. IEEE COMSOC shall be the catalyst for matching each individual’s career needs and provide matched services.

Communications technology is the basis for most business and innovation of today. Without, the world would come to a complete halt during a COVID-19 crisis. The fun news: we need massive additional progress in communications technology.

Communications technology is global. Hence, IEEE COMSOC must match this by best representation of global, age, gender, and any other diversity. We thrive on diversity in membership, and must match this by providing opportunities for volunteers. It lays the foundation for serving our members and mission best, as “the truly global communications society”.

Biography

Gerhard P. Fettweis F’09, is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden since 1994, heads the Barkhausen Institute (founded 2018), and coordinates the 5G Lab Germany. He earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr's supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA, he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. He has coordinated 2 German Science Foundation (DFG) centers at TU Dresden (cfaed, HAEC). 2019 he was elected into the DFG Senate. His research focusses on wireless transmission and chip design for wireless/IoT platforms, with 20 companies supporting his research. He serves on the board of companies, currently National Instruments Corp, and is an industry advisor. His team spun-out eighteen start-ups, and setup funded projects in volume of close to EUR 1/2 billion. He is core member of PEPP-PT.org, an international team developing an app-based solution for national centers of disease control to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and the German Academy of Engineering (acatech). He received multiple recognitions, e.g. from IEEE  SSCS 2000 Millennium Medal, IEEE COMSOC 2013 Harold Sobol Award, VTS 2014 Stuart Meyer Memorial Award. He carries the VDE ring of honor since 2018.

He co-chaired the IEEE 5G/Future Networks Initiative, and helped organizing IEEE conferences, e.g.: TPC Chair of IEEE ICC 2009, and TTM 2012;  General Chair VTC Spring 2013, and DATE 2014; General Co-Chair of IEEE GreenCom 2011, IEEE 5G World Forum 2019 and 2020, and of IEEE 5G Summit Dresden since 2016.

Gerhard serves/served on COMSOC’s Board of Governors 1998-2000, 2011-2013, 2015-2020, IEEE SSCS’s Administrative Committee 1997-1999, 2002-2004, IEEE’s Fellow Committee 2011-2014, IEEE’s corporate innovation award committee 2011-2013, chaired COMSOC’s GIMS, and currently chairs COMSOC’s Strategy Committee. He was IEEE COMSOC’s delegate to the IEEE Solid State Circuits (SSC) Council, and cofounder of SSC Society. Gerhard served/serves on the steering committee of IEEE COMSOC and ITSOC journals, and has been Associate Editor of IEEE COMSOC and CAS journals. He was distinguished speaker of VTS and SSCS.

Gerhard Fettweis
Mark Karol

Candidate’s Statement

I joined the IEEE Communications Society as a student member 40 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, which 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 IEEE 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.

Biography

Mark Karol received his PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, and both a BSEE and a BS 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 awarded 47 U.S. patents. In 1993, Dr. Karol was elected 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 Bell Laboratories. From 2000 until 2008, he was a member of Avaya Labs Research, and then he was a Senior Scientist with Telcordia Technologies (Applied Communication Sciences) until 2012. He also has been an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, Brooklyn Polytechnic University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Currently, he is a full-time Lecturer at Kean University.

Dr. Karol has held many volunteer positions within the IEEE, including Division III Director on the (corporate) Board, Chair of the IEEE Awards Board, and member of the IEEE Fellow Committee. Within IEEE ComSoc, he has served as VP-Technical Activities, VP-Conferences, Director of Magazines, CIO, and the General Chair for ICC2002 and for INFOCOM '94.

In 2005, Dr. Karol received the IEEE 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, and the Bell Labs Research Affirmative Action Award.

Mark Karol
Xuemin (Sherman) Shen

Candidate’s Statement

IEEE ComSoc is a global professional organization that has been creating cutting-edge communications and networking technologies through our high-quality publications, premier conferences, technology standards, and educational activities. However, it is now facing significant challenges, and we must redouble our efforts to best serve our members worldwide in both academia and industry and promote their career advancement. If elected, I will work passionately to tackle our challenges and lead new initiatives, in order to

  • Develop new programs for emerging technologies while encouraging participation from all stakeholders, especially junior researchers and engineers   
  • Intensify industry participation in our diverse technical activities, standards, and practices, and in local chapters for networking  
  • Promote diversity and inclusion in our leadership and volunteer positions, and tackle the under-representation of various geographical regions in our membership base
  • Enhance IEEE ComSoc’s leading role in telecommunications by promoting the excellence of our periodicals, conferences, and online content
  • Recognize achievements and contributions of our members, and provide strong mentorship to our junior members and get them involved in technical activities to benefit their career progression and professional development
  • Develop cost effective strategies to improve IEEE ComSoc financial performance and reduce service cost to our members, while increasing service quality and varieties.

Over the years, I served IEEE ComSoc in various capacities, including Vice-President for Technical and Education Activities, Vice-President for Publications, Editor-in-Chief, and organizer of flagship conferences. My extensive and exceptional leadership experience along with my dedication to IEEE ComSoc will enable me to effectively bring maximal benefits to our members and take IEEE ComSoc to new heights. It will be my great honor to serve. Thank you for your support!

Biography

Xuemin (Sherman) Shen (http://bbcr.uwaterloo.ca/~xshen) is a University Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He received the BASc degree from Dalian Maritime University (China), MASc and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University (USA). He is a co-author of 26 books and 650 refereed journal papers in communication networks and information security, with 52,000 citations and 111 h-index, an ISI Highly Cited Researcher, and a recipient of 45 best paper awards. He has supervised 76 PhD students, 51 Master students, 62 visiting PhD students, and 45 postdoctoral fellows, and received the Excellent Graduate Supervision Award from the University of Waterloo (2006). Dr. Shen is a Fellow of the IEEE, Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Royal Society of Canada. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE IoT Journal and IEEE Network. His ComSoc leadership positions include elected Vice President for Technical & Educational Activities, Vice President for Publications, Member-at-Large on the Board of Governors, Chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Selection Committee, Technical Program Chair of IEEE GLOBEOM 2016 and 2007, and IEEE INFOCOMM 2014, and Steering Committee Chair of IEEE ICCC 2014–2020. He received the R.A. Fessenden Award from IEEE Canada (2019), James Evans Avant Garde Award from IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (2018), the ComSoc Harold Sobol Award (2018), Education Award (2017), Joseph LoCicero Award (2015), and Technical Recognition Award from Wireless Communications Technical Committee (2019) and AHSN Technical Committee (2013).

Sherman Shen

Members-at-Large

Officers for a Three-Year Term Beginning 1 January 2021

AP Region

Song Guo

Candidate’s Statement

ComSoc is the leading society in fostering quality of research and building fascinating communities in telecommunications. I have been participating in many ComSoc volunteering services and technical events for the last decade. Many of them were great opportunities connecting me to colleagues from all over the world. It would be an honor for me to serve on the ComSoc BoG as a Member-at-Large.

I have demonstrated the work ethic and dedication to move my technical community forward through leadership roles in member services, mentoring many younger colleagues, and serving for premier conferences and journals. If elected, my objectives are to:

  1. maintain and enhance the scientific quality of the sponsored events,
  2. find reasonable solutions for new opportunities like open access within sponsored events,
  3. promote ComSoc membership, especially for students and young professionals, and
  4. strengthen the relationship with industry to promote scientific results that solve real-world problems.

Biography

Song Guo is a Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received a Ph.D. degree from University of Ottawa. He was a full professor at the University of Aizu, Japan. In the area of wireless, mobile and distributed systems, he co-authored 500 refereed papers and received a number of Best Paper Awards from ComSoc conferences and technical committees. Prof. Guo is an IEEE Fellow and now serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE OJ-CS. Within ComSoc, he positioned as Director on the Board of Governors, Chair of Technical Committee, Program Chair of ICCC 2020, and Symposium Chair of GC/ICC multiple times; he has also served on the Distinguished Lecturer Selection Committee, Marketing Committee, IT Ad Hoc Committee, and editorial boards of IoT Journal, Network Magazine, and Communications Magazine. In the past two years, as the director of member services, he contributed significantly to the membership promotion and member activities.

Sumei Sun

Candidate’s Statement

I am an active volunteer in the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) through conference organization, journal editorship, as a member of standing committee, and officer at the Asia Pacific Board. I am running for the Member-at-Large election, hoping to continue contributing to ComSoc with a broader scope, to build a stronger, more open and inclusive, and better-connected ComSoc, and to serve its members for their professional growth.

If elected, I will endeavor to:

  • Promote geographic, gender, and cultural diversity and balance to vitalize ComSoc
  • Engage our members and chapters, understand the needs and gaps in our current practice, foster professional development and growth opportunities and bring new added values for our members from academia, industry, and government sectors in the new and changing environment
  • Promote initiatives to broaden collaboration with industry, strengthen connections with industry verticals, through conferences, standards, and the technical committees
  • Identify and promote initiatives to respond to the emerging needs for communication technologies, and to embrace new opportunities for communications research and industry engineering.

Biography

SUN Sumei is a Principal Scientist and Head of the Communications and Networks Department at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), and adjunct full professor with the ECE Department, National University of Singapore. She has published actively, and licensed many of her patents to industry. She has served in Singapore’s Telecommunications Standards Advisory Committee, and chaired the Work Group of Future Communications and Internet of Things (IoT) for Singapore’s Services and Digital Economy Technology Roadmap development in 2018.

Sumei is an IEEE Fellow.  She’s Director of ComSoc Asia Pacific Board for the term 2020-2021. She’s been actively contributing to IEEE conferences in different roles, the most recent of which include the Globecom/ICC Management and Strategy (GIMS) Standing Committee member since 2018. She served as Editor of IEEE Wireless Communication Letters (2011–2016), IEEE Transaction on Vehicular Technology (TVT) (2011-2017), and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2015-2019), and as Area Editor of TVT (2017-2019). She’s currently Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology, and member of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications Steering Committee.

Wei Zhang

Candidate’s Statement

I am honored to be nominated for a Member-at-Large (MAL) from the AP (Asia Pacific) region. If elected, I will work passionately to serve ComSoc by:

  • Maintaining the excellence of ComSoc publications while maximizing the impact of the research outputs to our society by leveraging my experience as Editor-in-Chief;
  • Attracting new members by developing and promoting new programs, especially for students, young professionals as well as industrial people; 
  • Providing support for pursuing and nurturing new technology directions through establishing new special interests group or technical committees;
  • Promoting industry participation by broadening and strengthening our linkages to industry through new collaborative programs.

Biography

Wei Zhang (F’15) has been heavily involved with the IEEE ComSoc by serving in numerous volunteer and leadership positions, including Chair of IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee, Vice Director for IEEE ComSoc Asia Pacific Board, a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE ComSoc, Symposium Co-Chair of ICC 2011, Workshop Co-Chair of Globecom 2017, TPC Co-Chair of APCC 2017 and ICCC 2019.

He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters in 2016-2019. Currently, he is Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. Previously, he served as Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Cognitive Radio Series.

He is an IEEE Fellow. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2005. Currently, he is a Professor at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

EMEA Region

Admela Jukan

Candidate’s Statement

Coming soon.

Biography

Institut für Datentechnik und Kommunikationsnetze

Heinrich J Stuettgen

Candidate’s Statement

During the last 20 years, I have held numerous leadership positions in ComSoc and IEEE. I have been deeply involved in conferences and in activities geared towards practicing engineers.

If elected. I will contribute my experience to broadening ComSoc's services to this large and important part of our constituency. Potential steps could be:

  • Utilizing the extensive expertise of our academic members to strengthen ComSoc's offerings in life-long learning, or the
  • Strengthening interdisciplinary conferences and publications to provide value to practitioners who have to integrate a multitude of technological advances to create truly innovative solutions.
  • Developing new service delivery mechanisms that match the reality of life in industry in the 2020s.

In particular, I will strive to strengthen new platforms for networking of our members, focusing on the role technology brings to industry verticals, as well as the organization of networking events in geographies with a large number of ComSoc members.

Biography

Heinrich Stüttgen obtained Master and Doctorate degrees in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo (NY) and Dortmund University. In 1977/78 he held a Fulbright grant for graduate studies at SUNY Buffalo.

Heinrich joined IBM in 1985, developing one of the first mainframe UNIX systems. Beginning in 1987 he researched high-speed and multimedia communications at IBM’s European Networking Center at Heidelberg.

In 1997 Heinrich joined NEC as the founding manager of NEC’s Network Laboratories in Heidelberg. He was Vice President of NEC Laboratories Europe between 2007 to 2016 and was responsible for NEC’s R&D activities in Europe, focusing on networking, security, IoT and AI. Since 2018, he is Deputy Managing Director of the newly founded NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH.

Heinrich is an IEEE Fellow and has been a member of ComSoc's Board of Governors as a Member at Large (MaL) and Director of Conference Development from 2004 onward. Heinrich received ComSoc’s Hal Sobol Award for Exemplary Services to Meeting and Conferences in 2009. Since 2018, Heinrich is the chair of the IEEE IoT Initiative, which is a multi-society technical group sponsored by 10 IEEE societies and councils.

Michele Zorzi

Candidate’s Statement

I will bring to the Board of Governors the rich experience I have gained in two key areas of ComSoc’s portfolio (publications and education) during the past two decades, while serving as EiC of two journals (one established, one new) and one magazine, and as Director of Education/Training and long-time member of the Education Board. I will make sure that the needs of our membership, and especially of students and young professionals and of those facing financial hardships, are always considered in making decisions, and will try to pursue the benefit of people who look at IEEE/ComSoc for products and opportunities that will help their careers. I will do my best to offer creative input to ComSoc to further its impact in the publications area (which is already part of my current Director-of-Journals position), and will explore new avenues for publishing that may be more adequate in the future.

Biography 

Michele Zorzi [F'07] received his Laurea/PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Padova in 1990 and 1994, respectively. After being with Politecnico di Milano, UC San Diego, and the University of Ferrara, since November 2003 he has been a Professor at the Information Engineering Department, University of Padova, Italy. His present research interests include protocol design and performance evaluation in wireless communications/networking, WSN and Internet-of-Things, mmWave, 5G/6G, and underwater communications. He is an influential and well-respected scholar (h-index: 81, total citations: 32000+, GoogleScholar), and received many awards from ComSoc, including Best Tutorial Paper (2008 and 2019), Stephen O. Rice Best Paper (2018), and Education (2016). He served ComSoc in many capacities, including Board-of-Governors voting member (2009-2011), Director of Education and Training (2014-2015), Director of Journals (2020-2021). He was three times Editor-in-Chief (Wireless Communications magazine, 2003-2005; Transactions on Communications, 2008-2011; and Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, 2014-2018).

THE AMERICAS - LA & NA REGIONS

Naofal Al-Dhahir

Candidate’s Statement

This is a critical time for COMSOC to take decisive actions that will ensure its vibrancy and impact for years to come by claiming its rightful place in the big data revolution.  If elected, I will be an active listener and work passionately to: (1) ensure that BoG initiatives and decisions are aligned with its broad membership needs (2) strengthen collaborative efforts with other technical societies to highlight the impact of communications in other application domains (3) return value to COMSOC members by reducing publication costs and conference registration fees (4) support more industry participation and increased academia-industry collaborations (5) encourage participation of young members and engage colleagues in developing regions in COMSOC activities.  Thank you for your confidence and vote.

Biography

Naofal Al-Dhahir is Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professor and ECE Dept. Associate Head at UT-Dallas. He earned his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.  From 1994 to 2003, he was a principal member of the technical staff at GE Research Center in NY and AT&T Shannon Laboratory in NJ. He is co-inventor of 43 issued US patents, co-author of over 440 papers and co-recipient of 4 IEEE best paper awards. He received the 2019 IEEE COMSOC SPCE committee technical recognition award.  He served as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Communications Letters, and IEEE Transactions on Communication in addition to serving as a Guest Editor for 10 IEEE journal special issues and as keynotes co-chair for Globecom 2008.  He is an IEEE Fellow (Class of 2008) and served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Communications from January 2016 to December 2019.

 

Nirwan Ansari

Candidate’s Statement

The vibrance of COMSOC and amenable volunteerism of its members are closely knitted like a reinforced feedback system. Afterall, COMSOC is a global non-profit professional organization.  COMSOC has to uphold its emblem of quality in all aspects of communications and continue to instill values such as pride, recognition, and benefits for its members, fostering volunteerism which, in return, enhances COMSOC’s vitality. I have been a COMSOC volunteer ever since I attended my first GLOBECOM in 1990. I will not give you a long list of promises, but I will give you my dedication in fulfilling the call of a member-at-large. I will be a listener, learner, and advocate for COMSOC members with the objective to encourage volunteerism and bolster COMSOC as the premium venue for all technical activities related to communications and networking at an affordable price. To do so, I sincerely seek your vote.

Biography

Nirwan Ansari, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, MSEE from University of Michigan, and BSEE (summa cum laude with a perfect GPA) from NJIT. He is an IEEE Fellow and an NAI Fellow. He has also (co-)authored three books and more than 600 technical publications, and guest-edited a number of special issues covering various emerging topics in communications and networking. His current research focuses on green communications and networking, cloud computing, drone-assisted networking, and various aspects of broadband networks.

He has served on the editorial/advisory board of over ten journals including as Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications. He has served COMSOC in roles such as current Director of Educational Services Board, Distinguished Lecturer, Chair of IEEE North Jersey COMSOC Chapter, Chair of IEEE COMSOC AHSN TC, Chair/TPC-Chair of several conferences/symposia, etc.

Maite Brandt-Pearce

Candidate’s Statement

These will be difficult and uncertain times for ComSoc because of COVID-19 and the expected drop in revenues due to social separation.  We require experienced leadership that is mission-centered and rooted in core values as we find proactive ways to respond.  With my decades of experience as a professor and top-level administrator at a major university, I have been at the forefront of addressing the very issues that face ComSoc.  We can build excellence and growth in conferences, publications, and services to ensure that ComSoc continues to thrive in membership numbers, member satisfaction, and financial stability, but this will require forward-thinking and innovation.  As member-at-large, I plan to:

  • Help manage the impact of the downturn to ensure ComSoc remains strong and financially secure.  Employing sound business practices while responding to member needs, we can safeguard ComSoc’s prosperity.
  • Enforce the values of inclusion and integrity by applying evidence-based best-practices that build diversity and accountability. We cannot modernize ComSoc and achieve our goals without equity and guidance from diverse perspectives.

Biography

Maïté Brandt-Pearce is a professor of Electrical Engineering and the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Virginia. She joined UVA after receiving her Ph.D. from Rice University in 1993. In 2013, she co-founded a start-up called VLNComm to develop visible light communication technology. Dr. Brandt-Pearce is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, and a co-recipient of Best Paper Awards at ICC 2006 and GLOBECOM 2012. She has served on the editorial board of Transaction of Communications, Communications Letters, and the Journal of Optical Communications and Networks. After serving as General Chair of the Asilomar Conference in 2009, she served as Technical Vice-Chair of GLOBECOM 2016. She is currently the chair of WICE and vice-chair of the Communication Theory Technical Committee. Prof. Brandt-Pearce has over two hundred peer-reviewed publications.

Nury Gabriela Ramirez Cely

Candidate’s Statement

As a volunteer of IEEE ComSoc since I college, I have seen it enhance its high technical standard globally, particularly in Latin America. I would like to play an active role on influencing Comsoc´s transformation to become a highly respected provider of cutting-edge technology knowledge, continue-education products, and services not only for scientists, but for students, engineers and practitioners in all communications related disciplines.

As a Member at Large, I would:

  1. Bring and promote innovative projects to offer more value out of the IEEE ComSoc membership. Each country has its own needs and reality that ought to be reflected on the membership benefits.
  2. Create a model for industry engagement that the local chapters can follow through. This would imply pre-work from top to bottom in the organization to define and cascade industry agreements that can be replicated in different locations.
  3. Focus on the students and young professionals’ retention by offering an alternative membership model that is affordable for the first few years after graduation. The gap between the current membership cost of student and member fee is way to high. Creative ideas to retain them are crucial.

Biography

Nury Ramirez is currently a Technical Project Leader of the Body & Security division at Continental Automotive in Mexico. Her area of expertise is on the industrial side, managing and coordinating technical product development in R&D. She worked at Intel for 9 years, where she held several Program Manager positions including R&D Quality at the Data Center Group. She also worked at Cisco as a Services Program Manager. Nury received her M.S. in Quality and Engineering Management at ITESO, Jesuit university of Guadalajara. Nury received the Latin America Young Professional Award in 2019 for her outstanding professional record in the field of communications.  Currently, she is the Chair of the Guadalajara (Mexico) Section. She has served in many national and global positions for IEEE Women in Engineering, and Student Activities within IEEE MGA.

George Rouskas

Candidate’s Statement

This is one of the most exciting times for our Society, as pervasive communication and information networking technologies have a profound positive impact on our lives, but also raise important technical, professional, and ethical challenges on a global scale. If elected, I will focus my efforts to: strengthen industry participation through standards and related activities, develop programs for engineers in fast-growing countries, and emphasize cross-disciplinary services and programs for developing creative and innovative solutions to these challenges.

In my current position as Director of Graduate Programs and advisor to over 700 graduate students at NC State, I have come to appreciate the critical role that professional societies play in nurturing future leaders. As a Board of Governors member, I will work to ensure that Comsoc provides a model of membership and engagement that offers true professional value to a broader and more diverse set of students and early-career professionals.

Biography

George Rouskas [F] has been involved with the Communications Society for more than two decades, serving in various leadership roles. He currently serves as founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Networking Letters, he has served as Committee or General Chair for major IEEE conferences, on the Editorial Boards for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and  Networking, among others, and as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Communications Society. He has also served as Chair of the Optical Networking Technical Committee, Chair of the Comsoc Distinguished Lecturer Selection Committee, and has received Outstanding Service Awards for his  work with Globecom (2010) and ONTC (2019). 

Rouskas is Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Computer Science Department at NC State. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

Zhensheng Zhang

Candidate’s Statement

Through my 30 years’ volunteer activities with IEEE communication society at different management levels (Chapter, North American Region and Society), I fully understand what our members need and how Comsoc should improve toward that. My technical background and administrative skills combined with my commitment and enthusiasm enable me to work closely with other Comsoc colleagues to best serve our members.  If elected, I shall

Reduce cost and bureaucracy to add benefits/value to our Comsoc members, working together with industrial leaders to bring disruptive technical development to our local members with career development.

Ensure ComSoc’s initiatives, activities, conferences/workshops/seminars match the current needs of our members.

Engage and empower the members/local officers so they can contribute their best efforts toward the advancement of Communications Society, creating new incentive program for local leaders.

Attract more members from other fields on top of the traditional communication sector by broadening the participation of young members.

Biography

Dr. Zhensheng Zhang, IEEE Fellow, received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA, has over 25 years’ experience in design and analysis of network architecture and protocols of the communication networks. He has worked at Boeing (retired), Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and Columbia University, respectively, focusing on research and development in wireless networks. He has published over 100 technical papers in IEEE Journals and key IEEE conferences (one paper was listed as the top 10 most reading articles from IEEE Communications Society website in 2007).  He gave a keynote at the IEEE LATINCOM 2013. He has been very actively involved in Comsoc in the last 30 years, serving various roles: Director, Membership Service 2016-2017, Chapter Chair for ten years, IEEE 5G summit San Diego 2019 General co-Chair, Globecom 2012 TPC Chair; Globecom 2015 Executive Vice Chair; ICC 2015 TPC vice Chair; Editor, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2000-2004).