ComSoc needs strong and active leadership from its Board of Governors members, who should be engineers and researchers who are technically active. Although communications is a maturing field, it is a vibrant one characterized by rapid private sector innovation, and a constant stream of new products and technologies. ComSoc needs to become more agile to be able to identify new trends and provide platforms for the exchange of ideas around these trends.
To do so, ComSoc is in need of several reforms. These reforms require a renewed focus on its core strengths, which include running the top scholarly journals and conferences in the field, but also a large number of mediocre ones. ComSoc should reverse the ever-expanding number of niche conferences, journals, technical committees, and administrative entities, and instead make the existing high-quality structures more streamlined and adaptive to new trends. ComSoc should be focused on excellence in all it does and on reducing costs (e.g. of publications and conferences), rather than pursuing constant growth.
Jeffrey Andrews is the Cullen Trust Endowed Professor (#1) of ECE at the University of Texas at Austin. He has served ComSoc in several recent leadership positions. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2014 to 2016 and is currently the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Emerging Technologies Committee. He was Technical Program Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2014 in Austin. He is also a twice-elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2013-present).
He received the B.S. from Harvey Mudd College and the Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has worked at Qualcomm, and consulted for entities including Apple, Samsung, Verizon, AT&T, Intel, Microsoft, Sprint, and NASA. He is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher and has been co-recipient of 14 best paper awards.