A Modern Foundation
A century ago, big cities in the United States were confronting a challenge. It was fueled by a (literal) collision of two systems: motor cars (then a new technology gaining public acceptance) and horse carriages (a traditional business practice struggling to adapt). If horses had a choice, as a saying goes, they wouldn’t have voted for automobiles.
This metaphor has direct relevance to IEEE-USA. The organization must adapt to better meet the needs of the membership and expand its influence. IEEE-USA’s goal must be to create a modern institute that is relevant, effective, and visible. My priorities, described next, encompass these core elements.
Change is one of the most difficult things for people to imagine and implement even though it remains an ever popular topic in books, conferences, politics, business, and society. Responsiveness and adaptation are noted as vital ingredients for survival. IEEE-USA and IEEE at large help unify our interests, values, and talents to serve humanity. If we as engineers and members do not work toward designing a better IEEE-USA, our relevance will fade. Or worse, we might just be trying to run the latest software using obsolete hardware—much like perhaps using horses to drag cars instead of carriages.
IEEE-USA needs a new mindset, broad vision, and fresh leadership. Only by producing rigorously high quality programs for engagement and experience, can we forge our way to improve membership value and satisfaction. My priority areas include:
- Platforms: As founding chair and curator of the groundbreaking Future Leaders Forum, I led a team of inspired volunteers who designed a wholly novel platform for how IEEE-USA can deliver quality content from prominent voices advancing technology for humanity. My goal would be to enhance and adapt this multi-purpose platform to serve the IEEE-USA programs and membership at large. In doing so, we have the prospects of engaging the membership and corporations using a potentially new business model.
- Public Policy: At a time of change in Washington, I will bring an effective voice to represent key member and professional interests with policy makers. As an engineer and a technology policy adviser, I bring a strong appreciation of the concerns of practitioners as well as an informed perspective on how the direction of research and federal policies affect the membership of IEEE-USA.
- Public Engagement: We need to develop new partnerships to drive our public agenda and uniquely distinguish IEEE-USA in a vigorous marketplace of ideas and talents. This is important to gain the interest of professions beyond our fields of interest, and to elevate the public consciousness of engineering—which is after all a social enterprise.
My record of implementing innovative strategies and producing concrete results supports this vision. My goal is to enhance and advance our performance while respecting our institutional heritage. I have demonstrated that I can generate change amidst complexity. In sum, I wish to lay the groundwork for a modern IEEE-USA that can thrive, and be relevant, effective, and visible in this new economy.