Are You an Expert in Your Field? Consider Becoming an IEEE Spokesperson

IEEE Public Visibility Committee looks to add to its list

30 January 2017

IEEE members are generally experts in one technical topic or another. After all, that’s one of the reasons we are members. There are many members of the news media who want to talk with a technical expert on various topics that come up in the course of their reporting. These folks may be writing stories for newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, online publications, or blogs.

One of the key activities of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee is to develop a roster of trusted IEEE members and volunteers whose valuable commentary on technical topics helps raise the visibility of IEEE as a global thought leader on prominent technology advancements and issues around the world.

We are looking for experts who work in our “hot topic” areas—which for 2017 are artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, big data, consumer electronics, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things.

We are also seeking experts from various geographic locations who can talk to the world media and let them know about important facts and considerations that might be relevant to the stories they are reporting on.

IEEE experts have appeared in top-tier news outlets including CBS News Radio, O Globo, The Guardian, The Seattle Times, USA Today, and Wired.


The committee has created a suite of tools to help you learn how to talk with the media. One is a new video that explains what a technical expert does and how to become involved.

We are also seeking editorial contributions for IEEE Transmitter, a website for reporters where they can find information about important trends that could be part of their stories. Articles written by IEEE technical experts include “The Future of IoT” by IEEE Fellow William Webb, and IEEE Member Diogo Mónica’s commentary on mind-control technologies. We need contributors to write engaging content on a variety of topics and perspectives. If you’re interested in contributing, please refer to the editorial guidelines.

Being a Public Visibility technical expert also can be a great way to gain experience talking with the media as well as promoting your skills, knowledge, and experience to a broader audience. While this role is a great way to raise awareness of IEEE and what it does, it also can help you grow your business and your future, whether you’re working for a company or for yourself. We hope you will lend us your expertise in 2017.

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Tom Coughlin is an IEEE senior member and chairs the IEEE Public Visibility Committee.

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