Questions Wanted for President-Elect Candidates

What would you like us to ask the two contenders?

13 February 2013

Although the annual IEEE election doesn’t get under way for a few months, it’s time for The Institute to start gearing up for our election coverage. In June, we’ll publish our Q&A with the candidates for 2014 IEEE president-elect, IEEE Fellow Tariq S. Durrani and Senior Member Howard E. Michel. As your member publication, The Institute is here to make sure you’re informed about the candidates, and to help you understand where they stand on the issues that matter most to you. Now is your chance to tell us what you’d like to know.

What types of questions are appropriate for the candidates? You can ask about a variety of IEEE and membership issues. For example, perhaps you’re wondering what types of new benefits the candidates would champion. Or what their top priorities would be if elected. Perhaps you are wondering what their thoughts are on increasing the number of women engineers or plans for retaining more student members after they graduate. What is their opinion on IEEE’s membership model? How can IEEE boost the image of engineers? For sample questions, check out last year’s Q&A with Durrani and IEEE Fellow J. Roberto Boisson de Marca, who was elected as 2013 president-elect.

Here’s a little background on this year’s two candidates. Durrani is a research professor in the electronic and electrical engineering department at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow. He joined the university as a lecturer in 1976 and headed its electronic and electrical engineering department from 1990 to 1994. He was deputy principal of the university from 2000 to 2006.

He is a Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II “for services to electronics research and higher education.”

In 2010 and 2011 Durrani was vice president, IEEE Educational Activities, and in 2003 and 2004 he was vice chair of technical activities for Region 8. He served as president of the IEEE Engineering Management Society in 2006 and 2007 and pres-ident of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 1994 and 1995. He was also Region 8 director of the IEEE Communications Society from 2009 to 2011.

Michel is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts, in North Dartmouth. His research interests include artificial neural networks and distributed-intelligence sensor networks. Michel is an embedded-instrumentation and system-architecture consultant to the U.S. Navy.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1994 as an engineering manager. During his 18-year Air Force career, he was a pilot and a research engineer, helping to launch seven satellites and directing launch-base tests involving booster, satellite, and range hardware. He also helped develop engineering processes for mission-critical Defense Department computer systems.

Michel was also vice president, IEEE Member and Geographic Activities, in 2011 and 2012, and Region 1 director in 2008 and 2009. He was the 2010 chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee. He was also on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors in 2008 and 2009.

Remember, the person chosen by you as president-elect can influence a lot of great changes. Still wondering why voting matters? Check out the September 2009 article on the topic.

Leave your suggestions for questions below, and be on the lookout for our article in June.

Photos: Tariq Durrani; D. Confair/University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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