Elections are upon us again – personal reflections by Igor Gazdik
IEEE elections give us, the members, an opportunity to exercise our democratic rights to choose IEEE officers. The possibility to vote is not only a privilege, it is also a responsibility. The responsibility for making the right choice, to maximize our Section’s competitive advantage. For our section, the maximum competitive advantage comprises improved visibility of the section, enhanced cooperation within the Region, and more say to IEEE-related matters. Right now, we have the chance to increase our competitive advantage by electing the new Region 8 Director-Elect that would be supportive of our aspirations. It is, therefore, an advantage if the critical mass of members that focuses on the same candidate is as big as possible.
As of this writing, the election of the R8 Director-Elect is up on the agenda. My choice of the next R8 Director is Professor Tariq Durrani as the optimum candidate seen through Sweden Section’s optic. Professor Durrani is well known as a person with keen interest in Sweden Section. Here follows an abbreviated listing of his merits for the benefit of new members who may be unfamiliar with his name.
Tariq Durrani is a research professor at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He has supervised over 40 Ph.D. theses and is the author of six books and 350 publications. In 2003 the Queen decorated him with the Order of the British Empire (OBE). He is an IEEE Fellow, and a fellow of four more societies and academies. He was a consultant to five governments and several companies, and a visiting professor at six overseas universities. His vision for Region 8 is to become: (1) An irresistible magnet that draws professionals, practitioners, academics, and students to its fold - through excellent opportunities and services, and (2) A home for life for the engineering and technology community, and indeed for individuals from cognate disciplines, thus leading to membership retention and growth.
Region 8 is the most multidimensional region in terms of languages, ethnic groups, local interests, landscapes, distances, and the degree of local development. A region of that sort can best be led by a person who is a leader with experience of, and ability to lead a motley crowd of independent individuals. Within this region, our Section is large in terms of its membership head-count. The size should also manifest itself in terms of our activity level. We can demonstrate part of that activity by taking part in the elections, thus generating the critical mass behind the candidate of majority’s choice.
former Sweden Section Chair