Gerald H. Peterson Statement for SMC Newsletter
I am honored to be a candidate for the office of IEEE
2006, and to have this opportunity to share a few brief remarks on my
candidacy - please see my
Over 37 years, I have held positions in hardware and
software design and engineering management and hold one US Patent in
the field of telecommunications . In the past 17 years I have specialized
in industry global strategic standardization. I currently hold the position
of Senior Manager Emeritus at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs.
I hold Electrical Engineering degrees from the University
of Washington and Rutgers University (both in the USA). I am a member
of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. In 2001 I was recognized
as a "Who's Who" in its publication, THE BENT of Tau Beta
Pi. Also in 2001 I received the American National Standards Institute's
Finegan Standards Medal for leadership in the development and application
of voluntary standards. In addition to my leadership experience in the
IEEE, I have served in elected national and international leadership
positions that have delivered global technical standards and promoted
increased global cooperation.
We live in a time of accelerating change and globalization.
must respond to and help drive these changes if it is to continue to
be a preeminent technical society. Key among these changes is how the
IEEE delivers value to industry worldwide and, thus, value to the members
of the IEEE. Our work and focus is on technology, which we must carry
out while maintaining connection to the real word of markets and social
benefit. The SMCS Society is in the center and a driver of change, and
I look forward to working with SMCS to help continue IEEE's leadership.
I know both the importance and the scope of the responsibility
of being IEEE President and Chief Executive Officer, and if elected
committed to giving my full time and attention to the office of IEEE
President in 2007. I appreciate your consideration and welcome your
questions, comments, and suggestions.