Holonyak Lab Professor elected to IEEE EDS Board of Governors
The IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) is the largest professional organization for electron devices, bringing together minds from academia and industry through journals and conferences. Recently, Holonyak Lab Professor John Michael Dallesasse was elected to the EDS Board of Governors, which is the overall governing body for the society.
“I am appreciative of the confidence that the society leaders and Board of Governors members have in me,” said Dallesasse, an electrical and computer engineering professor. “I appreciate the honor, but it’s really a responsibility. Doing a good job at something like this will benefit the society, even the profession as a whole, if it’s done well.”
In addition to electron device researchers, EDS members include scientists in industry and academia who are researching electronic devices or devices at the intersection of electronics and photonics. As a member of the Board of Governors, Dallesasse will have input on the guiding principles and constitution, in addition to recommendations it makes regarding global conferences and publications.
Being elected to the Board isn’t the only new position for Dallesasse, who was also recently elected as Vice President of the Technical Committee for EDS, a position he is more than ready to fill.
“I’ve been active in the society,” said Dallesasse, a former technical committee chair, current chair of the steering committee for the IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, and secretary of the steering committee for the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology. “The leadership knew me from my previous involvement, so that in part is what led to them looking at putting me in this position.”
The VP position means Dallesasse will oversee the technical committees in charge of working with conferences and EDS sponsored journals to serve the technical community. One of his main goals is to have the technical committees support EDS in maintaining the quality and reputation of the journals in an era of increasing competition.
“Historically, if you look at IEEE journals compared to other publications, the IEEE has been known for the integrity of the work that gets published,” said Dallesasse. “I see this position as being important in helping to maintain that integrity, especially in light of competition from other journals and changes in what people want from the society.”
Adapting to the needs of new members is a challenge that Dallesasse believes he will face in his first three-year term. He intends to connect with active student chapters of IEEE, as well as ensure that the society continues to provide value to the next generation of engineers, so that it can continue to thrive.
Dallesasse sees meeting these challenges as his contribution to Illinois’ long-standing tradition of dedicating time to industry groups.
“Illinois has a tradition of serving professional societies,” said Dallesasse “It’s an honor and a responsibility to be following in the Illinois tradition of serving the engineering community as a whole.”