A doer with proven record
IEEE Division II Director, 2017-2018
Don Tan is Fellow / Distinguished Engineer NGAS. He earned his Ph.D. from Caltech and is an IEEE fellow.
He is an authority in power management technology within Northrop Grumman, NASA, the Air Force, government communities and the space power industry. He served as President of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), 2013 - 2014 and is the founding Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (IEEE JESTPE).
His recent recognition includes IEEE PELS Owen, Jr., Distinguished Service Award in 2017, NGAS Distinguished Engineer in 2011, CIE USA Asian American Engineer of the Year Award in 2010, AIAA Space System Award in 2008, JANNAF Outstanding Achievement Award in Spacecraft Propulsion in 2007, and NGST Distinguished Patent Award in 2002. His technology has been licensed to a major telecom company.
eMail: dong.tan at ieee.org
Extensive services in chapter, conference, publication, society operations and leadership, and global outreach
Committee and Board:
In-depth understanding of IEEE challenges and a vision for future success
Enhancement of PELS Organizational Effectiveness
In the past several years, I have significantly improved IEEE PELS organizational effectiveness by reorganizing the technical committee structure and by expanding PELS staff including hiring an executive director for the first time to better support our members and volunteers. I have succeeded in positioning the IEEE PELS for strategic growth in emerging system applications and technologies.
Successful Transition from TAB TEI to IEEE TEC
I have been instrumental in realizing IEEE Technical Activities Board's (TAB) strategic goal in transitioning TAB Transportation Electrification Initiative to IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (TEC). PELS is now the administrative home of TEC. I have also expanded PELS outreach to Asia by signing a MOU for mutual membership recognition and development with the Chinese Electro-technical Society. Having worked with many presidents and directors during the process, I have gained deep insight into the future directions for IEEE in general and specific knowledge of Division II operations in particular.
Global Collaboration and Outreach
I have collaborated with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the American Institute of Aerospace and Aeronautics (AIAA), the European Power Electronics Association (EPE), IEE, IEE Japan, IEE Korea, the Korean Power Electronics Society, the China Electro-technical Society, the China Power Supply Society, and the Brazilian Power Electronics Society, just to name a few.
TAB Ad Hoc on Financial Transpareancy
I have been actively working with TAB leaders, TAB and IEEE Treasurers, and senior financial staff on improving financial transparency. The goals: 1) Provide tools for volunteers to manage their business more effectively, 2) Enhance financial transparency; and 3) Identify opportunities to reduce cost and for better business decisions.
A proven record in getting things done in and outside IEEE
Helped Launch Three Journals in Two Years
As founding Editor in Chief, I helped lead the launch of IEEE JESTPE in July 2013 and succeeded in getting it indexed by Thompson Reuters in January 2015
Instrumental at PELS society level in securing TAB approval of the new IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, a journal with four participating societies.
Leadership in launching IEEE Power Electronics Magazine within record time (less than 3 months) by establishing an industry advisory committee to help ensure that the magazine is truly for practitioners.
Established the Inaugural Industry Advisory Board for PELS
As the first president from industry for PELS, I played a key role in establishing PELS' very first industry advisory board and in launching IEEE Power Electronics Magazine in record time of 3 months-- something many thought was impossible.
Revitalized PELS Technical Activities
While serving as Vice President for Operations, led in revitalizing IEEE PELS technical activities by providing streamlined structure and more autonomy to each technical committee to conduct a full line of activities. As a result, PELS technical committees are unprecedentedly vibrant and effective. Each technical committee is now organizing its own conferences, special issues, and paper awards.
Member service, collaboration, and leadership
Membership and Volunteers
Having volunteered for 20 years, I know that members and volunteers are the life blood of the IEEE. They deliver conferences and publications that distinguish IEEE as a global power house in technical innovation and in technical information curation. The number one priority for me, if elected Division II Director, is to support these valuable volunteers more effectively. For instance, our conference organizers deserve an easy process for conference operation and for finance reporting and closure. Our EiCs of various journals deserve a transparent financial process in order to see easily how their respective journals are doing both in technical contents and in financial health.
Another important thing for me is to enhance Division II society collaborations to maximize synergy and have better representation of large and small societies. For instance, last year, I strongly supported the motion for our Sister Society Meeting to include the Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS), since it will help us to strengthen our pursuit of HVDC transmission technology, one of the important emerging areas for PELS, IAS and PES. Similar synergies should be fully explored for ultrasonic and packaging technologies.
Listening to Our Members
Finally, I have many years of experience as a mid-level functional manager for a diverse group of employees. I am a doer with an established record of “getting things done." I intend to travel to conduct face-to-face discussions with our members within each society in Division II. By listening to you and developing our priorities together, we can maximize our service to our members and volunteers, which in turn will fuel our future successes.
Face the challenges
Know who we are
Continue building transparency
Develop new business models/new products
Openness and inclusiveness
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Numerous company, IEEE and national awards and recognitions
Company Wide Awards
IEEE Awards and Recognitions
Q & A
Membership, volunteers, prestige, transparency, and global outreach
Question 1 - What do you believe are the major issues facing the IEEE?
I believe that IEEE is facing the following major challenges:
Question 2 - What do you think is the number one goal for the IEEE leadership?
Question 3 - What qualifies you for the job?
I have gained extensive IEEE knowledge and built relationships as PELS LA Chapter Chair, P1515/P1573 development group chair, APEC Conference Chair, Vice President, President, PELS/IAS JESTPE EiC, TAB, and TABARC. I was instrumental in transitioning TAB Transportation Electrification Initiative to IEEE Transportation Electrification Community.
I have collaborated with SAE, AIAA, European Power Electronics Association, IEE, IEE Japan, IEE Korea, China Electro-technical Society, China Power Supply Society, etc.
I will leverage my leadership and management experiences at work and within IEEE to bring people together across Division II, IEEE and the globe.
As a long-time volunteer, I care about IEEE, its people and its mission.
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