IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Initiative Activity Board Members

Lead Sponsor

Communications Society

IoT initiative Chair: Heinrich Stuettgen

heiner stuettgenHeinrich Stüttgen studied computer science at the University of Dortmund in Germany and SUNY Buffalo. In 1985 he joined the IBM’s R&D Laboratory in Germany, developing one of the first mainframe UNIX systems. In 1987 he moved to IBM’s European Networking Center at Heidelberg, where he researched protocols for high-speed and multimedia communications. In 1997 he joined NEC Europe Ltd. as founding manager of NEC’s Network Laboratories in Heidelberg. Since June 2007 he has been Vice President of NEC Laboratories Europe, responsible for NEC’s ICT research in Europe, covering topics like SDN/NFV, security and IoT and smart cities. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and has held many leadership positions in the IEEE Communications Society. Most recently he has chaired ComSoc’s Emerging technologies Committee and the Board of the IEEE IoT Initiative.


Major Sponsors

Consumer Electronics Society

Board Member: Lee Stogner

lee stognerLee Stogner serves in Executive Positions in several corporations that drive improved business performance using technologies that include Business Innovation, Digital Transformation, Project Management, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. Lee has over 35 years of design, consulting, project management and business development experience across a range of industries. Lee has driven growth at companies that include Digital Equipment, Fluor Corporation, Rockwell International and Liquidax Capital. Customers around the world have benefited from Lee's expertise and leadership.

Throughout his working career, Lee has been active in both local and international professional activities. Lee is the Chair of the Carolinas' Engineering Cluster and a past Director of the IEEE Board of Directors. Today, Lee is active in promoting the development of the Internet of Things through his participation in the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative, the IEEE Transportation Electrification Committee and as a Member of the IEEE Internet of Things Initiative, IoT. 

Reliability Society

Board Member: Phil Laplante

phil laplanteDr. Phil Laplante is Professor of Software and Systems Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and SPIE and has won international awards for his teaching, research and service. Since 2010 he has led the effort to develop a national licensing exam for software engineers.

He has worked in avionics, CAD, and software testing systems and he has published more than 33 books and 250 scholarly papers. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania . He is also a frequent technology advisor to senior executives, investors, entrepreneurs and attorneys and actively serves on corporate technology advisory boards.

His research interests are in software testing, requirements engineering and software quality and management. Prior to his appointment at Penn State he was a software development professional, technology executive, college president and entrepreneur.

Sensors Council

Board Member: Troy Nagle

troy nagleDr. H. Troy Nagle is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NCSU, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UNC & NCSU. He was the Founding Chair of the UNC-NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2004 to 2009. Dr. Nagle is widely published in data acquisition and signal processing, is coauthor of textbooks in digital logic design and digital control systems, and co-edited a handbook on machine olfaction. In recent years, he has focused his research on machine olfaction and experimented with its use in food processing, environmental monitoring, and medical diagnostics. Dr. Nagle received the BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Alabama, the PhD degree (Electrical Engineering) from Auburn University, and the MD degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He served as IEEE President in 1994. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Sensors Journal from 2003 to 2009, and is currently Past President of the IEEE Sensors Council. He is a registered professional engineer.

Signal Processing Society

Board Member: Magdy Bayoumi

magdy bayoumiMagdy A. Bayoumi is the Department Head of W. H. Hall Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He is the Hall Endowed Chair in Computer Engineering. He was the Director of the Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS) and the Department Head of Computer Science Department. Magdy was also the Loflin Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Computer Science, all at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he has been a faculty member since 1985. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt; M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis; and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor, Canada.

Bayoumi is an IEEE Fellow and is very active within IEEE. He has served in many capacities in the IEEE Computer Society, Signal Processing Society, Circuits & Systems (CAS) Society, RFID council, and the IoT Initiative. 

Standards Association

Board Member: Dennis Brophy

dennis brophyDennis Brophy is director of strategic business development in the Integrated Circuit Verification Solutions Division of Mentor, A Siemens Business where he manages a global interoperability program to promote product integrations with the company’s functional verification products.  He directs group standards strategy and has a long history of successful collaboration with industry peers for end user benefit.

Dennis has been in the electronic design automation industry for the past 38 years.  He was first with Hewlett-Packard for five years where, as a software engineer, he worked on early PCB design automation systems and later became a product manager and launched HP’s electronic design automation services business.  He then joined Mentor where he has held several positions the past 33 years.

Dennis received a B.S. from the University of California at Davis in electrical engineering and computer engineering.  He received the Accellera Systems Initiative Leadership Award (2012) and IEEE Design Automation Standards Committee Ron Waxman Meritorious Service Award (2014) for leadership in the development of EDA and IP standards.


Participating Sponsors

Control Systems Society

Board Member: (Samuel) Qing-Shan Jia

samuel jia(Samuel) Qing-Shan Jia received the B.E. degree in automation in July 2002 and the Ph.D. degree in control science and engineering in July 2006, both from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is an Associate Professor in the Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems (CFINS), Department of Automation, Tsinghua University. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 2006, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2010, and at Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. His research interest is to develop an integrated data-driven, statistical, and computational approach to find designs and decision-making policies which have simple structures and guaranteed good performance. His work relies on strong collaborations with experts in manufacturing systems, energy systems, autonomous systems, and smart cities. He is an associate editor (AE) of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and was an AE of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (2012-2017) and Discrete Event Dynamic Systems – Theory and Applications (2012-2016). He served the Discrete Event Systems Technical Committee chair in IEEE Control Systems Society (2012-2015), and now serves the Control for Smart Cities Technical Committee chair in International Federation of Automatic Control, the Smart Buildings Technical Committee co-chair in IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and the Beijing Chapter Chair of IEEE Control Systems Society. He is a member of the 11th Chinese Automation Association Technical Committee on Control Theory (2018-2022) and the 1st Chinese Automation Association Technical Committee on Information Security of Industrial Systems (2016-2020). 

Council on Electronic Design Automation

Board Member: Jorge Gomez Sanz

jorge gomez sanzSince 2008, Jorge Gomez Sanz works as Associate Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He holds a degree in Software Engineering and a PhD in Smart Systems. Free and Open Source Software developer. Jorge’s main research focuses on the automated design of smart systems applied to the improvement of the quality of the daily living. He also has research experience in multi-agent systems, smart grids, and educational technology.

Council on RFID

Board Member: FeiYue Wang

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Biography coming soon.

Electromagnetic Compatibility Society

Board Member: Mike Violette

mike violetteMike is President of Washington Laboratories and Director of American Certification Body. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of EMC evaluation and product approvals and has overseen the development of engineering services companies in the US, Europe and Asia.

He is a Professional Engineer, registered in the State of Virginia. He has given numerous presentations on compliance topics and is a regular contributor to technical and trade

Electron Devices Society

Board Member: Bin Zhao

bin zhaoBin Zhao received his Ph.D. from Caltech and has been with SEMATECH, Rockwell, Conexant, Skyworks, Freescale, Fairchild, and ON Semiconductor. He has worked on advanced VLSI technology development and design implementation of analog/mixed-signal, power management, and RF IC products. He is now VP Engineering at Iotelligent Semiconductor, working on semiconductor IC solutions for IoT applications. He has authored and coauthored more than 200 journal publications and conference presentations, has written three book chapters, and holds 70 issued US patents. He has served as IEEE EDS Vice President of Publications; IEEE EDS Vice President of Conferences; Chair, Editorial Steering Committee, IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (J-MEMS); Chair, IEEE Johnson Technology Award Committee; and Chair, IEEE Technical Program Integrity Committee (TPIC). He is an IEEE Fellow and currently serving as Chair of the IEEE Conference Governance and Strategy Committee; Vice Chair of the IEEE Conference Committee, and a member of the EDS Board of Governors.

Electronic Packaging Society

Board Member: Patrick Thompson

Patrick ThompsonPat Thompson is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Semiconductor Packaging group of Texas Instruments, where he leads WCSP technology development. Pat has been a TIer since 2001. He previously led the Sun microprocessor package development team, and worked on advanced development for fine pitch Cu pillar interconnect technology and high voltage isolation packaging. Prior to TI, he led development teams at Bell Labs, AMI Semiconductors , and Motorola (now NXP) on  technologies ranging from flip chip fabrication and packaging, flip chip on board and chip scale packages, to multi-chip packaging, MEMS, and optoelectronic packaging.

Pat earned his BS, MS and Ph. D. degrees in Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is currently VP, Technology of the Electronic Packaging Society of IEEE. He is a member of the Electronic Components and Packaging Conference Technical Program and Executive committees, where he has held multiple positions, including General Chair of the 2006 ECTC, and is now the Financial Chair.

Industrial Electronics Society

Board Member: Joern Ploennigs

joern ploennigsDr.-Ing. Joern Ploennigs is scientific researcher and manager at IBM Research – Ireland. He works on several aspects of enriching IoT by cognitive computing including machine learning, semantic reasoning, and natural interfaces to enable autonomous, highly scalable, and accessible IoT solutions for a sustainable future. Prior to joining IBM, he was heading the junior research group at Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany, as well as the data analytics group in the Irish strategic research cluster ITOBO as Feodor-Lynen fellow of the Humboldt-Foundation. He holds a master in electrical engineering for automation and control and a PhD in computer science from Technische Universitaet Dresden. He is chair of the IEEE IES TC BACM and board member of the IEEE IoT initiative as well as program committee member of several renowned international conferences and journals.

Microwave Theory and Techniques Society

Board Member: Nuno Borges Carvalho

nuno borges carvalho Nuno Borges Carvalho (S’97–M’00–SM’05-F’15) was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1972. He received the Diploma and Doctoral degrees in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, in 1995 and 2000, respectively.

He is currently a Full Professor and a Senior Research Scientist with the Institute of Telecommunications, University of Aveiro and an IEEE Fellow. He coauthored Intermodulation in Microwave and Wireless Circuits (Artech House, 2003), Microwave and Wireless Measurement Techniques (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and White Space Communication Technologies (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He has been a reviewer and author of over 200 papers in magazines and conferences. He is associate editor of the IEEE Microwave Magazine and Cambridge Wireless Power Transfer Journal and former associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques.

He is the co-inventor of six patents. His main research interests include software-defined radio front-ends, wireless power transmission, nonlinear distortion analysis in microwave/wireless circuits and systems, and measurement of nonlinear phenomena. He has recently been involved in the design of dedicated radios and systems for newly emerging wireless technologies.

Power and Energy Society

Board Member: Saifur Rahman

saifur rahmanProfessor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute ( at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment (  He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner.  He is the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 130 journal papers and has made over four hundred conference and invited presentations.  In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries.  He is the founder of BEM Controls, LLC, a Virginia (USA)-based software company providing building energy management solutions.  He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency related projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US Department of Defense, the State of Virginia and the US Department of Energy.

Power Electronics Society

No Representative on Board

Society President: H. Alan Mantooth

alan mantoothAlan Mantooth received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and 21st Century Research Leadership Chair at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Mantooth has 20 years of academic experience in addition to eight years in industry. He has served in several leadership positions in both industry and academe, and currently serves as Executive Director for the NSF Research Center on Grid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES) and as Deputy Director for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS). Since its inception in 2005 he has served as the Executive Director of the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transportation (NCREPT) and overseen its research and building program, which includes a 6 MVA test facility and cybersecurity testbed. He also serves as the Executive Director of the DoE Cybersecurity Center on Secure, Evolvable Energy Delivery Systems (SEEDS). Dr. Mantooth has published refereed articles and books in semiconductor device modeling, electronic design automation, IC design and power electronics design, and electronic packaging and integration. He is an IEEE Fellow, has served on the IEEE PELS Advisory Committee since 2004 and was elected PELS President for 2017 and 2018.

Robotics and Automation Society and
Society for Social Implications of Technology

Board Member: Mengchu Zhou

mengchu zhouMengChu Zhou (S’88-M’90-SM’93-F’03) received his B.S. degree in Control Engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China in 1983, M.S. degree in Automatic Control from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China in 1986, and Ph. D. degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 1990.  He joined New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ in 1990, and is now a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests are in Petri nets, intelligent automation, Internet of Things, big data, web services, and intelligent transportation.  He has over 700 publications including 12 books, 400+ journal papers (300+ in IEEE transactions), 12 patents and 28 book-chapters. He is the founding Editor of IEEE Press Book Series on Systems Science and Engineering and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica. He is a recipient of Humboldt Research Award for US Senior Scientists from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Franklin V. Taylor Memorial Award and the Norbert Wiener Award from IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society for which he serves as VP for Conferences and Meetings. He is a life member of Chinese Association for Science and Technology-USA and served as its President in 1999. He is a Fellow of International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Chinese Association of Automation (CAA).

Vehicular Technology Society

Board Member: Zhengguo Sheng

zhengguo shengDr. Zhengguo Sheng has been a Senior lecturer in the Department of Engineering and Design at University of Sussex since 2018. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. with distinction at Imperial College London in 2011 and 2007, respectively, and his B.Sc. from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in 2006. His current research interests cover connected vehicles, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and cloud/edge computing. He has published over 80 journal and conference papers, 5 books, 1 patent and 2 standards contribution in OneM2M and OMA LWM2M.  His current research works are funded by EPSRC, Royal Society and University of Sussex. He is also the receipt of Emerging research award 2017 from University of Sussex.