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Webinar: Am I Qualified to be Considered for an IEEE Fellow?

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Title: Towards the IEEE Fellow Grade

Abstract: The IEEE fellow grade is a prestigious recognition by the Institute to a single individual for his or her technical accomplishments in impacting society at large. It is highly sought-after across the globe. How do you answer the question then: Am I qualified to be considered for an IEEE fellow? What is the best way to prepare a nomination package? This talk by Dr. Don Tan will provide a unique perspective from an IEEE Fellow Committee Chair’s viewpoint. It tries to demystify the fellow nomination and evaluation process. This is part of a continued effort to help increase the nomination pool size each year, particularly from underrepresented geographic areas, such as Region 9, African Council, Eastern Europe, Pacific Islanders, underrepresented technical disciplines, such as industry, standards, education, and underrepresented groups to enhance Equity and Diversity. Topics include: 1) IEEE membership grades, 2) Relevant membership statistics, 3) Find a mentor/sponsor, 4) Judging yourself, 5) Importance of your nomination package, and 6) Reference resources and endorsement letters.


Dr. Tan is with NGSS, where he served at an executive level as a Distinguished Engineer, Fellow, Chief Engineer-Power Conversion, program manager, department manager, and center director. Don earned his PhD from Caltech and is an IEEE fellow. Recognized as a visionary leader in ultra-efficient power conversion and electronic energy systems, he has pioneered breakthrough innovations with high-impact industry firsts and record performances that “significantly enhance our national security.”

The recent launch of the JWST Space Telescope represents humanity’s most powerful telescope for a historical mission. His suite of world-class electronics performed flawlessly for JWST in orbit, one million miles away, with world record-breaking performances.

Don has delivered 70+ keynotes/invited global presentations. He is, among others, Chair, of the 2023 IEEE Fellow Committee, IEEE Board of Directors, Vice Chair, of Industry Engagement Committee and Immediate Past Steering Committee Chair, IEEE PELS/PES eGrid. He was the Director, the IEEE Board of Directors, the PELS Long Range Planning Committee Chair, the Nomination Committee Chair, the PELS President, the Editor-in-Chief (Founding) for the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, the General Conference Chair for APEC, Vice President-Operations, Guest Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Fellow Committee, Vice President-Meetings, IEEE Chair for IEEE/Google Little Box Challenge (awarded $1M cash prize), and IEEE/DoD Working Group Chair, developed IEEE/ANSI std 1515/1573. He also serves on many national and international award, review, and selection committees.

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