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Webinar: IEEE Senior Member, What, Why, and How

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Howard Wolfman, 2024 Chair of the IEEE Admission and Advancement Committee.


The presentation will offer IEEE Senior Member information that will answer questions and encourage discussion. After participating in the Webinar, an individual will understand the requirements for an IEEE Senior Member and the process to follow to be successfully elevated to IEEE Senior Member.

Included in the presentation are the What, Why, and Where of IEEE Senior Membership.

1. What is an IEEE Senior Member and how does the classification of Senior Member fit in the various classes of IEEE membership?
2. Why should a qualified IEEE Member apply for elevation to Senior Member?
3. Benefits to the individual
4. Benefits to the IEEE Section, Region, and other IEEE Organization Units
5. How does an IEEE member apply for, or get nominated for elevation to Senior Member?
6. What are the qualifications for elevation to Senior Member
7. Professional Experience
8. Significant performance
9. Nominator/References requirements
10. Nomination process
11. Application pitfalls to avoid
12. Region Preliminary Senior Member elevation panels
13. A&A panels


Howard Wolfman received his BSEE from the University of Illinois, MBA from Northwestern University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois. After many years of industry experience leading engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and sales functions in diverse product areas, he formed Lumispec Consulting, specializing in Lighting Energy Efficiency.

Howard serves as the Chairman of the Board of a municipal sanitary district, has served in many other civic organizations, and has held numerous leadership positions in the IEEE and domestic/international standards and trade organizations. He is one of the top 200 fundraisers in Illinois for the MS Society.

His IEEE activities include 2024 Chair of the Admissions and Advancement Committee, Treasurer of SSIT, immediate past chair of the Life Members Committee. Howard has also served as Chicago Section Chair, Region 4 Director, IEEE Treasurer, and a member or chair of 20 IEEE committees.

In addition, he is an adjunct full professor in the Master of Engineering Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has lectured at universities worldwide, made numerous presentations, and authored many papers. Howard is a recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the NEMA Kite and Key Award, the CSA Award of Merit, the Edison Report Lighting Lifetime Achievement Award, the IEEE Standards association Lifetime Achievement Award in Lighting standards, and is an Eagle Scout.

Howard, his wife, Harriet, their three children/spouses, and five grandchildren all reside in the NW suburbs of Chicago, IL. Fun fact: the two oldest grandchildren are majoring in Electrical/Computer Engineering.



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