A Message from the 2019 Technical Activities Vice President

Dear Colleagues,

Each year, the Technical Activities Vice President has the opportunity to appoint ad hoc committees tasked with addressing current challenges, creating sustainable initiatives and projects, examining strategic implications, and/or building relationships with other organizational units. During my term as Technical Activities Vice President, I have established three volunteer-driven committees:

  • Ad Hoc Committee on TAB Structure and Constituents (Chair: Steve Diamond)
  • “Powered by IEEE” Entrepreneurial Project (Chair: John Verboncoeur)
  • Global Society Interaction (Chair: Maciej Ogorzalek)

Throughout the second quarter of 2019, committee members have been working diligently to complete their chartered deliverables, and I am looking forward to hearing updates about their work at the June Board Series, and highlighting an ad hoc committee in each of my quarterly TA Spotlight updates.

The 2019 Technical Activities Board Ad Hoc Committee on Global Society Interaction was launched this year to encourage global collaboration across technical societies. IEEE provides a platform for leaders from technical organizations across the globe to collaborate on topics and projects to advance technology for humanity. Participants include technical leaders from global societies within IEEE fields of interest, including global societies with both specialized and applied areas of interest, representing both academia and industry.

IEEE and the Technical Activities Board creates an environment where members collaborate on world-changing technologies, from computing and sustainable energy systems to aerospace, communications, robotics, healthcare, and more. In order to foster better global coordination, volunteer leaders of other global technical societies have been invited to participate in the Global Society Interaction program, and benefit from the collaborative networking environment.

Ten professionals from organizations around the globe will be attending the inaugural Global Society Interaction program event during the June IEEE Meeting Series, which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. These volunteers, coming from India, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Australia, France, the United Kingdom, and Italy, will be invited to attend pertinent committee meetings to add a global perspective. They will also be invited to a program lunch and dinner meeting to discuss topics of common interest, share feedback on meetings they attended, and brainstorm how their organizations can collaborate with IEEE and the other Global Society Interaction program partners.

I am happy to welcome these collaborators to the Global Society Interaction program, and am looking forward to the inaugural event in June, and sharing more about this exciting venture (as well as highlights from the June Technical Activities Board meeting) in the future. I encourage you all to find ways to foster global dialogue in your respective technical communities.

K.J. Ray Liu

2019 Vice President, Technical Activities


  • It is very good idea to start Global Society Interaction. Lack of such opportunities, Global top issue I.e. Climate Change/ Global Warming, a solution was presented in IEEE/SAE International Conference which was awarded 2nd best technical presentation, has no impact to save life on Earth even published by IEEE online.
    The technology presented in ITEC- India-2015 is for world and cooperation all may give fruitful result instead of declaration Climate Change as Emergency. Hope under this Society Interaction will attract towards global issue solution use.

  • Hello Dr. Liu,
    We (IEEE members) appreciate your effort towards creating Ad Hoc Committee on TAB Structure and Constituents, “Powered by IEEE” Entrepreneurial Project, and Global Society Interaction. It is a well thought idea to initiate and engage global interaction.
    Ajay Poddar
    Chief Scientist, Synergy Microwave, NJ, USA

  • It’s good to appoint these committees. I’d appreciate knowing specifically what projects they’re working on, not all, just a couple of specific examples.

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