This is the first question that most people ask when you say that you are running for office.
My list, not necessarily in order of priority is:
- Membership – Are we attracting a significant fraction of those working in our profession? What does IEEE have to offer them? Why is membership retention so poor?
- Publishing and information – Is IEEE meeting the technical information needs of its members and customers? Do we have the right answers to Open Access?
- New and emerging technologies – Does IEEE respond to the requirement to build new communities as technology changes? Do we have the collaborative structures in place to support responses to the big technology challenges? Does IEEE’s publications, conferences and standards respond to the demands of new technologies?
- Global diversity – How is IEEE expanding its coverage to meet the needs of technologists world-wide?
- Social responsibility – IEEE, as the world’s largest and broadest community of applied technologists, must explain “advancing technology for the benefit of humanity” results in an improved quality of life.