Dear CAS Society Member:
Each year, the members of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) elect new Governors to serve the Society starting at the beginning of the following year. I am calling on you now to nominate candidates for this year’s Board of Governors elections.
CASS is a professional volunteer-based organization. It is essential that we elect energetic and engaged leaders who will organize activities to meet the needs of entire Circuits and Systems community and who will guide our Society into the future. As a CASS member, you are in an excellent position to know the strengths of your fellow members and how they can best serve our community.
As you consider potential nominees, please take into account that CASS wishes to promote diversity in every possible dimension. As such, CASS would love to receive nominations that complete the current composition of BoG with respect to, to name a few, technical, gender and geographic diversity, as well as presence of Young Professional members (i.e., members who have received their first professional degree within the last fifteen years) and of Industrial and Academic members. Please identify them in your nomination process.
Board of Governors
Five members of the CAS Society are elected each year by the Society membership at large to serve three-year terms on the Board of Governors. The Young Professionals candidate and the Industry member candidate receiving the largest number of votes are declared elected. From the remaining candidates, the three receiving the largest number of votes are also declared elected, provided that there is a representation of all IEEE regions on the BoG, as per the CASS Bylaws.
The Board of Governors represents the members of the Society and approves the Society’s annual budget and amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws elects Society Officers and authorizes the expenditure of Society funds. Members of the Board of Governors are expected to attend two annual meetings, one in the spring and one in the fall. Eligibility criteria, stated briefly in the CAS Society Bylaws at the end of Article III, Section 3.1, are: the nominee is an IEEE and Society member in good standing for at least 2 years and meets all other requirements of the Constitution and these Bylaws.
Complete Board of Governors nominations must be received using the process described at the end of the page by close of business (5:00 pm EDT) on July 31, 2017, in order to be considered.
There are two options for adding nominees to the election slate. Nominators should indicate which of the following two options they prefer.
(1) The first option is to nominate by petition. The IEEE rule regarding the nomination petition process states: “For all positions where the electorate is less than 30,000 voting members, signatures shall be required from 2% of the eligible voters.” The number of signatures required on a petition shall depend on the number of eligible voters, as listed in the official IEEE membership records, at the end of the year preceding the election.” For CASS in 2017, this implies that we need 199 signatures on a petition for a nominee to be automatically placed on the election ballot. Note: Signatures from student members and affiliate members are not allowed. Graduate student members are eligible to sign a petition as well as vote in the election. If you wish to be nominated by petition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The CASS Administrator will then set up a web-based petitioning system that will automatically authenticate petition “signatures”. According to IEEE rules, a candidate with a valid nomination by petition is guaranteed to be on the ballot. Please note that only signatures received by close of business (4:00 pm EDT) on July 15, 2017, will be considered. Sign any active petition electronically at www.ieee.org/petition. Please use your IEEE Account to authenticate access.
(2) The second option involves the Nominations Committee, which may also place candidates on the ballot at its discretion.
A complete nomination must include
- Nomination Form
- Candidate Position Statement
- Candidate Biography
- Candidate Photo
(1) A completed Nomination Form is required. Eligibility criteria, stated briefly in the CAS Society Bylaws at the end of Article III, Section 3.1, are: the nominee is an IEEE and Society member in good standing for at least 2 years and meets all other requirements of the Constitution and these Bylaws.
(2) Candidate Position Statement. The candidate’s position statement is limited to 1000 words.
- In addition, the position statement should include answers to the following three questions. (Each answer is limited to 100 words)
- What are, in your opinion, the three most important services that CASS should provide to its membership?
- Mention one large long-term initiative that CASS should undertake in the next two years and that you would help to establish if elected.
- Mention three ways for CASS to reach/serve a specific part of the CASS community that you consider of particular importance (Industry, Academia, young CASS members, members of a specific region, ..)
(3) Candidate Biography. The candidate’s biography should be limited to 500 words.
(4) An electronic photograph should be included.
The Nomination Form, Biography, Candidate Position Statement and Photo must be submitted through the CASS Web Site.
The Nominations Committee greatly encourages you to recommend suitable candidates for these elections. Our strength as a society is not only in our engineering expertise but also in our societal spirit including the sharing of information with each other. This we can do best when we have a strong organization with engaged members.
Chair, 2017 Nominations Committee
IEEE Circuits and Systems Society