Alan Mantooth

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IEEE Division II Director​

Alan Mantooth

Communication is one key to effective governance. It is critical that any intelligent constituency be well-informed of the decisions, and the rationale behind those decisions, that impact their operations. I will ensure that the resolutions and rationale of the Board are communicated with all Division II Societies in a professional manner consistent with governance policies. I will continue the practice of meeting with Division Presidents during TAB meetings, and will attend their flagship conferences and governance meetings to report and gather feedback. As my experience demonstrates, I will work earnestly in a consensus-building and team-oriented fashion with the Division II Societies to represent their views and advocate for their needs at the Board level while working with my fellow Directors to achieve strategic and tactical goals that advance IEEE’s mission.

If given this great opportunity to represent our Division, I commit to engage in activities that judiciously steward resources that support and focus on serving the IEEE membership, promoting the profession, fostering inclusivity and diversity, and governing the organization with responsible, transparent fiduciary decision-making.

Recent service as PELS President and EiC of the Open Journal of Power Electronics has given me insight into TAB and PSPB operations and finance. I am the ideal candidate because of my collective experience: in IEEE volunteer/leadership positions, as a corporate board member and entrepreneur, and a leading engineer/researcher in the electrical engineering field. My team-oriented approach is characterized by values such as servant leadership, consensus-building, effective and efficient communications, preparedness, inclusivity, and decisiveness. I bring a pragmatic perspective to each leadership role. Lastly, my graduate student population is very diverse. For example, when the typical electrical engineering laboratory may have as much as 20% women, mine is over 40% – and has been for over 20 years. I have over 30 graduate students at a time with a sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, and geographical diversity that demonstrates my commitment to the ideal that inclusivity and diversity are strengths that produce results.

Alan Mantooth received the B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from the University of Arkansas (UA) in 1985 and 1986, and the Ph.D. degree from Georgia Tech in 1990. After eight years in industry (Analogy), he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the UA where he currently holds the rank of Distinguished Professor and holds the 21st Century Research Leadership Chair. He founded and directs the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, along with two Centers of Excellence: NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems and the DOE Cybersecurity Center on Secure, Evolvable Energy Delivery Systems. He is the Deputy Director of the NSF ERC entitled Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems. Dr. Mantooth has co-founded three companies in design automation (Lynguent), IC design (Ozark Integrated Circuits), and cybersecurity (Bastazo). He is Sr. Past-President of PELS and EiC of the IEEE Open Journal of Power Electronics.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

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Dr. Mantooth has been an active and committed volunteer for IEEE for almost 40 years. He has held many leadership positions in several IEEE Societies. Among them:

  • Chairman – IEEE CANDE, Design Automation Technical Committee for Circuits and Systems Society (2005)
  • Chairman – IEEE Working Group on Standard VHDL Packages for Multiple Energy Domain Systems (P1076.1.1) (2001-2006)
  • Standards Committee Chair of PELS (2004-2012)
  • VP Operations of PELS (2013-2016)
  • President-Elect of PELS (2016)
  • President of PELS (2017-2018)
  • Immediate Past-President and Nomination Committee Chair of PELS (2019-2020)
  • Past-President and Long-Range Planning Committee Chair of PELS (2021)
  • TAB Awards and Recognition Committee (2019-2021)
  • EiC of IEEE Open Journal of Power Electronics (2019-Present)

While serving as PELS President, he created initiatives to significantly increase PELS membership (now over 10,000), expanded technical operations and activities, strengthened conference and product portfolios, and enhanced partnerships with sister societies and international organizations. He established mentorship, cybersecurity and design automation programs that are now thriving. He began the PELS Town Hall Meetings to engage members more directly. Further, PELS established two major initiatives: Empower a Billion Lives, a global competition for innovative solutions to energy access, which attracted 450 teams from 70 countries, and the International Technology Roadmap for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors. PELS enjoyed steady financial growth with annual surpluses exceeding $1M. He worked with the TAB Finance Committee to establish two foundation accounts to support scholarship and humanitarian endeavors.

He has led volunteers in establishing and expanding international IEEE conferences including: Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices & Applications (WiPDA), WiPDA-Asia, International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems, Workshop on Design Automation for Power Electronics, Workshop on CyberPELS, and the Design Methodologies Conference.

He led the successful launch of the IEEE Open Journal of Power Electronics in 2020, which achieved financial break even in only eight months.

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Voting

The IEEE Societies are clustered within ten Technical Divisions, each represented on the IEEE Board of Directors by a Division Delegate/Director who serves a two‑year term. The Division Delegate/Director (or Division Delegate-Elect/Director‑Elect) is elected by the voting members of the Division from a slate nominated by the Divisional Committee or nominated by petition.

Ballots will be created for eligible voting members on record on 30 June.
Balloting Period: August 16, 2021 – October 1, 2021, 12:00 pm ET

To be eligible to vote for the IEEE Division II Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect office, on 30 June:

  • The member must be up-to-date on his/her IEEE membership and is a member of one of the Societies in Division II
    • IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society
    • IEEE Electronics Packaging Society
    • IEEE Industry Applications Society
    • IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
    • IEEE Power Electronics Society
    • IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
  • Hold one of these membership grades:
    • Graduate Student Member
    • Member
    • Senior Member
    • Fellow
    • All Life member grades

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