From The Director

Welcome from the North America Region Director & Chair, and Vice Chair of the North American Region Board

North America Region Colleagues,

As we enter 2016, we have a new Board, ready to take on the tasks of invigorating the chapters and their members.

I would like to welcome them to the Team.  Please feel free to contact them for any questions or concerns relative to ComSoc activities in your respective IEEE Region.  Their bio’s are available on the “Board” tab.

Chair: T. Scott Atkinson, NAR Director

Past Chair: Merrily Hartmann

Vice Chair:  Fawzi Behmann

DLT Coordinator:  Zafar Taqvi

IEEE Region 1 Representative: Ali Abedi

IEEE Region 2 Representative: Vacant

IEEE Region 3 Representative: [candidate id’d]

IEEE Region 4 Representative: [Working to id candidate]

IEEE Region 5 Representative: Fawzi Behmann

IEEE Region 6 Representative: Upkar Dhaliwal

IEEE Region 7 Sr. Representative & NAR IT Coordinator: Wahab Almuhtadi,

IEEE Region 7 Representative & R7 DLT Support: Anader Benyamin-Seeyar,

Advisor: Richard Miller

[See their bio’s on theBoard” tab]


Region Chapter Achievement Award

Congratulations to our Austin, TX ComSoc/Signal Processing Chapter for winning our 2015 ComSoc Chapter Achievement Award, North America Region; Winner of the 2015 Chapter of the Year Award! Their chapter activities during 2015 were impressive and quite worthy of this award.

I’d like to share a few special events, which may stimulate other ideas for future chapter functions:

  • Distinguished Lecturer/Speaker Program: In 2014 the chapter hosted Prof. Ying-Dar Lin, IEEE Fellow, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. During his visit to Austin, Dr. Lin delivered presentations to IBM, AT&T, and COMSOC/SP and other joint chapters. Dr. Lin spoke on “Traffic Forensics: Capture, Replay, Classification, Detection, and Analysis,” as well as “Software Defined Networking: Why, When, Where, and How.”
  • ComSoc co-sponsored a young professional mixer in August during SxSW in 2014. The event attracted more than 100 attendees. The chapter organized an information table. During that event, Glenn Zorpette, Executive Editor of IEEE Spectrum, and Dr. Robin Murphy, an expert on search and rescue drones, made presentations.
  • The chapter supported GLOBECOM 2014 (Dec. 8-12) and secured more than 100 students from the university of Texas, San Antonio, State University of San Marcos, and others who volunteered as room monitors and at the registration desk. As the chair of marketing and publicity for GLOBECOM, I sent an appreciation note to the students for their dedication and exemplary performance at the event.


Global Communications Newsletter (GCN)

While discussing our chapter achievements, this is a good time to draw everyone’s attention to our Global Communications Newsletter (GCN) which should be viewed as our “Voice of the Chapters.” This newsletter appears in each monthly issue of IEEE Communications Magazine and gives our chapters the opportunity to share their member activities within our global community. Whenever you have something you would like to share, please write up a short article and send it to the Editor (our own VP of Member Relations, Stefano Bregni!, alternately to T.Scott Atkinson or Fawzi Behmann.

I invite you to read each monthly edition of the GCN to keep up with our ComSoc community and to get good ideas for meetings of your own. Please see the GCN pages for general information or previous issues; click on this link for access here.


ComSoc Distinguished Lecturers (DLs)

Our ComSoc Distinguished Lecturers (DLs) are available for DL Tours (DLTs) within our region which is a most effective way to add value to ComSoc chapter membership. Please take advantage of this great program by contacting our NAR DLT Coordinator, Zafar Taqvi and he will assist you in the process. You can read up on the process here:



We would encourage the creation of Facebook pages or websites for your chapters to keep your membership informed and involved. Please get in touch with Ting Qian (ComSoc Staff) and she will get you started.

To our 22,000+ ComSoc North America region members (as of September 2015), I heartily welcome you to join one of our chapters – they are in place to enrich your ComSoc experience.



T. Scott Atkinson, IEEE LSM

Director, North American Region & Chair, North America Region Board


Fawzi Behmann, IEEE LSM

Vice Chair, North American Board