Important Message from our PELS President: Please Vote!
The leadership of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) has carefully reviewed and considered the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendments. While appreciating the intention to “better define the roles of the IEEE Assembly and its delegates,” we have found that the proposed changes do not accomplish the stated objectives and actually “open a door” for uncertain future changes to the IEEE leadership structure that may threaten the very existence of IEEE as a volunteer-driven professional society. Please see September President's Message
The main reasoning for our position includes the following considerations:
- The current Constitution provides for guaranteed geographical diversity by requiring that volunteers from each Region are represented by one Director on the BoD;
- The current Constitution provides for guaranteed technical diversity by requiring that volunteers from each technical Division are represented by one Director on the BoD;
- The proposed change replaces the above requirements with the statement that “The number of Directors … shall be specified in the Bylaws taking into consideration various diversity factors including, but not limited to, geographic and technical diversity.”
- Although the proposed changes transfer many “operational procedures” to “the IEEE Bylaws”, the intended changes to the Bylaws are not known at this time, so the full impact of the Constitutional Amendments is unknown. Furthermore, changes to the IEEE Bylaws do not require involvement of the full IEEE membership.
Therefore, the PELS leadership advise IEEE members to vote against the Constitutional Change