The leadership of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) has carefully reviewed 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 may threaten the very existence of IEEE as a volunteer-driven technical professional society.
The main reasoning for our position includes the following:
The current Constitution provides for guaranteed geographical diversity by requiring that volunteers from each geographic 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.”
The proposed changes transfer responsibilities to Bylaws but the intended Bylaws changes are not known at this time, so the full impact of the Amendments is unknown.
Therefore, the PELS leadership will not advise IEEE members to vote for the Constitutional Change Amendment.
Braham Ferreira (IEEE PELS President)