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Distinguished Lecturer Program

Distinguished Lecturer Program Information

The Sensors Council’s Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) promotes the field of Sensors to the broad engineering and scientific community, and to the public at large.

The Program’s goal is to have a minimum of three (3) Distinguished Lecturers (DLs), one per geographic region (Asia & Pacific, Europe, Americas).

Distinguished Lecturers are recommended by the VP-Technical Activities (VP-TA), and appointed by the President Elect for a two (2) year term, renewable only in cases of exceptional performance and perceived continuing need for a specific type of lecture(s). A budget shall be provided to cover the DL’s transportation expenses when traveling to speaking engagements. Normally the expenses shall not exceed $1,500 per trip, or $2,500 when traveling to another continent.  The requesting organization – a local chapter, a university, a college, etc. – are expected to cover all local expenses. This requirement may be waived/modified by the VP-TA if deemed justified.

Lectures presented by Distinguished Lecturers are meant to be public events aimed at specialists as well as non-specialists. These can be given in local IEEE chapters, at universities and companies, high schools, senior citizen homes, science fairs, science museums, etc.

Duties of a Distinguished Lecturer

  1. Serve as an Ambassador of the Sensors Council, promoting the field of Sensors, the Council, and IEEE.
  2. At lecture events encourage young professionals and students to pursue IEEE membership.
  3. Arrange and present at least two lectures per year, ideally more.
  4. Respond to press inquiries pertinent to the area of sensors, if so requested by the Council’s ExCom.
  5. Interact with the Council’s relevant Technical Committees.
  6. The DL should minimize travel expenses to the extent possible, by seeking low cost air fare and combining multiple talks within a given geographic region during a given trip – e.g., a USA-based DL should not travel to Asia to present a single lecture.
  7. Adhere to the IEEE travel policy and guidelines.
  8. Promptly submit expense reports, semi-annual reports to VP-TA on interim activities, and at the end of the DL’s term, a summary report for the IEEE Sensors Newsletter.

Criteria for appointment

  1. To be appointed, the candidate must demonstrate an established reputation for outstanding research and/or teaching.
  2. An important consideration in the candidate selection is the image the Distinguished Lecturer will project while on duty. For example, the candidate’s serving on governing bodies of organizations that can be perceived as competing with the Sensors Council will be a minus.
  3. Appointments will reflect the geographical distribution of IEEE chapters, and representation of the Council’s member societies.
  4. The perceived ability of the candidate to generate/arrange a number of lectures will be considered a plus.

Appointment Process

  1. The Program is to be administered by a DLP Committee comprised of the VP-Technical Activities (VP-TA), VP-Publications, and at least two additional members.  Representation from multiple regions (Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific) is a priority.
  2. Nominations for Distinguished Lecturers shall be solicited from the Sensors Council AdCom, Chairs and Co-Chairs of Technical Committees, Editorial Board of the Sensors Journal, and current DLs. A solicitation call for nominations shall appear on the Sensors Council web site.
  3. Any IEEE member of any SC member society can nominate a candidate. A nominee must be an IEEE member. Self-nominations are allowed. During their terms the ExCom members cannot be nominated.
  4. A list of nominees is submitted to VP-TA, and reviewed by the DLP Committee.
  5. As part of this work, VP-TA sends each nominee a description of DL responsibilities.  The DL nominees must confirm in writing their willingness to serve, and present their full CV, the list of publications, and a complete list of their serving, in the last five years and next few years if known, on governing bodies in and outside of IEEE – such as editorial boards, leadership roles in professional conferences, etc.
  6. The list of recommended appointments is then submitted by VP-TA to the SC President Elect for approval.