President's Message

Dear EDS members:

I am delighted to start my term as the President of EDS for 2020-2021.  Our Society is one of the oldest within IEEE and has a storied past with a celebrated history.  It is indeed my honor and privilege to serve as EDS President.

First, I would like to thank Fernando Guarin for his outstanding stewardship of EDS the past two years as President, introducing new initiatives in education, humanitarian activities, social media presence and many others.  It is my intention to continue all of them and expand even further. 

On the Education front, our Board of Governors (BoG) have approved a summer school program starting this year.  Our intention is to financially suport a couple of summer schools in different parts of the world each year on topical areas of interest to EDS.  Please check the EDS website for Call for Proposals for Summer School if you wish to host/organize it in your area.

Our education portfolio now includes Distinguished Lecturer (DL) program, Mini-colloquium (MQ), webinars, BS, MS and PhD student fellowships, educational outreach to high school students and participation at the IEEE level educational activities. I hope you can take advantage of all these offerings.  If you have additional suggestions regarding how EDS can enhance its educational portfolio, please drop me a line. 

As you know, we honor outstanding technical and educational contributions of our members through various awards. Starting this year, EDS will have a new one called Lester F. Eastman Award, named after a pioneer in compound semiconductor devices.  This award will recognize individuals with outstanding achievement in high-performance semiconductor devices.  Please consider nominating a worthy colleague. Details can be found on the EDS website.

Our profession is changing rapidly:  we are witnessing the end of Moore's law, Heterogeneous Integrations, emerging of IoT, new computing paradigms and rebooting computing, and others.  EDS needs to prepare for all these changes.  We have created a new Vice President position for Strategic Directions.  This VP and his/her committee will focus on future directions for the EDS, work with IEEE's Future Direction Initiatives and figure out where and how EDS can contribute and participate in the new IEEE initiatives, and finally prepare our Society for the new era in the coming decades.

Finally, Societies like ours cannot function without dedicated volunteers.  We survive and thrive because of the enthusiasm of our volunteers and the time they devote to organizing and running conferences, serving our publications as editors and reviewers, serving on all the EDS committees and many more.  Please think about volunteering to serve and help our Society.  Please visit our website to learn about various volunteering opportunities. 


Meyya Meyyappan

EDS President