IEEE-SA Board of Governors

Responsible for overseeing the operations and establishing policy for the IEEE-SA.


May 2018

IEEE members are committed to the highest standards of integrity, responsible behavior, and ethical and professional conduct. The IEEE Standards Association reaffirms its commitment to an environment free of discrimination and harassment as stated in the IEEE Code of Conduct, IEEE Code of Ethics, and IEEE Nondiscrimination Policy. In particular, as stated in the IEEE Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct, members of the Standards Association will not engage in harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment, bullying behavior, or discrimination.

March 2018

The BOG approved the IEEE-SA Statement of Intention: Our Role in Addressing Ethical Considerations of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS).

December 2017

The BOG approved a revision to the IEEE Adherence to the WTO for International Standardization policy position statement.

The BOG approved the Role of Technical Standards in the Curriculum of Academic Programs in Engineering, Technology, and Computing policy position statement.

The BOG acknowledges that oversight of the IEEE P1838 working group is no longer required and thanks the IEEE-SA Standards Board for its effective work in this area.

The BOG empowers the SASB to plan to provide oversight of open source activities relative to standards for the following use cases:

  • Informative Piece of Standard
  • Normative Piece of Standard

The BOG confirms its intent to offer a platform and guidance for Open Source projects within the IEEE-SA for use by the entire IEEE, and empowers the CAG to develop further recommendations on how to implement such a platform and to provide oversight for incorporation of the following use cases:

  • Test & Tools Framework (e.g., automated test suite)
  • [Reference] Example Implementation
  • Non-SA IEEE Open Source Projects
  • Non-IEEE Open Source Projects [that may or may not be submitted into an IEEE-SA activity]
  • Open Source Development where Code is the IEEE-SA work product other than a Standard, e.g., Industry Connections, ISTO, etc.

The BOG endorsed the signing of the IOT Magazine MOU.

December 2016

The BOG approved the proposed IEEE Policy Position Statement IEEE Adherence to the World Trade Organization Principles for International Standardization and to move it forth, per the IEEE Global Public Policy Committee process, for IEEE Board of Directors approval as an IEEE Policy Position Statement.

The BOG recommended that IEEE Standards Association pursue accreditation by the Standards Council of Canada for a three-year period (2017-2020).

IEEE-SA BOG requests close cooperation with MGA on development of any proposal for IEEE Corporate Membership.

August 2016

The BOG recommended approval of the draft IEEE position statement - IEEE Principles for Standards Development.

The BOG approved signing an MOU that enables the IEEE-SA to participate as a core member of the IEEE IOT Multi-Society Technical Group.

May 2016

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Board of Governors (BOG) directs the IEEE-SA Standards Board (SASB) to provide, in cooperation with the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board (C/SAB), oversight of the IEEE P1838 Working Group. Progress on this oversight is to be provided, when available, by the SASB Chair to the BOG.

The BOG endorsed the proposed IEEE-SA Public Policy Statement and instructed staff to submit the Statement to the IEEE Global Public Policy Committee by 1 June 2016.

The BOG authorized the IEEE-SA to sign the Joint Initiative on Standardisation (JIS) provided that such JIS is substantially similar to the draft presented to the BOG on 19 May 2016.

The BOG approved that IEEE cease its membership in the U.S. National Committee of the IEC.

February 2016

The BOG approved the Vision/Mission/Goal of the IEEE Standards Association as follows:





Be a world-class Standards Development Organization

Provide a high quality, market relevant standardization environment, respected world-wide

Provide a globally open, inclusive, and transparent environment for market relevant, voluntary consensus standardization, supported by:

  • Global Presence
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Being a Learning Community

The BOG approved the continuance of the IEEE-SA reduced individual membership dues for developing nations, consistent with IEEE practice.

August 2015

Members (voting and non-voting) of Industry Connections activities (entity-based or individual-based) are not required to be IEEE-SA members.

May 2015

The IEEE Standards Association endorses the IEEE Signature Event and recognizes the important work of the IEEE Awards Board. The IEEE-SA looks forward to providing continuing support to the IEEE Awards Board.

February 2015

The BOG approved the suspension of the corporate membership requirement for two Industry Connections activities (IC12-003 Intercloud Testbed and IC13-004 Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day) through calendar year 2015.

December 2014

WHEREAS, the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board (“Standards Board”), acting through its Patent Committee and an ad hoc committee of the Patent Committee, reviewed the IEEE Standards Association patent policy in light of current litigation, regulatory concerns, and stakeholder input; and

WHEREAS, the Patent Committee and its ad hoc conducted a thorough process of preparing drafts of a proposed patent policy update; releasing drafts for public review and comment; receiving and considering comments on drafts; and revising drafts of the proposed patent policy update in light of comments received; and

WHEREAS, the Standards Board acknowledged the report of the Patent Committee with respect to the modification of Section 6 of the Standards Board Bylaws (in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 1 and hereinafter referred to as “Draft 39”); and

WHEREAS, after conducting its own two-month review and receiving additional public input on Draft 39, the Standards Board, by more than a two-thirds majority, approved the modifications to Section 6 of the Standards Board Bylaws as set forth in Draft 39 and recommended that the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors ( “Board of Governors”) approve Draft 39, with such modifications as the Board of Governors deemed necessary, advisable, and/or appropriate, and subject to the receipt of a favorable Business Review Letter from the United States Department of Justice (“SASB Resolution”); and

WHEREAS, IEEE has requested a Business Review Letter from the U.S. Department of Justice as contemplated by the SASB Resolution;

WHEREAS, that in a resolution adopted on November 23, 2014 (“BOD Resolution”), the Board of Directors of IEEE has directed that “prior to any action being implemented by the IEEE Standards Association with regard to patent policy, it shall be referred to the IEEE Board of Directors for approval.”

It is therefore,

RESOLVED, that the Board of Governors hereby acknowledges and accepts the report and recommendation of the Standards Board; and it is

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Governors hereby approves the modifications to Section 6 of the Standards Board Bylaws as set forth in Draft 39, subject to receipt of a favorable Business Review Letter, as determined by the IEEE Legal and Compliance Department, from the U.S. Department of Justice; and it is

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of the Board of Governors is authorized and instructed to transmit this resolution and attachments to the Secretary of the IEEE Board of Directors, consistent with the BOD Resolution; and it is

FURTHER RESOLVED, that if the favorable Business Review Letter shall have been received, and if the IEEE Board of Directors shall have approved the policy, the modification of Section 6 of the Standards Board Bylaws as approved herein shall become effective at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on March 15, 2015, or at such earlier or later time as the IEEE Board of Directors shall provide.

The BOG approved the position statement Policies Accepting Global, Market-Driven Standards Should be Embraced in TTIP Trade Discussion, subject to IEEE legal review and modifications deemed necessary by IEEE legal counsel.

May 2014

The BOG approved a motion to join the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) as a full member.

December 2013

Resolved that the IEEE-SA Board of Governors shall, and hereby is, recommending submission of an amicus brief by IEEE in "Ericsson v D-Link, et al."; and it is
Further resolved that the IEEE-SA Managing Director shall work with the IEEE General Counsel to forward such recommendation to the IEEE Executive Director for consideration by the IEEE Board of Directors.

December 2012

The BOG recommended that the IEEE file an amicus brief that describes the standards development process and the role that letters of assurance play in that process in Apple Inc. v. Motorola Inc.

The BOG voted to continue the developing nations discount for individual IEEE-SA dues for two more years (2014 – 2015).

Considering the SA OpMan ER policy indicates that appointment is for no less than 1 year:

  • BOG approval of ERs, where the OBC does not indicate a term, shall be for 2 years.

Considering that the SA OpMan mentions “liaison” in its definition of ER policy, the SASB OpMan specifically defines the policy for an “IEC Category D liaison”, and the IEEE-SA website lists many existing formal liaisons:

  • The BOG requests that ProCom define a “liaison” policy in the rules.

August 2012

The BOG endorsed the Modern Global Standards Paradigm. external link

June 2012

In reference to the European Commission’s Proposal on European Standardisation, COM(2011) 315 final, dated 1 June 2011,

The IEEE Standards Association supports and advocates for those aspects (e.g., Chapter IV and Annex II) of this proposal that allow for the direct referencing of ICT standards for public procurement and public policy, where the standards comply with a set of criteria based on the WTO principles for international standardization processes.

The BOG approved a statement on the World Conference on Telecommunications (WCIT) that expresses concern with proposed modifications that would change ITU-T Recommendations from voluntary to mandatory.

March 2012

The BOG approved a CPI-based increase of 3.15% for the RAC products, rounded to the nearest $5.

The BOG approved the following Industry Connections activity initiations:

  • Standardization and Innovation in IT (SIIT) Conference
  • IEEE 802.11 Patent Pool Exploratory Forum
  • Power Matters Alliance (PMA)
  • Intercloud Testbed

Judith L. Gorman will retire from the IEEE on 2 April 2012. A resolution honoring her service was approved.

  • WHEREAS, Judith L. Gorman has served the IEEE faithfully for twenty-eight years, and
  • WHEREAS, Judith L. Gorman led the creation of the IEEE Standards Association in its current structure during the late 1990s, and
  • WHEREAS Judith L. Gorman provided the leadership necessary the past fourteen years for the development of the IEEE Standards Association to become a world-class standards organization, and
  • WHEREAS, under Judith L. Gorman, the IEEE Standards Association has become an integral partner of industry, government, and the global standards community ensuring the transitioning of technology to the marketplace through the judicious use of standards, and
  • WHEREAS, under the guidance of Judith L. Gorman, the IEEE Standards Association expanded its support to industry through the establishment and integration of individual and corporate standards development programs to ensure responsiveness to industry requirements, and
  • WHEREAS, Judith L. Gorman spearheaded the creation of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO), allowing the IEEE to lend its brand to areas beyond traditional standards development, and
  • WHEREAS, Judith L. Gorman has been instrumental in establishing a multi-year business strategy enabling the IEEE Standards Association to support evolving stakeholder requirements and ensure the IEEE Standards Association’s long term financial viability, and
  • WHEREAS, Judith L. Gorman has been a global ambassador for the IEEE-SA over the past decade, and
  • WHEREAS, Judith L. Gorman has steered the IEEE Standards Association into new technology areas, including Smart Grid, green IT, virtual environments, and network science, and
  • WHEREAS, Judith L. Gorman has overseen the expansion of global Standards Education through expanded university outreach, a standards education e-Zine, and an expanded web support, and
  • WHEREAS, Judith L. Gorman has been instrumental in developing global Public Awareness and Visibility programs, ensuring the recognition of both the IEEE Standards Association and IEEE from the perspective of the engineering community, as well as by the policy and decision makers within industry, government, and academia, and
  • WHEREAS, Judith L. Gorman has demonstrated her ability to create an organization that addresses both external and internal requirements for effective standards creation, while ensuring that IEEE Standards Association remains synergistic with IEEE’s broader operations, and
  • WHEREAS, Judith L. Gorman is devoted to the IEEE and to the IEEE Standards Association, and her devotion is demonstrated in the many activities she has spearheaded or supported in her years as an IEEE staff member, and
  • WHEREAS, over the course of Judith L. Gorman’s unparalleled tenure of service, initiative, and stewardship, she garnered the respect, admiration, and friendship of staff, volunteers, and external community leaders;
  • THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that on the occasion of her retirement, the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors expresses its utmost gratitude to Judith L. Gorman, pays tribute to her many exceptional years of service, and extends its sincere best wishes to her for many years to come.
December 2011

The BOG approved the establishment of the IEEE as the financial and technical sponsor of the Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology (SIIT) Conference and assigns the incubation of this conference to the Industry Connections Program with reports to the BOG.

The BOG approved the white paper "IEEE Adheres to the WTO Principles for International Standardization".

The BOG approved the "Future Directions for Nanonetworking" Industry Connections activity initiation, with Alex Gelman and Jim Wendorf as advisors.

The External Representative (ER) policy [section 7.1 of the SA OpMan] does not apply to ISO, IEC, and ITU liaisons. It applies to any ER positions already designated, except as excluded above. The BOG requests that ProCom review how the ER policy can be re-written in the rules and make a recommendation on a longer term ER policy.

August 2011

The BOG approved having IEEE-SA reduced individual membership dues for developing nations:

  • IEEE members and IEEE society affiliates: (cost of service recovery price point)
    • For 2012 - $26
  • IEEE-SA only individual member: (Slightly more than developing nations IEEE membership + SA membership)
    • For 2012 - $99
June 2011

Dennis Brophy is appointed as the CAG Chair for 2012-2013.

2012 RAC pricing will be increased across the board using the 2010 CPI factor used for SA membership rounded up to the nearest $5.

December 2010

Entity membership was approved with the requirement for entity WGs to use the IEEE email reflectors by no later than 31 December 2011.

Smart Grid funding in the approximate amount of 1.7M for 2011 was approved.

A motion was approved that the BOG directs the SASB to implement a policy that ensures the participation database (when successfully implemented as determined by the SASB) is used by all working groups.

A motion was approved that the BOG appoints the international ad hoc as coordinator of all IEEE-SA engagements with China on issues involving interaction with ISO and IEC.

A motion was approved that David Law and Jim Wendorf will be the mentors for “Ethernet Wireline Bandwidth Needs” ICAID.

May 2010

A motion was unanimously approved to change the nomination period for all awards other than the Standards Medallion and Working Group Chair Awards, to be 1 March – 31 August of each calendar year.

The revised International Strategy was unanimously approved.

A motion was unanimously approved to make the document management tool known as Mentor available for use by any SA participant for SA business at no charge.