For IEEE Region Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2022-2023
IEEE Region Delegate/Director, 2024-2025
Region 9 (Latin America)
JORGE E. MONZÓN
Professor, Engineering Department
School of Exact and Natural Sciences
Universidad Nacional del Nordeste
Latin America has a special meaning to me. I have lectured in many countries in the Region, visited both academic and industrial settings and engaged with students of several universities. I keep connected to many Latin American colleagues, as there is no stronger bond among technical people than their technical interests. After so many years of continued volunteer work in several capacities, I believe that I am quite familiar with IEEE to infer what Region 9 means to IEEE and what IEEE could mean to Latin America.
IEEE into the future
The IEEE Strategic Plan for the next five years highlights innovation through collaboration. And of the core values of IEEE, I emphasize Trust and Service to Humanity, as signs of the sincerity of our intentions to contribute to the welfare of mankind. In Latin America we will: increase public understanding of engineering and technology and pursue standards for their practical application; be a reliable source of educational service and resources to support life-long learning; deliver opportunities for career and professional development; and motivate a worldwide audience by building communities that advance technical interest, inform public policy, and expand knowledge.
IEEE Membership in Region 9
Latin America contributes to only 3% of the total higher grade membership. We definitely need a larger and stronger IEEE in Region 9. We will set forth a dynamic and energetic membership development program, based on the 4 R’s: Recruit (new members), Retain, Reward (current members) and Recover (past members).
Student Members – The driving force
Still and all, Region 9 exhibits the 3rd. largest number of undergraduate student members at a global scale, a highly positive indicator. This student population is the field where we need to prepare the 21st. Century Engineer, who must exhibit solid technical education, good work ethic, global outlook, and who must be flexible, adaptable, excellent communicator, and a team player who values networking.
IEEE Societies in Region 9
Of the 39 IEEE technical societies, our Region counts 27. We will promote the formation of chapters of the remaining 12 societies, especially of those that will define the future in the region: Product Safety Engineering, Intelligent Transportation, Vehicular Technology, Systems, Man & Cybernetics.
Affinity Groups and Technical Communities
We must build strong relationships in all 34 sections with affinity groups, technical communities and student branches, especially those currently active: Women in Engineering, Young Professionals, Life Members.
Any career development needs a Life-long Learning. IEEE can provide with career enhancement tools, employment assistance and eventual retirement guidance.
We will strengthen relationships with industry by showing benefits of IEEE membership, by preparing Corporate executive visits, organizing forums/meetings for technical focus, discuss about Standards, and promote within the industrial environment those member achievements.
Engaging with students branches in every country of the region will keep IEEE healthy. We will help in developing industry contacts, facilitate career exposure and assist beginning engineer in their transition from academia to the field.
International and Regional Activities
We will promote and encourage volunteer work of our members to engaging in key roles in the ExComs and AdComs of their chapters, at the international level, for higher visibility of Latin American engineers, and the possibility of a more just recognition of their merits at a global scale.
This will be in addition to the major events in the region (Andescon, Aranducon, Argencon, Chilecon, CONCAPAN, ISGT-LA, LASCAS, Urucon) which attract many members and an increasing number of students -essential to a career development program-, and require our support.
Finally, we must remind members and potential members in Region 9 that IEEE is what they need for information, for resources and for the cultivation of productive relationships within their technical areas.
I fully endorse the IEEE motto by saying that Networking Latin America is the first step of Networking the World as a way of Advancing Technology for Humanity.
Jorge E. Monzon received his PhD from Northeastern National University (UNNE) and his Electronics Engineer degree from the University of Tucuman, in Argentina. He received two MS degrees, in EE, and in Biomedical Engineering, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UNNE, he works on biomedical digital signal processing and on professional issues. He was the head of the Engineering Department at the Corrientes Institute of Cardiology, and CEO of Systole SRL. He has lectured in several countries. He is co-editor of Cardiac Fibrillation-Defibrillation (Intermedica) and contributing author to Interfacing Sensors to the IBM PC (Prentice-Hall), to Bioinstrumentation (Wiley) and to Biomedical Engineering Education (IGI), and associate editor of the EMB Magazine. He has been president of Latin American Regional Council on Biomedical Engineering (CORAL), and founding president of the Argentine Society of Bioengineering. He is listed in Who's Who in the World, in America and in Science and Engineering.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
IEEE Life Members Committee, 2020-2021.
IEEE Conferences Committee, 2018-2019.
IEEE TPIC-CQC, 2018-2021.
IEEE TAB N&A, 2008-2009.
IEEE Membership Development Community, 2007.
LMAG Secretary, Argentina, 2021-2022.
Founding member, IEEE EMBS Chapter, Argentina, 1992.
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: 1981-present.
Vice President for Member and Student Activities, 2006-2009.
Member Elevation Committee, Chair, 2021.
Associate Editor, IEEE EMB Magazine, 2006-2009.
Awards Committee, 2000, 2006-2008.
Regional Conferences Committee, Chair, 2005.
Region 9 Representative, 1998-2001.
Conference Committee, 2000-2004, 2007-2010.
C&B Committee, 2003-2005.
EMB Magazine Editor Search Committee, 2000.
General Conference Chair, 25th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS, Cancun, 2003.
Program Chair, 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS, Buenos Aires, 2010.
EMBS Conference Editorial Board member, 2008-2019.
International Conference Committee, IEEE-EMBS 20th Annual Conference, 1998.
International Committee, World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and 22nd IEEE-EMBC, 2000.
International Scientific Committee, IEEE TENCON 2001, Singapore.
President, Second Latin American Congress on Biomedical Engineering, Havana 2001.
Program Committee of IEEE-EMBS Annual Conferences EMBC’2001, EMBC’2002, EMBC’2004-2009, EMBC’2011-2012.
- IEEE Biometrics Council.
- IEEE Council on RFID.
- IEEE Life Sciences Community.
- IEEE TechEthics Community.
- IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.
- IEEE Computer Society.
- IEEE Education Society.
- IEEE Signal Processing Society.
Founding member of the Latin American Council on BME (IEEE sponsorship).
As General Conference Chair for the 2003 EMBS Annual Conference in Cancun, he recruited IEEE members from the Americas, to successfully organize the first EMB conference held in Latin America, representing a turning point for student participation -with more than 512 student registrants- and a US$ 150K surplus.
As Program Chair for the 2010 Conference in Buenos Aires, he repeated the Cancun strategy and transformed its organization into a Latin American regional endeavor, which was key to the large attendance of Latin Americans to this first EMB Conference in the southern hemisphere: 2000 papers and US$ 230K surplus.
As EMBS Vice President for Member and Student Activities he:
- coordinated a Senior Member Initiative, which led to 300 new SM in 3 years.
- instituted Best New Chapters Awards.
- designed new student activities at EMB Conferences.
IEEE R9 Virtual Meeting presentation
IEEE faces a wide range of issues, challenges and opportunities, especially in Latin America. I believe that member recruitment and recognition are essential to a larger and stronger society. We need to project IEEE to a higher level, enhancing the public visibility of member and volunteer achievements and the benefits to the community that results from its activities. We should work with industry leaders to identify and launch new IEEE services that could benefit practicing engineers and managers in the region, while consolidating our members from academia. My goal is to meet the demands of our members. We must identify and cultivate new partners who will join us in better serving our regional communities. We have to harmonize the national identities and common roots of our membership, and to promote IEEE activities across the Americas, especially in areas where long distances and low membership are key issues. I commit myself to coordinating -with the help of Sections and Chapters- the initiatives of enthusiastic IEEE members in every country of Latin America.