I am honored to be a Candidate for 2019 IEEE Division IX Director -Elect’2019 who will then serve as 2020 IEEE Division IX Director

Invitation to support Ferial El-Hawary by Voting for her as a Candidate for 2019 IEEE Division IX Director Elect. Member societies in Division IX are:

· Signal Processing Society (SP)

· Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AES)

· Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRS)

· Information Theory Society (IT)

· Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITS)

· Oceanic Engineering Society (OE)

· Vehicular Technology Society (VT)


Members of any one of the seven societies listed above including Graduate Students and Higher Grades are eligible to Vote . Please go to the URL:  and click on “Annual Election ” You will need to provide your IEEE username/password for authentication.

Ferial El-Hawary Candidate for IEEE Division IX


Dr. Ferial El-Hawary (M’82-S’86-F’99) received the B.Eng. from University of Alexandria, and the M. Sc. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, in Electrical Engineering; and the Ph.D. in Oceans Engineering from MUN, Canada. Dr. El-Hawary is President of BH Engineering Systems Ltd. and former Professor, Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University, Canada where she established and directed the Modeling & Signal Analysis Research Laboratory. Sustained research contribution devoted to OCEANS Application with significant impact on defense, navigation and Oil & Gas exploration. She has published widely in IEEE Journals. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Ocean Engineering Handbook CRC Press, Year’2001 and 2nd Edition is available since 2004. Served as Associate Editor of IEEE Oceanic Engineering Journal. Contributed to Academic Institutions for over 25 years, teaching Electrical and Signal Processing for Oceanic Engineering applications, she has made significant and sustainable contributions in promoting and developing Advance Studies. As a founder of BH Engineering Systems Ltd., she established professional development courses, linking academic innovations to industrial needs. She is a Fellow of Marine Technology Society (MTS), Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), and Life Fellow of IEEE.
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Voting will open on August 15, 2018.


I hope that you agree with my vision and will support me with your vote as well as by encouraging your IEEE colleagues, friends, and graduate students around the world to do the same. Thank you for your Vote!


IEEE and its member societies have been a significant part of my professional life.  Serving as Division IX Director will allow me to serve and contribute to the growth of our technical societies.

A)  TAB, and its Societies and Divisions have developed growth-oriented strategic plans. When elected as Divisional Director, I plan to work with an ad-hoc planning committee including Division IX Society Presidents and one additional member from each Society in the Division. The charge of this committee is to:

    1. Review earlier division strategic plans and extracting a draft integrated plan of action for the Division.
    2. If not already done, Society Presidents in Division IX will be invited to share and discuss their position statements addressed to their members (for election purposes) with the intent of identifying commonalities that can be integrated in the Divisional strategic plan.

I propose that the outcome of the planning ad-hoc committee deliberations be among the first items on the agenda of the earliest Division IX Society Presidents Forum. This will form the basis for an up-to-date Divisional strategic plan whose goals include building on the synergies between the Division’s seven member societies to expand their technical scopes and member growth. Along the same lines, we need to encourage more collaboration between the seven societies of Division IX to focus and promote the overlapping advanced technology for the benefit of all. For example signal processing technology (SPT) is pervasive throughout the scopes of almost all IEEE societies. This is very true in Division IX, where SPT is at the core of many aspects of the scopes of Division IX Societies.

      1. B) The challenge for Division IX is developing products and services that members globally truly value and leverage the benefits that Division IX seven Societies bring to their efforts and aspirations. Senior Society leaders of Division IX will be invited to plan and establish joint inter-society technical workshops in areas of mutual interests.
        1. C) There is general agreement that the future of IEEE and its Societies depends on membership growth which in turn relies on the next professional generations. There is a need to challenge leaders of the Division’s Societies in strengthening and expanding the role of the Young Professionals and Graduate Students organizations within the

      Division IX Societies. We need to be proactive in strengthening and fostering loyalty to the profession and the technical community.                        

    1. D) I believe that a bi-annual Division IX Congress may be among the possible ways to grow the Division and its Societies.
        1. E) I will propose to establish more industrial supported scholarships in our areas of interest to encourage and raise society visibility to students and

      graduate student memberships

    1. F) We must continue to grow as a truly global organization and embrace membership from IEEE ten Regions around the world.

G) As Division Director I intend to continue the long standing tradition of past directors to visit each Division IX Society’s AdCom meetings and conferences.

I am willing to serve Division IX Director 2019-20 if elected.


Ferial is the recipient for many awards recognizing her contributions with devoting services to IEEE:

Ø  2017 -“Murugan Memorial Award” for her contributions to the Canadian Atlantic Section and IEEE.

Ø  2008 -The IEEE-Systems Man & Cybernetics Society Outstanding Contribution Award.

Ø  2007- IEEE- Educational Activities Board (EAB) Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education.

Ø  2005 – Marine Technology Society (MTS) Ocean Engineering Compass International Award.


Ø  2002 – The J.J. Archambault IEEE/Eastern Canada Council Merit Award.

Ø  2001- The IEEE Canada Wally Read Service Award for Outstanding Service & contribution to IEEE-Canada.

Ø  2000 – IEEE Third Millennium Medal,

Ø  1999 – IEEE/RAB Achievement Award.

Ø  1997 – IEEE/OES Distinguished Service Award. 

Ø  1985 – Fellow of Marine Technology Society (MTS).

Ø  1997 – Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC).

Ø  1999 – Life Fellow of IEEE.