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February 2019

Message from the Editor
Heather Love, Editor, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) Newsletter
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Greetings, SSIT members!

This month, I am happy to present the first installment in a series of introductions to your current SSIT Board of Governors, as well as several publication notices that should be of interest to many members. We are hoping to expand our Conferences section in coming months, so please contact me if you are part of (or if you know of) an organization sponsoring a conference, symposium or other event whose topics and themes overlap with SSIT concerns. It would be wonderful to spread the word to the broader SSIT membership.

As always, I invite submissions from all SSIT members for inclusion in future newsletters. To announce an event, news item, volunteer opportunity, CFP, award notice, or other article, please contact me at Submissions for the March 2019 newsletter are due by 25 February 2019.

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Introducing your Board of Governors (BoG)

Over the coming months, we look forward to presenting a series of short introductions to the current slate of SSIT BoG members. We hope that these vignettes will help you get to know a bit more about the group’s varied (and impressive!) areas of expertise and backgrounds, the specific goals that different individuals have for their time on the SSIT BoG, and the more general aspirations they each have for the future of the SSIT.

We encourage you to contact BoG members whose interests and areas of expertise overlap with your own, and we hope that these introductions can serve as a starting point for building camaraderie and connections within SSIT as a whole.

To kick things off, we present incoming SSIT President Bob Dent and SSIT Secretary Lew Terman:

Bob Dent is the president of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology for 2019-20. He has been a member and active volunteer with the IEEE, Power and Energy Society (PES), Industry Applications Society and SSIT for many years. He is also the 2018-2019 chair of the IEEE History Committee.

Bob's hope in the short term is to bring the Society into a stable financial situation, raise the visibility of the Society, and increase the membership and the number of chapters in the Society. In the long term, he wants to promote the SSIT's involvement in a significant number of conferences that address the concerns of responsible electrical engineers worldwide.

Bob Dent received his undergraduate engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and received graduate degrees from Pratt Institute and Polytechnic University in computer science, electrical engineering and management. He received the Dow Jones Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award upon graduation from Polytechnic University.

Mr. Dent worked in the electric utility industry during his career. He held technical and/or managerial positions at the United Illuminating Co., Gibbs and Hill Inc., New York Power Authority (NYPA) and IEEE. He served for five years as the executive director of the PES.

Mr. Dent is an IEEE Life Senior Member and a member of IEEE-HKN honor society. He received the PES Meritorious Service Award in 2001, two Region One awards in 1986 and 1994, 1994 PES Chapters Council Award, and the 2000 Third Millennium Award, and volunteer of the year of the NYPA Generation Business Unit in 1997. You can reach him at

Lew Terman received a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1961, and immediately went to the IBM Watson Research Center in NY, where he worked on semiconductor technology, computer memory, digital and analog circuits, and processor design. He was one of the industry’s very earliest advocates for semiconductor memory, and was involved in a number of programs leading to IBM products. He served on the staff of the Research Division Director, and did a term as President of the IBM Academy of Technology. He retired from IBM in 2006.

He is an IEEE Fellow, and was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 1996

He joined the IRE (IEEE's predecessor) in 1958, and after holding a number of volunteer positions, became the IEEE President and CEO in 2008. As president he initiated the current IEEE focus on application of technology for humanitarian goals. His interest in ethics and the need for understanding of implications (both positive and negative) of the impact of technology on society led to becoming active in SSIT as BoG member and Secretary.

He believes that both ethics and understanding the societal impact of technological progress have become important areas for IEEE and its related technical fields and that SSIT needs to increase its membership and volunteer base, increase its visibility/impact within IEEE through interaction with other S/Cs and conferences, and extend its influence outside IEEE to the larger world where policy, technology and standards are created.

Lew has been married for 60 years to Bobbie Terman, who has been a reporter and social worker. Over the years, they have enjoyed travel, theater, music and, of course, IEEE. They both were in heavily involved in fast-pitch softball, Lew as a pitcher, Bobbie as a shortstop and outfielder. You can reach him at

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New SSIT Periodical: IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society (T-TS)
Submitted by Katina Michael

If you missed the notice in last month's newsletter, be appraised that the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, a new IEEE periodical to complement SSIT's existing award-winning peer reviewed IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, will launch in March of 2020.

The Manuscript Central submissions portal will open in April, 2019, and founding editor-in-chief, Professor Katina Michael, will be accepting submissions for the multidisciplinary peer reviewed Transactions of original research. Regular papers are expected to be up to 10 pages, short papers up to six pages, and brief papers up to two pages, using the IEEE Transactions template.

Submissions must address a socio-technical research area with empirical results. Regular papers should make both a theoretical and practical contribution to knowledge; short papers should publish empirical results; and brief papers may act as a position statement of original research drawing on peer reviewed research outcomes.

For expressions of interest to serve on the editorial board as an ongoing reviewer or associate editor, or for other enquiries please email Katina at

More information about the approved IEEE Transactions can be found on this website.

Publish your Ethical Dilemma

If you have an experience that involved navigating an ethical dilemma as part of your professional life, we invite you to consider sharing it with your colleagues through the SSIT or Life Member Committee (LMC) newsletters.

A joint SSIT/LMC committee will vet all initial submissions, and authors will work with the editors of the two publications to finalize their submissions. Accepted Ethical Dilemma articles will be published simultaneously in the June and December issues of both newsletters.

Article submissions must be between 300 and 500 words in Microsoft Word format. The IEEE Legal Department requires that all articles be fully sanitized to protect the privacy of people and organizations.

Read an example of a previously published ethical dilemma, John Impagliazzo's story, which is the "Featured Article" at the end of our June 2017 newsletter.

Submit manuscripts to Rosann Marosy at

IST-Africa 2019
Nairobi, Kenya
8-10 May 2019

Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, and Sponsored by IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), IST-Africa 2019 is the fourteenth in an annual series of Ministerial-level Technology Research Conferences.

Focused on Information Society and ICT Policy Dialogues, International Development, Research and Innovation Cooperation and Community Building, each conference brings together senior representatives of leading public, private, education and research organizations from 50 countries to discuss policy, share insight and identify collaboration opportunities.

IST-Africa Week is the flagship event of the IST-Africa initiative, co-funded under the European Framework Programme since 2005 - current Contract No. 723240.

The goals of the IST-Africa Conference Series are to:
  • Support development of the information society and knowledge economy in Africa
  • Promote international research innovation, and policy cooperation and coordination
  • Showcase African research and innovation capacity
  • Stimulate exploitation of research results by the public and private sectors
Other co-located multi-lateral and bi-lateral meetings will place during the IST-Africa 2019 week.

9th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Seattle, USA
18-20 October 2019

The 9th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference is an international flagship conference sharing practical technology enabled solutions addressing the needs of underserved populations and resource constrained environments around the world and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

IEEE GHTC 2019 invites authors to submit full papers.Focus areas for IEEE GHTC 2019 include (but are not limited to):
  • Agriculture and Food Security (SDG2)
  • Good Health and Well Being (SDG3)
  • Quality Education (SDG4)
  • Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG6)
  • Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7)
  • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
  • Communication/Connectivity in Support of Development
View the Call for Papers, the deadline for submission is 31 March 2019.

IEEE GHTC 2019 is Financial Co-sponsored by IEEE Region 6, IEEE Seattle Section and IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.

Call for Reviewers
Please contact Paul Cunningham at if you wish to volunteer to review papers within the thematic areas listed above.

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