Dear IEEE UK & Ireland Members

At the start of the New Year, I wish you all a very Happy & Prosperous Year ahead.

Taking over as the Chair of the UK & Ireland Section, I would like to introduce myself and bring a programme of reform and revitalisation to your attention whilst seeking your views and ideas on making the Section even more dynamic, creative, valued and high profile.

First, I take over from Steve Nightingale from 01 Jan 16 and wish to express my thanks to him for the handover and his services to the Section over the past two years. He has been particularly active over past couple of months chasing Chapter Chairs for reports, activity and succession planning. This is an important theme that I will return to as part of the reform and revitalisation programme.

I am Ali Hessami, an Electronics Engineering & Physics graduate with much of my professional experience in Safety Critical and Control Industry and research and teaching roles in a number of UK, European and Far Eastern Universities. I regard myself as a Systems Engineer and have research interests in Systems Engineering, Knowledge Engineering, System of Systems, Systems Safety/Security/Sustainability matters.

As part of the revitalisation programme, I intend to run regular monthly on-line sessions with most of the Section Executive, Chapter and Affinity Group Chairs and will be in touch with dates and an annual programme soon. I am also initiating a Chapters’ Executive for maintaining regular contact with Chapter Chairs and supporting their plans and initiatives as we seek to identify ways in which we can serve the needs of our members in better and more dynamic ways.

A new and exciting Section Website is being developed and will be launched in March and will constitute a key publicity and communication hub for our members.  Thanks to Nihal Sinnadurai and our new Webmaster Nick Wainwright for their work here.

Finally, as the Chair, I intend to consult with the Executive, Chairs and members to seek views, fresh ideas and initiatives to ensure that the UK & Ireland Section continues to be one of the most active and vibrant in the IEEE family.

Ali Hessami