John Vig (Class of 1964) has been selected this year's president-elect of the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
Vig, 65, of Bucks Mill Road, will begin serving as president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. on Jan. 1, 2009.
The Hungarian native has been an active IEEE volunteer for more than 30 years.
He has spent a large portion of his professional career developing quartz crystal resonators for electronics applications, including atomic clocks and sensors, and has led research and development programs in U.S. government research laboratories, according to a news release from the institute.
"It is an honor to be elected by the esteemed membership of IEEE to lead the world's largest technical professional association," Vig said in the release. "I look forward to working with fellow dedicated volunteers and staff on key issues including increasing awareness of the association and the contributions engineers make to society, and attracting additional members from around the world."
Vig retired from his position at Fort Monmouth in February 2006 after 36 years of service. He now works as a technical consultant to System Planning Corp. of Arlington, Va., and serves on the technical advisory board of SiTime Corp.
Since 1997, he has served as a technical adviser to program managers at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for programs ranging from micro- and nanoresonators to chip-scale atomic clocks.
A member of the IEEE board of directors from 2002 to 2003 and again in 2005, his past board positions include director of the signals and applications division and vice president for technical activities. He is also an IEEE fellow. A main proponent of the establishment of the IEEE Sensors Council, Vig served as its founding president in 2000 and 2001. The council spawned the IEEE Sensors Journal in 2001, and a conference, IEEE Sensors, which attracts 600 participants annually, according to the release.
Vig is also a past president of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and the Frequency Control Society. He has chaired several IEEE conferences, been awarded 55 patents, and authored or co-authored more than 100 publications, including nine book chapters.
Vig earned a bachelor of science degree from City College of New York in 1964 and a doctorate from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in 1969.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Vig is an active volunteer in the community. He serves on the Colts Neck Environmental Commission and is a trustee of the Friends of the Library. He is also webmaster of the township's official Web site, the release states.
Vig and his wife of 44 years, Arianna, are avid ballroom dancers. Mayor Thomas E. Hennessy Jr. praised Vig for his community service, and made special mention of his accomplishment during the Township Committee's organization meeting Jan. 6.
IEEE is based in Piscataway. Through its more than 370,000 members in 160 countries, the organization is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics, according to the release.
Original article from APP.com