Thomas Coughlin for IEEE President-Elect 2022

"I stand for enhancing membership, stronger sections, more value to industry, and adventure!"

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I’m Tom Coughlin and I have worked over 40 years in the digital storage industry as an engineer, engineering manager and senior executive. My company creates reports on digital storage and applications and provides industry consulting services. I founded and organized major storage and memory industry events and I am a frequent invited speaker. I write about storage and memory for I have published >500 articles, book chapters, reports and a book. I am an inventor in 6 patents. I hold a BS in Physics, an MS in Electrical Engineering (from UMN) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Shinshu University, Japan). I am an IEEE Life Fellow, have three years on the IEEE Board and am a member of HKN. I have a long history of IEEE leadership and am also active in SNIA and SMPTE. I received an MGA Leadership Award in 2020. I am past chair of the IEEE Silicon Valley section.


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Key points for my career:

  • 40 years of industry experience, including as an executive
  • Extensive leadership experience in many IEEE organizational units and activities
  • Participation in several non-IEEE industry organizations

Key points for my campaign:

  • Enhancing the value of membership
  • Enabling active sections
  • Stronger connections to industry
  • A global and diverse IEEE

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We have talked before about increasing diversity in the IEEE. In addition to making the IEEE welcoming to people of different cultural and racial backgrounds as well as gender, there is a great opportunity to broaden the IEEE in terms of professional disciplines represented and embracing, encouraging and providing resources for multi-disciplinary careers. I believe […]

Technology gives us options for the future. IEEE is about technology and its applications. It makes sense that the IEEE fosters a Future Directions Committee (FDC) within the IEEE Technical Activities (TA) organizational unit. This committee supports technical initiatives on emerging and important technological developments that span multiple IEEE Societies and Technical Councils. The goal […]

I grew up reading science fiction, and although some fantasy-oriented content also interested me, I was and continue to be, a big fan of hard science fiction. Back in college I was involved in local SF fan groups in Minneapolis, helped start an L5 chapter (of Gerard O’Neill’s L5 Society) and even published my own […]


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