The grade of Fellow is the highest membership grade in the IEEE. The Information Theory Society has many distinguished members who are potential candidates for this honor. Of those members who are evaluated by the IT Society, a good percentage are usually elected.
Fellow elections reflect honor not only on the individuals elected but also on the Society as a whole, and the Board of Governors advocates an agressive search for nominations. The Society also has an interest in identifying candidates from historically underrepresented subfields, regions, and institutions.
The basic qualification for election to Fellow is "unusual distinction in the profession." About 250 IEEE members are elected each year. A list of those candidates elected in 1997 can be accessed through the IEEE Website (www.ieee.org). This list is also published in the IEEE Institute.
Preparation of the nomination form is important. Any person may serve as nominator (except IEEE staff or volunteers involved in the Fellow selection process). The basic responsibility of the nominator is to prepare a complete and accurate four-page nomination form that clearly identifies the unique contributions of the candidate. The other principal task of the nominator is to obtain the agreement of five to eight IEEE Fellows who are qualified to judge the candidate's work to serve as references.
Detailed instructions and forms may be found in the IEEE Fellow Nomination Kit, which may be obtained from the IEEE Fellow Committee, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331 (Tel: (732) 562-3840; Fax: (732) 981-9019). Hardcopy or LaTeX versions may also be requested by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email inquiries about the Fellow process may be addressed to email@example.com. Starting January 1998, IEEE will offer nomination kits on the World Wide Web, through a link on the IEEE homepage listed above. Vincent Poor (Tel: (609) 258-1816; Fax: (609) 258-1468; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) is Chair of the IT Fellow Evaluation Committee and is also available for help, particularly in identifying potential references.
The deadline for the nomination form and all reference letters is March 15, 1998. Your Society asks you to:
* Think about identifying a qualified candidate; * Ask for a Fellow nomination kit; * Get started early!