Employee Spotlight: Randy

Randy, Systems Engineer with ESi for 17 years

We are excited and proud to share that ESi employee, Randy has been elevated to a Senior Member of IEEE, a level that only 10% of 400,000 members have achieved. Esi is proud of Randy’s accomplishments, along with our many other employees who are active members of this esteemed technical organization.

IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is an professional organization that is dedicated to advancing innovation and technology for the benefit of humanity. As the name suggests, it promotes and supports electrical and electronic engineers. Senior Member is the highest professional grade of IEEE for which a member may apply. It requires extensive experience, years of active participation, and reflects professional accomplishment and maturity.

Randy joined IEEE when he was in college and has now been an active member for 37 years.

“In the beginning I used the resources to learn and grow. They sponsor publications within different societies, specific fields of interest, that I continue to read to this day.”

Randy on joining IEEE

IEEE actively promotes a variety of engineering fields through research advancements and standards. It wasn’t until Randy began working on his current contract, that his active involvement in IEEE gained significant traction. His project team is working on creating requirements for encryption devices and base their requirements on IEEE standards. Randy recommended having representation on the IEEE standards boards to better understand and influence the direction related standards are heading. Shortly after, Randy was drafted and approved by his mission customer to start attending IEEE meetings.

“I am directly involved with the IEEE 802.1 working group, and specifically the security arm of that group. We have three plenaries, which are formal working/voting meetings for the entire 802 working group and three interim working meetings just for the 802.1 working group each year.  I have elected to be a voting member which means that I am obligated to attend the plenary and interim sessions, contribute to advancement of the specs, and participate in the activities of the working group.”

Randy on his role in IEEE

Randy has traveled to places such as Bangkok, Geneva, Vancouver, Hawaii, Edinburgh and Vienna to attend meetings. And of course, he has enjoyed the scenery, food and culture along the way!

Image Randy took while diving in Hawaii

To become a senior member, one is required to meet specific criteria and be sponsored by current senior members. They take a look at your entire career and what you have accomplished. Several “extras” in Randy’s career made this possible. Randy spent about 20 years teaching graduate school at Loyola University and Norwich University. He also spent several years as a mentor with Project “Lead the Way”, a high school program for aspiring engineers. Finally, he has 4 patents in his name.

We applaud Randy’s accomplishment and look forward to his continued success with IEEE!

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