My colleagues, I extend greetings to all IEEE and Affiliate organization members of the National Capital Area. As the new slate of officers is assuming the responsibility of serving the Capital Area, it is time to recognize the contributions of the officers from past year. Although my term as the Chair of the Washington DC Section ends, my affiliation and loyalty to IEEE will remain intact. It was an honor to serve you, and the achievements of the last year would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of the officers, directors and delegates. In particular, I would like to thank Kiki Ikossi for her support throughout the year. I also like to recognize the enthusiasm of Gerard Christman as the Section Secretary and the spearheading of a new accounting system by Richard Benjamin, our Section Treasurer. Furthermore, the great leadership efforts of Doug Holly have paved paving the way for Globecom 2007, which will take place in Washington, DC! My sincere gratitude goes to Tim Weil for his steadfast Editorship of the SCANNER and his superb skill as our Webmaster. My thanks go to Saj Durrani for his charismatic leadership of the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS). I would like to thank John Margosian for being an unwavering source of encouragement for all of us--at the age of ninety, John enthusiastically continues supporting our section.
The Section continued supporting several local programs to encourage future generations of engineers, namely the Science and Engineering Fair under the leadership of Shyam Bajpai; the FIRST Robotics program under the leadership of Mike Gilliam; the Solar Decathlon program under the leadership of Harry Sauberman; and the Future Cities Program under the leadership of Saj Durrani. Last, but certainly not least, Jerry Gibbon's insight and experience with this Section, the support of all chapter chairs and affinity groups, and knowledge of the IEEE were instrumental in helping the leaders navigate throughout the last year. In closing, I would to thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and do our part to instill a positive image of our chosen profession.
Haik Biglari, P.E., holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH), an M.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a B.S. with Highest Honors from the City University of New York. He is is a Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Colorado and Alabama.
He has over 25 years of experience in aerospace, specializing in control systems. Currently, he is the Senior Director of Electronics Systems and Controls at Fairchild Controls Corporation. Previously, he was with the Boeing Company and Sverdrup, and served as an adjunct professor at UAH.
A senior member of IEEE, Dr. Biglari has served the organization in various capacities including Chair of Educational Activities, Chair of the Control System Society Huntsville Chapter, and Chair of the Huntsville Section.
Dr. Biglari is a recipient of the Snoopy Award from NASA for his work in the area of Tethered Satellite Systems (1996) and recipient of the Eagle Award in the area of Automatic Code Generation (1987). He has authored and co-authored numerous technical papers and holds one U.S. patent.