Gary L. Blank
President, IEEE-USA 2014;
President, Engineering Update Institute, Plato Center, Illinois, USA
Dr. Blank has successfully divided his professional career between industry and academia. After graduating with his Ph.D. he worked as an employee in industry for Honeywell Aerospace, Litton Guidance and Control (navigation), and Unisys Systems in the areas of controls and electronics, while teaching part-time at nearby universities. He then chose to leave industry and teach full-time and was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Northern Illinois University, Marquette University, and U.C.L.A. He started consulting part-time in industry while teaching. He has published dozens of technical papers including the Best Paper and Presentation at the Pan American Congress of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He earned several grants for his universities from industrial corporations to support research and product development.
He became and still is a full-time consultant and has provided consulting services for over 40 industrial corporate clients. His clients include General Motors, Northrop Grumman, Honeywell, United Technology Aerospace Systems, Parker-Hannifin, L-3 Communications, Rockwell-Collins, Hughes Aircraft, Allied Health Care Systems, Woodward, and Xerox. He was recently chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy and I.I.T. to create and conduct courses in renewable energy, smart grid, and electric vehicles. He teaches electronics and controls part-time at nearby universities. He has created successful recorded home-study review courses for both the FE/EIT and PE exams.
He has been an active volunteer in the IEEE. He is the originator and creator of IEEE-USA’s first Employment Network. He is responsible for the start-up of many of IEEE’s Consultants Networks both in the USA and overseas. He was involved in the creation of the IEEE’s consultants’ database which enables industrial clients to find IEEE consultant members. He has done many webinars and seminars on consulting, employment, entrepreneurial activities, K-12 STEM Literacy, and Professional Licensure and Registration. He has been an invited speaker at every IEEE Sections Congress since 1999. The IEEE-USA membership (200,000+) elected him as their President for 2014.
Dr. Blank received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Ford Foundation Fellow), M.S. from the University of Idaho (Kaiser Corp. Fellow), and B.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology (Ingersoll Foundation Scholar). All degrees are in Electrical Engineering.