Gordon W. Day was President and CEO of IEEE in 2012.
Gordon Day spent most of his career in research and management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he founded and led the NIST Optoelectronics Division. His personal research ranged from fundamental optical measurements to the development of standards for optical fiber and new concepts in instrumentation. More recently, he served as science advisor to Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Director of Government Relations for the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association. He has been a Professor Adjoint at the University of Colorado and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton (UK), and has served on many industry, government, and academic advisory groups. He is a past President of the IEEE Photonics Society and of IEEE-USA, and is a Fellow of IEEE, AAAS, the Optical Society of America, and the Institute of Physics (UK). He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.
IEEE ACTIVITIES (S’66-M’67-SM’78-F’94) COMMITTEES/BOARDS: IEEE Board of Directors, 2009; President, IEEE-USA, 2009; IEEE Strategic Planning Committee, 2008; IEEE New Initiatives Committee, 2008-2009; IEEE Public Visibility Committee, 2009-2010; TAB Finance Committee, Member, 2004-06; RAB/TAB Section/Chapter Support Committee, Member, 2003-04; IEEE Membership Development Committee, Member, 2002; TAB Representative to RAB, 2002-03; Technical Activities Board, Member, 2000. SOCIETY: Lasers & Electro-Optics/Photonics Society: Sr. Past President, 2002; Jr. Past President, 2001; President, 2000; President-Elect, 1999; Nominations Committee, Chair, 2001; Long Range Planning, Chair, 2001; Secretary/Treasurer, 1995-96; Vice President for Finance & Administration, 1997-99; Board of Governors, Elected Member, 1995-97; Fellows Committee: Member, 1996, Chair, 2002-04; IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology: Associate Editor, 1993-97; Guest Editor, 1995. COUNCIL: Sensors Council: Administrative Committee Member, 1999-2003. CONFERENCES: Optical Fiber Communications Conference, Steering Committee, 1997-2002; Optical Fiber Sensors Conference: Program Committee, 1989-96; International Steering Committee, 1992-99; General Chair, 1997; Symposium on Optical Fiber Measurements: General Chair, 2000-04; Program Chair, 1980-98. REPRESENTATIVES: Photonics Society Rep. to Nanotechnology Committee, 2000-01; Photonics Society Rep. to Coalition for Photonics and Optics, 1998-2001; Member (representing IEEE-USA), Board of Directors of the American Association of Engineering Societies, 2009. IEEE-USA Liaison to/from IEEE Educational Activities Board, 2010. OTHER: IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow, 2005.