Chair’s Message, September 2019

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer and spent some time with family and friends.    I would like to thank James Colotti for arranging the Networking Event that was held on August 6th.   Several new members attended and they had an opportunity to learn more about LI Section activities.  On a sad note, you have probably heard that Jesse Taub, one of our most dedicated long time members, passed away on August 10th.  Nikolaos Golas has prepared a summary of tributes to Jesse.   I encourage you to read his article, “Remembering Jesse Taub”, which starts on page 7.  

The committee formed to nominate the 2020 Section Officers has selected a slate of candidates.  I would like to thank the committee all for their efforts in choosing people who are well qualified and dedicated.  The 2020 Section Officer nominees, and further information about the election was announced at the July 8th ExCom meeting.  An IEEE eNotice was sent to all Section members on July 9th.  The time for submitting petitions has expired, and no petitions have been received.  Therefore, the slate of candidates for the 2020 Section Officer positions are:

Section Chair: Arnold Stillman 
Vice Chair: Ronald Pirich
Treasurer: Santo Mazzola 
Secretary: Rhonda Green

I would like to thank the candidates for volunteering to serve the Section.  Voting will take place in accordance with the Section Operations Manual utilizing IEEE vTools Voting.  There are several events that are already planned for this fall.  Refer to the Calendar of Events and the informational flyers in this edition of the PULSE.  I would also encourage you to check the LI Section website and calendar frequently to stay informed about all of our upcoming events and seminars.  This year IEEE Day will be celebrated on October 1st.  There will be worldwide celebrations to demonstrate the ways that IEEE members can join together to leverage technology for a better tomorrow.  More information can be found at their website,

We are always in need of energetic volunteers with a positive and collaborative attitude to help us with Section activities.  There are micro-volunteering activities for those whose time is limited. Any member of the IEEE Long Island Section is welcome to attend the Executive Committee meetings.   If you would like further information on any of our activities, please contact me at   Thank you for your support of our Section, and I look forward to meeting you at our upcoming events.
Warm regards,
Louis D’Onofrio, PE, SM IEEE
IEEE Long Island Section 2019 Chair