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President's Message from Ruth Dyer

 
From the President...
 
The beginning of the New Year is always a great time for self-reflection and to take stock of where we currently are, where we want to be, how we get to where we want to be, and what resolutions to make that will help us achieve our goals.
 
The same is true for the organizations of which we are members and volunteers. This is a particularly important time to look at the current status of our IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement (I&M) Society, to consider the paths we want the I&M Society to follow, and to identify strategies that promise to help us make progress toward reaching our goals.  In early 2017, the I&M Society will undergo both its five-year Society review and its Publications review.  Though 2017 still seems like quite some time away, we will need to begin gathering information and writing our report during 2016, and thus we need to start now to assess the progress we have made since our most recent, 2012 review, identify successful strategies we have developed and implemented during the past five years, highlight best practices we are using, and look toward what we want to accomplish in the future.  
 
We will begin this work with our officers and editors at our annual Strategic Planning Meeting in late February of this year, and the work will continue throughout the 2016 year.  During the February meeting we will spend time reflecting collectively on where we are, reviewing and possibly revising our I&M Society Strategic Plan, and developing new initiatives for 2016 to continue to enhance the professional benefits our Society provides to its members.   
 
We have a great mix of new and continuing members on our I&M Society Administrative Committee (AdCom), and we have a number of new people stepping into leadership positions in the I&M Society this year.  I am looking forward to working with and hearing the perspectives and ideas of our leadership team, our AdCom members, our Society members who serve in various volunteer roles, and our many other I&M Society members.

To begin to acquaint you with them, please see the list of our 2016 I&M Society Officers and Editors here.

Please feel free to contact any of the officers, editors, and AdCom members throughout the year to share your ideas and thoughts. You also can provide input through our I&M website and social-media venues, such as Facebook and Twitter.  Your input helps ensure we are focusing our efforts on enhancing the benefit of the I&M Society to you.  
 
In closing, I want to share one of my own personal reflections for the coming year.  I like the words used in the title of the fundraising campaign recently announced by my employer, Kansas State University.  The effort is known as the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign, and I think those two words also capture important aspects of the work we do as volunteers to advance our IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society.  As we look to the future of the I&M Society, I hope we will continue to seek inspiration as well as inspire others, and use that inspiration to work toward innovations that will advance not only our profession but our global society as well.  
 
Best wishes for an inspirational and innovative 2016!
 
 
Ruth A. Dyer
President, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society