RAM GOPAL GUPTA (SM’95) Dr. Ram Gopal Gupta has received 2012 IEEE Region 10 - Academia-Industry Partnership Award for Outstanding contribution in dissemination of information about indigenous R&D and promotes interaction & commercialization among users, industry and R&D institutions. Earlier in 2011 he received IEEE MGS leadership award serving the “IEEE for the benefit of its members and the engineering profession by popularizing IEEE in local industry and common engineering students”. Dr. Gupta has taken major initiatives to promote and make India the Global R&D Hub for ICT. He played a major role in establishing two scientific establishments, namely Society for Applied Microwave Electronics and Engineering & Research (SAMEER) and Center for Development of Advance Computer (CDAC) in the areas of microwave, EMI/EMC and Supercomputing. He also established a Center for electronic packaging technology and ergonomic design under the support of UNDP/UNIDO. He was a Senior Director in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, which is the key Ministry and has given a leading edge to India world over. He used his inherent leadership position to leverage for IEEE to initiate and lead activities that brought together IEEE’s TAB, MGA (RAB earlier), Sections and Chapters for Conferences, Workshops, Distinguished Lectures (DLs), events and meetings across the major sectors of India’s society, academia, industry and government, all to advance India and IEEE. His activities include R&D in Strategic Communications, IT, Aerospace & Defense, Systems-of- Systems, and ATM. His major push is towards “Advancing Technology for Humanity & Prosperity”. Dr. Gupta, IEEE senior member for the previous seventeen years, has served BoG’s of AESS and Photonics Society. He started his IEEE service as (1) Chair of the Joint Chapter IEEE AES COM LEO Society of India Council and achieved the position of Delhi Section Chair and, presently India Council Chair; (2) popularized IEEE technical activities for students, academia, and industry; (3) initiated two major IEEE Conferences in Communications and ATM; (4) Major push in New Students Branches in engineering (5) and initiated programes to take “e-Governance:-Public Services Closer to Home”. Some of his outstanding IEEE positions include: (1) 2007- Member Board of Governors for IEEE Technology Management Board; Editorial Board Member of The Open Aerospace Engineering Journal published by Bentham Science Publishers; (2) Member of TPC of world largest IEEE Communication Conference: GLOBECOM and ICC; (3) Large list of AWARDS to his credit and to mention a few: Outstanding IEEE ComSoc/AESS Chapter Award for year 2006, 2005, 2003, and 2002. Outstanding IEEE AESS Chapter for year 2005 AWARD. Best Region 2005 IEEE Communications Society Chapter Achievement Awards. “IEEE- R-10- 1999 Outstanding Volunteer Award”. As Senior Government officer he has collaborated programmers with the government to popularize IEEE. He was able to convince the Ministry for 90% reimbursement to IEEE Member’s dues. The innovative efforts have led to the sharp increase in the student’s branches in India and the overall membership growth. Major initiatives include “IEEE International Conference on Personal Wireless Communications (ICPWC) for which he was the General Chair in India since 1996 with participants from 22-25 countries”. Another was “IEEE Seminar on Aeronautical Navigation & Communications: Present and Future,” August 17-18, 2006; Fellow and Life Member of the Largest Profession Body in India IETE (Institution of Electrical and Telecommunication Engineers); Member of the nomination committee for an international award for Techno-entrepreneurship development instituted by The TAKADA FOUNDATION, Japan; Initiated Electronics and IT Expositions (ELITEXs) etc. His numerous reports enhance the vision on the “Role of United Nations and Specialized Agencies for Developing Electronic Industry in Developing Countries”.